Merritt Bruce Joins Church Brothers Farms as Vice President of Retail Business Development
- by Jordan Okumura
SALINAS, CA - One of the highlights of my job is being able to write about industry friends that have impacted my career and Merritt Bruce is one of those people. As a newbie (maybe still a newbie), Merritt introduced me to the complex world of leafy greens at which point I never got a good night’s sleep again. Now, we get to join together in congratulating Merritt as he joins Church Brothers Farms as Vice President of Retail Business Development.
“Merritt is well respected by the industry, and it is a natural fit to have him join the rest of the Growers Express sales team who have been with us since April,” Jeff Church, Vice President of Sales said. “We look forward to Merritt taking over our retail program and continuing the service customers are accustomed to from him.”
The industry vet comes to Church Brothers Farms from Growers Express along with nine other sales professionals as part of the company’s acquisition of the Growers Express’ commodity program, according to a press release. The team’s pool of Green Giant Fresh program knowledge helped make a smooth transition for existing customers. Merritt reports to Jeff Church.
Before joining Church Brothers, Merritt was Vice President of Sales at Growers Express from 2013 to 2019. While in this role, his responsibilities ranged from strategic planning and retail business development to sales team, supply chain, and account management.
Congrats, Merritt, on this new path in your career and to the Church Brothers Farms team on the amazing changes that continue to elevate your game every day!