Sun World Appoints Jennifer Petersen as Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer

Bakersfield, Calif. – Sun World International LLC has named Jennifer Petersen as Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, CEO and President David Marguleas announced here recently. In this new leadership position, she will oversee all activities, staff and partnerships related to breeding, variety development, genetics and related technologies.

The company develops premium varieties of table grapes and stone fruits. Petersen will be instrumental in expanding Sun World’s genetic portfolio as it seeks to bring new and improved fresh fruit to consumers around the world, Marguleas said.

“Jennifer adds immeasurable knowledge and depth to our research efforts and, most importantly, to our leadership team. This decision is transformational for our business because we fulfill our mission to provide growers with premium table grape and stone fruit varieties and to delight consumers, said Marguleas.

Petersen has a strong background in agricultural research, particularly in genetics and plant biology. She earned her bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Oregon State and a Ph.D. in plant biology from the University of California at Davis. Petersen most recently led a global accelerated genetics team at Bayer Crop Science, a world-leading life science company, and as such was an integral part of Bayer’s global research leadership team, including crop production research and development, breeding technologies and regional breeding, testing and operations.

“Sun World enjoys an undisputed reputation as a leading source of product innovation and is central to its growth trajectory. I look forward to building on this legacy while working with our talented Sun World research team,” said Petersen.

Sun World’s varietal development program is integral to the success of Sun World and its global network of more than 1,800 licensed growers and distributors. To date, Sun World’s Variety Development Department has released many successful varieties marketed under varietal brands such as AUTUMNCRISP®, MIDNIGHT BEAUTY®, SABLE SEEDLESS®, ADORA SEEDLESS®, SCARLOTTA SEEDLESS®, SOPHIA SEEDLESS® and SUPERIOR SEEDLESS® and stone fruit varietal brands such as BLACK DIAMOND® plums, HONEYCOT® apricots and more.

Sun World International is a global variety development and licensing company. Sun World’s mission is to drive the growth of fruit breeding, varietal development and licensing. The California-based company has a network of approved producers and distributors and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America, Israel, North Africa and South Africa. For more information about Sun World International, visit

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