Naturipe Farms LLC, Naples, hires Michael Bentel as its first quality control specialist.
Bentel will head the company's food safety and quality assurance operations. He will oversee development of Naturipe’s food quality, food security, labeling and packaging, and product standards protocols and performance, according to a news release.
During his 16 years at Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Supercenters and Sam’s Clubs, Bentel helped develop specifications and quality control processes for perishables for the companies. Bentel has been the regional quality control manager for Wal-Mart since 2003, supervising the stores' U.S. quality control officers.
Michael McCartney, vice president of operations at Naturipe Farms since March, will supervise Bentel, according to the release.