Datepac LLC, Yuma, Ariz., hired Edward O’Malley as its president and chief executive officer this month.

O’Malley has been in the produce industry for more than 30 years, working for Fresh Express, Paramount Farms, Dole Foods, Coastal Berry Co. LLC, Albert’s Organics Inc. and most recently at Chemonics International, where he was the director of the Mazar Food Initiative in Afghanistan. With Chemonics, O’Malley helped Afghan growers and businesses, using funds from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Datepac processes and ships fresh dates, with two processing facilities in Yuma. It is owned by growers in the Bard Valley, along the lower Colorado River Valley. Datepac markets products in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia.

“There is tremendous opportunity to increase consumption of medjool fresh dates in retail, foodservice and export channels,” O’Malley said.

Datepac hires president and CEO