(May 13) Don Rhyno, former national category director of fruit and floral at Sobeys Canada Inc., Stellarton, Nova Scotia, has joined The Produce People Ltd., Calgary, Alberta, as the director of produce.

Roy Vinke, produce manager at The Produce People, said the move took effect May 13. Rhyno succeeds Wayne Haryett, who retired after more than 20 years with the company.

The Produce People is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Grocery People Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta, and The Calgary Co-op, Calgary. The company has more than 500 stores throughout Canada operating under five banners: Super A; Bigway; Calgary Co-op; Country Co-op; and Marketplace.

Rhyno, who worked out of Sobeys’ Toronto office, will relocate to Calgary. At The Produce People, he will head up the produce department, getting merchandising activities in place and overseeing the centralized buying initiative the company has started. Vinke said all the buying now will go through the Calgary office.

“Don’s qualifications and background in the retail sector are strong. He has a lot of wholesale experience, too, and is very well respected in the industry,” Vinke said.

Rhyno has been in the produce industry almost 40 years. He has served on the board of the Atlantic Fresh Produce Association Board, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and he was the Canadian Produce Person of the Year in 1988.