April 25, 2013
In Today's Issue:
United Fresh Announces Nominations for New Board Officers and Directors for 2013-2014

(L-R) Incoming Chairman of the Board, Ron Midyett, Apio, Inc. and Chairman-Elect, Ron Carkoski, Four Seasons Family of Companies.

United Fresh Past Chairman Reggie Griffin, Reggie Griffin Strategies, has announced the slate of new officers and directors nominated to serve on the United Fresh Produce Association Board of Directors, effective at its May 14, 2013 meeting in San Diego.

Ascending to Chairman of the Board is Ron Midyett, CEO of Apio Inc., Guadalupe, CA. Ron currently serves as Chairman-Elect of the Board. Prior to joining Apio in 2005, Ron held the position of Senior Vice President of Operations at Dole Fresh Vegetables. Ron received a degree in Food Biochemistry from the University of California at Davis and is an alumnus of Class 6 of the United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program.

Nominated as Chairman-Elect is Ron Carkoski, President & CEO, Four Seasons Family of Companies, Ephrata, PA. Ron joined Four Seasons in 1994 as director of procurement, after almost 20 years in the produce business with Gateway Foods/Scrivner, Carpenter Cook Company, and Gamble Robinson Co. He progressed to vice president at Four Seasons, and was named President & CEO in 2001. He was nominated to his second term on the United Fresh Board in 2010, previously serving from 2003-2007 and most recently served as Chairman of the United Fresh Wholesaler-Distributor Board. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Produce for Better Health Foundation, recently completed his term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Philadelphia and the Susquehanna Valley, and served as a member of the Board of Advisors for Graystone Bank in Pennsylvania. Ron received his bachelor's degree in music education from St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI.

Nominated as Secretary-Treasurer is Lorri A. Koster, Chairman and CEO, Mann Packing Company. Lorri was raised in the agriculture industry and is a third generation family member to work in produce. She started her full-time career at Mann in 1990. In 2000 she joined ProduceOnline.com as vice president of marketing, and subsequently served as associate publisher with Produce Business magazine, and as owner/publisher of Coastal Grower magazine. She returned to her family business full-time in 2006. In 2000, Lorri served as Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the International Fresh-Cut Produce Association, becoming the first woman to chair a U.S. national produce trade association. She served as Chairwoman of the Grower Shipper Association of Central California, and as a member of the PBH Executive Board, PMA's Foundation for Industry Talent board, and board alternate for the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement.

Current United Chairman of the Board David W. Krause, President, Paramount Citrus, will move to the position of Immediate Past Chairman and remain on the Board and the Executive Committee.

The following industry leaders have been nominated to serve as new members of the United Fresh Board for a two-year term beginning May 2013:

William L. (Bill) Brim, President, Lewis Taylor Farms, Inc., Tifton, GA, has more than 30 years of experience in the produce industry. In 1985, Bill and Ed Walker purchased Lewis Taylor Farms, which has become one of the largest diversified farm operations in Georgia. Bill has served on many boards and committees including the United Fresh Grower-Shipper Board, Government Relations Council, president of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Association, Chairman of the National Council of Agricultural Employers, GA Department of Labor chairman, charter member of the GA Agri Leaders, vice president of the GA Growers Association – H2A Labor Group and USA Farmers board. Bill has been called upon to advise the University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Georgia's two U.S. Senators and the USDA Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee. In 2008, American Vegetable Grower magazine presented Lewis Taylor Farms with its Grower Achievement award.

Bob Elliott, Director, Food Safety, Sunkist Growers, Inc., Fontana, CA, is nominated to serve as Chairman of the Food Safety and Technology Council. Elliott joined Sunkist in 1986, initially in Research & Technical Services. Currently he focuses on developing and implementing food safety programs for citrus growing, harvesting and packing. He is active in produce industry and citrus industry working groups to develop science and risk-based food safety standards and identify and prioritize research needs. He serves in an advisory capacity for two California Citrus Research Board committees and is Board Vice-Chairman of the California Citrus Quality Council. Bob has a B.S. degree in Plant Sciences and M.S in Plant Protection & Pest Management, both from the University of California at Davis.

