April 21, 2011

In Today's Issue:

FMCSA Proposed Pilot Sets Up Resolution to Long-Standing Cross-Border Trucking Dispute

Recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation (FMCSA) published in the Federal Register a proposal for the implementation of a cross-border long-haul pilot program.  Because the United States is not currently meeting its NAFTA obligations to allow a pilot program of Mexican trucks entering the U.S., Mexico has placed retaliatory tariffs on many American goods including fresh produce items entering Mexico.  Given the economic impact upon the fresh produce industry and the damage caused to U.S.-Mexico trade, this crisis must be resolved.

Under the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, Congress blocked funding for the Mexican Cross-Border Truck Safety Program.  This was a pilot program allowing a small number of Mexican trucks to enter the U.S. while operating in international commerce.  Though this program did not provide the full access that the Mexicans were entitled to under our NAFTA obligations, the program had been in operation without retaliation since 2007.  By removing this program, the United States is now in violation of its NAFTA commitments and excessive tariffs have been placed on U.S. products totaling more than $2 billion.

In 2010, Congress removed the prohibition on funding allowing the administration to move forward with a new pilot program.  Also in 2010, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and his counterpart in Mexico announced the establishment of a working group to consider next steps in the process.  Early in 2011, Secretary LaHood released a concept document for a cross-border trucking program that prioritizes safety while satisfying the United States' international obligations.  Also, earlier this year, President Obama and Mexican President Calderon announced agreement on a proposal for a pilot program that provides a path forward to resume cross-border trucking and end the retaliatory tariffs.  The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has now published the full pilot program proposal for public comment. 

Specifically, the proposed pilot program:

  • Would be three years in duration
  • Would require Mexican-domiciled motor carriers to complete a 3-stage process to qualify for permanent operating authority
  • Would not grant operating authority to Mexican-domiciled motor carriers without reciprocity for U.S.-domiciled motor carriers
  • Would require all Mexican-domiciled carriers and drivers to comply with all applicable U.S. laws
  • Would require applicant motor carriers and drivers to pass a Department of Homeland Security screening

The purpose of the pilot program is to evaluate the safety performance of Mexico-domiciled carriers.  United Fresh supports the pilot proposal and is partnering with other industry representatives to urge its adoption.

Please share your views with DOT
FMCSA is accepting public comments on the pilot program until May 13.  We urge you to share your views with the agency. 

Sample letter to DOT
Please click here for a sample letter containing suggestions on items you might want to mention in your comments.  You can simply copy our sample letter, use our sample letter and edit to add your specific comments or draft your own letter. 

To Submit Comments
If you prefer, simply cut and paste the sample letter into the online government comment form.

Remember, FMCSA is accepting public comments on the proposed pilot program until May 13.  The proposed pilot is a key step in resolving a years-long dispute that has had highly negative consequences for the produce industry and many other business sectors.

Please contact United Fresh Director of Government Relations Julie Manes at 202-303-3404 for additional information.

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FDA Holds Second Public Meeting on Implementation of FSMA

United Fresh Senior Vice President of Public Policy Robert Guenther was at FDA's White Oak facility in Silver Spring, MD, Wednesday, as the agency held its second public meeting on the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act.The focus of the meeting centered on food facility requirements to implement preventive control standards. Under Section 103 of the law, food facilities are required to take certain preventive actions, including evaluate the hazards that could affect food manufactured, processed, packed, or held by the facility, and to identify and implement preventive controls to significantly minimize or prevent the occurrence of such hazards. FDA is required to develop regulations to establish science-based standards for conducting a hazard analysis, documenting hazards, implementing preventive controls, and documenting their implementation.

During the public comment period, Guenther discussed the effect on testing programs under this new requirement.

"Any testing program should be science-based and objective driven. Testing during the processing of fresh produce is a tool that may be of value in verifying the integrity of the product as it passes though each segment of the supply chain. However, if testing is used, it would be but one component in the development of any "Field to Fork" food safety program that includes programs such as Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), HACCP, Traceability and Recall Management," he said.

For a transcript of Guenther's comments, please click here. For more information on the public meetings, please contact Guenther at 202-303-3400, ext. 409.

