Earlier this week the Colombia Avocado Board (CAB) met and elected new officers to its board of directors. The newly elected officers, together with other members of the board, will be instrumental in cultivating the business expansion of Colombian avocados in the United States market.
New to the nine-member board of directors are:
Serving two-year terms:
- Dustin Hahn, West Coast sales director, Naturipe
- Mauricio Moranth, general manager, Montana Fruits
Serving one-year terms:
- Gerardo Huerta, Del Rey Avocado
- Ricardo Mejia, general manager, Fruty Green
- Sergio Plata Ortiz, manager, Baika
Reelected to serve two-year terms were chairman, Ricardo Uribe of Cartama; vice chairman, Jorge Restrepo of Corpohass; and treasurer, Kellen Newhouse of WestPak Avocados. Secretary, Brock Becker of Mission Produce was also reelected and will serve a one-year term.
"On behalf of the members of the board, I’d like to congratulate, as well as thank, our new officers for their commitment to the mission of the CAB," said managing director William Watson. "I look forward to working together to help grow demand for Colombian avocados in the United States as we continue to roll out promotional opportunities of Colombian Hass avocados."
Colombian avocados have been approved to ship into the United States since 2019 and the import volume to the U.S. continues to grow at sizeable annual rates.