SANTA PAULA, CA - Calavo Growers is expanding its tomato program, appointing a new leader to help nurture the growth.
Brian Bernauer is the company’s new Director of Nogales Operations, bringing more than 25 years of grower-shipper experience to the role.
“Calavo is very excited to have Brian on board,” Ken Catchot, President and Chief Operating Officer for Calavo, said in a press release. “He brings with him great experience in tomato sales, operations and grower relations that will be an asset to our expanding tomato program.”
Bernauer brings the majority of his grower-shipper experience from a tenure at Fresh Pac International, where he served as Director of Sales and Marketing for nearly 27 years. He also previously worked as a Produce Buyer for Safeway and Director of Business Development for Rene Produce.
In his newly-created position, Bernauer will direct all aspects of Calavo’s tomato program for Nogales, AZ and McAllen, TX, including:
- Grower Relations
- Shipping Operations
Bernauer is already based in Nogales, having reportedly assumed these leadership responsibilities when his post officially went to effect on September 1, 2015.