Fred Heptinstall, President and General Manager, IFCO SYSTEMS RPC Management Services Division, NA, Tampa, FL. Prior to joining IFCO, Fred's career experience included 13 years at Chiquita, where as Executive Vice President of Chiquita Fresh North America he was responsible for all fresh produce businesses. Heptinstall currently serves on the United Fresh Supply Chain Logistics Council and is a past Chairman of the United Board. He also has served as Chairman of the Reusable Packaging Association and the International Banana Association. Heptinstall has an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and did graduate studies at Frostburg State University.

Robert (Bob) Kirch, President & CEO, Caito Foods Service, Inc., Indianapolis, IN, is nominated to serve as Vice Chair of the Wholesaler-Distributor Board. Kirch has worked in many aspects of the business throughout his 18 years with Caito, including merchandising, operations, procurement, marketing, and business development. Kirch was recently promoted to President and CEO where he is challenged to find different platforms and channels for growth to deliver fresh, safe, quality products. Bob is an alumnus of Class 14 of the United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program.

Joe Klare, Executive Vice President, Castellini Company, LLC, Wilder, KY, had the unique opportunity to spend the entirety of his career with one company. Originally hired by Robert Castellini, Chairman of Castellini Co., in 1971 as a salesman shortly after finishing high school and a stint with the U.S. Army, Klare is now the executive vice president of the company. In 1995, he began heading up all sales for the Castellini group of companies. Since then, sales have nearly tripled with Klare at the lead. He was also a main driver of diversifying the company into many areas, such as processing, transportation and service wholesaling. Klare recently served on the United Fresh Wholesaler–Distributor Board and is on the Southeast Produce Council Advisory Board.

Gordon Robertson, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Sun World International, LLC, Bakersfield, CA. Before joining Sun World, Gordon spent 21 years at Campbell Soup Company where he worked across frozen and canned food divisions and all classes of trade in field sales and trade marketing. In his most recent role, he was Vice President of Joint Business and Trade Marketing. Now in his current role with Sun World, Gordon is the liaison between growers, customers, and consumers, managing all international and domestic sales and marketing activities for the company. He is active in the industry's trade associations, and most recently served on the United Fresh Grower-Shipper Board. Gordon earned his bachelor of science in marketing from Oregon State University.

Michael Spinazzola, President, Diversified Restaurant Systems (DRS), San Diego, CA. Spinazzola graduated from Arizona State University in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in agribusiness marketing. He began his career in the produce 1981 with Maggio Inc., working in the packing shed, harvesting, and sales departments. In 1998, he became a Partner and is now President of DRS, a consulting and marketing company specializing in supply chain management, procurement, and distribution functions as they relate to the quick-service food industry. DRS developed produce programs for several QSR's in Southern California and soon after, began working with IPC, the SUBWAY® Purchasing Cooperative, in developing the SUBWAY® National Produce Program. DRS is now responsible for supplying over 28,000 restaurants with Gold Standard produce from approved vendors for SUBWAY®restaurants. Mike is a past PMA Board member and has served on numerous industry advisory boards.

Bob Swartwout, Vice President, Sales, R. S. Hanline Company, Inc., Shelby, OH is nominated to serve as Vice Chair of the Fresh-Cut Processor Board. Bob is a graduate of North Central Texas College with a degree in accounting and business management. He has a long career in produce serving in management roles throughout the industry beginning in 1994 for Graziano Produce Company, followed by Standard Fruit & Vegetable, Fresh Express, Gold Coast Packing, and VNS Sales. Now as the vice president of sales for R.S. Hanline, he provides value-added fresh produce to foodservice, retail grocery and manufacturing customers. Bob is a past Chairman of the International Fresh-Cut Produce Association, and has served on the United Fresh-Cut Processor Board for the past four years.

