LAS VEGAS, July 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HF Foods Group Inc. (NASDAQ: HFFG), a leading food distributor to Asian restaurants throughout the United States (“HF Foods”, “HF Group” or the “Company”), has appointed Jose Maroto to the Company’s board of directors effective July 1, 2022. Mr. Maroto is a 29-year veteran in the foodservice industry with experience in foodservice distribution, cash and carry, international market expansion, and other ancillary businesses.
Mr. Maroto’s experience spans across Latin America. He started and grew businesses in Costa Rica and Panama which became the largest foodservice distributors in each country. In addition, he built foodservice cash and carry retail businesses in both Costa Rica and Panama, which currently consist of 22 stores across both countries and is a partner in the largest independent foodservice distributor in Mexico. Mr. Maroto holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Minnesota.
“Jose will be a very valuable member of our board,” said HF Group Chairman Russell T. Libby. “His background in foodservice distribution operations, sales, marketing, merchandising and supply chain will provide great support to our management team. We are thrilled to have him join.”
Peter Zhang, CEO of HF Foods added: “We are excited to have Jose join the Board of Directors given his nearly three decades of industry experience and history of building successful businesses. His expertise in food distribution operations and business expansion is a natural fit for us.”
As a result of Mr. Maroto’s appointment, the Company’s board of directors will now include four independent directors and Mr. Peter Zhang, the CEO of the Company. Concurrently with Mr. Maroto’s appointment, Felix Lin has stepped down from his position as a director of the Company and will continue to serve as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer and interim Chief Financial Officer.
About HF Foods Group, Inc.
HF Foods Group Inc., headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, is a leading marketer and distributor of fresh produce, frozen and dry food, and non-food products to primarily Asian/Chinese restaurants and other foodservice customers throughout the United States. With 17 distribution centers strategically located throughout the nation, HF Foods aims to supply the increasing demand for Asian American restaurant cuisine. With an in-house proprietary ordering and inventory control network, more than 15,000 established customers in 46 states, and strong relations with growers and suppliers of food products in the US, South America and China, HF Foods Group is able to offer fresh, high-quality specialty restaurant foods and supplies at economical prices to its large and growing base of customers. For more information, please visit www.hffoodsgroup.com.
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