Altar Produce Welcomes Milton Johnson and Andy Garcia to its Sales Team
CALEXICO, CA - Altar Produce is expanding its sales team on both coasts as it continues to bolster its presence in the U.S. and Canada. Milton Johnson has been named Domestic Sales and will be joining the company’s new sales office in San Diego, California, while Andy Garcia is taking on the East Coast Sales Manager role and will be based out of Altar’s sales office in Miami, Florida.
“We are happy to welcome Milton and Andy to our sales team. They will help contribute to our growing success by gaining market share in the U.S. and Canada,” Chris Ramirez, President, shared with me. “With our 15 to 20 percent yearly growth rate with production out of Mexico in various commodities such as conventional and organic asparagus, green onions, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, blueberries, and more, Milton and Andy will be of great help.”
Milton brings with him to the Altar team over 20 years of purchasing experience from Peru, Chile, Mexico, and Argentina. He is well-versed in domestic and export sales, after working with GDM and CarbAmericas selling asparagus, berries, broccoli, grapes, citrus, and more.
“I am truly looking forward to being a part of this well-known, respected asparagus marketing company as well as becoming a valued contributor to Altar’s continued growth and expansion. Working for Altar is a dream come true,” Milton told me.
Andy has 31 years of experience. Prior to working with Altar Produce, he spent 12 years as Alpine Fresh’s Key Account Manager for USA/Canada Retail Accounts, in which he sold asparagus, blueberries, and other items, and 19 years with Ruskin Packaging and Lowell Distributors.
“I decided to join Altar because I felt like it would be a nice fit, and they showed confidence in me and my abilities,” Andy revealed to me. “My goals are to gain retail customer support and build relationships that I hope will generate sales.”
Altar Produce is one of the original Mexican asparagus grower-owned marketing companies established in the U.S., which Chris noted makes Altar unique because it means customers know they are talking to the grower.
“Our customers trust the Altar brand as the leader in the produce industry for asparagus. We market roughly 40 percent of Mexico’s asparagus production throughout the year and, as a result, we’ve seen continuous growth year after year,” Chris concluded.
Congratulations to Milton and Andy from the entire ANUK team!