Renaissance Food Group Adds Sales Leadership to Growing Team
- by Anne Allen
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - Renaissance Food Group (RFG), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Calavo Growers, is making huge waves in its executive lineup. The company recently announced the addition of two food industry veterans to its sales team—Edward Redd joins the company as SVP of Sales and Kate Brooks re-joins RFG as VP of Sales.
According to the press release, Redd most recently served as President of Dotta Foods International, a global manufacturer and importer of innovative value-added specialty items from Europe and South America. In his new position, Redd will progressively lead and implement sales strategies that will continue to build a winning culture at Renaissance Food Group. Redd’s tenure with RFG began on June 29; he will be based out of the company’s Riverside, California, production facility.
RFG will be gaining a familiar face with the return of Brooks. Brooks will be rejoining the company, bringing with her 15 years of experience as a Solutions Provider in the fresh prepared foods category. Brooks rejoined Renaisance Food Group on July 6, and she will be remotely based in the Midwest.
“Renaissance Food Group is thrilled to welcome Edward and Kate to our dynamic sales team,” said Raina Nelson, EVP Business Development. “The future is bright with exciting initiatives focused on continued growth of our innovative fresh food products in the marketplace. I am confident their progressive leadership contributions will successfully drive our organization forward.”
Previously, Redd held executive leadership positions in category management, product development, merchandising, and business development with Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets (former U.S. Division of Tesco PLC). He also held various executive leadership positions in sales, marketing, customer development, planning, business development, and operations with Contessa Premium Foods, Pepsi Bottling Group, Conagra Frozen Foods, and Nabisco Foods Group. Redd holds a bachelor’s degree from National University, San Diego, where he graduated with honors.
Brooks previously held roles with Five Star Gourmet Foods and Taylor Farms Illinois Division in procurement, sales, and business development. A Midwest native with an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, Brooks looks forward to this new chapter with RFG to drive continued growth and execution of the company’s fresh foods strategies.
Congratulations to Edward Redd and Kate Brooks on their new positions!