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CHIQUITA APPOINTS COURTNEY PARKER AS VICE PRESIDENT OF FOOD SAFETY & QUALITY
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - August 26, 2013 - Chiquita Brands International, Inc. (NYSE:
CQB) today announced the appointment of Courtney Parker as Vice President Food
Safety and Quality. Parker will have responsibility for Chiquita's Fresh Express
salad quality assurance and quality control programs, as well as global
responsibility to serve as Chiquita's primary liaison to regulatory agencies and
other industry stakeholders, coordinating cross-functionally for the Company's
bananas and salads business units.
"Courtney is highly regarded and respected by all stakeholders across the fresh
produce industry," said Brian W. Kocher, Chiquita's Chief Operating Officer.
"We are confident that her extensive operational experience, coupled with her
scientific background and understanding of our
commitment to food safety and
quality will help us deliver superior product quality consistently at the
Most recently, Parker served as head of quality assurance, food safety and
regulatory affairs for Church Brothers and True Leaf Farms, and also acted as
senior scientific advisor to their sister company, Gills Onions, providing the
strategic vision and technical guidance for its quality, food safety and
sanitary standards and practices. Previously, Parker served more than seven
years with Chiquita/Fresh Express as a senior food safety and microbiology
manager, specializing in the development and implementation of quality policies
and regulatory compliance programs. She has been a member of or contributor to a
number of technical and strategic industry committees such as the California
Leafy Greens Marketing Association, GMA, United Fresh and the International
Association of Food Protection.
In addition, James R. Lugg, a pioneer in the fresh produce industry who has
served in senior leadership roles at Fresh Express, Chiquita and with numerous
industry advisory groups, will continue to provide counsel as part of the
quality and food safety organization and support Parker's transition.
Parker received a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of California, Davis
and B.S. in microbiology from California Polytechnic State University. She was a
post doctoral fellow at USDA's Agricultural Research Service and has been
published in numerous scientific journals.
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ABOUT CHIQUITA BRANDS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Chiquita Brands (NYSE: CQB) is a leading international marketer and distributor
of nutritious, high-quality fresh and value-added food products - from energy-
rich bananas, blends of convenient green salads, other fruits to healthy
snacking products. The company markets its healthy, fresh products under the
Chiquita® and Fresh Express® premium brands and other related trademarks. With
annual revenues of more than $3 billion, Chiquita employs approximately 20,000
people and has operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. For more
information, please visit www.chiquita.com/
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