OWATONNA, MINN.  — Greenhouse lettuce specialist Revol Greens has named a new vice president of food safety.

Dinesh Babu, who joined the company on Feb. 21, has a Ph.D. in food safety and more than 15 years in food science and food safety experience.

“Food safety has always been and continues to be paramount to what we do,” said Michael Wainscott, Revol Greens’ CEO. “We are fortunate to add such an accomplished expert to our team. Food safety is ever-changing and it’s important that we continue to invest in that side of our business. With deep roots in the produce industry and in academia with his Ph.D., we are thrilled he is coming on board.”

In his new role, Babu will lead, direct and guide the company’s organic, food safety, and sanitation programs, ensuring compliance with all relevant operational, audit, and certification requirements.

Babu joins Revol Greens from Grimmway Farms, where he served as the vice president of food safety, developing and directing teams to ensure quality assurance, sanitation, regulatory readiness and customer audits. 

He was also an executive at Del Monte Fresh Produce, overseeing a large team across six facilities, focused on training, audits and university research. Ocean Spray, Mann Packing and Earthbound Farms round out his long list of expertise in the industry.

“I welcome the opportunity to make an impact with Revol Greens and look forward to contribute in continuing to provide superior sustainable leafy greens to consumers nationwide,” Babu said. “It’s an exciting time in the fresh produce industry and for the advancements in ag tech with the controlled environment agriculture space. Revol Greens embodies what I care about most – embracing where the industry is headed, becoming an early adopter, and understanding how we can pave the path for others to follow.”