Ironically, Dick Peixoto, who owns Lakeside Organic Gardens, spent part of his childhood dragging spray hoses through apple orchards with his father, who worked for a fertilizer and pest control company.
At 38, Viraj Puri is aware he is a young, first-time CEO of an agriculture business type that the global, commercial-scale world of fresh produce has only begun to take seriously the past several years.
Dan Bourgault, recently with Instacart and now headed to a new grocery tech startup in the Northwest U.S., is a man seeking to stay one step ahead of rapidly evolving technology in online grocery sales.
Since Jesus Gonzalez grew up in Nogales, Ariz., perhaps it is not surprising that he found his start in the produce industry. The fact that he stayed in it, he says, is because the business lit a fire in him.
After Heather Hammack graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, she decided to follow her brother’s advice and go through a practice interview before trying for a job she really wanted.
Vice president of marketing Adam Cooper has been involved in major initiatives at The Wonderful Co., from the development of its Halos brand to the company’s transition from its identity as Paramount Citrus.
Staff writer Ashley Nickle recaps how produce industry leaders David Garcia, Rick Alcocer, John Halverson and Mike Roberts have gotten involved in the broader industry. Read more about them in their Packer 25 profiles.
Staff writer Ashley Nickle recaps how produce industry leaders David Garcia, Bonnie Spencer Swayze and Danny Dumas embrace ideas as part of leadership. Read more about them in their Packer 25 profiles.
With about three years of experience in the produce industry and as an executive for Ontario-based Highline Mushrooms, CEO Aaron Hamer knows well the value of a company’s culture in its past and future success.
Mike Roberts, the director of produce operations for Harps , started in the business years ago as a part-time clerk. So did Josh Rector, produce category manager, who was a teen when he began there nearly a decade ago.
Jeff Oberman has tackled some major projects in his produce career, from working on the image of fresh-cut in the wake of the spinach crisis to researching how to get more produce in convenience stores.
As the chief operating officer for Black Gold Farms, which has growing operations in nearly a dozen states, John Halverson certainly has firsthand knowledge of what’s going on in different growing regions.