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United Fresh Announces Nominations for 2011-2012 Market Segment Boards

A range of industry leaders representing all sectors of the fresh produce supply chain have been nominated to serve on United Fresh Market Segment Boards. Chairman of the Board Development Committee Jim Lemke, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc,. announced today the new slate of candidates who will take office at the United Fresh 2011 convention in New Orleans. The new board members will formally begin their two-year terms of service at the individual meetings of the four Market Segment Boards in New Orleans on May 2.
        
Established in 2008, each Market Segment Board has up to 22 members, predominately representing companies and suppliers from their respective business sectors. The boards are empowered to identify, discuss and advance issues of importance within their market sector to ensure United Fresh is meeting specific business needs, addressing critical issues and implementing programs that deliver member value to each market segment. The four Market Segment Boards include the Fresh-Cut Processor Board, the Grower-Shipper Board, the Retail and Foodservice Board, and the Wholesaler-Distributor Board.

"Over the past three years, we have found that the market segment-specific approach has really helped our overall voice as an industry, giving each type of company a forum at which to discuss the issues that affect business on a day-to-day level," said Tom Stenzel, United Fresh president and CEO. "That feedback allows us to ensure that our direction as an association is one that speaks to every member, regardless of market segment."

Nominees for the 2011-2012 United Fresh Market Segment Boards are:

Grower-Shipper Board: Bill Brim, Lewis Taylor Farms, Tifton, GA, Aaron Fox, Fox Packaging, McAllen, TX, Jose Garcia, Rene Produce, LLC, Nogales, AZ, Doug Kling, Village Farms, Eatontown, NJ, Martha Montoya, Los Kitos Produce, LLC, Orange, CA, Andrew Pandol, Pandol Brothers, Inc., Delano, CA, Doug Ranno, Colorful Harvest, LLC, Salinas, CA.

Wholesaler-Distributor Board: Chris Ciruli, Ciruli Brothers, Tubac, AZ, John Corso, Coastal Sunbelt Produce, Savage, MD, Harris Cutler, Race West Company, Clarks Summit, PA, Paul Ferachi, Capitol City Produce, Baton Rouge, LA, John Gates, Lancaster Foods, Jessup, MD, Sam Maglio, The Fresh Group Ltd., Glendale, WA, Todd Penza, Pinto Brothers, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, JT Travers, Charlie's Produce, Seattle, WA, Jackie Caplan Wiggins, Frieda's, Inc., Los Alamitos, CA, Rebecca Wilson, The Tom Lange Company, Inc., Springfield, IL.

Fresh-Cut Processor Board: Keith Bendix, Harpak - Ulma Packaging, LLC, Taunton, MA, Phil Brooks, H. Brooks & Company, New Brighton, MN, Jim Catchot, Renaissance Food Group, Rancho Cordova, CA, Lou Cooperhouse, F & S Produce Company, Rosehayne, NJ, Andy Cumming, Metz Fresh LLC, King City, CA, Ross Foca, East Coast Fresh Cuts, Savage, MD, Phil Gruszka, Grimmway Enterprises, Bakersfield, CA, David Masser, Keystone Potato Products, Hagins, PA, Gina Nucci, Mann Packing Company, Salinas, CA, Marylou Owen, G.O. Fresh, Minneapolis, MN, Jennifer Pelayo, Advantage Sales & Marketing, Pleasanton, CA, Robert Stallman, Chiquita Brands International, Inc., Salinas, CA.

Retail-Foodservice Board: Greg Corrigan, Raley's Family of Fine Stores, Sacramento, CA, Troy Edwards, FreshPoint Tomato, Nashville, TN, Keith Johnson, Kroger-Wesco, Fresno, CA, Steve Lutz, Perishables Group, East Wenatchee, WA, Amy Myrdal Miller MS, RD, The Culinary Institute of America, St. Helena, CA, Susan Reimer-Sifford, Darden, Orlando, FL, Joey Summerhays, 7-Eleven, Dallas, TX, Mark Walden, Brookshire Grocery Company, Tyler, TX, Tommy Wilkins, United Supermarkets, Lubbock, TX.

The following current members will continue service on the Grower-Shipper Board: Tom Deardorff, Deardorff Family Farms, Oxnard, CA, Jim Gerecke, Desert Glory, LTD, San Antonio, TX, Phil Herbig, WES Pak Sales, Inc., Dinuba, CA, Cindy Jewell, California Giant Berry Farms, Inc., Watsonville, CA, David Mixon, Seald-Sweet, LLC/Uni-Veg Group, Vero Beach, FL, Gordon Robertson, Sun World International, LLC, Bakersfield, CA, Andrew Schwartz, Rosemont Farms Corporation, Boca Raton, FL, Kevin Searle, GPOD of Idaho, Shelley, ID, Kaari Stannard, New York Apple Sales, Inc., Castleton On Hudson, NY.

