Ayco Farms names VP to head West Coast expansionAyco Farms Inc. has named a vice president of its West Coast division.

John McGuigan, who joined Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Ayco Dec. 1, will lead the company"s expansion efforts at Ayco Farms-West, according to a company news release.

McGuigan, who has more than 30 years of produce industry experience, worked most recently as general manager of Ladera Ranch, Calif.-based Dulcinea Farms, a division of Fresno, Calif.-based Pacific Trellis Fruit LLC.

Before joining Dulcinea in 2008, McGuigan was vice president of fresh fruit sales for Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based Sunkist Growers Inc.

McGuigan will open a new office for Ayco Farms-West in Southern California in January.

"I am very enthusiastic to have John as vice president of Ayco Farms–West to lead our western expansion, which will include Mexico," Avi Nir, Ayco"s president and chief executive officer, said in the release. "We are very fortunate to find someone of John"s talent and experience in all phases of the business, from grower relations, sales and marketing and operations."