President, Koster Communications Inc. | Former Chairwoman and CEO, Mann Packing

Lorri A. Koster is the former Chairman and CEO of Mann Packing Company; a grower, shipper, processor of fresh vegetables headquartered in California’s Salinas Valley. In February of 2018, Koster finalized the sale of Mann Packing to Del Monte Fresh Produce, NA. Koster has since reassumed her role as principal of Koster Communications, a marketing and public relations consultancy. She also remains the editorial director of Coastal Grower magazine.

In 2000, Lorri was president of the board of directors of the International Fresh Cut Produce Association, being the first woman to chair an American produce trade association. She is a past chairman of the Grower Shipper Association of Central California where she became the second woman to hold the position and represented the first father-daughter and third generation chairmanship as her father was at the helm of the association in 1983 and her great uncle, Art Sbrana, in 1936.

In 2005, Koster was named one of the industry’s top 40 produce professionals under the age of 40 by Produce Business magazine. In 2011, she was named one of the industry’s “Top 25” by trade publication THE PACKER. Progressive Grocer magazine named her one of the Top 100 Women in Grocery in 2011. In 2013, THE PACKER named Koster Produce Marketer of the Year, making her a second generation recipient as her father earned the distinction in 1983.

Lorri is a former trustee for the Panetta Institute. She also served as a founding board member of the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership. Currently, Lorri is a board director for Rancho Cielo and is Executive in Residence and a member of the Business Advisory Council for CSU, Monterey Bay’s School of Business. She is the president of the board of directors of the Grower Shipper Association Foundation and is a founder of their program, Ag Knowledge.