Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Southern Specialties hired Robert Saake as key account manager.

Saake has eight years of produce industry experience.

Previously, Saake worked in sales at Belle Glade, Fla.-based Hugh Branch Inc.

“Southern Specialties has been on my radar for a long time.” Saake said in a news release. “My hopes were to become associated with a vertically integrated company offering year-round supplies, and service, with a great reputation in the industry. That is a perfect

description of Southern Specialties.”

“We are excited to have Robert on board.” Daryl Johnston, vice president of sales for the company, said in the release. “His experience and skills will be a great asset to our company. We are focused on providing the best possible service to our customers. Expanding our sales team is an important part of this initiative.”