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United Fresh Produce Association honors Del Monte Fresh Produce

The United Fresh Produce Association honored Del Monte Fresh Produce as the Produce Industry Advocate of the Year at the Washington Public Policy Conference.

Del Monte Fresh Produce has been a long-time leader in the public policy arena, serving on the United Fresh Nutrition & Health Council, Food Safety & Technology Council and Fresh-Cut Processor Board. Tom Stenzel, United Fresh Produce Association president and chief executive officer, presented the award to Dave Russell, Del Monte Fresh Produce vice president of sales, national accounts.

"Del Monte Fresh Produce is proud to be the recipient of the United Fresh Produce Industry Advocate of the Year Award," said Russell. "Our continuing commitment to United Fresh and its efforts to keep our nation's leaders and government focused on the major policy issues impacting our industry is a reaffirmation of the positive returns to our company and all other industry stakeholders. We would like to encourage all members of United to increase their participation and play an active role in advocating for our industry. The results are worth the effort."

Del Monte Fresh Produce has been instrumental in advocating for public policies that support the produce industry, as well as supporting initiatives that create healthier school environments, including Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools. "They've donated more than 20 salad bars to schools, and are a leader in bringing fresh vending machines to schools, even when those vending machines carry other company's product," said Stenzel.

The United Fresh Produce Industry Advocate of the Year Award pays special recognition to one United Fresh member each year that serves as an advocate for the entire produce industry. Honorees are leading companies and associations that make an impact and drive the industry forward.

Past award winners include the following.

  • 2012 - Four Seasons Family of Companies
  • 2011 - National Watermelon Association/Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association
  • 2010 - C.H. Robinson
  • 2009 - Pro*Act LLC
  • 2008 - Walter P. Rawl & Sons
  • 2007 - New York Apple Association Inc.
  • 2006 - Sunkist Growers Inc.
  • 2005 - L&M Companies
  • 2004 - Produce for Better Health Foundation
  • 2003 - Tanimura & Antle
  • 2002 - Capital City Fruit Co. Inc.

More information about the United Fresh Produce Industry Advocate of the Year Award is available at the United Fresh website.