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Longtime food distribution and grocery executive Craig Turner on March 1 was named president of FlexCold, a third-party food logistics and cold storage operator based in Charleston, S.C.
Turner succeeds Vernon Rose, who died in September. He was 67.
“I’m honored to assume this role and lead FlexCold’s mission to provide unmatched personalized service through a strategic network of highly modern cold storage warehousing,” Turner said. “I’m excited to work with Roy Pepper, our regional general manager, to build a talented team to achieve this vision.”
The privately held startup is in the process of opening its first 150,000-square-foot warehouse near the Port of Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Fla..
“Craig’s leadership and operational experience at many of the nation’s largest food distribution and cold storage organizations will greatly enhance our team’s ability to successfully open our initial location in Jacksonville, Fla., this summer,” FlexCold Partner and Co-Founder Jeff Manno said in a statement. “The executive team and I are looking forward to collaborating with Craig and building a culture that will carry our vision forward.”
Turner has more than 20 years’ experience in the cold storage warehouse industry, joining FlexCold from wholesale grocery distributor Moran Foods, where he was the vice president of distribution, managing 13 distribution centers and more than 1,000 employees. He previously also served in leadership roles at Sodexo Healthcare, C&S Wholesale Grocers, KeHe Foods, and Americold. — Transport Topics