Southern Produce Distributors' recent staffing changes include Brooke Crumpler (from left), Matt Dula and Ashley Jach. ( Courtesy Southern Produce Distributors )

Sweet potato grower-shipper Southern Produce Distributors, like many North Carolina growers, faced adversity this year with Hurricane Florence’s rains.

Then Hurricane Michael threatened producers in the southern U.S.

Then Louisiana put restrictions on sweet potatoes from North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida, as North Carolina agriculture leaders resolve Guava Root Knot Nematode issues.

Southern Produce Distributors, Faison, N.C., however, has positioned itself to continue operations and expand on a financial restructure after declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to a news release.

“Our restructure has allowed us to evolve and innovate on current industry best practices and future needs as well as hire key personnel to ensure we maintain the highest level of quality and customer car,” Randy Swartz, CEO and chief financial officer, said in the release.

Southern Produce has promoted Brooke Crumpler to director of domestic sales and marketing. She joined the company a year-and-a-half ago, providing customer service and marketing experience, according to the release.

Ashley Jach has been promoted to director of international sales and processing. Jach joined Southern Produce several years ago, and she will continue her role as manager of logistics.

Matt Dula is new to the company, as a business analyst. He has a background in the agriculture sector, and will assist the sales team, according to the release.

 
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