(Feb. 6) Rich Reininger has joined Dole Fresh Vegetables, Monterey, Calif., as vice president of manufacturing for the company’s value added salads. He will report to Dole president Eric Schwartz, beginning Feb. 12.

Schwartz said Reininger would be responsible for running four Dole salad processing plants, co-packing operations and engineering. Reininger has more than 20 years experience in food plant operations.

His most recent position was with Dryers Grand Ice Cream, where he was responsible for multiple plants. Before that he held senior operations positions with Frito Lay and Procter & Gamble.

"We are very pleased to have someone with Rich’s depth of experience in food plant operations join the team,” Schwartz said.