Rick Paul is retiring after 26 years at Sun World International. ( Photo courtesy Sun World Internationa. )

Sun World International’s world grape category director Richard “Rick” Paul is retiring after 26 years with the company.

He retires May 18, according to a news release.

“Through 26 years, and so much history, my time has come,” Paul said in the release. “From my start at the Superior Farming Co. to the Sun World we have created, today we stand in our strongest position in new varieties and plantings domestically, and licensees around the world.”

Sun World bought Superior Farming Co. in 1989.

“This season will be a game-changer, and Sun World is poised for success today and the years to come,” he said in the release.

Through the years, Paul has had a number of titles at Sun World. He started in sales in 1992, and has also been assistant fruit category manager, product manager of tree fruit, stone fruit product manager, and vice president of table grapes.

“Sun World is indebted to Rick for being an integral part in leading the company to its present position in the industry,” according to the release. “His tireless work, passion for the business and mentorship to many has set a solid foundation for Sun World’s future.”

To wish him well in retirement, e-mail [email protected].