Oregon Fruit Products appoints Joe Prewett as new president

USA- Oregon Fruit Products, a company that produces canned, frozen, and shelf-stable fruits, has announced Joe Prewett as the new president and CEO.

Mr. Prewett has served on the company’s board of directors for the last two years. He will start in his new position in mid-October after current CEO Chris Sarles steps down.

“Joe’s experience working with our business, as well as his vision and passion for people and culture of the organization, are a perfect match for what we’re seeking for the next phase of the company’s growth,” Mr. Sarles said.

Mr. Prewett most recently served as the Tillamook County Creamery Association’s executive vice president of brand and category expansion.

He increased the company’s net sales by more than twice during the eight years he served in the position.

Prewett served as the vice president of marketing for Farmer Brothers Coffee and Coffee Bean International before joining Tillamook.

He graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree and UCLA with a master’s in business administration.

The organization has won two awards in 2022: The Business Renewal Award from the Oregon State University Center for Family Enterprise and the Agricultural Processor of the Year Award from the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.

Oregon Fruit Products, established in 1935, provides a full range of premium fruit in canned, frozen, and shelf-stable forms for consumers, food service operators, and ingredient sales.

The organization has won two awards in 2022: The Business Renewal Award from the Oregon State University Center for Family Enterprise and the Agricultural Processor of the Year Award from the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.

Recently, the manufacturer of fruit purees for the fermentation market, introduced Sicilian Lemon Puree, a new seasonal offering.

Brewers chose the fruit as their preferred option in a Vote4Fruit poll conducted by Oregon Fruit and Country Malt Group in conjunction with the Canadian Brewing Awards and Conference in May 2022.

Brewers also decided to bring back the seasonal Prickly Pear Puree from Oregon Fruit Products, which was first introduced in 2021 and will be reintroduced this fall.

“The contest allowed us to give brewers their desired seasonal fruit varieties to create beers that meet their customers’ cravings,” said Chris Hodge, Oregon Fruit Products’ Director of Sales for Fermentation.

 “The winning Sicilian Lemon Puree lets us know that brewers are seeking unique and regional fruits with more subtle profiles, and our Prickly Pear Puree has been a winner since its launch last year brewers love it and voted it back.”

He noted that the purees are made with the highest quality fruit and processed into aseptic packaging, which customers find highly convenient.

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