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Growers Express promotes Kirk Wagner to chief operating officer

Growers Express LLC, Monterey, Calif., has promoted Kirk Wagner to chief operating officer.

Crawford Packaging promotes Doug Crowe in SW Ontario

Crawford Packaging, Essex, Ontario, has promoted Doug Crowe to regional sales manager for Southwestern Ontario.

Ball’s Food offers training for food safety

One hundred employees of Ball’s Food Stores, Kansas City, Kan., have been certified by the American National Standards Institute and the Conference for Food Protection.

California Giant hires Alan Ediger as VP of sales, Jay Brown as CFO

California Giant Berry Farms has hired Alan Ediger as vice president of sales and Jay Brown as chief financial officer.

Karl Hertel joins Sev-Rend as chief financial officer

Sev-Rend, Collinsville, Ill., has hired Karl Hertel as chief financial officer.

Kroger exec, produce sales veteran to acquire GoldenSun Insights

Randy Riley, Kroger’s director of produce merchandising, and Jason Fuller, vice president of GoldenSun Insights, are acquiring GoldenSun from owner Don Goodwin.

Bobalu Berries adds Jonathan Sparks in sales

Jonathan Sparks has joined Oxnard, Calif.-based Bobalu Berries’ sales team.

Oppy promotes Andres Ribalta, Ray Reed, with eye on global growth

The Oppenheimer Group has promoted Ray Reed to director of global procurement and Andres Ribalta to general manager of its Chilean operations.

Fresh Directions hires Andy Garces in sales, marketing

Mango and avocado distributor Fresh Directions International, Miami, has hired Andy Garces for the new position of sales and marketing manager.

SpartanNash names former Ready Pac exec Tony Sarsam as CEO

SpartanNash has selected as its new president and CEO Tony Sarsam, who was most recently the CEO at Borden Dairy Co. and before that was CEO of Irwindale, Calif.-based produce industry company Ready Pac Foods.