The CEO of Sunkist Growers has resigned. Jeff Gargiulo, who is also the company's president, said yesterday (19 January) that he will not renew his contract and will stand down in June.

"Sunkist is a great organisation with a fabulous brand name and history, and the last two years have been particularly good for our growers," Gargiulo said. "I am looking forward to new opportunities both in the wine and produce businesses."

Gargiulo, who joined Sunkist as president and CEO in 2001, also owns Gargiulo Vineyards in Napa, California.

"Jeff's leadership created a focus and energy on aligning Sunkist growers and packers with the changing demands of the marketplace - from the end consumer to key retail and foodservice customers," said David Krause, who chairs the Sunkist board of directors.

Sunkist added that it would now begin a search for a new CEO.