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The United Fresh Produce Association will honor the achievements and celebrate the career of industry icon Reggie Griffin with a special golf tournament and dinner, to be held Monday, Jan. 23 in San Diego.

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Reggie Griffin

“With his retirement as corporate vice president of produce and floral merchandising procurement, Reggie punctuates a 42-year career with The Kroger Company in which he touched the lives of thousands of us in the produce industry, and helped make fresh produce a cornerstone of the retail supermarket business across the country,” United Fresh President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Stenzel said in a Nov. 14 press release.

Festivities will be held at San Diego’s historic Rancho Bernardo Inn, beginning with the Salute to Reggie Griffin Golf Tournament, followed by dinner.

Proceeds from the events will support the United Fresh Foundation’s Center for Leadership Excellence, a not-for-profit organization committed to developing leadership skills at all levels of the industry, advancing produce safety and quality, promoting global produce industry sustainability, and increasing children's consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables for better health.

“We’re honored that Reggie has agreed for the proceeds from the event to support the Foundation’s Center for Leadership Excellence,” Steve Grinstead, chief executive officer of Pro*Act and chairman of the foundation’s board of directors, added in the press release. “Reggie’s career has defined the word ‘leadership,’ and this event will help us continue to invest in future leaders of our industry.”