Congratulations to Raina Nelson for being named to the Packer 25

Raina Nelson wanted to become a doctor until she found a shortcut that enabled her to accomplish her goal of saving lives without spending years in medical school. Now senior vice president supply chain for Rancho Cordova, Calif.-based Renaissance Food Group, Nelson was born into a second-generation citrus-producing family in central Florida. She didn’t want more…

Calavo CEO Lee Cole announces plan to retire in 2020

On October 24, 2019, Lecil E. Cole advised Calavo Growers, Inc. (“Calavo”) of his intention to retire as Calavo’s President and Chief Executive Officer during the first quarter of calendar year 2020. Calavo’s Board of Directors is in the process of interviewing and evaluating several qualified Chief Executive Officer candidates, and Mr. Cole’s retirement will more…

Renaissance Food Group to Sponsor the New United Fresh Produce Safety Immersion Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 24, 2019) –Renaissance Food Group (RFG), a fresh food company that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Calavo Growers, Inc., will sponsor the new United Fresh Produce Safety Immersion Program, developed to build the technical capacity, critical thinking skills, and leadership attributes of the next generation of produce safety professionals. “The importance more…

Calavo Growers, Inc. Publishes Sustainability Highlights Report

SANTA PAULA, Calif – Calavo Growers, Inc. is excited to announce the publication of their first ever sustainability highlights report, covering performance and sustainability-related initiatives across the enterprise (Calavo Fresh, Calavo Foods, and Renaissance Food Group). The report is published on the Calavo website and introduces a new sustainability policy and framework designed to organize more…

Nancy Johnston Joins Renaissance Food Group As Vice President, Produce Procurement

Established industry leader will take over role of retiring industry veteran. Renaissance Food Group (RFG) has announced that Nancy Johnston has joined the company as vice president, produce procurement. In this role, Nancy will continue to drive the company’s procurement initiatives and lead all aspects of the corporate sourcing and regional procurement teams. Nancy brings more…

Seminis Hosts Third Annual Watermelon Experience

MEXICO – Seminis, a subsidiary of Bayer, recently hosted its third annual Watermelon Experience. Taking place May 9, 2019, in Hemosillo, Sonora, the event brought together growers, technical advisors, and dealers from the North of Mexico to network and provide knowledge of the main market trends in the region. I spoke to René Morales, Strategic Accounts Sales, and more…