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Phytelligence Welcomes New Executive Vice President of Global Sales


Todd Raasch joins Seattle-based startup as the company's first
executive vice president of global sales

a leading agricultural biotechnology company that is revolutionizing
the way food crops are grown, today announced its first Executive Vice
President of Global Sales, Todd Raasch. Raasch will oversee the
company's strategic sales plan to facilitate company growth and grower

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In this new role, Raasch will manage Phytelligence's expanding sales
team, advance sales strategies in each segment, lead competitor analysis
and direct implementation of sales policies and practices that align
with the needs of growers. Raasch's hire marks the company's fifth
executive hire within the past year. Other recently announced positions
include four global vice presidents of sales who manage the citrus,
and hops,
nut and new crop

Raasch brings more than 20 years of sales experience in the food and
consumer packaged goods industries. Prior to joining Phytelligence, he
served as the vice president of North American sales at Cooke
Aquaculture's True North Seafood. During the five years he spent as vice
president, Raasch was responsible for facilitating more than $950
million in global sales, managing 20 regional sales managers and team
members, as well as hiring and overseeing all broker networks. He was
also responsible for "top-to-top" relationship management for more than
$300 million of sales within North America food retailers including
Costco, Kroger, Safeway/Albertsons, Walmart, Sysco and MGM Properties.

"After an extensive search process, we're pleased to name our very first
executive vice president of global sales. With Todd's leadership we look
forward to strengthening our sales strategy and the relationships we've
fostered with growers," said Ken Hunt, CEO of Phytelligence. "Todd's
experience in achieving long-term strategic sales goals will be
invaluable as we continue to expand and provide growers with the highest
quality food crops."

Raasch, throughout numerous corporate acquisitions, was also a valued
member of executive leadership team at Kelley-Clarke Seafood when the
company was purchased by Icicle Seafood in 2005, and again in 2016 when
Icicle Seafoods was purchased by Cooke Aquaculture. From 1999 to 2013,
Raasch held various key strategic roles including general manager of
Kelley-Clarke Seafood, director of branded sales and senior director of
North American sales for Icicle. During this time, he managed and sold
resources directly and through broker networks within the U.S., Canada,
Australia and Europe to deliver the highest margins and ensure increased

"With Phytelligence's growers-first approach, Todd's expertise in
building and retaining successful relationships with both internal and
external customers will help scale operations. His extensive North
American and international sales expertise will be instrumental in
managing our growing sales pipeline around the world," added Ken Hunt.

"I'm looking forward to building on Phytelligence's impressive company
growth," said Raasch. "Its disruptive growing process, proprietary
techniques and commitment to growers are notable, and I'm eager to work
in a new and very exciting segment of the food industry."

About Phytelligence

Phytelligence is an agricultural biotechnology company that is
revolutionizing the way food crops are grown. Utilizing its proprietary
growing techniques to provide superior quality crops, Phytelligence
enables higher grower profit by increasing speed to harvest and reducing
input costs. Phytelligence provides additional value to food crop
growers and plant breeders through the application of advanced genetics
enabling guaranteed delivery of accurate plants, disease screening,
plant repository services, securing of intellectual property, and the
ability to co-develop new varieties of food crops. The company has a
growing pipeline of biological and compound solutions aimed at improving
returns throughout the food crop value chain. Phytelligence was founded
by Dr. Amit Dhingra in 2012 out of his Horticulture Genomics and
Biotechnology Research laboratory at Washington State University and is
headquartered in Seattle with facilities in Pullman, Wash. and Portland,
Ore. Learn more at

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