Milne Fruit Products' New President: Michael Sorenson
Michael Sorenson became the new president of Milne Fruit Products in January upon the retirement of Randy Hageman. At the time, Sorenson had been with Milne for five years, most recently serving as vice president of Procurement and as general manager of Döhler-Milne Aseptics, LLC.
“Milne wants to continue its focus on building long term relationships with our domestic and international customers as well as our suppliers,” Sorenson said when asked about his vision for the future. “Through these long term relationships and continuity, we are able to get to know our customers and our suppliers better and expand those relationships by finding new opportunities for all of us.”
The new president considers the Milne team its strongest asset and asserted his intention to build on that strength as the company continues to grow. He also said that Milne wants to build and expand on its relationships with brokers and customers to grow the company in new directions and wants brokers and customers to think of Milne first when they are developing new products.
“We encourage feedback from our brokers, customers and employees and are interested in any thoughts or ideas they might have that we can expand into,” he added. “Basically, there’s a lot of things Milne has done well in the past, but there’s a lot of other things out there we haven’t identified that we can do really well – that is where we want to focus.”
Prior to joining Milne, Sorenson was logistics manager of SVZ USA, Inc. where he managed production schedules and raw fruit deliveries. He also served as Consumer Goods Production Planner at Tree Top, Inc. where he was responsible for production schedules, inventory, developing resource constraints and cost analysis. After graduating from college, he joined the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group in industrial engineering, materials handling, supplier cost management, and schedule performance evaluation. Sorenson earned a bachelor of arts in economics with an emphasis on financial markets from Washington State University.
Milne Fruit Products is the industry leader in creating fruit juices, concentrates, purees and custom blends from over 25 different fruit varieties for the industrial food and beverage markets. With a reputation built on outstanding product quality and customer service, Milne utilizes innovative technologies and rigorous quality controls to provide customers with healthy fruit products that are 100% natural to meet the needs of a diverse consumer marketplace. For more information visit milnefruit.com or call 509.786.2611.