Sweet potatoes marketing business updates

03/19/2014 03:12:00 PM
Jim Offner

Wayne E. Bailey Produce

Chadbourn, N.C.-based Wayne E. Bailey Produce Co. has hired Andy Pope as its chief operating officer, said George Wooten Jr., the company’s owner.

Pope, who had worked with the company in a production role for three years, returned to the company in February after having taken a job outside the industry seven years ago, Wooten said.

Pope fills a new position, Wooten said.

“I’m CEO, and I brought him on to assist me in managing my managers,” he said, noting that the company has Mike McGursky as chief financial officer; Adam Wooten, who is operations manager; George Wooten III, who manages the company’s Columbus County, N.C., division; and Roger Lane, who heads up the Mason County, N.C., location.

Yagi Bros. Produce

Convenience is taking on increased emphasis at Livingston, Calif.-based Yagi Bros. Produce Inc., said Duane Hutton, manager.

“We’re really emphasizing the easy preparation, the nutritional value and the variety of colors and tastes available for California sweet potatoes,” he said.


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