Jim Gibson appointed as successor
Calavo Growers announces retirement of Renaissance Food Group President Jim Catchot

Calavo Growers, Inc. (Nasdaq-GS: CVGW), a global avocado industry player and expanding provider of value-added fresh food, announced that Jim Catchot will retire as President of its Renaissance Food Group, LLC (RFG) subsidiary effective October 31, 2017.   

Jim Catchot co-founded RFG in 2003 along with his brother Ken Catchot and Jim Gibson. Calavo Growers, Inc. acquired the fresh foods company in 2011.  Headquartered in Rancho Cordova, Calif., RFG products are produced and shipped from seven fresh food facilities nationally, including company operated facilities in Sacramento, Calif., Riverside, Calif., Green Cove Springs, Fla. and Houston, Texas.  

Jim Catchot, an entrepreneur, began his career when he founded JC Produce in 1980.  In 1991, Jim was one of six founding members of Pro*Act, served as its founding chairman and was Pro*Act’s CEO for 5 years before founding RFG in 2003.  

Calavo's President and CEO Lee Cole

Succeeding Jim Catchot as RFG President will be Jim Gibson. Gibson a founding co-member of RFG served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer prior to being appointed President of RFG.  “Jim Gibson will be a great successor to Jim Catchot as President”, Lee Cole, Chairman, President and CEO of Calavo Growers. “Jim’s leadership and fourteen years of experience as RFG COO make him a natural choice to lead our RFG division and continue its growth and success.”  

Lee Cole
Chairman, President and CEO
Calavo Growers, Inc.,                                  
Tel: (805) 525-1245

Publication date: 10/5/2017

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