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PanAmerican Seed Welcomes Luther McLaughlin As General Manager Of Vegetable Breeding

McLaughlin will oversee the breeding, product development, sales and marketing of the company’s bourgeoning HandPicked Vegetables collection.

WEST CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, September 2018: PanAmerican Seed is very pleased to welcome Luther McLaughlin in the capacity of General Manager of its vegetable breeding initiative. Luther will have the overall responsibility for breeding, product development, sales and marketing of the company’s HandPicked Vegetables, a collection of high-quality products for growers that supply fresh market farms and hobby farm gardeners.

McLaughlin brings more than 30 years of relevant experience in the vegetable industry, having spent that time at Abbott and Cobb, Inc. in its Pennsylvania location. He started as a field tech, and also worked in inventory management and customer service, before his most recent position as Vice President Sales and Product Development. There he gained valuable experience in sales and marketing, working with the various channels of distribution in the vegetable seed industry.

“I am excited to join the PanAmerican Seed team, and to help develop the vegetable division to become the first choice for service, knowledge and quality vegetable seeds,” says McLaughlin.

“PanAmerican Seed looks forward to putting Luther’s knowledge and experience to work to help the HandPicked Vegetables program grow,” says Anne Leventry, President of PanAmerican Seed.

For more information about the HandPicked Vegetables collection, visit


About PanAmerican Seed
PanAmerican Seed is an internationally renowned breeder and producer of seed-raised flowers and vegetables based in West Chicago, IL, that produces high-quality and best-performing varieties. Research facilities in North and South America, the Pacific Rim and Europe enable us to test and evaluate new varieties under numerous climatic conditions. Our state-of-the-art seed distribution center guarantees quick, efficient processing of orders for our worldwide customers. Visit for more information.