(Nov. 13) NAPLES, Fla. — For the first time in 12 years, Mike Klackle is not making berries his business.

Klackle, who started working for the Grand Junction, Mich.-based MBG Marketing in 1991 as sales director before becoming vice president of sales for the newly formed Global Berry Farms LLC in 2000, has resigned, effective Dec. 5.

It was one of several moves Global announced in early November.

Global Berry Farms will fill the vacancy with Brian Bocock, vice president of sales from the company’s Grand Rapids, Mich., office, and Craig Moriyama, who directs Global’s strawberry sales office in Watsonville, Calif.

“It’s something that has been running through my mind the last year or so,” said Klackle, 50.

He said he needed a break, but that he hoped to return to the business in some capacity.

“It might be with another berry organization. Time will tell,” he said, adding that he was not negotiating with any other company. “It’s kind of unclear right now what opportunity may cross my path and which way I’d want to take it, but I’d be receptive to continuing on in the berry business with another company in some shape, way or form. It’s totally unclear.”

Klackle had been with Global Berry Farms since its beginning in October 2000 as the exclusive sales agent for Grand Rapids-based MBG Marketing/Michigan Blueberry Growers Association and Santiago, Chile-based Hortifrut SA.

The company now markets berries around the world, providing sales representation to growers in the U.S., Argentina, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica.

In September 2002, Naturipe Berry Growers, Watsonville, became an equal partner in Global Berry, and in May, Global Berry Farms formed a strategic alliance with Atlantic Blueberry Co., Hammonton, N.J., to become one of the largest marketers in the blueberry industry.

The alliance with Atlantic Blueberry supplies blueberries from mid-June into July, packed under the Atlantic Blueberry label, giving Global Berry Farms a supply estimated at three times that of previous seasons at that time.

In another move, Global has named John Corrigan western account manager. Corrigan had been marketing director for the company, after serving in similar function at Naturipe.

It’s a lateral move that allows Corrigan to work directly with customers again and gives Global Berry a chance to boost its western sales. Global Berry has account managers in the Florida cities of Naples and Tampa as well as in Dallas and Michigan. But this is the first regionally focused position, Corrigan said.