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United Apple Sales is a worldwide marketer of apples, pears and cherries with operations in the domestic Northeast, Washington state, and international supply partners in the Southern hemisphere.

With modest beginnings as a family farm in western New York, United Apple has evolved into an integrated produce company that combines its own growing operations with import and export capabilities to offer full-year supply assurance to retailers, wholesalers, and canning and juicing companies.

Our entire team of growers, associates and suppliers are driven by the same principles that our founding family the Dobbins shared: Growing the finest quality fruit to deliver the healthiest and most flavorful eating experience to all of our customers!

Our Roots

United Apple’s roots are traced back to 1905 and the Dobbins family’s ongoing commitment to growing the finest and most flavorful fruit. Over the past century, the farming operation blossomed from a 100-acre piece of farmland to diversified business lines that cater to the needs of retailers, wholesalers, growers and food processing companies.

Ward Dobbins and father

Ward Dobbins and father

Ward Dobbins and father

Four generations of the family are carrying on the Dobbins’ heritage of providing the finest quality fruit that enabled the company to expand from a regional grower to an international supplier of fresh produce. The one constant has been each generation’s renewed dedication to cultivating success through the core values of teamwork, honesty, integrity, innovation and paying it forward.

This collaborative approach has stood the test of time and lays a solid foundation for the next generations supporting the United Apple brand and commitment.

 

New York Office

Based in Lyndonville, a rural community in western New York, United Apple is run by the fourth generation of the Dobbins family, now with Ward and his family leading the company and its multiple business lines. The original family farm along with an additional 200 acres of its own and another 1,000 acres of grower fruit is located in the premier growing region in central New York.

United’s executive, administrative, production, operations/logistics and sales staff are also based in New York. Together they form an integrated team that is embedded in every aspect of the business to drive the commitment and promise of exceptional fruit that has stood the test of over 100 years.

Executive Management

Ward Dobbins

Director

Born and raised on the family fruit farm in Western New York, Ward returned from four years at John Carroll University to join H.H. Dobbins Inc., Thruway Produce and H.H. Dobbins and Son in 1986. He has since purchased United Apple Sales and is kept busy overseeing and guiding the direction of the four companies. Ward is on the US Apple Export Council, The New York State Apple Marketing Order Board, and The New York State Horticultural Society Board.

 

Brett Baker

President

Raised on a fruit and vegetable farm in Ransomville, New York, Brett graduated from Cornell University in 1999. Prior to United Apple Sales, Brett spent 3 years on the family farm then he went into the grocery retail business with Aldi for 8 1/2 years. Brett’s main focus is sales management and business development.

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585-765-2460 Ext. 116

Cell:716-579-2643

Sheila Dobbins

Controller

Sheila has worked in accounting and the banking business after graduating from the University of Buffalo with a degree in Finance. She has served in a variety of management and accounting roles at United Apple Sales and HH Dobbins & Son Farm, since joining the company in 2003.

Sheila is a member of the Executive Management team and also manages United Apple’s community outreach programs with agricultural trade associations, charitable groups, and coordinating food donations to local organizations.

585-765-2460 Ext. 111

Senior Management

James Williams

Business Development

Our customer focused business model revolves around exceptional service and communication. United focuses on providing value to our buyers as well as advocating for our grower base and keeping them front of mind in every decision we make. These efforts create a flywheel effect propelling business forward and enabling win-win scenarios for all of our stakeholders.

James comes to United with a unique background, positioning him to accelerate our business forward. With a background in Retail Buying, experience at other suppliers along with his own orchard operations, James is in a position to understand the barriers in the supply chain and how to best tackle them. Without our growers we’d have little fruit to sell and without our buyers we’d have nowhere to sell it. We need these forces to be balanced and sufficiently happy with our business practices. That’s where James spends his time.

 

Ron Wilkowski

VP East Coast Operations

Ron has worked his way up through the produce business from Produce Clerk to Manager to Buyer and now to the Domestic Sales Desk with United Apple Sales. Joining the Sales Team of United Apple Sales during the summer of 2011, Ron is excited to return home to the Buffalo and Western New York area where he is nearby his family and the best Chicken Wings in the world.

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585-765-2460 Ext. 118

Cell: 716-491-9988

Justin Whipple

Field Operations

Justin grew up working on his uncle’s apple farm in western, New York. This is where he discovered his passion for agriculture and developed a strong work ethic. In 2009, he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from The College at Brockport. After college, he worked in finance for a brief period, but quickly returned to the farm. In 2016, Justin joined the team at HH Dobbins and Thruway Produce where he manages procurement and the farm. Other responsibilities include maintaining grower relations, recommending harvest timing through extensive fruit maturity testing, and coordinating short and long-term fruit storage.

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585-765-2460 Ext. 148

Cell: 585-350-9707

Aaron Schifferle

Accounting and Human Resources

Aaron is a graduate of Canisius College where he studied Finance. Prior to joining H.H. Dobbins, he worked in banking and municipal finance. Aaron’s responsibilities include Accounting for the farms and Human Resources for HH Dobbins Inc. packing and cold storage operations.

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585-765-2460 Ext. 117

Dave D’Anniballe

Controller

Dave has been involved in the Food Industry for 35 years and 23 have been in the Apple business. After obtaining his B.S in Accounting from Bowling Green University, Dave got his law degree from Ohio State. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our companies. In addition to his financial responsibilities, Dave oversees Human Resources and Grower Payables.

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585-765-2460 Ext. 112

Jeff Plummer

Facilities Manager

Jeff and his five brothers were raised on the family dairy farm where he developed his strong work ethic. He has been in Operations Management at H.H. Dobbins for the past 21 years and is responsible for the management of all storage operations, packaging procurement, and equipment maintenance.

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585-765-2460 Ext. 130

Cell: 585-354-2112

Chris Whipple

Farm Manager

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585-765-2460 Ext. 135

Cell: 585-260-0351

Chris Wright

Food Safety Manager

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585-765-2460 Ext. 121

Cell: 585-332-8266

Tim Shattuck

Facility Maintenance Manager

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585-765-2460 Ext. 120

Management

Rod Cook

Production Manager

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585-765-2460 Ext. 141

Julie Bentley

Quality Control Manager

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585-765-2460 Ext. 140

Administration

Sue Seefeldt

Shipping/Receiving and Recruiting

Sue joined our team in 2012. She has brought to us a strong background in sales support, office organization and she sets a terrific atmosphere in the office. In addition to being the friendly voice you will likely hear if you call our offices, Sue is involved in transportation logistics, customer support and order entry.

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585-765-2460 Ext. 145

Nicole Carlton

Reception, Shipping and Receiving

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585-765-2460 Ext. 100

Chris Crandall

Administrative Service Specialist

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585-765-2460 Ext. 102

Karen Harrington

Accounting

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