( Photo and logo courtesy New England Produce Council; graphic by Amelia Freidline )

The New England Produce Council Inc. has re-elected two directors and welcomed a new director to its board.

Tony Barreira of Del Monte Fresh Produce and Michael Strock of S. Strock & Co. Inc. were re-elected to another three-year term as directors, and Matt Boulanger of Whole Foods Market was elected to the board for the first time, according to a news release.

“NEPC has strong leadership with the renewal of veteran board members Tony Barreira and Michael Strock, and the addition of Matt Boulanger has solidified the 16-member board of directors,” NEPC executive director Laura Sullivan said in the release.

Boulanger is a Northeast/North Atlantic regional produce buyer for Whole Foods. He started at the retailer in 1987, but he began his career as a produce clerk with Boston-based Bread & Circus. 

He has 25 years of experience as a store-level produce manager and store-shift leader.

Boulanger played a key role in creating partnerships with local farmers and Whole Foods Market, according to the release. 

In 2009, Boulanger took a three-year break from retail to be the operations manager at a western Massachusetts organic farm, before returning to Whole Foods Market in his current role. 

He has been a volunteer career ambassador with the Produce Marketing Association at the NEPC expo for the past three years. 

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