( Courtesy Apeel Sciences )

David Nelley has joined Apeel Sciences as vice president of domestic buyer relations.

Nelley has been with The Oppenheimer Group since 2001, where he started as category manager for pip fruit and pineapples, and then apples, pears and cherries, moving to vice president of global exports.

Nelley’s command of the premium apple category, partnerships with growers across the globe and leadership qualities exhibited at Oppenheimer make him ideal for the Apeel position, according to a news release from the company, which offers a shelf-life extending technology that cuts food waste in the supply chain.

“David brings a deep perspective of a global produce industry on both the buy and supply side of the business that strengthens our organization as we move Apeel into the future and around the world,” Gordon Robertson, chief revenue officer for Apeel, said in the release.  

Nelley will establish relationships with buyers and help the company drive global growth, according to the release.

“Apeel is a greater calling for anyone who’s involved in agriculture,” Nelley said in the release. “Not only are we in this for the business opportunity, but everyone throughout the supply chain is a partner in meeting the global challenge of feeding the future sustainably.”  

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