Kingston & Associates Marketing LLC recently expanded its direct import program and hired Yvonne Marpert as their new product manager for pineapples.

Before joining Idaho Falls, Idaho-based Kingston, Marpert worked for Chiquita Brands International for 11 years, the past eight years as sales manager for pineapples, according to a news release. She began her career in fresh produce at Sunkist Growers, working there 15 years before moving to Chiquita.

At Kingston, Marpert will manage golden pineapple sales. Kingston president Ken Nabal said in the news release Marpert will be responsible for expanding key accounts and developing new markets.

Marpert will begin work for Kingston effective June 1, which will also mark the addition of a Cincinnati office for the company.

Dave Kingston, chief executive officer, said in the news release the company has been involved in a sequence of strategic expansions in the past eight months, with the addition of the Cincinnati office seen as a critical element in the strategy.

In addition to pineapple, Kingston & Associates distributes and markets fresh produce including potatoes, onions, lettuce and broccoli.