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Soquel, Calif.-based organic produce distributor Albert’s Organics appointed Chris Harder as vegetable buyer for its Source Organic division.

Ayer, Mass.-based Vitasoy USA promoted General Manager Walter Riglian to president and CEO. Riglian joined Vitasoy in 2005.

Santa Fe Springs, Calif.-based Jarrow Industries appointed Katie Ferren as director of sales and marketing. Ferren has more than 13 years of experience in the nutraceuticals industry.

Fall River, Mass.-based Stirrings, a cocktail-mix manufacturer, named Robert Swartz as CEO. Swartz brings more than 20 years of experience in the wine and spirits industry, including top positions with Seagram Americas, Allied Domecq PLC and Terlato Wines International. Arlington, Va.-based Food Marketing Institute elected its 2008 board members. Steven Smith, president and CEO of K-VA-T Food Stores based in Abingdon, Va., was elected chairman, and Jeffrey Noddle, chairman and CEO of Minneapolis-based Supervalu, was the past chair. Tim Hammonds, president and CEO of FMI since 1993, announced his retirement but will remain in place until the search committee finds a replacement.

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