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Founded in 1912, Sun-Maid is the world’s largest producer and processor of raisins and other dried fruits, with annual sales of $360 million.

published on October 27, 2017 - 12:26 PM
Written by David Castellon

The board of directors for Kingsburg-based Sun-Maid Growers of California has selected Harry Overly to lead the company as its CEO.

Overly, who most recently served as the CEO of the North American division of Deoleo, the world’s largest seller of olive oils, including the Bertolli brand in the U.S., will take over running the raisin-producing giant on Tuesday.

He’ll replace Barry F. Kriebel, Sun-Maid’s president since February 1986, who is retiring.

Founded in 1912, Sun-Maid is the world’s largest producer and processor of raisins and other dried fruits, with annual sales of $360 million.

“The Sun-Maid board wants to thank Barry Kriebel for his leadership which has guided Sun-Maid’s success for nearly 32 years, and we wish Barry and his wife, Pam, the very best for their future,” Jeffrey Jue, chairman of the Sun-Maid board, said in a press release.

“The Sun-Maid Board of Directors has been working deliberately and carefully during the last eight months to recruit the best candidate to lead Sun-Maid into the future, and we are delighted with Harry as our selection.”

Company officials cited Overly’s passions for product innovation and brand connections over his 20-year career in consumer packaged goods organizations as big parts of why he was selected.

“I’m thrilled to be working with such an iconic brand with an incredible heritage. I look forward to joining the Sun-Maid team and connecting with all the employees, growers, and families to lead our next phase of growth,” he said in the press release.

Overly, of Dallas, also has held positions at TreeHouse Foods; Kraft Foods; the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.; and BestSweet, Inc.

He holds a bachelor of science degree in food science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and took some graduate-level business courses at the University of Chicago.


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