The United Fresh Produce Association will again honor one company as an outstanding advocate for the fresh fruit and vegetable industry this September at The Washington Conference. United’s Produce Industry Advocate of the Year Award pays special recognition to one company that serves as an advocate for the entire produce industry.
“United is proud to honor the companies that make an impact and drive the industry forward on policy issues,” said Robert Guenther, United’s senior vice president of public policy. “Every year, the selection process is a challenge because the nominated companies constitute a very devoted and deserving group of leading voices for our industry.”
The United Fresh member award recipient is selected based on the candidate’s demonstration of outstanding support for public policy advocacy with federally-elected leaders; diligent work on federal policy objectives to advance the fresh produce industry; active involvement with produce industry political initiatives such as The Washington Conference, Grassroots Action Network and United FreshPAC; and United Fresh membership. The recipient of this year’s award will be announced during The Washington Conference, September 8-10.
Past Produce Industry Advocate of the Year Award winners include:
2013 – Del Monte Fresh Produce, N.A., Inc.
2012 – Four Seasons Family of Companies
2011 – Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association; National Watermelon Association2010 – C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
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 Company, Inc