WHIPPANY, NJ — The Eastern Produce Council honored two produce industry veterans at its annual dinner-dance, held April 13 at the Hanover Marriott, here.
"Tonight we honor two true leaders in the produce industry," EPC President Paul Kneeland of Kings Food Markets said in his opening remarks.
Arthur R. Brown Jr., who served as New Jersey's secretary of agriculture from 1982 to 2002, received the council's Lifetime Achievement Award,a first for the organization. Mr. Brown was introduced by the state's current secretary of agriculture, Douglas H. Fisher.
Among the many accomplishments during Mr. Brown's tenure was the establishment of the Jersey Fresh Promotional Program, a statewide program that has been the model for many other states. While proud of the longstanding program, Mr. Brown stated, "We as a department of agriculture couldn't have made Jersey Fresh work without everyone in this room."
Joseph DeLorenzo, director of produce merchandising and operations at Alpha 1 Marketing in White Plains, NY, was inducted into the Eastern Produce Council's Hall of Fame.
Mr. DeLorenzo, a third-generation member of the produce industry, served as vice president of the Eastern Produce Council in 2001-03 and as president in 2004-09. "I am honored to have my name added to the Eastern Produce Council Hall of Fame," he said.