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SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. -- Timothy J. Lindgren was named president and c.e.o. of Sunkist here, the country' oldest and largest citrus marketing cooperative.
A veteran of Sunkist and the produce industry, Lindgren is the former president of Fruit Growers Supply Co., (FGS), a sister cooperative affiliate of Sunkist involved in agricultural supplies, packaging and timberland management, a position he held for 26 years before retiring in 2003.
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With 31 years of experience with the Sunkist/FGS system, Lindgren, whose selection followed a nationwide search, has extensive operational knowledge of all aspects of the Sunkist system and is well known in the U.S. agriculture industry.
Lindgren was appointed Sunkist e.v.p. in April, to aid in the transition to new company leadership when former president Jeff Gargiulo decided not to renew his contract. When Gargiulo's contract expired in June, Lindgren was appointed interim president and c.e.o.
Lindgren recently announced a realignment of the Sunkist's organizational structure, providing a more integrated approach to operations and better utilization of the resources.
In other news, Fowler, Calif.-based Bee Sweet Citrus became the newest member of Sunkist. "It just makes sense," said Bee Sweet president Jim Marderosian. "Our two organizations share a common commitment to excellence. Bee Sweet has an excellent product and Sunkist has an excellent marketing network - and a brand name that is known and trusted worldwide."
Founded in 1987, Bee Sweet Citrus is a premier grower, packer and shipper of fresh citrus located in the heart of California' s Central Valley.