FRESNO, Nov. 9, 2021 – Allied Grape Growers (AGG) has named Kyle Collins as its manager of North Valley operations, effective Nov. 15. He joins AGG’s managerial grape sales team, which also includes North Coast, Central Coast and Central Valley operations.
In his new role, Collins will oversee Northern San Joaquin Valley grower relations and is responsible for negotiating economically sustainable grape purchase agreements for the association’s North Valley members.
“Kyle is the perfect addition to Allied Grape Growers’ top-notch team of professionals,” AGG President Jeff Bitter said. “He comes with strong experience, a great resume and a commitment to the North Valley as his home. Most importantly, Kyle embodies the same values as our company and our growers. We are excited to welcome him to our dedicated AGG family.”
Collins comes to AGG with a decade of experience in the wine industry. For the past three years, he was a vineyard manager with Gallo Vineyards, where he managed daily operations on five northern interior ranches, fostered collaboration between Gallo and outside stakeholders, managed ranch operating budgets and directed harvest operations. From 2012 to 2018, he was a grower relations representative for E. & J. Gallo Winery, where he oversaw the contracting of Lodi/Delta winegrapes, coordinated grape pricing and long-term strategic grape supply development, monitored vineyard practices, worked with growers to ensure exceptional fruit quality and assisted with harvest operations. Collins started his career as a grower relations representative for Constellation Brands.
“I am thrilled for the opportunity to join the family at Allied Grape Growers,” Collins said. “I look forward to continuing the long running tradition of service and commitment that has defined AGG’s presence in the North Valley.”