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Backyard Farms names new president and COO

Backyard Farms, New England’s largest year-round grower of tomatoes, today announced Stuart Jablon has been named President and Chief Operating Officer.

“This is great news for Backyard Farms,” said Stephen Bell, chairman of the board, Backyard Farms. “Stuart is an industry veteran with extensive experience. His background and insightful understanding of the growing and produce industries have made it apparent that he is the right person to lead Backyard Farms.”

Jablon joins Backyard Farms after having spent more than 20 years at the Dole Food Company, the world’s largest producer and marketer of fresh fruits and vegetables. At Dole, Jablon held several leadership positions, the most recent being Vice President of Operations at Dole Fresh Fruit Company since 2005. As Vice President of Operations at Dole, Jablon had full responsibility for its North America import operations including logistics, quality assurance, warehousing, fleet management, food safety, worker safety and compliance. Previously, he led operations for various Dole product lines that included bananas, pineapples and other perishable fruits across North America, Latin America and Europe. In addition to Dole, Jablon was with the Produce Exchange, a fresh produce company specializing in tomatoes, where he led direct store delivery and transportation programs.

“I have spent my entire career in this industry and I am thrilled to join Backyard Farms,” said Jablon. “I am passionate about delivering premier brand fruit products to customers and at the same time doing so in a manner where I can implement and drive business strategies, profitable growth, innovation and improved efficiencies. Backyard Farms has a unique business model and selling proposition in the Northeast. I look forward to working with the entire Backyard Farms team to continually look for ways to improve the business and maximize the company’s potential.”

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