Brad Stinson started working for Duda Farm Fresh Foods Inc. after college in 2017. After graduating and participating in an extensive internship with A. Duda & Sons Inc. (the parent company to Duda Farm Fresh Foods), he ultimately chose to move to the Salinas Valley to experience the produce industry at the highest level. Since moving to California, Brad has created an integrated and comprehensive Quality Control program that oversees all commodities grown by Duda Farm Fresh Foods for their west coast operations. These commodities include: carton celery, processor celery, organic celery, broccoli, cauliflower, iceberg, romaine, green leaf and red leaf lettuce. On top of creating and maintaining a functioning QC program, Brad has been given opportunities to oversee multiple projects. These projects are all related to helping Duda Farm Fresh Foods progress into the future of farming by helping to create a recyclable poly carton for celery, prototyping automated harvesting machines for celery, exploring the opportunity to integrate and streamline a west coast radish program, and integrating “social distancing” hardware on harvesting machinery. On top of these assigned projects, he has conducted his own research to try to cultivate new opportunities to expand Duda Farm Fresh Foods’ current offerings for their celery program. These research projects include: trying to find an outlet for using celery by-product for cancer research, for a secondary food market, and for making compostable food service products. Brad hopes to continue to be on the forefront of innovation in the industry with Duda Farm Fresh Foods, and hopes to educate consumers about where their food comes from by using his knowledge and passion for farming.
Brad is a 5th generation Duda family member from Oviedo, Florida. He attended Piedmont College where he received both a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA while playing for the varsity baseball team.