AC Brands Welcomes Evan Pence as Vice President of International Procurement
- by Lilian Diep
MILPITAS, CA - When a company finds the perfect match to fill a role, it’s like putting the last piece of the puzzle in place. I’m sure Agriculture Capital (AC) Brands feels the same way as Evan Pence joins its family, bringing 15 years of experience in the fresh fruit industry to his new role as Vice President of International Procurement.
“I’m thrilled and honored to be part of these established teams, and I’m excited to help AC Brands develop a Latin American supply program that will strengthen and complement our position in the retail market,” Pence commented.
The industry pro will be pulling on his vast experience in produce, most recently as Director of Sourcing for Dole Diversified. His career experience spans across all berries as well as stonefruit, citrus, and table grapes, making him an exceptional addition to the team that packs, sells, and markets fruit for AC Foods companies Suntreat® Citrus and Columbine Vineyards®.
According to the press release, Pence has extensive experience in Latin America—from living and working in Peru, Venezuela, and Mexico post-grad to his most recent position at Dole Diversified, overseeing procurement operations in Argentina, Chile, Peru and Mexico. With his extensive knowledge, he should be a perfect fit as AC Brands plans to expand its grape, citrus, and berry offerings to cover all 52 weeks of the year.
“Our customers have made it clear to us that they would like to see our offerings expand year-round, and this is the first step toward achieving that goal. Evan's experience gives us the ability to hit the ground running as we look to procure strong volumes of high-quality grapes, citrus, and berries” says Rick Johnston, EVP of Sales and Marketing. "We look forward to Evan driving our growth and opportunities with his leadership, passion, and experience on import supply chain."
Suntreat, exclusive home of Sumo Citrus®, and Columbine Vineyards, has strong national retail support throughout the U.S. domestic seasons. The company now looks to capitalize upon that momentum and will begin to develop an international supply plan that complements that volume.
Congratulations to Evan Pence on his new role and the new bonds being made!