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Calavo Growers Names Dumas To Lead Grown Segment

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Danny Dumas

Santa Paula, California-based Calavo Growers Inc. has named Danny Dumas as SVP and general manager of Calavo Grown, filling the role held by Robert Wedin who is retiring after 49 years with the company.

Dumas is a veteran of the produce industry with more than 30 years of experience, primarily with Del Monte Fresh Produce and, most recently, serving as president of Courchesne Larose USA. At Del Monte, Dumas’ roles included SVP of North American sales, marketing and product management; VP of sales – Canada; and VP of operations fresh for Europe and Africa.

“I’m excited about assuming this new role at a time when I can have a real impact on Calavo’s long-term growth,” Dumas said. “I’m looking forward to working with our customers to provide consumers with the on-trend, healthy foods they seek.”

In April, Calavo announced it would reorganize its business into two segments, Grown and Prepared, with a SVP and general manager responsible for each department. Dumas will lead the Grown segment, which consists of fresh avocados, tomatoes and papayas, effective July 11.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Danny’s experience and capabilities join the team,” said Brian W. Kocher, president and CEO of Calavo Growers Inc. “His knowledge of fresh produce sales, marketing and operations will be an asset to the company as we move forward under our new segment structure that aligns product fulfillment responsibilities with P&L management.”

Wedin has been instrumental in expanding Calavo’s line of high-growth avocado and related commodity foods; always provided steady and consistent guidance; and always strove to find winning solutions between customers, growers and the company.

He serves as the current chairman of the Hass Avocado Board Global Data Committee and is a former executive committee member at producesupply.org. Wedin also is the past director of the California Avocado Commission and past chairman of the Avocado Inspection Committee.

“I’m truly fortunate that I’ve had such a long and successful career at one company, but after nearly 50 years, it’s time for me to take a step back,” Wedin said. “The people at Calavo are like a family to me, and while I will miss seeing everyone every day, I’m looking forward to this next chapter.”

Calavo Growers Inc. is a global leader in quality produce, including avocados, tomatoes and papayas, and a pioneer of healthy fresh-cut fruit, vegetables and prepared foods. Calavo products are sold under the Calavo brand name, proprietary sub-brands, private label and store brands.

Founded in 1924, Calavo serves retail grocery, foodservice, club stores, mass merchandisers, food distributors and wholesalers worldwide. Calavo has processing plants and packing facilities throughout the U.S. and Mexico.

For more information, visit calavo.com.

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