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Sunkist Growers Elect 2010 Board


February 17, 2010

February 17, 2010, Visalia, California…..Nicholas Bozick of Mecca, California was unanimously re-elected to a fifth term as Chairman of the Board of Sunkist Growers following the citrus cooperative's 116th annual meeting in Visalia, California on February 17. Bozick is President of Richard Bagdasarian, Inc., a family run multi-commodity produce, growing packing and shipping business in the Coachella Valley. In addition to citrus, the company also handles table grapes and vegetables. He has served on the board of directors of both Sunkist and Fruit Growers Supply Company, a manufacturing and supply cooperative affiliate of Sunkist. Bozick is a former chairman of the California Grape and Tree Fruit League, having served on that organization's executive committee for eight years and on the board for close to 20 years.

Re-elected Vice Chairmen for 2009 are Craig Armstrong of Palm Desert, California; Gerald Denni of Strathmore, California, and James Finch of Ojai, California.

Armstrong was elected to the Sunkist board of directors in 2006 from the Southern California Citrus Exchange, a third generation citrus grower and packer in the California desert area. Armstrong is general manager of Coachella Valley Citrus and Dunlap Farm Management Company in Thermal, California where he has worked for the past 11 years.

Denni, Sunkist member since 1986, was elected to the Sunkist board in 2007 from the California Citrus Growers Exchange where he serves as Administrator. Denni grows several varieties of oranges including Navels, Valencias, Cara Caras and Bloods in the Lindsay and Strathmore areas. He is General Manager of Golden Valley Citrus in Strathmore and co-owner of Mittman-Denni Citrus Management, which manages over 1,800 acres of California-grown citrus.

Finch was elected to the Sunkist board in 2004 from the Saticoy Fruit Exchange. A third generation citrus producer, he and his family grow lemons, oranges and avocados in Ventura County, California. In addition to his agricultural interests, Finch serves as a Trustee of the Monica Ross School.

Bringing the board total to 26 are: Caroline Alfheim of Clovis, Calif.; Emmy Cattani of Bakersfield, Calif.; William Chaney of Sun City, Arizona; Leslie Leavens-Crowe of Santa Paula, Calif.; Steve Cutting of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Rob Davis of Ojai, Calif.; Donald Dames of Oxnard, Calif.; Harold Edwards of Santa Paula, Calif.; Mark Gillette of Dinuba, Calif.; Russell Katayama of Orosi, Calif.; Gary Laux of Porterville, Calif.; Eric Meling of Ivanhoe, Calif.; Samuel Mayhew of Oxnard, Calif.; Tom Mazzetti of Riverside, Calif.; Martin Mittman of Porterville, Calif.; Dick Neece of Porterville, Calif.; Cecilia Perry of Yuma, Arizona; Richard Pidduck of Santa Paula, Calif.; Kevin Riddle of Orosi, Calif.; Chuck Sheldon of Lindsay, Calif.; Randy Veeh of Visalia, Calif., and Bruce Wileman of Exeter, Calif.

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