Owner & Chief Executive Officer
Since 1988, Sun Rich owner and CEO Brian Tieszen has been dedicated to his employees, his customers, and his products’ quality and safety.
Brian first entered the produce industry with Safeway, working in a number of positions and locations within their produce department. In the early 1980s, his career shifted from retail to foodservice with Neptune Foods (now GFS Canada). Over five years, Brian developed his knowledge and contacts within the restaurant and institutional markets. In the mid-1980s, Brian served as General Manager of Central Foods, a specialty produce distributor and processor to the foodservice trade.
During the 1980s, the produce industry had increased its focus on pre-processed products that offered value to a variety of customers. The primary focus was on vegetables at the time. After a year of market study and business planning, Brian knew fresh-cut fruit was a healthy, convenient product customers were looking for, and he started Sun Rich to fill the need.
Since then, Brian has led and collaborated with a team of high-performing executives to bring high-quality, fresh-cut fruit products in easy-to-serve (and consume) formats to foodservice operators and retail consumers in North America. The strength of the company is its values and the commitment of the entire team to delivering on them.
Today, Brian is involved in a variety of food-related businesses bringing his strengths in leadership, strategic thinking, recruitment and retention, and continuous improvement. A values-based person, Brian leads with a personal style of integrity, energy, and a passion for excellence.
Outside of work, Brian is committed to his family, healthy eating, and fitness. He serves on a number of non-profit boards and enjoys golf, running, and travel. He also never turns down a bowl of fruit salad.