INDIANAPOLIS, IN – KESI Management, a food and beverage company that specializes in providing comprehensive and tailored full-service solutions to the food and beverage industry, joined FreshEdge, a family of best-in-class fresh food distribution companies. Founded in 2018 by Austin Kirtley and Mehrdad Erfan, KESI Management’s solutions cover a wide range of areas, including operations, management, logistics, finance, and more, addressing various touchpoints and levels within the industry.
FreshEdge and KESI Management have been collaborating over the last four years, with KESI’s team of industry experts helping to identify, implement, and sustain operational, supply chain and engineering initiatives across multiple FreshEdge companies. Their extensive knowledge of the produce, manufacturing, and distribution sectors has allowed for continued best-in-class processes to be used within FreshEdge.
Austin Kirtley will come on board as the Executive Vice President of Business Performance. His focus will be working closely with FreshEdge’s operating company leaders and management teams to ensure the continued success of each company while continually maintaining the values of FreshEdge and the uniqueness of each company within.
“Over the last four years, we have had the opportunity to witness the culture, growth, and leadership at FreshEdge and their family of companies, and we knew that it would be a great fit when Greg and Steve asked us to be a part of that,” said Kirtley. “With KESI Management’s experience in the industry and familiarity with the FreshEdge team, we knew it would be a great opportunity for our teams to collaborate even more to see FreshEdge meet and surpass their goals into the future.”
Mehrdad Erfan will be the Executive Vice President of Operations, Logistics, and Engineering, where he will work in collaboration with his team to continually support the entire FreshEdge platform by ensuring the growth and sustainability of a best-in-class operation in our industry.
“Over the years, we have continued to work with top-tier companies to continue to push the produce industry in the direction of change, innovation, and sustainability, and we believe that together with the direction and support of the entire FreshEdge team and family of companies, we will be able to continue to build towards those goals,” said Erfan.
Along with Mehrdad and Austin, Dustin Varvil (another partner in KESI Management) and both Amanda Spencer and Anthony Mitchell will be joining the FreshEdge team.
“We are thrilled to have the outstanding members of KESI join FreshEdge,” said Greg Corsaro, President of FreshEdge. “Their addition to our team enhances our culture and customer-obsessed pursuit of driving success for our customers.”
“We welcome the KESI team to the FreshEdge family of best-in-class companies,” said Steve Grinstead, CEO of FreshEdge. They have awesome experience and passion that fits perfectly with our focus on continuous improvement and desire to be the best at everything we do.”