In early October, Mann Packing launched a partnership with F&S Produce Co., Rosenhayn, N.J.
“They’re going to be co-packing for us and doing forward distribution, delivered sales in the Northeast,” Koster said.
Koster’s board memberships include the United Fresh Produce Association, where she’s also co-chaired the Nutrition Council; the Produce Marketing Association Foundation for Industry Talent; Monterey, Calif.-based Hospice Foundation; and the Panetta Institute for Public Policy.
She mentors students from two universities and serves on the business advisory council for Rancho Cielo Youth Campus in Salinas.
Koster’s 2009-2010 chairmanship of the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California continued a tradition. Her great-uncle, Art Sbrana, chaired it in 1936. At various times, so did Mann Packing principals Cy Mann, Bill Ramsey and Don Nucci.
“Lorri’s young, but she’s an old soul in produce,” Dietz said. “She remembers the stories of those who started it.”