Borton Fruit Welcomes New Food Safety & Complaince Manager, Jeremy Leavitt

Yakima, WA – Borton Fruit is eager to announce we have hired a new Food Safety & Compliance Manager, Jeremy Leavitt.  Jeremy started with Borton on January 12th, 2015 and has jumped right into his role.  He brings great leadership, knowledge and experience to Borton’s Food Safety Program and we are excited to see that arena develop even further with Jeremy on board.

Jeremy grew up in the Wenatchee Valley, “I was raised around fruit and orchards my whole life,” he said.  He attended college at Wenatchee Valley College where he obtained his associates degree and transferred to Washington State University.  He graduated with a Biology Major and Chemistry Minor and immediately moved to Seattle to start a career in the Biotechnology Industry.  “I worked with scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington Medical School to design and formulate specific cell culture growth mediums.  I took this experience and later started a career in the pharmaceutical industry working with physicians in Central Washington promoting Heart and Gastrointestinal medications,” Jeremy stated.

Jeremy ventured to the processed food industry 5 years ago with Lamb Weston/Con Agra Foods in Quincy, WA.  He was a Process Quality Supervisor for three years before going to work at Tree Top in Wenatchee, and later Liberty Orchards Aplets and Cotlets, in Cashmere.   “My interests and expertise has always been in science, especially food safety.  I find the relationships between food, science and diseases very interesting and challenging.  It is my desire to make sure that Borton Fruit has the safest, cleanest and healthiest facilities and fruit in the world,” states Jeremy.

Jeremy has been living in the Yakima valley for about three weeks now.  He still has his home in Wenatchee and has been commuting back and forth transitioning to his new home here in West Valley.   “I have a lovely wife of 8 years, Brenda.  We have three children and two grandchildren who are an amazing part of our life.  I enjoy working out, hunting, golfing, fishing, Seahawks Football and cooking,” he told us.  “I also have a passion for Labrador retrievers and have raised puppies most of my life,” Jeremy said.

Borton Fruit welcome’s you Jeremy.  We are extremely thankful to have you on board and know you are going to bring so much to the table in this position. 

Posted February 06, 2015

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