J&J Family Of Farms Hires Bob Ziel As New Food Safety Chief

J&J Family of Farms in Loxahatchee recently hired Bob Ziel as its director of food safety and social responsibility.

Ziel brings more than 30 years of food safety experience to J&J, having held key food safety roles with McEntire Produce, the Kraft Heinz Co. and ConAgra Foods, among others. He has been an active leader in the industry, including roles with the Produce Marketing Association, the United Fresh Technical Council and the Center for Produce Safety.

Ziel will report directly to the chairman and CEO, Lynn Rundle, and provide the hands-on leadership required in this critical role.

“We are proud of our food safety and social responsibility programs and are continuously raising the bar for our farms, our suppliers and our grower partners,” Rundle said. “We are implementing new processes to comply fully with the Food Safety Modernization Act, and under Bob’s leadership, we will be a cutting-edge food safety organization.”

Ziel is excited about his new role.

“I look forward to developing a world-class food safety and social responsibility team to support the vision and mission of J&J,” he said.

Ziel holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Valparaiso University and a master’s degree in food science from Rutgers University.

ABOVE: Bob Ziel, director of food safety at J&J Family of Farms.