Lavonne Kucera oversees food safety and quality initiatives at Russ Davis Wholesale. ( Courtesy Russ Davis Wholesale )

Fresh-cut processor and produce distributor Russ Davis Wholesale, Inver Heights, Minn., has hired Lavonne Kucera to head product quality initiatives.

Kucera most recently was senior director of food safety and quality assurance for Caribou Coffee Co. She’ll oversee food safety and quality assurance at Russ Davis Wholesale, according to a news release. That includes oversight of best practices compliance including updated safety protocols and training.

Kucera will be based in the company’s Twin Cities processing facilities. The company also has five Midwest distribution centers, and there are plans to open a processing center in Pueblo, Colo., according to the release.

“As we continue to expand our presence, customer base and inventory, we are thrilled to have a leader with Lavonne’s food safety credentials and orientation support RDW’s business and strategic goals,” President Adam Gamble said in the release.