Daryl Johnston named VP of sales and business development and Don Westcott promoted to senior VP

Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), the developer and grower of the Arctic apple varieties, has appointed Daryl Johnston as vice president of sales and business development, and promoted Don Westcott to the post of senior vice president.

Don Westcott, left and Daryl Johnston

Don Westcott, left and Daryl Johnston

“Over the past five years, Don has proven to be a very dedicated and capable member of our executive team. While he will continue to play a central part in leading the company’s operations team, his new position will also see him take a more active role in strategic business matters,” said OSF president Neal Carter. “I’d like to congratulate Don on his promotion, which is very well-deserved.”

Johnston joins OSF as a proven leader in generating sustainable and profitable growth in the fresh produce, frozen processing, and consumer packaged goods industries. He brings over 32 years of food and beverage experience to the OSF team, including work with Dole Fresh Vegetables, Southern Specialties, and most recently, Titan Farms Sales and Palmetto Processing Solutions.

“OSF is continuing to grow at a rapid pace. Expanding our executive team into more department-focused roles, and ensuring we have strong leadership in place, will play a vital role in our continued success,” Carter continued.

“We feel very fortunate to welcome Daryl to the team and are certain his vast experience and network will contribute immensely to increase Arctic apple availability throughout the US and Canada.”

Johnston commented: “I’m thrilled to be joining OSF and bringing my skillset to this vertically-integrated company.

“Arctic apples are such an amazing product, and their superior freshness and 28-day shelf-life offers new opportunities that are waiting to be explored. I’m looking forward to helping lead the company into a market-leading position.”