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02/25/2014 11:50:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

Harvill said he expects to open the market in the early spring.

Produce Connection adds personnel

The Produce Connection Inc. has added personnel to fills sales, procuring and exporting demand.

Graham Taylor has joined the Miami-based wholesaler as sales manager, Vince McIntire as West Coast produce buyer and James Massari as exports director.

In sales for 15 years, Taylor is a culinary educator, a certified executive chef, and a three-time Caribbean master chef winner, Taylor said.

He was team coordinator for the Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix Super Markets Inc., in Pompano Beach, Fla., and also worked for a Pompano Beach chocolate company.

McIntire was a Florida produce coordinator and worked as a merchandiser and in procurement for Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market Inc. from the chain’s Fort Lauderdale, Fla., regional corporate office. Additionally, he worked as a produce manager in Whole Foods’ stores in the Washington, D.C., district of Georgetown and in Vienna, Va.

Massari worked in procurement and was a general manager with the San Antonio-based H.E. Butt Grocery Co., and during the 1990s, owned Key Biscayne Gourmet Farmers Market in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Taylor and MctIntire joined The Produce Connection last winter while Massari started in September.

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