| January 16, 2008
New United Fresh Directors
A warm welcome to two new members
of the United Fresh Board of Directors – Mike Cavallero,
President, North American Tropical Fresh Fruit, Dole
Fresh Fruit Company, and Brian Kocher, President, North
America, Chiquita Brands International, Inc. “We’re
honored to have Mike and Brian bring their personal
expertise to our Board, filling positions previously
held by former executives of their companies,” said
Chairman Emanuel Lazopoulos. Mike’s responsibilities
include overseeing Dole’s fresh fruit and vegetables
marketing departments, as well as the North American
banana, tropical fruit, deciduous and vegetable sales
divisions. Mike will be serving his second term on the
United Fresh Board, having first served from 1996 to
2000. Brian is responsible for all aspects of Chiquita’s
operations in North America, including value-added salads,
bananas and other produce. He joined Chiquita in 2005
and served most recently as Vice President, Controller
and Chief Accounting Officer. For more information about
Board service, contact Senior Vice President of Member
Services Victoria Backer, 202-303-3408.
Nutrition Posters Now Available Online
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's
(FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
announced that it has posted on its website downloadable
and printable posters of nutrition information for
the 20 most frequently consumed raw fruits and vegetables
consumed in the United States. Anyone can download
the information and posters. FDA is encouraging retailers
who sell raw fruits, vegetables to use these posters
and participate in the voluntary point-of-purchase
nutrition information program. “These posters are
a great resource for consumers, retailers, schools,
health professionals and anyone interested in a healthy
diet,” said Dr. Lorelei DiSogra, vice president of
nutrition and health at United Fresh.
Vegas Show Preview Coming Soon!
The United Fresh 2008 Las Vegas
Show Preview goes in the mail today to more than 10,000
members and produce industry leaders around the globe.
“The Show Preview highlights what promises to be one
of the best United Fresh events ever,” said John Toner,
director of convention sales and service. “Co-locating
the FreshTech and Fresh Marketplace expos has resulted
in a trade show floor that will serve the total supply
chain with live demonstrations of the tools, technology
and equipment needed to develop value-added produce,
convenience packaging, and better merchandised products,
which not so coincidentally are displayed directly
adjacent to the tools used in their creation.” United
Fresh Las Vegas 2008 offers attendees a comprehensive
educational conference and networking opportunities
in one of the hottest cities in the world. “From our
Food Safety and Research Pavilion on the show floor,
to our Retail Awards Banquet at Bally’s, to our hands-on
workshop program, to our industry tours to top retail,
foodservice and fresh-cut venues in Vegas, I guarantee
that there is value for everyone at United Fresh 2008,”
he said. Take a look for yourself and learn everything
you need to register today. For more information,
visit www.unitedfreshshows.com or call United Fresh
Coalition Meets at United Fresh Headquarters
Members of the Agricultural Coalition
for Immigration Reform met at United Fresh headquarters
today to plan strategy on ways to advance immigration
reform in the next Congressional session. “We’re obviously
all frustrated with the stalemate in Congress on immigration,
as well as the Bush Administration’s punitive approach
trying to use flawed social security records to make
employers into policemen,” said United Fresh Senior
Vice President for Public Policy Robert Guenther.
“But, frustration doesn’t change the fact that the
produce industry is in dire need of reforms to help
us secure a legal and reliable workforce. The American
public must understand that we simply won’t have the
workers to harvest and pack fruits and vegetables
without a valid guest-worker program and some form
of earned adjustment of status for agricultural workers.
We are not giving up but will redouble our efforts
to win these reforms through both the legislative
and regulatory process,” he said. For more information,
contact Robert, 202-303-3409.
Initiative Kicks Off With Steering Committee Meeting
The Produce Traceability Initiative spearheaded by
United Fresh, PMA and CPMA kicked off in earnest this
week with a meeting of the group’s steering committee
in Atlanta. “This is a critically important initiative
for the entire industry,” said United Fresh Senior
Vice President for Food Safety and Technology Dr.
David Gombas. “We’re putting together a summary of
the steering committee meeting now, and our three
associations will provide that to our memberships
next week. We want to make sure that all interested
members are engaged in the issues we’re discussing,
and look forward to a broad industry dialogue to help
move this initiative forward,” he said. For more information,
contact David, 202-303-3411.
Is Deadline to Nominate Produce Managers for Industry
The deadline to nominate store-level retail produce
managers for the 2008 United Fresh Retail Produce
Manager Awards Program is next Tuesday, January 15.
Now in its fourth year, the 2008 program will honor
25 retail produce managers, their corporate produce
directors and their companies at the United Fresh
Annual Awards Banquet on Tuesday, May 6 at the Bally’s
Hotel in Las Vegas. The award winners and their corporate
produce directors will receive complimentary airfare,
hotel accommodations and admittance to North America’s
leading food marketing event – featuring United Fresh
Marketplace and United FreshTech, co-located with
FMI and Marketechnics®. Download a nomination form
or visit our website. To attend the banquet and the
expos, purchase the All Access Pass when you register
at www.unitedfreshshows.com. For more information,
please contact Ginny Pugh, 202-303-3413.
From Ashbury Park Press comes
mention of a new healthy eating and nutrition plan
started by a New Jersey school district with assistance
from Sodexho, and the responses are positive.
Reuters highlights how research
on a specific commodity leads to results about consumers
perceptions of general food safety, showing it is
an ongoing issue of accountability.8.
Put My Finger On It
Although not clear-cut, a beneficial
link has been shown between eating fruits and vegetables,
containing Vitamin C and decreasing the risk of stroke,
According to the Union Tribune,
with the demand for organics on the rise, restaurants
providing healthful and fast food should be too.
Isabella Shipping Co. Ltd will join Fresh Del Monte Produce in importing tropical fruits and vegetable to Port Manatee expects to deliver tropical fruits and vegetables, reports the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Fox News announces a new Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer for Apio, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Landec cut vegetable products.
Funding for Farmers Against Hunger
The press of Atlantic City reveals expirations of past grants and cutoffs for current grants could cause a Funding for Farmers Against Hunger shutdown this year.
Times of India reports plans of one Textile company to include the cultivation of organic produce alongside its organic cotton project.
Majority in the Middle
The majority of American voters are not one-sided when it comes to immigration; they are ambivalent, wanting a solution, according to a Dallas Morning News Op-Ed.