Dairy co-op Darigold hires chief financial officer

Photo of DarigoldMark Garth will take over as Darigold chief financial officer and treasurer on Nov. 27.

Darigold has hired as chief financial officer and treasurer a Texas resident who has worked for several other farm enterprises.

Mark Garth will join the diary cooperative effective Nov. 27, according to a press release. Garth and his family will move to the Seattle area from the Houston area.

“I’m looking forward to joining Darigold and working with a tremendous team during this exciting time of growth and international expansion,” Garth said in a written statement.

Most recently, he was chief financial officer for Country Fresh Holdings, a Texas-based distributor of fruit and vegetable snacks.

“As Darigold embarks on the next century, after recently celebrating out 100-year anniversary, Mark will be instrumental in supporting our trajectory of international growth, customer focus, consumer innovation and sustainable business practices,” President and CEO Stan Ryan said in a written statement.

Before working for Country Fresh, Garth was chief financial officer and treasurer at Perdue Farms in Maryland and Wells’ Dairy in Iowa. Previously, he had senior financial roles at Plexus Corp. in Wisconsin, Conagra in Nebraska and Maytag in Iowa.

Garth earned a master’s degree in business administration from Drake University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Central College in Iowa.

Nearly 500 dairy farms in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana own Darigold, based in Seattle. Darigold processes milk at 11 plants in the Northwest and handles approximately 10 billion pounds of milk annually, according to the cooperative.

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