( Photo courtesy J&J Family of Farms; graphic by Amelia Freidline )

Carl Ream, who had a produce industry career for more than 30 years, with experience on the retail and supply sides, has died.

Ream, who most recently worked for J&J Family of Farms, died April 30 in Naples, Fla. He was 64.

He had a broad range of sales experience and leadership skills, as well as the “qualities of a true friend,” according to a statement from J&J.

“Working alongside Carl, you saw his passion to tirelessly serve the community and inspire others,” Kohl Brown, vice president of sales, said in the statement. “Carl leaves behind an incredible mark on the produce industry, the community and the team here at J&J Family of Farms.”

Ream worked for Kroger in the 1970s and 1980s, and has been in sales and marketing roles with retailers, wholesalers and growers. Before rejoining J&J Family of Farms in 2015 in Loxahatchee, Fla., as green bean commodity manager, he was with Florida Specialties.

“We at J&J feel fortunate to have spent time with Carl, listening to his stories and insights on the industry,” Brown said in the release. “He wasn’t just our colleague, he was our friend and will be missed by many.”

Memorial contributions in memory of Ream can be sent to The Friendship House, 602 Main St., Immokalee, FL, 34142; or Pawsitive Kid’s Camp, 3723 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral, FL, 33904.

A celebration of life we be announced later through www.mullinsmemorial.com.
 

 
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