Sweet potato business update briefs

03/13/2012 01:54:00 PM
Melissa Shipman

The council also is planning to produce a video with Julie Upton, a registered dietitian and nutrition spokeswoman.

Walker also hopes to increase the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s use of sweet potatoes in school lunch programs.

“All these little things add up to increase the demand for sweet potatoes over time,” says Charles Walker, council executive secretary.

Wayne E. Bailey Co. adds food safety coordinator

Hilda Bryan joined Wayne E. Bailey Produce Co., Chadbourn, N.C., on Feb. 8.

As food safety coordinator, she will lead the company in maintaining and improving the company’s food safety programs and monitor the Produce Traceability Initiative program.

Bryan also will work with third-party audits at the facility, including good agricultural practices/good handling practices, GlobalGAP, and Global Food Safety Initiative.

Bryan has a BA in geography from East Carolina University and a forthcoming MA from ECU in geography, focusing her thesis on agriculture, specifically sweet potatoes.

“She is extremely passionate about food safety as well as the innovation and maintenance of our food safety programs,” said Adam Wooten, operations manager.


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