Fernando Rodriguez Joins Bridges Produce Team
- by Lilian Diep
PORTLAND, OR - Bridges Produce has recently announced the new hire of Fernando Rodriguez. Rodriguez joins the sales team concentrating in the Mexico Sales side, and will be based out of Nogales, Arizona. His main duties will encompass sales, warehouse management, and quality assurance. Having been in the produce industry since he was 23 years old and his extensive experience in the area, Rodriguez is a surefire fit for the role.
“Fernando’s team player attitude and deep knowledge of the industry will make him a great addition” said Ben Johnson, President. “Having Fernando on our team and working with our Nogales warehouse will help us provide better customer service to both our grower partners, our customers, and logistics partners, enabling all stakeholders to thrive.”
According to a press release, Rodriguez started out at a Nogales produce warehouse as a dispatcher to supplement his teaching job. Rodriguez is a veteran on the Nogales produce scene, having worked most recently at Franks Distributing, and prior to that at SunFed and The Produce Exchange.
“I’m excited to work for Bridges Produce in sales and marketing, and happy to help in any way possible to succeed and grow within the company,” said Rodriguez.
The 2019/2020 Mexican season is ramping up with organic cucumbers, English cucumber, zucchini, and yellow squash shipping now and eggplant starting soon. As the season continues, Bridges will also have organic hard squash, chili peppers, bell peppers, green beans, and melons available from its Mexican partners Rico Farms and Floriza Organicos (Aztlan Organic).
“In the U.S. market, we continue to see higher demand for organic products, leading to increased production every year. I am glad that people are eating healthier by consuming more fruits and vegetables, because this means more business and more production for our grower partners in Mexico. Due to expanding demand and our high-quality product, we expect to have a strong 2019-20 season,” stated Rodriguez.
To meet Fernando Rodriguez and visit with the rest of the Bridges Team, stopy by the PMA Fresh Summit booth #2884. Congratulations to Rodriguez and Bridges and the happy news!