(Aug. 23) US Farms Inc. is expanding its role in the fresh produce industry again.

The San Diego-based company has named Iraj Shadfar vice president of World Garlic & Spice Inc., a new wholly owned subsidiary based in Los Angeles.

“It’s going to have a significant impact on the garlic business,” said US Farms president Yan Skwara. “He has a wealth of experience in the garlic industry.”

Shadfar, who couldn’t be reached for comment, previously was president of Los Angeles-based USA Garlic & Spice. Skwara said Shadfar has worked in the garlic business for more than 25 years.

Skwara said World Garlic & Spice, which should handle imports and domestic product, started sales July 1. He declined to discuss projected volumes, but US Farms said in a news release that its subsidiary “will be a major importer and distributor of garlic through its Los Angeles facility.”

Previously known as International Sports and Media Group Inc., US Farms changed its name and shifted its focus from marketing to agriculture last year. The company entered California’s fresh produce deal last summer when it purchased more than 200 acres of asparagus and a cold storage facility in the Imperial Valley from Phrixus Holdings Inc.

US Farms subsidiary California Produce Exchange, Vista, sources and distributes more than 80 fresh produce items in addition to being a grower, packer and shipper of asparagus, Skwara said.

US Farms expanded into the tomato business in April when it purchased Sammy’s Produce, Vista, Calif., and retained former owner Sam Nucci as vice president of sales and marketing of that company.