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Church Brothers hires Research and Development Manager

SALINAS, CA (June 9, 2015) – Church Brothers, a leading grower/processor/shipper of more than 500 fresh vegetable SKUs, hired a research and development manager.

Alejandro Tomas-Callejas joined Church Brothers in a new position that will report to Kori Tuggle, vice president of marketing; his responsibilities will include driving product innovation and process development.

Tomas-Callejas received a bachelor’s of science degree in agricultural engineering and a Ph.D. in food science from Technical University of Cartagena (Spain). He completed his Ph.D. research work at University of California, Davis. Upon graduation, he joined UC Davis, Department of Plant Sciences as post-doctoral researcher where he worked in several projects related to postharvest quality and safety of fresh-cut vegetables. His research work has been published in numerous scientific journals.

Most recently Tomas-Callejas was a principal research scientist at Chiquita/Fresh Express, where he provided technical leadership in pre- and post-harvest R&D projects, as well as product development.

“Alejandro is a great addition to our team with his scientific background and expertise in post-harvest technology at the production level from field to processing plant, as well as his experience in product development,” Tuggle said. “He will support the Church Brother’s team with our long term goals for continued growth.”



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