Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc., marketers and distributors of fresh and fresh-cut fruit and vegetables in Coral Gables, Florida, has created a new internal team. Effective July 9, a unified North America New Product Development (NPD) team will help the company better serve consumers as well as integrate Mann Packing, a Del Monte Fresh company, into its ongoing product development processes.
As part of this change, Alex McCloskey, director of new product development at Mann Packing, will expand his role to oversee not only Mann’s but also Del Monte branded products across North America.
McCloskey, a veteran of the agriculture and food industries, and his team will be responsible for leading the innovation and new development processes for all Del Monte Fresh Produce brands on a national basis.
“We are very excited to introduce our New Product Development Team,” said Danny Dumas, SVP of sales and product management for Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. “Developing this role will not only help us better serve our consumer needs, but will also allow us to continue to inspire healthy lifestyles and remain industry innovators through our wholesome and convenient products.”
The new role is expected to provide Del Monte Fresh Produce with “a strong NPD pipeline, prioritizing consumer demand within the company through product innovation. Incorporating this addition under the Del Monte Fresh Produce umbrella will not only continue to create opportunities for former Mann Packing employees, but will also fortify the internal expertise across the Del Monte Fresh Produce business, ultimately providing a strengthened consumer experience nationwide,” the company says.
Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. markets its products in North America under Del Monte and other brands. The company was founded more than 125 years ago.
Del Monte Fresh N.A. is not affiliated with certain other Del Monte companies around the world, including Del Monte Foods Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Del Monte Pacific Limited, Del Monte Canada or Del Monte Asia Pte. Ltd.