A food industry veteran is the new vice president of sales for Gentile Bros. Co. in Cincinnati.

Food industry vet joins Gentile Bros.Paul Alphonse joins the wholesaler after with 31 years of experience at companies including Chiquita Brands International’s Fresh Express Inc. and Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc.

Alphonse, who also worked at Keebler Biscuit and Sunshine Biscuit, spent the last half of his career focused in produce, serving in various roles including a regional business manager and a national account manager at the Charlotte, N.C.-based Chiquita.

He was at Monterey, Calif.-based Dole for three years and worked 15 years at Keebler and Sunshine Biscuit, according to the release.

Food industry vet joins Gentile Bros.“We are excited to have a person of Paul’s experience joining our team,” Jeff Oaks, Gentile Bros.’ president and owner, said in a news release. “I am confident that our customers will appreciate his value-added approach towards building strategic partnerships.”

Alphonse said he looks forward to leading Gentile Bros.’ sales efforts under the direction of its new owner.