Current Board members nominated to new positions of service on Market Segment Boards and Councils include:

  • Chairman, Fresh-Cut Processor Board - Tony Freytag, Crunch Pak Sliced Apples
  • Chairman, Finance & Business Management Council - Scott Danner, Liberty Fruit Co., Inc.
  • Chairman, Government Relations Council - John Keeling, National Potato Council
  • Chairman, Produce Marketing & Merchandising Council - Roger Pepperl, Stemilt Growers, LLC
  • Chairman, Wholesaler Distributor Board - Lisa Strube, Strube Celery & Vegetable Company

The following officers of Market Segment Boards and Councils will continue their service on the Board:

  • Chairman, Grower-Shipper Board - Will Steele, Frontera Produce
  • Vice Chairman, Grower-Shipper Board - Tom Deardorff, Deardorff Family Farms
  • Chairman, Retail-Foodservice Board - Randy Scott, Delhaize America
  • Vice Chairman, Retail-Foodservice Board - Sean Picquelle, Taco Bell
  • Chairman, Global Advisory Council - Paddy Callaghan, Nature's Best Ltd.
  • Chairman, Nutrition & Health Council - Dan'l Mackey Almy, DMA Solutions, Inc.
  • Chairman, Supply Chain Logistics Council - Kenny Lund, Allen Lund Company, Inc.
  • Chairman, United Fresh Foundation - Steve Grinstead, Grinstead Enterprises

The following current At-Large Board Members will continue their service on the Board:

  • Bill Brooks, Westlake Produce Company
  • Steve Burnham, Safeway, Inc.
  • Jim Catchot, Renaissance Food Group
  • Greg Corrigan, Raley's Family of Fine Stores
  • Aaron Fox, Fox Packaging
  • Emily Fragoso, Status Gro
  • David Hille, Cabbage, Inc.
  • Cindy Jewell, California Giant Berry Farms
  • Deverl Maserang, Chiquita Brands International, Inc.
  • Lisa McNeece, Grimmway Enterprises
  • Kevin Moffitt, Pear Bureau Northwest
  • Bob Morrissey, National Watermelon Association, Inc.
  • Angela Nardone, N2N Global
  • Dave Russell, Del Monte Fresh Produce, N.A., Inc.
  • Rob Schrick, Bayer CropScience
  • Ivan Tarriba, Farmer's Best International, LLC
  • Greg Wohlleb, Bunzl, Inc.
  • Mike Wootton, Sunkist Growers, Inc.

"In total, the slate of nominees for our consolidated Board of Directors, together with our returning Board members and new officers, makes this a tremendously diverse and skilled set of leaders to represent our entire industry and guide our association in the year ahead," said United President and CEO Tom Stenzel.

Board members concluding service at the May 14 meeting include:

  • Reggie Griffin, Reggie Griffin Strategies, who served as Chairman of the Board in 2011-2012, and this past year as Immediate Past Chariman
  • Barry Bedwell, California Grape & Tree Fruit League, who served as Chairman of the Government Relations Council
  • Jan Berk, San Miguel Produce, Inc., who served as the Chairman of the Fresh-Cut Processor Board
  • John Chrosniak, Dupont Crop Protection
  • Ana Hooper, Darden
  • Walter Ram, The Giumarra Companies, who served as the Chairman of the Food Safety & Technology Council
  • Jackson Woodward, Horton Fruit Company

"I'd like to personally thank those leaders who are concluding their service at this meeting," said United Fresh President Tom Stenzel. "They have contributed greatly to our industry's success in so many ways, and we appreciate the time and resources they have given to serve our industry. I'd also like to thank Reggie Griffin and Board Development Committee members Reggie Griffin, Chairman; David Krause, Ron Midyett, Lisa Strube, Tony Freytag, Sean Picquelle, Will Steele for their work this year in nominating an outstanding slate of officers and Board members. We recognize that the strength of our association comes from strong representation of our membership across the total supply chain, bringing together an exceptional group of leaders to serve our industry."

United Members Testify on Industry Priorities at House Farm Bill Hearing

United member Sarah Frey-Talley (right) greets Representative Austin Scott (R-GA), Chairman of the subcommittee before the hearing.

United member Bill Brim (right) speaks with Representative Ted Yoho (R-FL) as Chairman Scott and United member Charles Hall prepare for the hearing to begin.

United Fresh members spoke up for specialty crop priorities in the 2013 Farm Bill at a hearing held by the Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture of the House Agriculture Committee. Bill Brim, co-owner of Lewis Taylor Farms, and Sarah Frey-Talley, president and CEO of Frey Farms, both members of United's Government Relations Council and Grower-Shipper Board, outlined the critical importance of preserving funding for research, block grants,  pest and disease programs, nutrition initiatives, and international market access programs.

