U.S.: Giumarra makes two new exec appointments

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U.S.: Giumarra makes two new exec appointments

U.S. fresh produce business The Giumarra Companies has promoted Tom Richardson and Bruce Dowhan to its executive staff, as the supplier looks to boost its international presence and strategic planning. giumarra

Richardson will serve as vice president global development, while Dowhan will act as vice president and general manager of Giumarra Agricom and Giumarra Borquez.

Richardson told www.freshfruitportal.com it was an honor to be given the new role, which he will take on in addition to his position as berry manager.

"I’m certainly excited to take on the new responsibilities that have come my way. It’s been a great 16 years that I’ve been working here at the Giumarra Companies; a company that has a rich tradition in the fresh produce business," he said.

Richardson will lead Giumarra's international expansion efforts in the top role for global marketing.

"Our imports from Chile continue to grow with product here in the U.S. and we’re working strategically with our supply partners in Chile to supply the Asian market," he said.

"We’re able to bring aboard fruit from the Southern Hemisphere to offer these customers so that they can have year-round supply.

"For example, Korea granted market access for fresh Chilean blueberries for the first time this year, and Giumarra – with Bluewave and related growers – are supplying one of the major supermarket chains there, E-Mart."

He said this was a strategy replicated with other key suppliers in countries such as Mexico, Peru and Argentina.

Dowhan has been manager of Giumarra's Escondido division since 2005 and will continue to manage Giumarra’s asparagus and avocado partnerships while also taking on an increasingly larger role in strategic planning.

"Bruce has done a superb job managing our 12-month avocado and asparagus programs," said Giumarra Companies executive vice president John Corsaro.

"His leadership within our company and the industry as a whole will continue to be invaluable as we position ourselves in the global market."

Dowhan is also a director on the Chilean Avocado Importers Association’s board of directors, and is vice chair for the Peruvian Avocado Commission's board of directors.


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