Sun World International, has announced the retirement of industry veteran and Sun World grape category director Richard 'Rick' Paul, a move that becomes effective on 18 May.
According to the company, Paul's departure marks the end of an era for Sun World, and 26 years of impact that he has had both inside and outside of the company.
“Through 26 years, and so much history, my time has come,” said Paul. “From my start at the Superior Farming Company to the Sun World we have created, today we stand in our strongest position in new varieties and plantings domestically, and licensees around the world. This season will be a game changer, and Sun World is poised for success today and the years to come.”
Paul has seen many industry and company changes over the years and has built strong relationships with customers, growers and coworkers during his career, Sun World said.
"Sun World is indebted to Rick for being an integral part in leading the company to its present position in the industry," the company added. "His tireless work, passion for the business and mentorship to many has set a solid foundation for Sun World’s future."