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DNO Produce Appoints Alan Hoover as President and Chief Operating Officer

Company Press Release

After a national search, DNO Produce has named Alan Hoover President and Chief Operating Officer.

Hoover will be responsible for driving the top and bottom line growth of the business, which is a leader in produce distribution in the Midwest.

“Alan has a successful track record of building and improving businesses,” said Tony DiNovo, founder and CEO of DNO, Inc. “He is a proven leader, product innovator, and a man of high integrity who brings over three decades of food and food packaging experience to our business. Alan brings a unique skill-set to DNO with his experience in sales and marketing as well as manufacturing and operations. He understands how to lead brand building efforts as well as how to drive productivity and continuous improvement efforts that will help take us to the next level.”

Hoover previously led strategic efforts at Jane’s Dough Foods, a division of Donatos. He also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Kahiki Foods and worked in leadership positions at Pressware International and Sonoco Products Company. A resident of Dublin, OH, Hoover received his Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University and earned his Masters of Business Administration from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL.

“I am very excited to join DNO Produce,” said Hoover. “This is a great opportunity to build on the foundation laid by Tony DiNovo. DNO has tremendous upside potential and I will work hard to implement the systems, processes, and disciplines that will help us realize both top and bottom line growth. We want to be known as the leader in quality, service, and innovation in our markets.”


DNO Produce, established in Columbus in 1989, is a fresh cut produce processor as well as a wholesale produce distributor. The Company distributes bulk and fresh cut produce throughout the Midwest to retailers, distributors, schools and other entities, and services long-term contracts under federal school lunch programs. DNO specializes in customized retail and food service packs, as well as single serving food service packs for use in a school setting. The Company is proud of the support that it lends to food banks and to municipal, county and state initiatives to promote the consumption of local, healthy produce in schools and communities. To learn more, visit

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