Coconut Grove is supported by a resourceful and dedicated team. Meet our team.
The product of years of collaboration…
Our founders collaborated with team of longtime colleagues and friends to produce the finest tasting, simplest ingredient profile, fully organic, and most attractively packaged organic coconut yogurt available today!
From the partners to the formulator, from the package designer to the bookkeeper & accountant, from the production facility to the you-name-it, the members of our team have been connected with and collaborated on various projects for over 30 years.
Meet our founders…
Greg Hartman is the brand manager of Coconut Grove.
Greg entered the Natural Food industry at its infancy in 1971 when he opened a juice bar in Saratoga, California. Greg went on to become manager of Redwood Natural Foods, where he created the original vacuum pack for tofu, developed the first natural yogurt using honey and fruit juice instead of white sugar for its sweetener, and replaced gelatin with pectin as its stabilizer.
In 1992 he started Oasis Sales and Marketing, the premier brand management company in the Natural Food Industry, and continued his lifelong relationship with the yogurt category by working with Brown Cow Farms, helping it to quickly become a strong national brand. Oasis Sales and Marketing also launched Chobani Greek Yogurt to the natural foods trade and currently manages Wallaby Organic yogurt, Redwood Hill Goat yogurt, WholeSoy yogurt, Green Valley Lactose Free yogurt – and its new addition, Coconut Grove organic coconut yogurt.
Steve Reed is the managing director of Coconut Grove.
Steve also began his career early on in the industry when he worked for The Munchie Merchant in 1977, distributing natural food products in the San Francisco Bay area to alternative outlets, such as university cafeterias, small corner delis, and corporate headquarter food outlets.
Steve went on to co-found Brown Cow Farm in California, which became one of the top selling dairy yogurts in the industry. Steve also founded Aztec Brokerage, which became the premier natural food industry sales force in Northern California.
Rodney Grisso is the raw materials principle for Coconut Grove.
Through his travels in India & the Far East plus his immersion in Ayurvedic medicine, Rodney Grisso has been involved in the “ingredients” side of the natural food and vitamin industry since the late 1970’s. And in the early 2000s, he participated with a company developing standard botanical ingredients and low dose high bioavailability vitamin products.
Most recently Rodney has been sourcing superfoods in South America and is the key partner responsible for locating reliable and high quality organic ingredients for Coconut Grove.
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