Backyard Farms named Stuart Jablon as its president and chief operating officer.

Jablon comes to Backyard Farms after more than 20 years at Dole Food Co., where he had many positions including vice president of operations. He was also with the Produce Exchange, a fresh produce company that specializes in tomatoes. At the Produce Exchange, he led direct store delivery and transportation programs.

“This is great news for Backyard Farms,” said Stephen Bell, chairman of the board of Backyard Farms, in a news release. “Stuart is an industry veteran with extensive experience. His background and insightful understanding of the growing and produce industries have made it apparent that he is the right person to lead Backyard Farms.”

“I have spent my entire career in this industry and I am thrilled to join Backyard Farms,” Jablon said in the release. “I am passionate about delivering premier brand fruit products to customers and at the same time doing so in a manner where I can implement and drive business strategies, profitable growth, innovation and improved efficiencies.”