Village Farms’ Krysten DeGiglio Named Produce Business 40 Under Forty

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Village Farms is proud to announce that Krysten DeGiglio, Regional Sales Manager, has been selected as a winner of the 14th annual Produce Business 40 under Forty award for 2019. 

Each year Produce Business conducts an extensive, widespread search to elicit nominations for top young leaders in the industry. Winners are selected by a group of industry mentors based on their professional accomplishments, demonstrated leadership and industry and community contributions. The publication recognized its first honorees in 2005 as a way to identify and support future produce industry movers and shakers. Way to go Krysten!

“I feel truly honored to be chosen as one of the award recipients for this year’s Produce Business 40 Under Forty,” said Krysten DeGiglio. Produce Business has a long history of selecting the best and brightest in their field and I’m humbled to be included in this outstanding group.”

DeGiglio came to Village Farms in 2015 with a MBA in Finance and embarked on her career with the company as a regional sales manager responsible for the Northeastern United States. Her day to day activities keeps her on her toes managing several top retail accounts.  She is also responsible for managing Village Farms wholesale and terminal market accounts in this region as well as the quickly expanding home delivery business segment for the company. 

Although she is the daughter of Michael DeGiglio, founder, President, and CEO of Village Farms International Inc., she didn’t get hooked on the industry until attending her first PMA Fresh Summit conference back in 2013.  “My decision to join the company was fueled by the many authentic people I connected with at this time. I was truly impressed then and continue to be now by Village Farms’ commitment to sustainability combined with their unique and exclusive tomato varieties that seek to drive not only solid customer value but unsurpassed consumer value.” said DeGiglio. “All of these elements fuel my passion today as I focus on increasing brand value for my customers.”

As the future of the produce industry unfolds, DeGiglio feels encouraged by current trends within the industry. While advancements and innovations within companies are changing the industry, in part due to a generational shift, one thing that remains constant is the importance of relationships.

“Over the last 4 years I have observed more and more young professionals joining the produce industry. Millennials and Gen Z are fortunate to be working amongst those who have been in produce for most or all of their careers. The knowledge, passion and expertise passed on is invaluable, and something that can only be experienced firsthand not learned from a book. I am pleasantly surprised to work with people who are extremely committed to this industry and I appreciate how many doors a solid network can open for you. Produce is all about maintaining relationships, staying dedicated, being ethical, and keeping one’s integrity intact; these are some of the reasons I love working in this industry.  Working for Village Farms, a company who has grown their business over the past 30 years by abiding to these principles makes me feel optimistic for the future.  At Village Farms we like to say, ‘It takes a Village’ and I see this village as a solid foundation within the company I work for and the produce industry at large all working together toward a common goal to bring healthy products into people’s daily lives.”

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