Harvest Sensations, a grower-direct importer of core commodity produce and uniquely sourced specialty ingredients for the food service industry, is pleased to announce the addition of Joseph P. D’Ottavio, president, to the team. In his role, D’Ottavio will focus on profit optimization, efficiencies, and growth to include leadership across internal and external stakeholders.
D’Ottavio brings more than 25 years of industry experience to the organization, including completing the joint venture of a family-owned produce business (Heeren Bros. Inc.) and a distribution company (Walsma & Lyons) and led rebranding at Vine Line Produce Distribution. He has a track record of successfully growing top-line revenues and has the ability to provide produce solutions that exceed customers’ expectations.
He started his career as a chef, which led to positions in restaurant distribution and grocery store management. He ultimately landed in the fresh produce industry with Del Monte. His experience in retail, food service, and grocery stores provides a unique perspective to the industry.
D’Ottavio has been described as a people person and a leader that considers his biggest resource to be his employees.
He will be based at Harvest Sensations’ headquarters in Miami, Florida.