Longtime employee and current president Anthony Vasquez acquired NewStar Fresh Foods, LLC, seizing the opportunity to continue and expand his relationship with the Salinas, Calif.-based grower-shipper.

“When I started working at NewStar 12 years ago, we were leaders in the bagged spinach category and offered a quality line of value-added vegetable commodities. In recent years, our focus shifted to the innovation of specialty and organic product lines. Now, as we enter a new era, I believe we can leverage our expertise, focus on our core competencies of service and quality and effectively expand our offerings to meet today’s market trends,” says Vasquez.

Since its foundation, NewStar Fresh Foods has worked to maintain the high standards for food safety and product quality throughout the growing, processing and shipping processes.

“It’s a very integrated process from seed to shipping. We rely on each other’s expertise and leadership,” says Kenny Snyder, vice president of production.