Salinas, Calif.-based Mann Packing has two new hires.

Mann Packing expands staffDenise Takakjian replaces Bixby Ramsey in the sales staff, with Ramsey moving to field operations, according to a release.

“As part of our succession planning, Bixby Ramsey is moving into field operations where he will work alongside his father, Dick, who has been with the company for 38 years,” Mike Jarrard, president and chief operating officer, said in the release.

Takakjian previously worked for Growers Express, Ready Pac Produce Inc., The Sholl Group/Green Giant Fresh and Tanimura & Antle.

Mann Packing expands staffBrian Bengard is joining Mann as the regional sales manager for the company’s foodservice division in the western U.S., according to the release.

Bengard comes from Nunhems, a division of Bayer CropScience in Paso Robles, Calif. He also worked for Tanimura & Antle, Madison Cellars/Parkfield Vineyards and was the owner and operator of Solid Gold Produce.

Bengard will report to Rick Russo, director of sales for foodservice and commodity, and Takakjian to Scott Wise, director of sales and customer solutions, according to the release.