CASTROVILLE, CALIF. – Ocean Mist Farms’ president and chief executive officer, Joe Pezzini, will step down from his role effective June 30.  

Pezzini has been a consistent face and voice of the nearly 100-year-old brand for 21 years, and his legacy will be evident as Ocean Mist Farms moves forward toward its centennial celebration, according to the company.  

“There is never a good time to make a change of this magnitude.  Ocean Mist Farms will celebrate its centennial in 2024,” said Pezzini. “In that long and rich history, we have grown from very humble beginnings in 1924 to a full-service year-round supplier of the finest artichokes and fresh produce.  I am proud to have been a part of that journey along with all the other Ocean Mist Farms team members over the years.” 

The company has initiated an executive search for Pezzini’s successor and looks forward to continuing it connection with the industry veteran. 

“This is a very significant change for Ocean Mist Farms, however, I have no doubt that the service and supply expectations that the industry has come to expect from the Ocean Mist Farms brand will continue at the highest levels,” said Kirk Martin, chairman of the board. “On behalf of the Board and the family owners of Ocean Mist Farms, we thank Joe for his steadfast service and leadership. We will miss his passion, professionalism and commitment to our collective success. In the meantime, we will move forward with confidence in our growers, people and leadership team to continue to serve the needs of our customers and stakeholders as a valued produce solutions provider.”