June 5, 2014
In Today's Issue:
United Fresh Urges Congress to Act on Immigration Reform

The United Fresh Produce Association this week urged the House of Representatives to take up immigration reform, rather than cede all action to the Obama Administration.  In response to a White House last Friday that there will not be further action in Congress this year on immigration reform, United Fresh President & CEO Tom Stenzel issued the following statement.

"We appreciate President Obama's commitment to try to address our broken immigration policy through executive action, but urge the House of Representatives not to abandon their responsibility to address this serious issue.  The House needs only to bring reform proposals to the floor for members to debate, revise and pass as they see fit.  This would allow the House and Senate to work out their differences and craft a compromise, which is the way Congress is supposed to work.  If the House continues to disregard its responsibility to address this issue, the produce industry has no choice but to work with the Administration on short-term administrative patches that will be appreciated, but are ultimately unsatisfactory.  Our industry is committed to providing Americans with an abundant supply of nutritious, healthy produce essential to their physical well-being.  But it is a basic fact that we face a declining and inadequate workforce to harvest and distribute U.S. grown fruits and vegetables.  Congressional inaction on immigration reform is driving fruit and vegetable production out of the United State, costing U.S. consumers and farmers millions of dollars, and eliminating jobs across the produce supply chain.  United Fresh remains committed to working with any member of Congress – and the Administration – to drive meaningful immigration reform."

For more information, please contact Robert Guenther at 202-303-3400.


Pollster and Communications Expert Frank Luntz to Keynote Washington Conference Closing Luncheon

United Fresh will welcome back one of its most popular speakers ever with Frank Luntz's Insider's Look at the 2014 Elections at the closing lunch Wednesday September 10.  Luntz will give his entertaining, behind-the-scenes perspective on how the Fall 2014 Congressional elections will impact the produce industry.

"Frank Luntz has helped shape the debates on our nation's most critical public policy issues," said senior vice president of public policy Robert Guenther. "With The Washington Conference taking place only a few weeks prior to the pivotal 2014 elections, Luntz will provide attendees with an up to the minute analysis of on the direction of the political tide."

Luntz, deemed "the Nostradamus of pollsters," was named one of "50 of America's most promising leaders aged 40 and under" by TIME magazine, as well as the "hottest pollster" in America according to the Boston Globe. He was also named one of the four "Top Research Minds" by Business Week and won the coveted The Washington Post "Crystal Ball" award for being the most accurate pundit. In 2012, he was included in a TIME global poll of the "most influential people in the world." He also served as a consultant to the award-winning NBC hit show The West Wing.

To register or for more information, visit The Washington Conference website, or contact Angela Tiwari, political affairs manager, at atiwari@unitedfresh.org.

Register for The Washington Conference Webinar Series – Immigration Reform

Be sure to register now for the next installment of United United's annual Washington Conference Webinar Series: My Business Needs a Stable and Legal Workforce NOW - The Current State of Play as Immigration Policy Moves Through Congress.  Registration is complimentary for United members and $50 for non-members. Participate in the webinar series to hear insightful perspectives from industry and United staff experts on the top policy and regulatory initiatives affecting your business today.

A recording of last week's webinar – Fruits and Vegetables at Stake in School Meals – is available for viewing. For more information on the recording or about any topics of The Washington Conference Webinar Series contact Erin Grether at 202-303-3402.

In addition to participating in the webinars, be sure to register for The Washington Conference, the only event where the produce industry's most prominent and influential executives connect with each other and key members of Congress for strategic face-to-face dialogue. Join your colleagues in Washington and share your real-world experiences of how the political landscape is impacting your business and the broader produce industry.


United Fresh Offers Exclusive Scholarship Opportunity to Family Businesses

The United Fresh Produce Association is now accepting applications for the 2014 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship Program. The program awards up to four scholarships for employees of family-owned businesses to attend the United Fresh Washington Conference in September.

