SANTA PAULA, CALIF. — Brian W. Kocher has been named president and chief executive officer of Calavo Growers, Inc., effective Feb. 1, 2022. Calavo Growers is a provider of avocados and value-added fresh foods to retail grocery, foodservice, club stores, mass merchandisers, food distributors and wholesalers worldwide.
Mr. Kocher previously led Castellini Group of Companies, one of the largest distributors of fresh produce in the United States. Earlier he held several executive roles, including chief financial officer and chief operating officer, at Chiquita Brands International, a producer and distributor of bananas and other produce. At Calavo, he will succeed Steve Hollister, who has led the company in an interim capacity since September.