Mission Produce, Inc., the world’s leader in fresh Hass avocados, announces the expansion of its sales department to support the company’s rapid growth. Mission Produce created a business development sector, hired a new senior director of sales, and increased its foodservice division.
“We expanded and restructured our sales team to better serve our customer base,” said Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ross Wileman. “Mission Produce added foodservice sales staff and created a business development sector under the supervision of Patrick Cortes. He will continue to build and maintain relationships with our North American customers. We also are proud to announce the return of Stephen Fink as he assumes the role of senior director of sales.” This is Stephen’s second run at Mission Produce after originally serving as a sales representative and then the director of sales planning in 2017. For the past year, Stephen worked at LGS Specialty Sales as the avocado category manager where he sourced, transported and sold avocados in addition to other fruit.
“Mission Produce’s domestic and global network is astounding,” said Stephen. “This opportunity was right for my return. I am fortunate to join Mission Produce as the sales team develops to meet industry needs.” Stephen will be responsible for providing pricing guidance, reviewing forecast numbers and working closely with national retail accounts.
“All of these changes helped strengthen our sales pipeline. I am excited to watch Mission Produce experience an even greater level of success in response to these strategic organizational changes,” adds Wileman.
About Mission Produce, Inc.: Mission Produce operates state-of-the-art avocado packing facilities in California, Mexico, and Peru. In addition, the company’s global distribution network includes nine ripe centers in North America, with additional ripe centers in Europe and China. Over the past 35 years, Mission has grown to become the leader in the worldwide avocado business.