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SALINAS, CA -- D'Arrigo Bros. Co. of California on March 26 reached the $1 million donation mark benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. A Pink Party was held at D'Arrigo's headquarters in Spreckels, CA, attended by 250 customers, D'Arrigo family members, shareholders and elected officials.

California Assembly member Anna Caballero, Monterey County Supervisor Lou Calcagno, U.S. Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA), Salinas Mayor Dennis Donohue and a representative from California Sen. Jeff Denham's office each presented D'Arrigo Bros. Co. of California with resolutions to celebrate this milestone. Myra Biblowit, president of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in New York, was part of this special commemorative event and spoke about the partnership with D'Arrigo Bros. Co.

"D'Arrigo Bros.' contributions to BCRF since 1999 have helped tremendously in spurring the research advances accomplished by our grantees," Ms. Biblowit said at the event. "There are 15 major areas of research accomplishments that this ongoing support has contributed to over the years. Given D'Arrigo Bros.' emphasis on a healthy diet and cruciferous vegetables, we should also note that BCRF invests in research on the links between nutrition and health. Some examples are research on Vitamin D and how it may act as a cancer deterrent; how diet and lifestyle in adolescent girls are related to growth rates (which predict future risk of breast cancer); how a low-fat diet has been shown to decrease the risk of breast cancer recurrence; and how poor diet and obesity can increase the risk of recurrence among breast cancer survivors."

D'Arrigo Bros. has been committed over the last 10 years to increased awareness by placing a pink ribbon on all "Andy Boy" brand products that can be found in grocery stores across the country. D'Arrigo realized that as a leader in the fresh produce industry, there is a captive audience. For example, in 2009 "Andy Boy" products delivered the message of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to over 65 million consumers both domestically and internationally, according to an April 5 press release from the foundation.

Family-owned and operated for over 80 years, D'Arrigo Bros. has a rich history as an industry trend-setter, and its partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation is a key testament to consumers. From the day the company was founded by Stephen and Andrew D'Arrigo, two immigrants from Messina, Sicily, innovation has been its hallmark.

"Our customers can confidently look to us for excellence in everything from seed research and development to entirely new approaches to growing, packing, and even shipping," Margaret D'Arrigo Martin, executive vice president of sales and marketing, said in the press release.