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Ocean Spray’s board elects Peter Dhillon to be its new chairman

Peter Dhillon. This photo was provided by Ocean Spray. It was taken by Dominic Schaefer Photography.

Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc., the locally based agricultural cooperative with $2.2 billion in fiscal 2013 sales, said Wednesday Peter Dhillon was recently elected to be chairman of the board, the first Canadian cranberry grower to hold that position.

With a headquarters campus that straddles the Lake-ville-Middleborough line, Ocean Spray is owned by more than 700 cranberry and grapefruit growers in the United States, Canada, and Chile.

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Dhillon farms about 800 acres of cranberry bogs in British Columbia and about 450 acres in Quebec, Ocean Spray said.

“Peter has been an important voice on the board since he joined in 2003,” Ocean Spray chief executive Randy Papadellis said in a statement.

Dhillon succeeds Francis Podvin, who is also an Ocean Spray grower.

Podvin’s term as chairman expired. A grower from Wisconsin, he remains on Ocean Spray’s board, a cooperative spokeswoman said.

Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.
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