Industry Specialist - Food Technology
Erwin has over four decades of global food manufacturing experience and brings an extensive background in all areas of manufacturing operations and procedures to Graham Partners’ portfolio companies. His expertise includes production, procurement, supply chain, and capital expansion project management. Erwin most recently served on the Advisory Council for former Graham Partners portfolio company, Mercer.
In 2016, Erwin retired from Sunrise Growers after 17 years as Vice President of Operations. He was instrumental in growing the business from a single processing facility to the largest USA frozen fruit processing business, growing sales from $35 million to $350 million. Prior to Sunrise Growers, Erwin was the Senior Vice President of Manufacturing Operations for Calavo Growers. There, he implemented a new retail packaging line for guacamole and negotiated a number of contracts for packaging and ingredients, lowering costs by over $500,000 annually. Prior to Calavo Growers, Erwin was the Vice President of Operations for Con Agra and Knott’s Berry Farm. During his time at Knott’s Berry Farm, he reengineered the manufacturing operation, resulting in significantly lower manufacturing cost while improving product quality. Before Knott’s Berry Farm, Erwin was the Plant Manager for the J.M. Smucker Co. where, in addition to managing all the manufacturing and shipping activities, he managed a facility expansion project that doubled the size of the operation. Erwin began his career with the H.J. Heinz Co. where he held several production and warehousing supervisory positions.
Erwin earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Stanislaus. Erwin has served on the Board of the IJPA (International Jelly & Preserves Association) and the PSAB (Processing Strawberry Advisory Board).