CDS Distributing, San Francisco, has hired Jean Ashby as director of category management and business development.

Ashby has 22 years of produce and food industry experience, working for the Washington Apple Commission, Wenatchee, Wash., and Chiquita Brands International, Cincinnati.

Most recently, she worked in the wine industry in Washington.

Ashby helped develop the Apple Category Management program, the first perishable category management program, while at the Washington Apple Commission. The program is still used today.

At CDS, Ashby will oversee and expand the company’s category management program.