SAN ANTONIO, TX, December 1, 2023 — Seasoned consumer research and product development expert, Martin C. Ruebelt, Ph.D, the Chief Scientific Officer at NatureSweet®, has been appointed to the Food Science and Technology Leadership Board at the University of California, Davis. The board is an external advisory group organized to support one of the largest undergraduate food science programs in the United States.

An accomplished scientific leader, Dr. Ruebelt has more than 20 years of experience in the agricultural industry. He has led NatureSweet’s innovation, research, and development teams for the last year and a half and his extensive leadership track record also includes roles at other agricultural companies such as Sensei Ag, Bayer, and Monsanto.

The UC Davis Food Science and Technology program plays an important role in the food and beverage industry and provides a solid education for future food scientists, cutting-edge research, industry outreach, as well as courses for professionals.

About NatureSweet® (NS Brands, Ltd.)

NatureSweet® is the single-source solution for greenhouse-grown vegetables and is the #1 best-selling brand in snacking tomatoes. The largest vertically integrated agriculture company in North America, NatureSweet guarantees great tasting produce year-round, both organic and conventional. Our vegetables are carefully grown, harvested, and packaged by more than 6,000 directly employed company Associates. NatureSweet tomatoes, cucumbers, and sweet peppers are handpicked at the peak of freshness and sold at major supermarket retailers throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada. NatureSweet is dedicated to having a positive social, environmental, and economic impact within our communities, and our commitment is to transform the lives of agricultural workers throughout North America. This work, as well as our efforts regarding sustainability, have led us to earn B Corp, Fair Trade, and the Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) certifications. NatureSweet, headquartered in Texas with facilities in Arizona and Mexico, is the largest Controlled Environment Agriculture company in the world to be B Corp, Fair Trade, and EFI certified.

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