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FirstFruits Marketing of Washington Expands Team to Support Growing Business

BY: Adam Brady | DATE: July 18, 2016

YAKIMA, Wash. - July 18, 2016 - FirstFruits Marketing of Washington announces the expansion of its sales force by welcoming Cory Zeigler and Craig Barnes to their in-house sales team.

Zeigler previously worked for a wholesale packaging and food service distributor for over six years and spent the last three years in outside sales within the fruit and hop industries. She spent an additional two years in the fresh produce industry prior to her current position working in sales support for L&M Companies.

"I am thrilled to be entering into this new role with FirstFruits," said Zeigler. "I am a firm believer that as long as you have passion, faith, and are willing to work hard, you can do anything you set your mind to."

Barnes brings over 6 years of experience in the fresh produce industry to the FirstFruits team. He previously worked for Sage Fruit Company as an account manager where he was responsible for sales in their apples, pears and cherries divisions as well as establishing and maintaining relationships with customers.

"I am excited about the opportunity to start my new position with FirstFruits and to get back into selling and exporting," said Barnes. "One thing that drew me to FirstFruits is the chance to work for a company that is so focused on giving back to the underserved.  

In their new positions at FirstFruits, Barnes and Zeigler will work in the sales department where they will be responsible for handling both domestic and export sales.

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About FirstFruits Marketing of Washington

FirstFruits Marketing is a collaborative apple marketing company owned by Ralph and Cheryl Broetje. Their growers share a commitment to producing high quality fruit while balancing the demands of purpose, people, planet and profit so that a portion of profits can be donated to non-profit missions supporting the underserved. For more Information, visit

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