Church Brothers Farms Appoints Grace Ho to Vice President of Food Safety and Quality
SALINAS, CA - Respected industry leader Grace Ho has joined Church Brothers Farms as its new Vice President of Food Safety and Quality (FSQ). Ho brings over 18 years of fresh produce industrial and research experience to the grower and its True Leaf Farms division.
“This role is critically important, and we wanted to hire the right person that could lead our strong FSQ team that consists of more than 120 knowledgeable employees,” said CEO Brian Church. “Grace is at the forefront of food safety innovation; she has the expertise and leadership we need to guide us in the use of new technologies and processes.”
According to a press release, Ho’s passion for food microbiology and safety, as well as her expertise in validating and commercializing new technologies, resulted in the invention of Fresh Rinse™, a revolutionary fresh produce wash with the potential for significant food safety benefits, making her an excellent addition to Church Brothers Farms ranks.
Prior to joining Church Brothers Farms, Ho served as the Senior Vice President of Food Safety and Quality for the Castellini Group of Companies. She has also held roles like Director of Food Safety and Technical Services at Misionero Vegetables and Senior Principal Scientist at Chiquita Brands International/Fresh Express. Ho is also a lead instructor for Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals (PCQI) and Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP).
Ho holds a Ph.D. in food science and technology from Iowa State University. Her publications include scientific papers in peer reviewed journals, book chapters, and technological reviews, with her latest being a book chapter on sanitation standard operating procedures.
Congratulations to Grace Ho on her new role!