Newport Adds More Quality Assurance Manpower in Asia
Jack’s Catch® brand seafood announces the expansion of its quality assurance team with the addition of veteran, Leonard “Lenny” Minster. A former employee of Kitchens of the Ocean and Red Chambers Co. This addition signals a change in Newport International’s purchasing and inspection program overseas. Leonard Minster will be the Director of all procurement and quality inspection for the Southeast Asia region.
Leonard Minster is a 30 year industry veteran, with 21 of those years spent abroad. Mr. Minster moved to Thailand around 1990 as Kitchens of the Ocean’s Asia buyer. After a few years there, he started the company’s shrimp plant in Thailand. The plant is now operated by Red Chamber Co. During his tenure he also provided quality assurance product inspections and was involved in various projects in the region. Most recently Minster has been in Cambodia bringing a new operation on line for a private equity firm.
This addition signals a change in Newport International’s purchasing and inspection program overseas. Leonard Minster will be the Director of all procurement and quality inspection for the Southeast Asia region and will work hand in hand with the team and partnering plants to provide the highest quality products out of Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Newport’s existing overseas team will broaden their ongoing inspection and monitoring operations with partnering facilities in China, Latin America, and other areas of the globe. Anish Chaudhuri, the Quality Assurance Manager, continues to head the company’s domestic inspection program.
About The Company:
Newport International is a US industry leader in the production, importation, and distribution of high quality seafood products for wholesale distributors, restaurant chains, food manufacturers, retail grocery chains, and institutional accounts. The company is best known for its Blue Swimming and Red Swimming line of crab meat.