Greenyard makes US northeast hire

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BY CARL COLLEN

Greenyard makes US northeast hire

Steve Marinello appointed as Greenyard Logistics prepares for new logistics facility opening

Greenyard makes US northeast hire

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Ahead of a new logistics and cold storage facility opening, Greenyard Logistics USA has announced the hiring of Steve Marinello as vice-president of the company’s northeast US operations.

Marinello joined the company in May 2017 during the final phase of construction of the new 152,200ft2, state-of-the-art packing and cold storage facility.

Former director of Imports for Seald Sweet International and most recently vice-president of fresh produce of Flagler Global Logistics in Miami, Marinello brings a diverse portfolio of experience to the company.

Within his 30 years of tenure in the fresh produce industry, Marinello has worked in various sectors, including facility management, imports, foodservice, and sales and marketing.

“The opening of this state of the art facility demonstrates Greenyard’s commitment to delivering complete cold chain management, with best in class processes and procedures, ensuring that our customers consistently receive fresh, high quality products,“ says Marinello. “My team and I are excited about the opportunity the facility will provide to offer value to our customers.”

Located in the Logan Township region of Swedesboro, Greenyard Logistics is strategically positioned within close proximity of the northeastern ports, a major receiving point for imported fresh produce in the US.

The facility opening officially marks the first building and expansion in the US, of Belgium-based parent company Greenyard, a global market leader in fresh and fruits and vegetables. Greenyard Logistics and Seald Sweet currently represent the company’s US-based business units within the Greenyard group.

“We are excited to have Steve on our team and look forward to the success and opportunities he brings to our company through his vast experience in the industry,” says Mayda Sotomayor, president of Greenyard Logistics USA, Inc. “We look forward to the growth ahead with the long-awaited opening of the new facility.”

The new facility quadruples the square footage, capacity and overall production capability of the current operations, while significantly adding to the company’s services such as value-add packing, consolidation, controlled atmosphere storage and service providing opportunities.

Greenyard Logistics officially opens in mid-June 2017 with bagging and distribution of Seald Sweet’s summer citrus programmes expected to be the first product to be received and distributed through the facility.

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