"From a produce grower's perspective, we continue to be driven and experience tremendous challenges in our business environment," said Brim. "We have worked hard to remain profitable, satisfy consumer demands, conform to and develop new technology, and compete in an increasingly global market place. Our markets are highly volatile, yet we have never relied on traditional farm programs to sustain our industry. Instead, we look to each other to promote efficiency and reward market competition that so marks our industry."

The April 24 hearing by the subcommittee marked the first Farm Bill hearing of the 113th Congress and an important opportunity to preserve the specialty crop investments made in the 2008 Farm Bill.

Lawmakers at the hearing also asked about the need for immigration reform to ensure the viability of fresh fruit and vegetable crops, even though farm labor is not in the jurisdiction of the Agriculture Committee. Frey-Talley explained the challenges producers face with using H-2A, and that many have found the program to be unresponsive and expensive. "The produce industry's continued growth and the creation of domestic jobs such as facility managers, shipping and receiving clerks, and administration personnel is directly affected by our ability to obtain a sufficient number of harvest employees. It is imperative for Congress to address overdue reform policies affecting the availability of ag workers," she said.

United will continue to advocate for the priorities outlined at the hearing, through member engagement and the Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance (SCFBA), of which United is a founding member. The Alliance is a coalition of nearly 120 organizations that spearheaded a concentrated effort to ensure that specialty crops received dedicated funding and policy focus in the 2008 Farm Bill.

For more information, please contact Robert Guenther, United Fresh senior vice president of public policy, at 202-303-3400.


United Fresh and AWC Brief Washington Post on Agricultural Framework in Senate Immigration Bill

United Fresh and other representatives from the Agricultural Workforce Coalition (AWC) conducted an editorial briefing at the Washington Post this week to discuss the agricultural provisions in the Senate's immigration reform measure. The briefing touched on topics including wage rates, E-Verify, housing and other major components of the agricultural guest worker provisions. The group also underscored the critical need for a stable workforce for the produce industry and other sectors of American agriculture.

The Tuesday meeting, organized by United, included Chuck Conner, President & CEO, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives; Nancy Foster, President & CEO, U.S. Apple; Monte Lake, Counsel to Agricultural Coalition for Immigration Reform; Craig Regelbrugge, Vice President of Government Relations, American Nursery & Landscape Assn. (Co-Chair Agricultural Coalition for Immigration Reform); Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation; Tom Stenzel, CEO, United Fresh; and Ray Gilmer, Vice President of Issues Management & Communication, United Fresh.

"Having these meetings with editors at major publications is a vital strategy for winning support, at an early stage, for the landmark achievements for agricultural labor in the Senate bill," said Gilmer. "United, working with AWC members, is helping to spearhead continued outreach to major publications around the country to educate editors about the key provisions and to underscore agriculture's unity and commitment."

For more information, please contact Ray Gilmer at 202-303-3400.

Comment Period on Proposed FSMA Rules Extended

The comment period for on the proposed Produce Safety and Preventive Controls Rules has been extended by the FDA to September 16. The official announcement this week followed remarks by FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg last week that the comment period would be extended to accommodate requests by United Fresh and other stakeholders. The 120-day extension will allow for continued review and comment of the extensive proposed regulations.

"We appreciate that FDA recognizes the complexity of these proposed rules and the time needed to complete the exhaustive review process," said Robert Guenther, United Fresh senior vice president of public policy. "Our goal has always been to advance mandatory, enforceable, commodity-specific food safety practices based on the best available science, and this extension allows us to continue working towards that goal on behalf of the entire fresh produce supply chain and our consumers."

The notice of extension comes on the heels of an April 22 ruling in a California Federal Court that the FDA must propose new deadlines for issuance of regulations implementing FSMA. The order was in response to a complaint by two consumer groups that the implementation of FSMA was unnecessarily delayed. United anticipates that FDA will appeal the decision given the complexity of the rules and the time needed for stakeholders to submit constructive comments. Without an appeal, FDA must submit to court-supervised deadlines for FSMA implementation over the next several years.

United Fresh will continue to engage with our members to evaluate the implications of the proposed rules, especially in light of three additional proposed rules that are expected to be issued by FDA as part of the interlocking suite of regulations.

