Jim McErlean ( Courtesy NatureSweet )

Greenhouse tomato grower NatureSweet has promoted Jim McErlean to vice president of sales.

He joined NatureSweet in May, managing the company’s Albertson’s account, according to a news release.

Before joining the company, McErlean was with Fresh Express, and then Chiquita Brands International, which purchased Fresh Express in 2005. At Fresh Express, he was Midwest region business manager, senior director of sales-Midwest and most recently vice president of retail sales and national accounts.

Before Fresh Express, McErlean was central division sales manager for Dole Packaged Foods for six years.

“Jim brings a depth of experience to this role as the leader of our sales team,” Justin Lambeth, NatureSweet’s chief communications officer, said in a news release. “He is extremely well-suited to help guide NatureSweet through the emerging economy of the produce industry, while accelerating our growth and reinforcing the strength of our brand, unparalleled product quality, and leadership position.”