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Ontario Produce Marketing Association announces new board members; Taylor Farms’ Amanda Knauff named chair

Top from left: Amanda Knauff, OPMA chair; Dan Tukendorf, OPMA vice chair and Eric Biddiscombe, OPMA board director. Bottom from left: Paul Spagnuolo, OPMA board director; Greg Ogiba, OPMA board director; Adam Donikian, OPMA board past chair.

Amanda Knauff, vice president of sales for Taylor Farms and a Grocery Business/Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) Outstanding Women in Produce recipient, is the new board chair for the Ontario Produce Marketing Association (OPMA).

She takes over from past OMPA chair Adam Donikian, national procurement manager for produce at Sobeys. Knauff has been a member of the board of directors since 2021 and most recently held the position of vice chair. In addition, she is also the co-chair of the OPMA Women in Produce (WPN) committee, which she co-founded in 2023 with Leah Hardy (Wonderful Company).

Also newly appointed to the OPMA board as vice chair, is Dan Tukendorf, program manager for Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association.

In addition to a new board chair, the OPMA has named three new directors: Eric Biddiscombe, director of sales and business development, Algoma Orchards; Greg Ogiba, president of Mike and Mike’s, and Frank Spagnuolo, senior vice president managing director, Burnac Produce Group.

Biddiscome has spent forty years in leadership roles in the produce industry, 33 of them in the retail side. He is past member of the CPMA and its various working sub committees and has contributed his expertise and time to the CFIA advisory board. 

Ogiba’s experience includes being the past COO of AM Fresh, chair of the CPMA’s education committee, and a teacher at the University of Rhode Island (URI). An accredited CPA, he earned his undergraduate degree in International Business from URI, and went on to earn an MBA from Queen’s University.

Spagnuolo has over 30 years of experience in the grocery and produce sector, with the majority of his career at Loblaw Company in numerous roles. Most recently, he served as the grocer’s senior category director, produce procurement for 14 years.

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