More information about the Food Safety Modernization Act can be found at UnitedFresh.org/FSMA.

Please contact United's Robert Guenther or Dr. David Gombas with questions at 202-303-3400.


United Fresh 2013 Will Mobilize Industry Leaders in Support of Immigration Reform

United Fresh members will have the opportunity to drive immigration reform at United Fresh 2013, May 14-16 in San Diego. As lawmakers consider the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act" which was introduced in the Senate on April 16, United will mobilize members to call Congress in support of immigration reform. A grassroots call center will be featured at the association's annual tradeshow and convention, where thousands of industry leaders will be encouraged to weigh in on the reform.

"We expect the immigration debate to be progressing quickly in the coming weeks, and every call that our members make to their senators and representatives will have an impact," said Robert Guenther, United Fresh senior vice president of public policy. "This is an opportunity to drive this landmark reform forward and it is critical that we speak up to ensure that agriculture's priorities are included in the final bill."

The dialogue will continue at The Critical Need for Labor and Immigration Reform workshop on Wednesday, May 15. Expert speakers Chalmers Carr, President, Titan Farms; Monte Lake, Partner, CJ Lake, LLC; and Robert Guenther, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, United Fresh Produce Association will join moderator Barry Bedwell, President & CEO, California Grape & Tree Fruit League, Chairman, United Fresh Government Relations Council, for a discussion of the path forward to resolve the immigration crisis. The interactive session will focus on late-breaking information on Congressional negotiations and the fresh produce industry's efforts to finally resolve this critical economic policy issue. A question and answer period will follow, where members are encouraged to join the conversation and share their perspectives on the issue. 

To participate, register today at www.unitedfreshshow.org!


United Board Member Rallies Support for Preserving Fresh in Schools

Lorri Koster, CEO of Mann Packing, is rallying the industry to maintain the focus on "fresh" in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, which provides a fresh produce snack each day to more than 4 million low income students.

Lorri Koster, CEO of Salinas-based Mann Packing and incoming United Fresh Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of Directors, is speaking out to ensure students' have continued access to fresh produce as part of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). Koster penned an editorial in Coastal Grower magazine about a developing  "food fight" on Capitol Hill, where lobbyists are attempting to strike "fresh" from the FFVP language in the Farm Bill, as a tactic to allow other forms, such as canned and frozen.

In response to what Koster describes as questionable tactics to discredit the fresh produce industry, she says, "The government should out the right priorities in place to make sure kids have access to our bounty's finest, freshest and most nutritious. I claim the fresh produce industry has a supply chain more than capable of getting fresh produce to any school in America and into the hands of children."

United Fresh has been FFVP's leading advocate since it was introduced by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) in 2002. "The program was intended solely for fresh fruits and vegetables, and it has made a positive impact on increasing children's fresh fruit and vegetable consumption," said Dr. Lorelei DiSogra, United Fresh vice president of nutrition & health. "A recent report by the USDA showed that students in participating FFVP schools ate 15% more fresh produce and that the program is successful in introducing children to a wide variety of new fruits and vegetables, and is very popular with schools, parents and students. "

An April 24 article by the Salinas Californian newspaper highlighted Koster's leadership in rallying the industry around FFVP, which can be read in full here.


Get a Taste of San Diego at a Coastal Culinary Landmark

Want to experience a Taste of San Diego? Register now for your chance at next week's featured restaurant: Poseidon on the Beach. Poseidon has become a coastal culinary landmark known for serving fantastic food made with high quality ingredients while offering a fun and lively ocean front ambiance. Be sure to try the ginger pesto "Day Boat" scallops served with saffron-vanilla mashed potatoes, garlic-sautéed spinach, tobiko caviar and beurre blanc sauce or the pistachio crusted rack of lamb marinated with garlic &fresh herbs, garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables ragout, grilled artichokes, and a port wine reduction.

Every Thursday through May 2, 2013, United Fresh will draw one lucky winner from the United Fresh 2013 registered attendee list. Each winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to one of San Diego's finest restaurants, courtesy of our promotional sponsor, Diversified Restaurant Systems, Inc.

