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Shoreline Fruit Appoints New CEO

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Shoreline Fruit Appoints New CEO

Traverse City, Michigan, December 13 ‐‐‐ Shoreline Fruit, LLC announced today that Jason

Warren has been appointed its Chief Executive Officer, replacing former CEO John Sommavilla, who will retire on December 31st, 2019. Sommavilla, a 35‐year career food executive, will remain in a consulting capacity to facilitate a smooth transition for the organization and provide support for its retail and wellness brands. “We are thankful for the years that John has led the organization and prioritized the development of our retail business,” said Chairman of the Board Don Gregory.

Warren comes from a fifth‐generation cherry farming family on the Old Mission Peninsula with deep roots in the area on both sides of his family. He served as CFO for Shoreline in its formative stages from 2008 to 2013 and also served on its Board of Directors from 2013 to 2015. Prior to that he was a partner for fifteen years in a local CPA firm with a wide variety of clients in the area including a number of farm orientated businesses and was the CFO of a specialty valve manufacturing operation in Niles, MI with sales across the globe. He is also a minority owner of MI Local Hops and several commercial building projects in the Traverse City area. “We are very pleased to welcome Jason to the Shoreline management team. His in‐depth knowledge of our operations, our finances and our vertically integrated companies, as well as his vision for the future of our group of companies will be a great addition to our management team”, stated Chairman Gregory.

Shoreline Fruit is a vertically integrated grower, processor, and marketer of premium cherry and other fruit products. Locally owned and headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan, the Shoreline group of companies employs over 200 full time team members in the area and is one of the world’s largest producers of dried tart cherries, cherry concentrates and not from concentrate cherry juice products. Shoreline also offers a broad selection of other premium dried fruits and tart cherry‐based nutraceutical products and sells to consumers, retailers specialty food marketers, distributors and processors across the globe. For more information about Shoreline, it’s products and services and its wonderful people please visit www.shorelinefruit.com.