Ken Melban Promoted to California Avocado Commission Vice President of Industry Affairs and Operations

The California Avocado Commission has promoted Ken Melban to vice president of industry affairs and operations. A produce veteran with extensive experience, Ken Melban joined the Commission in 2011 as director, issues management. In 2015 he was promoted to vice president, industry affairs.

California Avocado Commission Announces New President

The California Avocado Commission Board of Directors has selected produce veteran Jeff Oberman to become the organization’s new president, effective October 10, 2022. Mr. Oberman’s produce industry career has spanned 25 years so far. From 2020 to the present he served as vice president of sales – business development for PRO*ACT and was their vice president strategic programs for the prior two years.

Index Fresh Wraps Up a “Phenomenal” California Avocado Season

September 22, 2022 Index Fresh

Index Fresh is sticking a fork in one of the tastiest California avocado seasons ever. For avocado growers, the 2022 season meant six months of record pricing and returns on their fruit. For consumers of California avocados, the 2022 season meant excellent quality fruit that was available early and often.

California Avocado Commission Appoints Interim President

An active search continues for the role of California Avocado Commission president following the retirement of Tom Bellamore earlier this year. During the Commission’s August board meeting it was announced that Ken Melban has been appointed to the role of interim president of the Commission.

California Avocados Engage on Social

For the California Avocado Commission, social media outreach is one of its most effective means of engaging with its target consumer audience. In its pre-season the Commission uses social to build anticipation that California avocados will soon be available. In-season messaging works to build brand affinity and complement retail and foodservice custom marketing support, and post season activity maintains brand awareness.