Riveridge Produce Marketing has announced new hires and promotions, including Kyle Boynton (from left), Shane Curtis, Matt Dykstra, Kevin Rasch, RJ Simons, Aaron Debski and Jamie Kober. ( Courtesy Riveridge Produce Marketing )

Riveridge Produce Marketing, Sparta, Mich., has made a number of personnel changes in anticipation of the coming apple season, with hires and promotions in sales, production and other areas.

The company, nearing its 30th anniversary, has evolved from being a sales organization in 1990, to include packing and an apple cider operation, according to a news release.

Personnel changes at the company, according to the release are:

RJ Simons, hired as an account manager, most recently was director of sales at Applewood Fresh Growers LLC. Simons has about 15 years of experience in the industry, with fresh apple sales that also included sales manager of BelleHarvest Sales Inc.

Kevin Rasch has been hired as quality control/field manager, and he has more than 10 years of experience in chemical sales, with a specialty on the tree side, according to the release.

Kyle Boynton, former plant manager at Fruit Ridge Apple Co., will take on plant manager duties at Riveridge Cider Co. 

Jamie Kober, who has been with Riveridge for 10 years, most recently as packing plant manager, is now enhancement director. In the newly-created position, Kober will create packinghouse optimization programs and oversee quality and food safety.

Aaron Debski, who has been at Riveridge for five years, will move from his quality control/field manager role to plant manager at Riveridge Packing. Debski is a former packing line manager at Jack Brown Produce, and also has experience working with growers in the field.

Shane Curtis, a production supervisor, is now operations manager, with added responsibilities of human resources and food safety in the plant. He has been with the company for five years.

Matt Dykstra, a production supervisor, is transitioning to a quality control/field role, after three years with the company. Rick Zemaitis, one of the company’s original employees, is returning to Riveridge this season and will train Dykstra.

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