Ian Bessell joined Henderson, Colo.-based Birko as director of business development and food safety for the produce sector. The company provides food safety solutions for the meat, produce and beverage industries.

“Ian’s extensive background in fruits and vegetables throughout the produce markets will be invaluable as Birko continues expanding its food safety expertise in the produce sector,” said owner and chairman of the board Kelly Green in a news release.

Bessell previously worked as business development director in the produce and seafood department of ABC Research Laboratories. He also worked at Zeigler Bros Feed and at the University of Florida Food and Resource Economics Department as a research assistant. He received a master’s degree in agribusiness and a bachelor’s degree in food and resource economics from the University of Florida.