Pro­duce indus­try vet­er­an brings three decades of retail and pro­cure­ment exper­tise to the com­pa­ny

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Novem­ber 10, 2021) Ver­dant Tech­nolo­gies announces the addi­tion of pro­duce indus­try vet­er­an Har­lan Ewert to the posi­tion of Sales-Direc­tor West, effec­tive imme­di­ate­ly. Mr. Ewert comes to Ver­dant from 30+ years with The Kroger Co. He has spent his career in the retail gro­cery busi­ness and brings pro­cure­ment, lead­er­ship, lean process improve­ment and retail exper­tise to the Ver­dant sales team. Ewert will lead all West­ern sales ini­tia­tives for Ver­dant Tech­nolo­gies and report to Scott Hark­er, VP of Sales.
As Pro­duce Cat­e­go­ry Man­ag­er for Kroger, the largest super­mar­ket chain in the US, Ewert drove sig­nif­i­cant cat­e­go­ry growth and led numer­ous strate­gic ini­tia­tives for the com­pa­ny. Dur­ing his tenure, he served in var­i­ous lead­er­ship roles across the coun­try, focused on imple­ment­ing best prac­tices, max­i­miz­ing cat­e­go­ry strat­e­gy, man­ag­ing high-per­form­ing teams, and align­ing com­pa­ny and cus­tomer goals.

“Con­sumers demand fresh­ness in their pro­duce – and the suc­cess of the indus­try depends on it. Har­vestHold brings a solu­tion to an ever-chang­ing world, whether pan­dem­ic or sup­ply chain-relat­ed, to meet this expec­ta­tion,” said Ewert. Ewert has led a siz­able team of pro­cure­ment spe­cial­ists, been a fre­quent pre­sen­ter at Kroger lead­er­ship pro­grams, and has been close­ly con­nect­ed with many pro­duce sup­pli­ers in a vast range of com­modi­ties. Ewert shared, “I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to col­lab­o­rate through­out the indus­try and accel­er­ate the intro­duc­tion of Har­vestHold™. I am very excit­ed to be join­ing the Ver­dant team.”
Ewert joins the team at a piv­otal time for Ver­dant. Har­vestHold, Verdant’s intro­duc­to­ry pro­duce shelf-life exten­sion prod­uct, received EPA approval in Sep­tem­ber 2021. “We are thrilled to wel­come Har­lan to the com­pa­ny. His deep knowl­edge and dis­ci­plined approach to the cat­e­go­ry make him a valu­able part of our team. He is high­ly respect­ed in the indus­try and brings retail and grow­er insights to our sales team that will strength­en the Har­vestHold offer­ing to the entire sup­ply chain,” said Ver­dant CEO, Gor­don Robert­son.

About Ver­dant Tech­nolo­gies™

Ver­dant Tech­nolo­gies™ is an emerg­ing leader in the ag tech indus­try, offer­ing Har­vestHold™ prod­uct life exten­sion tech­nol­o­gy for flo­ral and pro­duce prod­ucts. Ver­dant Tech­nolo­gies and its part­ners work hand-in-hand to reduce neg­a­tive envi­ron­men­tal impacts and help bring nour­ish­ment to more peo­ple in more places. Ver­dant Tech­nolo­gies has cor­po­rate offices in St. Paul, MN and Den­ver, CO. For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it www.verdant-tech.com.

About Har­vestHold™

Har­vestHold™ by Ver­dant Tech­nolo­gies, the sheet form of Verdant’s 1‑MCP solu­tions, is the first of the company’s patent­ed prod­ucts avail­able in the glob­al mar­ket­place. As flo­ral and pro­duce prod­ucts are har­vest­ed, grow­ers and pack­ers sim­ply insert a sheet of Har­vestHold into pack­ag­ing from which 1‑MCP is released using a plant’s nat­ur­al chem­istry. Find out more at www.harvesthold.com.

About Gulftech Inter­na­tion­al™

Ver­dant Tech­nolo­gies is a divi­sion of Gulftech Inter­na­tion­al™. Gulftech is a diver­si­fied hold­ing com­pa­ny with a core com­pe­tence in devel­op­ing and oper­at­ing glob­al man­u­fac­tur­ers of indus­tri­al equip­ment and com­po­nents. We are own­ers, oper­a­tors and stew­ards to a fam­i­ly of com­pa­nies serv­ing the world’s most impor­tant food pro­duc­tion and pro­cess­ing com­pa­nies. Our mis­sion is to acquire and nur­ture com­pa­nies, invest­ing in sus­tain­able growth and long-term suc­cess. Our focus is on mid­dle mar­ket, long-term acqui­si­tion oppor­tu­ni­ties in man­u­fac­tur­ing, pack­ag­ing, dis­tri­b­u­tion and indus­tri­al after­mar­ket parts and ser­vice. Gulftech has cor­po­rate offices in Den­ver, CO. For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it www.gulftech.com.