Farmer Focus Welcomes New Chief Sales Officer Ed Hinson as Brand Presence Grows at Major Retailers

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Hinson’s extensive background in CPG will aid in growing a diverse and robust retailer network to support the company’s mission of promoting and protecting generational family farms

Farmer Focus Rich Red Curry Organic and Free Range Chicken Thighs

One of the company’s newest pre-seasoned items, Farmer Focus Red Curry Pre-Seasoned Bone-In Skin-On Chicken Thighs won the NEXTY Award for “Best New Organic Food”. The easy to cook item features a uniquely flavored blend of sweet and savory red pepper, ginger and garam masala.
One of the company’s newest pre-seasoned items, Farmer Focus Red Curry Pre-Seasoned Bone-In Skin-On Chicken Thighs won the NEXTY Award for “Best New Organic Food”. The easy to cook item features a uniquely flavored blend of sweet and savory red pepper, ginger and garam masala.
One of the company’s newest pre-seasoned items, Farmer Focus Red Curry Pre-Seasoned Bone-In Skin-On Chicken Thighs won the NEXTY Award for “Best New Organic Food”. The easy to cook item features a uniquely flavored blend of sweet and savory red pepper, ginger and garam masala.

Farmer Focus Toasted Lager Organic and Free Range Half Chicken

One of the company’s newest pre-seasoned items, Farmer Focus Toasted Lager Organic Half Chicken won the NEXTY Award for “Best New Meat, Dairy, or Animal-Based Product”. This take on the classic beer can chicken has a well-balanced flavor with notes of hops, paprika, lemon and roasted corn.
One of the company’s newest pre-seasoned items, Farmer Focus Toasted Lager Organic Half Chicken won the NEXTY Award for “Best New Meat, Dairy, or Animal-Based Product”. This take on the classic beer can chicken has a well-balanced flavor with notes of hops, paprika, lemon and roasted corn.
One of the company’s newest pre-seasoned items, Farmer Focus Toasted Lager Organic Half Chicken won the NEXTY Award for “Best New Meat, Dairy, or Animal-Based Product”. This take on the classic beer can chicken has a well-balanced flavor with notes of hops, paprika, lemon and roasted corn.

Farmer Focus Organic and Free Range Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast

One of the company’s best-selling items, Farmer Focus Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts are extremely versatile. From sheet pan dinners to grilling, this lean protein can take on many flavors.
One of the company’s best-selling items, Farmer Focus Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts are extremely versatile. From sheet pan dinners to grilling, this lean protein can take on many flavors.
One of the company’s best-selling items, Farmer Focus Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts are extremely versatile. From sheet pan dinners to grilling, this lean protein can take on many flavors.

Farmer Focus’ New Chief Sales Officer Ed Hinson

Hinson brings over 25 years of sales experience to the Farmer Focus executive team as CSO.
Hinson brings over 25 years of sales experience to the Farmer Focus executive team as CSO.
Hinson brings over 25 years of sales experience to the Farmer Focus executive team as CSO.

HARRISONBURG, Va., Sept. 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Farmer Focus, the only 100% organic and Humane Certified chicken company with a mission to promote and protect generational family farms, announced the appointment of Ed Hinson as Chief Sales Officer along with expansion into several new grocery outlets.

Hinson brings over 25 years of sales experience in the food industry. He joins Farmer Focus from Dean Foods, where he held several senior-level commercial roles, including leading sales for Dean’s ice cream business and its expansion into new customers and geographies. Before that, he served in executive roles spanning strategy, sales and finance at Campbell Soup and as a Consulting Manager in Accenture’s Food & CPG Practice.

As CSO, Hinson will continue building on Farmer Focus’ growing retail presence while expanding the brand to reach new customers, channels and geographies. He will lead strategy and evolve processes across sales and supply chain teams that have doubled in 2021.

“I was immediately drawn to Farmer Focus as a rapidly growing, mission-based company with tremendous potential for brand growth,” said Ed Hinson, new Chief Sales Officer at Farmer Focus. “In addition to my sales background in the food industry, I grew up around farming and ranching in a small town, so I have a personal passion to address the challenges facing those involved in agriculture.”

Hinson joins the company at a pivotal time. Farmer Focus has partnered with retailers including Meijer, Publix, Kroger Mid-Atlantic, Harris Teeter and Fresh Market in the past year. Thanks to this expansion at retail, Farmer Focus grew its family of farmers to over 70 independent family farmers.

Farmer Focus is leading organic category growth by fueling demand from consumers seeking more than just organic certification. These attributes, along with the company’s commitment to sustainability, mirror consumer trends that bring new customers into the organic category.

“In addition to attracting new consumers to Farmer Focus, we are growing the organic chicken category as a whole,” said Erik Vaughan, Farmer Focus President and COO. “We are excited for Ed to develop our team and leverage his experience to grow our business and our family of farmer partners.”

Farmer Focus’ retail presence now spans over 2,500 stores and continues to grow. Online, products are available on FreshDirect and Crowd Cow.

This news is just the most recent indication of Farmer Focus’ success. Other noteworthy metrics include:

  • In 2021, the Farmer Focus farming family grew by 62%. The company currently works with over 70 family farms, with over 100 more on the waiting list.

  • Farmer Focus is the #1 fastest growing organic chicken brand in grocery stores over the 52-week period ending 9.5.21 as indicated by IRI data.

  • Farmer Focus is the #2 organic chicken brand in grocery stores over the latest 13 weeks, as indicated by IRI Sales Data Period ending 9.5.21.

ABOUT FARMER FOCUS
Founded by sixth-generation farmer Corwin Heatwole in 2014, Farmer Focus is the only 100% organic and Humane Certified® chicken company with a mission to promote and protect generational family farms. By shifting farm-level decision-making and chicken ownership back to farmers and empowering them to farm the way they know is best, Farmer Focus significantly improves the financial viability of the farm and farmer profit. Available in 2,500 stores throughout the East Coast and Midwest, including major retailers like Publix, Kroger, Harris Teeter and more, Farmer Focus is committed to consistently producing exceedingly delicious, 100% organic and humanely raised chicken that is better for people, the planet and animals.

Contact: Molly Antos
Dadascope Communications
farmer-focus@dadascope.com

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