, the world’s largest and most comprehensive online business-to-business marketplace for the food and agriculture industry, today announced the addition of four new executives to its leadership team.

The new executives, with expertise in quality assurance, international logistics, agribusiness, and sales, add further depth to’s veteran leadership team. Together, the strengthened team offers near-limitless resources to its 9,000-plus members, representing 170 countries worldwide.

New executives are:

  • Andrew Flanders, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Quality Control, will develop quality assurance standards and create an online inspection, verification, and supplier audit system, utilizing’s recently formed alliance with Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS), the world’s largest and most renowned inspection, auditing, and certification agency. Flanders has a doctorate in Food Chemistry and is a 15-year veteran of SGS, where he most recently served as a manager of global food operations. A recognized expert in food quality issues, Flanders is one of several industry experts available for one-on-one consulting with members about food quality, safety, and documentation issues.
  • Nihat Arkan, Vice President, Global Logistics, will utilize his 11-year experience with global logistics leader, Panalpina, to devise online logistics strategies, establish and manage relationships with global logistics partners, and develop value-added services for members. Highlights during his 15-year career in shipping and logistics include developing and implementing Panalpina’s Internet-based tracking system and managing a multi-million-dollar U.S. military program for Egypt’s Ministry of Defense. An expert in freight forwarding, air, and ocean export operations, Arkan is one of several industry experts available for one-on-one consulting with members.
  • Judy van Heiningen Rivera, Vice President, Sales, is responsible for developing the growing Latin American market for Previously, she drove new business initiatives for a variety of food companies throughout Mexico and Central and South America, including Solar Aquafarms, a division of Chiquita Brands, Inc., and Victoria Beverages, a Mexican soft-drink manufacturer. Most recently, she directed regional Latin American business development, sales and procurement efforts for AJC International, where she specialized in domestic and international commodity markets for chicken, turkey, beef, pork, vegetables and seafood.
  • Fritz Schwartz, Senior Consultant, will build new customer and supplier relationships and develop international business programs for A food industry veteran for 34 years, he has held general manager positions and served on the Boards of seven companies, including Fuji Purina Protein, Ltd., Agromarina de Panama, S.A., Sesaco Corporation, and Kancor Flavour and Extracts, Ltd. His experience covers virtually all areas of the food industry, including herbs and spices, bakery ingredients, soy protein food ingredients, meat products, seafood, dairy products, fresh produce, and agricultural chemicals. He was a director of international business development for Ralston Purina Company for 14 years and, most recently, was the vice president of global sourcing for McCormick and Company. He is a published author of several articles about agriculture and food policy and technology.

“By hiring domain experts within each discipline, offers members a transaction experience that is unmatched in the online business-to-business food and agriculture industry,” says Frank Tomasino, chairman and founder.

Online since 1997, Miami-based ( is a one-stop solution for more than 9,000 growers, packers, processors, distributors, importers, exporters, and retail chains in 170 countries, who use the site to buy and sell food products directly, take advantage of free value-added services, and consult with industry experts. The site has more than 5,000 product postings, which is the largest online global inventory in the world. It was the first business-to-business food exchange to establish a presence in Latin America when it opened offices in Argentina in 1999. In 2000, the Company opened offices in Chile, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Poland, France, Germany, Belgium, and England. The Company now serves 33 international markets, making the only U.S.-based food exchange with such an extensive worldwide presence.

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