The following current members will continue service on the Wholesaler-Distributor Board: Scott Dennis, Albert's Organics, Bridgeport, NJ, Matt Fritz, The Sanson Company, Cleveland, OH, Robert Kirch, Caito Foods Service, Inc., Indianapolis, IN, Joe Klare, Castellini Company, LLC, Wilder, KY, Joe Murphy, Fresh Horizons Procurement, Denver, NC, Michael Muzyk, Baldor Specialty Foods, Bronx, NY, Mark Shaw, Markon, Inc., Salinas, CA, Lisa Strube, Strube Celery & Vegetable Company, Chicago, IL.

The following current members will continue service on the Fresh-Cut Processor Board: Minos Athanassiadis, Fresh Link Group, Agoura, CA, Garth Borman, Taylor Farms, Inc., Tracy, CA, Ray Griffin, FoodSource, Monterey, CA, Ali Leon, Ready Pac Foods, Inc., Irwindale, CA, Carter McEntire, McEntire Produce, Columbia, SC, Steve Robinson, Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., Monterey, CA, John Schaefer, Gold Coast Packing Company, Inc. Santa Maria, CA, Jim Zarndt, Monsanto, Oxnard, CA.

The following current members will continue service on the Retail-Foodservice Board: Tim Culhane, Brennan's Farm Market, Inc., Brookfield, WI, Ken Fittz, Burger King Corporation, Miami, FL, Andrew Kesler, Jack in the Box, Inc., San Diego, CA, Sean Picquelle, Taco Bell, Irvine, CA, Scott Sargent, Chick-fil-A, Inc., Atlanta, GA, Dick Spezzano, Spezzano Consulting, Monrovia, CA, Ed Thompson, Avendra, LLC, Rockville, MD, Max Yeater, Pro*Act, LLC, Monterey, CA.

Additionally, as announced last week, Jan Berk of San Miguel Produce, Inc., Oxnard, CA, will assume the role of chairman of the Fresh-Cut Processor Board and Tony Freytag of Crunch Pak Sliced Apples, Cashmere, WA, will take over as the board's vice-chairman.

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Almy Makes Social Media a Focal Point at United Fresh 2011

In just a matter of days, the produce industry will converge on New Orleans for United Fresh 2011, but in addition to those joining United in person, the show will explore how produce companies can embrace customers and consumers across the globe.

In addition to the United show's reliable slate of development, networking and education, two program offerings on Tuesday, May 3, and Thursday, May 5, will detail the mercurial rise of social media within the general consumer public, and explore potential applications for produce businesses. Led by United Fresh Board Member Dan'l Mackey Almy of Irving, TX-based DMA Solutions with California Avocado Commission's Jan DeLyser on Tuesday and One Media Group's Stacy Larson on Thursday, the sessions will address how produce businesses can incorporate the benefits of social media to their operations.

"Companies in the fresh produce industry are curious about the opportunities in and affordability of engaging in consumer marketing and social media," explains Dan'l Mackey Almy. "I intend to shed some light on social media marketing and its potential within our industry. I am especially excited because several members of the DMA Solutions team will be attending and will be ready to provide answers, throughout the United event, that will ultimately help companies take the next step toward connecting via social networks. The communications potential is vast when you consider that all participants in social networks have to eat – and it might as well be FRESH!"

In addition to the two sessions, United Fresh will offer daily coverage of the show on the association's Twitter and Facebook pages.

"More than ever, consumers are looking for new ways to connect with the producers of all the products they purchase, especially those products that wind up on the dinner table," said Patrick Delaney, United's communications manager. "In addition to helping United reach its members in new ways, social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter offer produce companies an opportunity to reach out directly to those consumers and interact on a more personal level than previously thought possible. We're particularly lucky to have industry leaders like Dan'l, Jan and Stacy who are invested in and dedicated to understanding how these new tools can help produce businesses succeed."

