Craig Higgins

Craig Higgins

CFO

Licensed CPA with 20 years of experience in finance, IT and human resources. Possesses deep knowledge of costing, working capital management, inventory control, product traceability and systems integration. Hands-on, knowledgeable and customer-centric. Earned his undergraduate degree from Montclair State University and MBA from Villanova University.

Luca DaPonte

Luca DaPonte

VP Purchasing and Planning

A food industry procurement, sales and production planning professional. Luca brings Imperial more than 13 years of specific experience in the fruit category and a wealth of knowledge of both domestic and international growers and processors. Exceptionally strong at coordinating procurement of raw materials to support customer demand.

Laurie Steed, Ph.D.

Laurie Steed, Ph.D.

Director of Technical Services

Food scientist with strong knowledge of food safety/quality assurance and product innovation for a wide range of categories. Passionate about providing delicious, high quality, and safe products that exceed consumer expectations. Additionally committed to meeting or exceeding customer specifications and adding value to their brands. Earned her BS, MS, and Ph.D. from North Carolina State University.