CASTROVILLE, Calif. – Ocean Mist Farms is pleased to announce the hire of Lisa Fuentes as its new Director of Food Safety and Quality Assurance. Fuentes brings nearly 19 years of experience serving the industry and a wealth of knowledge in food safety and organic quality management, which is highly valued by the team at Ocean Mist Farms.
Fuentes joins the company with past experience at Driscoll’s Inc., Foxy Produce, Green Giant Fresh, River Ranch and Scientific Certification Systems. Her extensive background within the food safety sector will be instrumental as she spearheads the quality assurance and food safety efforts at Ocean Mist Farms.
“We are glad to have someone of Lisa’s talent join our team,” said Chris Drew, vice president of operations at Ocean Mist Farms. “Her extensive knowledge of quality management and food integrity makes her a vital addition to our team.”
Graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Food Service and Technology and a Master’s of Science in Business and Management, Fuentes is driven by a consultative approach that seeks long term, mutually beneficial vendor and customer connections. Her experience on both sides of the food safety assurance equation—working as an inspector and auditor as well as in the private sector implementing successful food safety programs—gives her an invaluable knowledge base from which to lead Ocean Mist Farms’ Food Safety and Quality Assurance team.
“I am happy to join the Ocean Mist Farms family and look forward to this new opportunity with a brand that has a long-standing reputation for integrity and superior food safety standards,” said Fuentes.
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About Ocean Mist Farms
Ocean Mist Farms, a fourth generation family-owned business and the largest grower of fresh artichokes in North America, is committed to delivering the highest standards in the industry for food safety, product quality, customer service, innovation and sustainability. The company’s full line of 30 fresh vegetables includes the award-winning Season & Steam and Ocean Mist Organic product lines. For more information, visit www.oceanmist.com.