On Tuesday at 11:30, Almy and DeLyser will present "Social Media for Marketing and Reputation Management" to the Grower-Shipper Market Segment Board Learning Center, and on Thursday at 2:45, Almy and Larson will present "Social Media and New Age Technology to Reach Consumers" to the Global Conference on Produce Technology & Innovation. For a full schedule of United Fresh 2011 events, please click here, or visit www.UnitedFresh2011.org.

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United Fresh 2011 Welcomes New Exhibitors

Seventy four new exhibitors will join the party in New Orleans at United Fresh 2011, May 2-5. Register today so you don't miss out on the BIG ideas, BIG solutions and BIG innovations these new faces bring to the show!

 

 

 

ABC Research Corporation American Express Open
American Profol, Inc. Anthony Vineyards
Argent Productivity Optimization Solutions Arizona Leafy Green Marketing Agreement
Associated Grocers, Inc. Basciani Mushroom Farms
BioSafe Systems, L.L.C. Bunzl Distribution USA/True Trac
Cengea Solutions Inc. CFS North America
CitroBio, Inc. Coastline Produce
Cravo Equipment Ltd. Desert Glory, LTD.
Dulcette Technologies LLC Environmental Micro Analysis, Inc.
Extrutech Plastics FMC Corporation
Formers International, Inc. Frontera Produce LTD
Grower-Shipper Association of Central California HANNA instruments
Hercules Poly, Inc. High Tek USA, Inc.
Hygiena Ilapak, Inc.
Intelleflex Intermec
Ippolito JBT FoodTech
Jem-D International/Agricola El Rosal - Red Sun Junction Solutions
Koppert Biological Systems Inc. Kronen
Locus Traxx Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission
Mann Packing Markem-Imaje
Market Fresh Produce, LLC Mettler-Toledo Safeline
Metz Fresh Monterey Mushrooms
Nature Fresh Farms NatureWorks LLC
NCSI Americas Neogen Corporation
New Leaf Food Safety Solutions NSF-Davis Fresh
Pacmac Par-Pak Ltd.
PDI Peppadew USA
Peterson Farms Fresh Power Soak Systems, Inc.
Pure Hot House Foods Inc. Quanta Lab
Raytec Vision Spa Robot Coupe USA
Rochester Midland Corp. Food Safety Div. Rouses Markets
Safeway, Inc. SGS North America
Sonoco Plastics Sorma USA
Symbology / AbeTech Temple Inland
The Oppenheimer Group ToolWorx Information Products, Inc.
U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance United Barcode System
United Supermarkets Vanmark Equipment/Grote Co.
Vincent Corporation Zymex Industries, Inc.

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FDA Raises Curtain on FSMA Website and Recall Search Engine

FDA has unveiled its newly-redesigned web portal dedicated to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act at www.fda.gov/FSMA. On the site, industry stakeholders and consumers can access the FDA calls the "first tangible product of the historic food safety reform legislation," a new web-based recall search engine that makes it easier and quicker to learn about product recalls.

"Recalls, mandatory or otherwise, are serious and we must do everything possible to make it easier for people to know about these recalls so they can take all appropriate steps to protect themselves and their families," says Michael R. Taylor, FDA's deputy commissioner for foods

Taylor also underlined the importance of the new web page in implementing the food safety law.

"We know that success depends heavily on bringing our stakeholders into the effort.  We are working hard to keep them informed and to get their input throughout the process," he said.

Taylor and other FDA officials will keep looking for ways to involve all stakeholders in the implementation of the landmark food safety law.

Key elements of the new FSMA web page include:

  • More than 50 "frequently asked questions" addressing concerns FDA staff have heard at public meetings since the law's enactment, such as implementation deadlines, expected new responsibilities for industry, and new fees. The questions are organized in broad subject areas, including produce safety, food imports, prevention, and scope.
  • Three short videos in which FDA food safety experts explain how the agency is developing provisions covering imports, inspections and compliance, and preventive standards to minimize the risk of potential hazards.
  • A graphic presentation of the implementation teams, by area of focus, that are doing the hard work of implementing the provisions of the new law.
  • A section on outreach with links to agendas and transcripts of the meetings FDA is holding to solicit data and ideas. United's Robert Guenther has been present representing the association at the two meetings held so far, and his comments can be downloaded here.

The development of the new recall search engine is a good example of that outreach. FDA staff shared a draft approach with consumer and industry groups and solicited their ideas on how to make it better. The feedback resulted in a number of modifications before the search engine "went live" on April 4, the new law's deadline.

