BREA, Calif. — Health and natural products wholesale distributor Nature's Best has hired Amy Kirtland as the company’s VP of sales. Kirtland will be responsible for leading the company's sales team and executing the company's strategic growth plans.
"I am excited to start a new challenge and look forward to being part of a unique organization with a longstanding history of excellence and commitment to the natural products industry,” said Kirtland. “I am fortunate to be joining such a respected company that prides itself on top quality service, and look forward to working with independent retailers.”
Kirtland was executive director of Unified Grocers Naturally Division. As a key driver of the company's market center division, she primarily focused on natural and organic categories in independent stores. Prior to joining Unified Grocers, she worked for more than 15 years in the natural and specialty food business gaining experience in importing, brokerage functions, manufacturing and distribution.
In addition to her previous experience, Amy is a member of the FMI Sustainability Executive Committee and participates on the Food Waste Reduction Alliance. FMI provides leadership to companies in developing tools to help reduce waste, source sustainable products and increase recycling rates. She also serves as chair on the board of directors of Food Lifeline, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger.
"Amy's wealth of experience and industry knowledge, along with her passion and commitment to natural and organic products, makes her a perfect fit with the Nature's Best team,” said Nature’s Best president Tom Echolds. “Amy will play a key role in the future of our customer centric organization. Her appointment is a sign of our continuing commitment to service excellence."
Nature's Best delivers a full-line of certified organic, natural and specialty products to retail stores throughout the South, Central and Western U.S., Alaska, Hawaii and Asia from its LEED gold certified distribution facilities.