( Courtesy Fresh-Link Produce )

Fresh-Link Produce LLC, Nogales, Ariz., has hired Diane Ybarra in its sales department.

Her focus will be on developing and strengthening relationships between Mexican growers, packers and shippers in Nogales, according to a news release.

Ybarra has more than 25 years of experience, most recently at Mann Packing, where she was for almost 20 years, first as an account manager, then in commodity management and as a sales representative.

Before that, Ybarra was customer service representative at ConAgra Foods. She started at the Fleming Cos. as sales coordinator then transportation manager.

At Mann Packing, she sold fresh-cut vegetables to retail and foodservice customers, specializing in identifying and tracking industry changes, according to a news release.

“I am thrilled to find such a strong talent to add to our rapidly growing West business,” Garry Rowe, president of Integrated Fresh Solutions, parent company of Fresh-Link, said in the release. “She is passionate about produce, and will be a great asset to our business by adding her extensive experience in commodity and account management.”

Integrated Fresh Solutions is based in Swedesboro, N.J.

Ybarra’s hiring allows the company to increase its Western U.S. presence, according to the release.

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