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AC Brands has hired Evan Pence as vice president of international procurement.

Pence most recently was director of sourcing for Dole Diversified. Before that, he was the director of purchasing for Berry Fresh Produce LLC and North American blueberry operations manager for California Giant. He also was operations manager at Family Tree Farms.

His experience spans the berry category, stone fruit, citrus and table grapes, according to a news release from AC Foods, which markets fruit from Suntreat Citrus and Columbine Vineyards.

Pence has worked in Peru, Venezuela and Mexico to source fruit; at Dole, he oversaw procurement operations in Argentina, Chile, Peru and Mexico, according to the release. At AC Brands, he will help expand grape, citrus and berry offerings to year-round products.

“Evan‘s experience gives us the ability to hit the ground running as we look to procure strong volumes of high-quality grapes, citrus and berries,” Rick Johnston, executive vice president sales and marketing, said in the release.

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