Rancho Cordova, California-based Renaissance Food Group (RFG) has named Nancy Johnston VP of produce procurement, leading the company’s procurement initiatives as well as all aspects of the corporate sourcing and regional procurement teams.
Johnston has spent 30 years in the produce industry. Her background includes sales management, purchasing, team building and mentoring, budgeting, relationship building, new product development, marketing and brand development. Prior to RFG, Johnston served as senior sales manager for Sysco Corp., where she launched and managed the new Sysco/FreshPoint brand revitalization. She also held various other roles within Sysco Corp., The Richard Kaiser Co. and TKO Farms Inc. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wichita State University.
In addition, Johnston participates in Produce Marketing Association (PMA) programs such as Center for Growing Talent Women’s Fresh Perspectives. She mentors students each year through PMA Fresh Connections: Retail and PMA Foodservice Expo, taking care to maintain relationships with students after their graduation. She also actively participates with Produce for Better Health Foundation and Southeast Produce Council.
“RFG is excited to have Nancy join our team,” said Raina Nelson, SVP-supply chain. “She is a well-respected industry professional and we look forward to her contributions in leadership, expertise and knowledge. We also express our gratitude to Debbie Vest for her years of service to RFG and celebrate her devotion to this industry. We wish her a wonderful retirement.”
Johnston’s role with RFG began June 3. She will assume Vest’s position when she retires effective June 30.
Renaissance Food Group is a fresh food company that creates markets and distributes a portfolio of healthy, high quality lifestyle products for consumers via retail and foodservice channels nationally. Widely recognized as a market leader for product quality and innovation, Renaissance Food Group’s fresh food products are regionally produced, made to order and delivered to customers within hours. Renaissance Food Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of Calavo Growers Inc.