Recall information is now presented in an easy-to-read table organized by date, product brand name, product description, reason for recall, recall press release, the recalling firm and, where possible, a photograph of the product. This is dramatically different from the old format, which provided a scroll-down list of links in response to a search for information on a specific recall.

The recalls table can also be reached through FDA.gov and FoodSafety.gov. Mobile applications can be downloaded by going to Recalls.gov.

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PFSE, Cornell Release New Videos on FightBac.org

This week, the Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE) and Cornell University released new educational videos featuring safe food handling techniques at home.

The videos, titled "Chef Daddy," "Ugly Bug," and "Dr. Meatloaf," are the culmination of a multi-year grant received by Cornell through the National Institute for Food and Agriculture.

In addition to the videos, PFSE has also developed quiz questions and idea generators encouraging the same safe food handling techniques.

All PFSE resources may be viewed and downloaded at the Partnership's website, www.fightbac.org.

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United Fresh, UGA Collaborate on Fresh-Cut HACCP Course

United Fresh Vice President of Food Safety Services Dr. Barry Eisenberg will join counterparts from the University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences' Department of Food Science and Technology in presenting "Hands on HACCP for the Fresh-Cut Industry," May 17-19 at the University of Georgia in Athens.

Designed specifically for the fresh-cut industry and accredited by the International HACCP Alliance, the program provides attendees with the skills and knowledge to design, implement, document and maintain HACCP within a fresh-cut business. The three-day course provides a unique program of lectures and work group discussions from a broad-based faculty of food microbiologists and HACCP experts, as well as authorities from academia, industry and government. The program also includes work group sessions that provide interaction with HACCP authorities who have developed and implemented successful HACCP programs in fresh-cut processing plants.

The deadline for program registration is April 25, and a registration form can be downloaded here. United Fresh members receive discounted registration. For more information, please call 706-542-2574 or email efs@uga.edu.

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Earthbound Farms' Audra Pura is this Week's BIG Winner in United's Restaurant A Week Giveaway!

Congratulations to Audra Pura of Earthbound Farms! Audra is the winner of this week's Restaurant a Week Giveaway, and will enjoy dining at Riverfront Restaurant courtesy of United Fresh.

Every Thursday, United Fresh draws a winner from all registered attendees to United Fresh 2011. Winners receive a gift certificate to one of New Orleans' finest restaurants. Each week, the list is updated with the most current registered attendees, so the sooner you register for United Fresh 2011, the BIGGER your chances are to win!

Congratulations Audra! Next week winner is headed to Drago's Seafood Restaurant!

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Meet Your United Fresh Board of Directors: A Simple Pilot's License Has Taken Brent Harrison and His Company Far

Brent Harrison
President
Al Harrison Co. Distributors
Nogales, Arizona

In addition to your service with United, you are very much involved with the National Watermelon Association. How does being involved with the industry and commodity associations benefit your business and your career as a whole?

I'll tell you, I preach it everywhere I go, at every meeting and every speech I give: get involved. Being involved and voices in numbers is the only way to get things done. To try to take something on as one person or one company is just not going to happen. I feel that I get a lot out of it. It's a lot of work to do all this. It's a large commitment that takes a large amount of effort and time, but the end result, the contacts that we make and the ability get people involved and to foster the messages that we do to the government and to the industry is just awesome. I am currently chairman of the National Watermelon Association and we've got an effort right now with the FDA to get us out of the high-risk melon category. Through United, I've been able to meet with Mike Taylor and Jim Gorny at FDA, and the friendships that I've made with Robert Guenther and David Gombas have enabled us to make a lot of progress on that and other efforts. That's just an example of how we've approached government as an industry, saying that we want to be subject to risk- and science-based policy, and been able to point to a track record of no pathogen outbreaks with our commodity, so give us our own category. With voices in numbers, we can pursue that goal.

When talking about the NWA, we would be remiss in leaving out the Watermelon Queens. How has such a unique approach to promotion like the Queens program worked so well for NWA and for the watermelon industry? 

