Church Brothers Farms Adds to Sales Team, Promotes Staff – Produce Blue Book


SALINAS, Calif .– Church Brothers Farms BB #: 161800 made additions to its sales team and promoted existing staff as part of a plan to expand the company’s retail and restaurant programs.

Bob Licker joined Church Brothers Farms to support foodservice sales with over 44 years of industry experience. He was most recently at Mann Packing as the Northeast Regional Manager for Food & Beverage. Previously, he was with US Foods as a Specialist and then Regional Category Manager for the Northeast region.

The company also added industry veterans Andy Abbott and Shayne Gordon as contract sales managers. Their goal is to manage the company’s broker network and create value-added retail programs across the United States.

The company has promoted Elia Lopez to the role of planning and logistics manager for its plant in San Luis, Mexico. Lopez has been with Church Brothers Farms since 2002. In her new role, she will manage the San Luis planning department and raw product availability to ensure efficiency between all sites and ensure an orderly flow of finished product from the mill. of San Luis.

Dan Walker joined the company as a Sales Support Specialist. Walker has over 19 years of experience in finance and seven years in the fruit and vegetable industry, having worked for the Nunes Company in Walmart Replenishment and at Sabor Farms, focusing on production and forecasting of cultures. At Church Brothers Farms, Walker will focus on inbound logistics from the company’s facilities in Mexico to optimize customer service.

“These important organizational changes will provide a foundation for the continued growth of our Mexican operations and support our goal of expanding our business footprint,” said Rick Russo, senior vice president of sales and marketing. “We look forward to seeing industry professionals join us, who can bring their expertise and knowledge to our team.”

About Church Brothers Farms

Church Brothers Farms is a vertically integrated family business that produces a full line of fresh vegetables year round with an in-house farming / harvesting program and state-of-the-art processing facility. The Church family has a heritage of service and innovation that adheres to industry-leading food safety and quality standards. For more information visit


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