Scholarship recipients will receive complimentary airfare, hotel and registration to attend The Washington Conference, September 8-10 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Washington Conference brings more than five hundred produce leaders from all sectors of the industry to interact and share ideas with administration officials, congressional leaders and industry colleagues.

"This scholarship program provided an incredible opportunity for us to engage directly with the nation's policy makers and key influencers," said 2013 scholarship recipient Kimball Redd, Director of Purchasing and Food Safety, Muir Copper Canyon Farms. "Being able to meet with them face-to-face allows you to tell your story and be a voice for the industry. Our presence in Washington is critical and this conference is an experience like no other."

The Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship Program was established in 2001 through a generous grant from Frieda's, Inc. to the United Fresh Foundation by Karen Caplan and Jackie Caplan Wiggins in honor of their mother, Frieda Rapoport Caplan. The program is designed to increase family business' involvement in government relations and produce industry advocacy.

"We encourage any of our members who work in a family business to apply and take advantage of this important advocacy opportunity," said Victoria Backer, United Fresh senior vice president of member services, foundation. "This program is an exceptional way for family businesses to bring their perspectives on industry issues forward and be a part of the biggest, produce event in the nation's capital."

To apply for a 2014 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship, participants must complete an application form and written submission outlining why they want to attend the conference and what they hope to gain from the experience. Applicants must be employed by a family-owned business that is a United Fresh member company in good standing; the program is open to first-time attendees of The Washington Conference.  The application can be downloaded here and must be received by July 31.

Applications should be sent to the United Fresh Produce Association, attention Shannon Young, United Fresh Education Manager via email to syoung@unitedfresh.org or fax 202-303-3433. 

For more information about the scholarship program and The Washington Conference visit www.unitedfresh.org/twc.


Register Today for the United Fresh Foundation Tip Murphy Legacy Golf Tournament

Join us on Monday, September 29, for The United Fresh Foundation Tip Murphy Legacy Golf Tournament. Participation in this fundraising event supports the foundation's programs to increase children's access to fresh fruits and vegetables, a critical step in combating childhood obesity and launching a lifetime of healthy choices! The Tournament will celebrate Tip's legacy of service to the produce industry, network with retail and industry colleagues, and support a great cause benefitting the next generation of produce consumers.

Registration is $350 per person or $1400 per foursomeTournament fees includes lunch, 18 holes with cart, awards reception and contest holes including closest-to-the-pin and longest drive.

To register, or for more information, visit the United Fresh website or contact Andrew Marshall at 202-303-3407.


New Consumer Food Safety Education Materials Available

The Partnership for Food Safety Education has introduced ProducePro, a new campaign intended to support consumers with important home practices for the safe preparation and enjoyment of fresh fruits and vegetables. The campaign delivers tools designed for retailers and health educators to effectively educate consumers on Six Smart ProducePro Practices.

United Fresh supports the Partnership for Food Safety Education and encourages members to take advantage of the educational materials available to help consumers understand the importance of practicing food safety in the home. Free downloads of brochures and educational graphics are available on the PFSE website.


New Member Welcome

Each week, United Fresh welcomes its newest partner in building a stronger produce industry.

  • Authentitrace, LLC, Actworth, GA

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

Join us for events designed to grow your business:

The Washington Conference Webinar Series: My Business Needs a Stable and Legal Workforce NOW - The Current State of Play as Immigration Policy Moves Through Congress
Thursday, July 24, 2014 (2pm - 3pm US/Eastern)

The Washington Conference Webinar Series: Capitol Hill 101 - Washington Conference First Time Attendee
Aug 14, 2014 (2pm - 3pm US/Eastern)

The Washington Conference Webinar Series: What Congress Needs to Know About Your Business - Preparing for your March on Washington
Aug 21, 2014 (2pm - 3pm US/Eastern)

The Washington Conference 2014
Sep 8-10, Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

Produce Inspection Training Program
Sep 22-26, USDA SCI Training & Development Center, Fredericksburg, VA

United Fresh Foundation Tip Murphy Legacy Golf Tournament
Sep 29, Oasis Golf Club, Loveland, OH