U.S.: Kingston adds Brazil to mango import program
Idaho-based distributor Kingston & Associates Marketing has announced the inclusion of Brazilian fruit in its mango import program, expanding on its existing base of Costa Rican, Peruvian and Guatemalan supply.
In a release, the company said the move signaled the first of several program expansions marked for 2012-2013 season.
“Kingston has over 38 years building and sourcing the highest quality fresh produce programs from an array of countries and grower sources,” said company president Ken Nabal.
“By establishing a reliable and year-round program with our grower relationships in these countries, Kingston is able to effectively extend the mango season for our customers.”
In May, the company hired Yvonne Marpert to head its pineapple program and in July, Mike Anderson was promoted to director of international procurement to put focus on the imports division.
The business has also opened a new sales office in the Cincinnati area.
“Based on the belief the Brand is what the Brand does, we continue the expansion and integration of our businesses within the vertical supply chain, Kingston remains committed to providing customer-driven fresh food programs,” said Kingston CEO Dave Kingston.