Dever, 57, has a reputation for growing things, whether companies or a transportation best management plans.
He joined Sun World as president and chief executive officer in November, and he said he’s already charged employees with becoming the “best in class” grower, packer, shipper and marketer.
They are focusing on two areas: product portfolio development, or having the right product mix, and operational excellence, or doing things right.
“We’re internally assessing our entire supply chain from field to fork,” Dever said.
The company already is examining new cultural practices and new pack styles for peppers and table grapes.
As part of developing the right product mix, Dever said the company will invest in new plantings and new sourcing relationships as well as develop proprietary varieties that help customers differentiate themselves in the marketplace.
Before Sun World, Dever was chief executive officer of Delano, Calif.-based Pandol Bros. Inc. Among his accomplishments were converting the company from a global asset-based organization to one that provided global services, a process that took about three years.
He also developed additional supply-chain profit centers that diversified the organization and restructured the family-owned business to better fit a vertically integrated, sustainable business model.