(Aug. 18) VENTURA, Calif. — Two positions have been created at hass avocado and mango importer Fresh Directions International.

Joseph Dugo will join the company Aug. 25 as an accounts manager at its Flemington, N.J., office. He will sell to buyers in the eastern U.S., and he will help start merchandising and promotional programs.

Dugo brings about 10 years of experience at Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc., Salinas, where he directed sales throughout the eastern U.S.

Another new hire, Jan Garrett, joins Fresh Directions as director of marketing. Garrett started Aug. 11.

Garrett said she would be responsible for public relations, marketing, promotions and new business development. She said she will be working to reach contract agreements with growers.

Before joining the company, Garrett worked for the Washington Apple Commission, Wenatchee, for about three years and the Washington State Fruit Commission, Yakima, for two years.