Congratulations to Valerie Ramsburg, Rice Fruit Company, this week's winner of our Taste of San Diego give away. Our winner will receive a gift certificate to dine at The Marine Room. For generations of San Diegans, the "Seahorse" symbol of The Marine Room has long stood for its dramatic on-the-surf location, award-winning cuisine and uncompromising service. Opened in 1941, the restaurant quickly became famous as pounding surf created dramatic displays against the restaurant's windows, where each tide brings something new to The Marine Room.

Register today for United Fresh 2013 and you'll be automatically entered for United's Taste of San Diego giveaway. You could win a gift certificate to one of the best restaurants in San Diego!

The sooner you register, the greater your chances to win a certificate to one of these stellar restaurants:

Baci Ristorante
Bertrand at Mister A's
Bully's East
Donovan's Steak & Chop House
George's at the Cove
Island Prime
Mille Fleurs
On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina
Pamplemousse Grill
Poseidon on the Beach
Ruth's Chris Steak House
The Marine Room
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
The Prado at Balboa Park

Learn more about these great restaurants and how you can experience a Taste of San Diego!


USDA Announces Specialty Crop Export Assistance Funds

The Department of Agriculture has announced the availability of funds for two key specialty crop programs: the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program (TASC). Both programs benefit United Fresh members in boosting exports and maintaining competitiveness in foreign markets.  MAP offers cost-share assistance to create, expand, and maintain foreign markets for fresh fruits and vegetables from the U.S., while TASC provides funding for projects that address sanitary, phytosanitary, or related technical barriers that prohibit or threaten the export of U.S. specialty crops.

"These programs are valuable in helping the fresh produce industry remain competitive in the global market and I would encourage producers to apply," said Robert Guenther, United Fresh senior vice president of public policy. "We're working hard to ensure that these resources are included in the 2013 Farm Bill and continue to be available to our members."

Successful applications will be awarded early in the 2014 fiscal year. However, in the absence of a new Farm Bill, the funding authority for both programs will expire at the end of the 2013 fiscal year, in which case the awards will not be made. The deadline for applications for both programs is 5 pm on May 28.

For more information on MAP or TASC, or to find out how you can get involved in United's advocacy efforts, please contact Robert Guenther at 202-303-3400.


Hands-On HACCP for the Fresh-Cut Industry Workshop at UGA

United Fresh is partnering with University of Georgia on the Fresh-Cut HACCP Short Course workshop designed to establish an in-plant HACCP program for the fresh-cut produce industry. This year, the new agenda will address forthcoming FSMA regulations and the proposed Preventive Control Rule as they relate to the fresh-cut produce industry. The course is accredited by the International HACCP Alliance, successful completion of the course and exam provides HACCP certification.

The course will draw attention to three main sources of contamination – microbial, chemical and physical – that may occur as fresh produce moves from the field through the processing plant to the table. HACCP is a specific action plan developed to identify and control any of these hazards from entering the handling process, and to document the safety of fresh-cut produce.

The three-day course, held June 11-13 at University of Georgia's Athens campus, will provide a unique program of lectures and work group discussions from a broad-based faculty of food microbiologists, HACCP experts, authorities from academia, industry and government. The work group sessions provide interaction with HACCP authorities who have developed and implemented successful HACCP programs in fresh-cut processing plants.

In the hands-on laboratory participation the participants will learn which microbial testing tools to use to document and verify your sanitation program, how to interpret microbial results and which standardized procedures are best for consistent microbial analysis in testing fresh-cut produce.
The program is open to owners, plant managers, quality assurance personnel, production supervisors, field inspectors, marketing directors, and anyone responsible for designing and implementing field and fresh-cut food safety programs.

Register by May 27! United Fresh members receive discounted registration. Click here for more information or contact UGA at 706-542-2574 or efs@uga.edu.


New Member Welcome
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Each week, United Fresh welcomes its newest partners in building a stronger produce industry.

  • Ball Design Group, Fresno, CA

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 Miriam Wolk at 202-303-3410.

Upcoming United Fresh Events

day plannerJoin us for events designed to grow your business:

United Fresh 2013
May 14-16, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA

Produce Marketing & Merchandising Conference
May 17, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA

Produce Inspection Training Program
June 3-7, USDA Training Center, Fredericksburg, VA

Washington Public Policy Conference
Sept 30 – Oct 2, Washington, DC