Mark Daniels, a produce veteran with 35 years of industry experience, has joined the Idaho Potato Commission as retail promotion director-southeast. Based in the Savannah, Georgia area, he will provide category management, promotions and other marketing support tools to help category managers and buyers in the Southeast boost profitability in the marketplace. He replaces Bill Savilonis, who has moved on after 28 years with IPC.
Daniels, who grew up as an army brat, joined the industry as a 16-year-old in Knoxville, Tennessee, when he landed his first job working part-time at a local grocery store. His produce tour of duty has taken him from major grocery retailers like BI-LO to military commissary stores to CEA Fresh Farms, where he most recently was director of business development. He is also a member of the Southeast Produce Council board of governors, after serving 16 years on the group’s board of directors and in executive committee roles.