The industry really has two boards: the National Watermelon Association, which is our lobbying arm, and the National Watermelon Promotion Board, which focuses on marketing. I've had the privilege of running both boards, so I've got a great idea of what we do. One provides a great lobbying base, and one provides a solid marketing base, and they get funds from the industry to further those efforts. The Queens Program is a great example, hell, I married one, so I know. The Queens are great for us because they are such a unique offering from our organization. It's funny, during WPPC this past year, I made sure one of the queens was with my group and sure enough, we got Sen. John McCain out of his office. When I go, it seems like all I get is a staffer, but when you bring in a Queen, things change. I learned, really quickly, to bring the Queen with me.

You were once quoted as saying, "There have been years that we've made money and years that we've lost money, but I have no intention of ever doing anything else." In a perishable business, what is it about the nature of this industry that makes you love it the way that you do?

It's in the blood. You're born and raised into the produce industry. It used to be a lot "funner," so to speak. It's changed a lot in the past decade, but what keeps us going is the relationships that we build, and the growth that we see. We've moved to a lot of contract business, so now we can see light at the end of the tunnel. We know we've got the contract, and we know what it costs to grow, so unless there's an unforeseen issue, we're going to turn a profit. Everyone's got to eat, and for me, it's an industry that I know real well and that I've got a real passion for. I think you can see that in my involvement with the associations, with the boards and so on. I could easily sit back and let others in the industry do those things, but I prefer to be involved and prefer to have my own voice in an industry that's fun, challenging and changing fast.

As an avid pilot, what does flying do for you? Where'd you pick it up? What do you enjoy about it?

My grandpa was a pilot, and so as a kid I loved going up with him, and I remember saying to myself that I was going to do that someday too. I was in college when he passed away and the company still had the plane, but I had too much going on to get my pilot's license, and in that time, the company ended up selling the plane. I came out of school and went to work with the company and was tired of driving 20 hours down in to Mexico, so for me, getting my pilot's license was a real asset to the company. Now I can work in the mornings, then get in the plane and hop on down to Mexico to the places I need to visit, and be back the same day, which I just couldn't do driving. It's helped greatly in terms of time management, and for me, it's helped to strengthen relationships with our growers, as I'm able to pop down a lot more than I ever could by driving. Customers love it too, because they don't want to spend all day driving either. Somewhere that it takes six hours to drive, we're there in an hour. Outside of that, I simply love to fly. It's fun and it's challenging.

You and United's Victoria Backer share an interesting bit of family trivia in that you've both chosen the name Eden for your daughters. What's behind such a unique name?

I had no choice in the matter on Eden's name, or on my son James' name either. My father-in-law's name was James, so that's what my wife and I went with. My wife's maiden name is Edens, and we loved the name Eden, so we dropped the 's' and that's what we went with. After that, I created a label for our MiniMelons, which are called Sweet Edens, and it's actually her on the label taking a bite out of the watermelon. She's a cute little redhead. She's nine and super personable. She's fluent in Spanish, too. We live on the border, and we've got live-in help, and they're best friends. Her Spanish is excellent. We'll play games every now and again where we'll go out and she'll ask me for something, which I won't let her have unless she speaks to me in Spanish. Everyone loves a cute little redhead speaking Spanish. James is 12, top of his class and very smart, but a totally different personality. He is very studious and takes after his mom. I never had the best grades.

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Chairman's Roundtable Thanks 2011 Supporters

United Fresh's Chairman's Roundtable provides extra support for programs in government relations, food safety, nutrition policy and other areas to help grow the produce industry. We are pleased to recognize the following companies who have committed to the 2011 Chairman's Roundtable:

  • Rio Queen Citrus, Mission, TX

The Chairman's Roundtable is an opportunity for United Fresh member companies to contribute above and beyond their basic dues. Roundtable members are industry leaders who set the pace in building United Fresh's strength in areas that do not generate their own revenue. Members of Chairman's Roundtable enjoy special recognition throughout the year for their support.  For more information on the Chairman's Roundtable, please contact Director of Membership Miriam Miller at 202-303-3400 ext. 410.

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New Member Welcome

Each week, United Fresh welcomes its newest partners in building a stronger produce industry:

Welcome
  • Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement, Phoenix, AZ
  • ECO-Sharp, Inc., Monterey, CA
  • Filtrona Porous Technologies, Colonial Heights, VA

United Fresh thanks all current members for their dedication to the Association and the produce industry. Please let us know whenever we can be of service to you.  For more details about the benefits of membership, please contact Jeff Oberman at 831-422-0940 or Miriam Miller at 202-303-3410.

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