Nov 10, 2017
Lisa Cork joins Produce Marketing Association’s board of directors

Lisa Cork

With a career spanning more than 30 years in fresh produce, former Californian and now New Zealander Lisa Cork of Fresh Produce Marketing, Ltd. accepted a nomination to join this year’s Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Board of Directors.

Lisa Cork, president and CEO of Fresh Produce Marketing, Ltd., was recently a member of both the PMA’s Global Development Committee and Demand Creation Strategic PlanningTask Force. One of her most noteworthy contributions to the industry was during her tenure at Apio, when she created the Eat Smart brand – a forward-thinking concept that continues to live up to its potential 25 years later.

“I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors and excited to explore new ideas that contribute to our industry and make the biggest impact possible,” Cork said.

In 2013, she won PMA Australia-New Zealand/Produce Plus Produce Marketer of the Year award for her work with Delta Produce Growers and their fresh sweet potatoes (called Kumara in New Zealand). After a survey showed consumers would pay more for sweet potatoes that were smaller and smoother, she created Love Kumara! Easy Peels and Love Kumara! Little Gourmets branded packs – leading to grower returns increasing over 200 percent.

Additionally, she led the branding of Winter Sweetz grapefruit by Lone Star Citrus and Naturalls grapes by Borderland Organics. Her dedication to learning what consumers want and expect from their produce led to the revitalization of the grapefruit category with Winter Sweetz – creating a brand that addressed the concern grapefruit was “sour and hard to eat.” Her work with Naturalls grapes allowed the company to take advantage of the new “free-from” trend, moving their grapes out of the small organics section and into the conventional grapes display area, giving consumers more choice and Naturalls more sales opportunities.

“Lisa is an insightful produce professional, and her many years of experience assisting produce companies around the world to develop impactful strategies and build unique brands will help in bringing PMA’s new strategic plan to life,” said Richard Owen, vice president of global business development with PMA.

PMA is a trade association representing companies from every segment of the global produce supply chain.


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