Statement from David Krause, Chairman of the Board, and Ron Midyett, Chairman-Elect:
“Based on input from many of our members, the United Fresh Board of Directors formed a task force last year to meet with PMA representatives to evaluate the potential of a single, unified association to serve our members and the industry overall. From the very start, we’ve been steadfastly committed to acting only in the best interest of member companies and the entire produce industry, without predetermined constraints on programs, executive leadership or staff.
“We are disappointed that in the end, PMA’s current leadership did not agree with what we believe was a very fair, member-oriented plan that could have blended the goals and priorities of both associations. Without that commitment from our friends at PMA, the United Board could simply not abandon the principles that have guided our association for more than a century.
“We anticipate that both associations will now continue to pursue their own strategic vision, offering a clear contrast in value and program choices to the industry, while collaborating when in the best interests of their members.”