OXNARD, Calif. – Mission Produce, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVO) (“Mission” or the “Company”), the world leader in sourcing, producing, and distributing fresh Hass avocados, with additional offerings in mangos, today announces the promotion of Denise Junqueiro to Vice President of Marketing and Communications, reporting to Steve Barnard, Chief Executive Officer and Founder. Junqueiro will drive Mission’s global marketing plans in concert with the executive committee and continue to play a pivotal role in Mission’s growth by directing the Mission Produce brand, media relations, global communications, and consumer and trade marketing.
“Denise’s vision, dedication, ability to exceed expectations, and can-do attitude is exactly the kind of leadership the company needs for the future,” said Barnard. “There is no doubt her new role will provide her increased influence in order to implement effective strategies to showcase the Mission difference.”
“I’m thrilled about this advancement to provide enhanced value to our stakeholders, company and brand,” said Junqueiro. “As Mission evolves, there are many opportunities to increasingly establish the company as an innovative leader in the industry and to maximize the impact of our consistent growth on our surrounding communities.”
Junqueiro started at Mission in 2016 as a customer marketing manager and has since risen through the ranks by leading a strong marketing team through comprehensive b-to-b and consumer marketing plans. Junqueiro was instrumental in the public relations and communications behind Mission’s journey to become a publicly traded company. She also spearheaded the development of innovative category enhancing strategies and programs including “Avocado Intel,” “Emeralds in the Rough,” “Minis, small but mighty,” “Jumbos, more to eat, more to love,” “Size Minded,” and “Ready.”
With more than a decade of marketing experience, Junqueiro serves on the California Avocado Commission Marketing Committee and the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summitt Committee. She is a Class 42 Alumni of the California Ag Leadership Foundation’s fellowship program. Junqueiro also holds many achievements, including being a Produce Business Magazine 40-Under-Forty award recipient for the class of 2019, one of The Packer’s Women in Produce 2020 honorees and an awardee of the 2020 Fruitnet Media International Women in Produce.
About Mission Produce, Inc.:
Mission Produce is the global leader in the worldwide avocado business. Since 1983, Mission Produce has been sourcing, producing and distributing fresh Hass avocados, and as of 2021, fresh mangos, to retail, wholesale and foodservice customers in over 25 countries. The vertically integrated Company owns and operates four state-of-the-art packing facilities in key growing locations globally including California, Mexico & Peru and has additional sourcing capabilities in Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, New Zealand, & South Africa, which allow the company to provide a year-round supply of premium fruit. Mission’s global distribution network includes twelve forward distribution centers in North America, China & Europe that offer value-added services such as ripening, bagging, custom packing and logistical management. In addition, Mission owns over 11,000 acres globally, allowing for diversified sourcing and access to complementary growing seasons, while ensuring its customers receive the highest quality fruit possible. For more information, please visit www.missionproduce.com.
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