DNE hires marketer as general manager

Dan Schatz is the new general manager of North American sales for DNE World Fruit LLC, Fort Pierce, Fla.

Schatz previously was president of the consulting firm Power Marketing, Hollywood, Fla. In that role, Schatz worked with DNE to improve its supply chain efficiencies.

“We’re very pleased to have Dan on board, and he brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and skill set,” said Mark Hanks, DNE’s vice president of North American sales, marketing and operations.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with him on and off for over 20 years and it just made sense to bring him on as our general manager. Everyone on our DNE sales staff has worked with Dan over the past 10 years and benefitted in some way, and it will be great having him with us overseeing the day-to-day business.”

“Dan ...will help expand DNE’s sales efforts with the major retailers, wholesalers and terminal market operators in the U.S. and Canada,” South African sales manager Tom Cowan said.


Western Cape forum names new leaders

Johan Mouton and Gert Kotze recently were named co-chairmen of the Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum, Citrusdal, South Africa.

Mouton and Kotze previously were members of the group’s board of directors. Mouton and Kotze succeed founding chairman Gerrit van der Merwe, who remains a member of the board.

Mouton is the managing director of Mouton Citrus in Citrusdal. He holds degrees in horticulture and agri economics from the University of Stellenbosch.

Kotze is a grower and chairman of a pack house in the Western Cape near Citrusdal.

The forum is a consortium of about 300 growers who export citrus to the United States.

The organization was established in 1999 to facilitate logistical, marketing and sales support for their products.

“The CPF continues its alliance of growers and exporters in a successful model of collaboration which has proven beneficial to everyone involved in the U.S. program,” Mouton said.

“It has enabled efficiencies in the supply chain, reliable service delivery and an unwavering compliance in quality of product. The results have driven demand in the U.S. for what is unquestionably a premium and quality citrus product from South Africa.”

South Africa exports about 40,000 tons of citrus to the U.S. each summer, primarily to ports in New York and New Jersey.