“My acid test … when I walk in the door after work, it’s like flipping a switch where work shuts off and the fun begins!”
— Ralph Schwartz, director of category management and value-added marketing, Potandon Produce LLC, Idaho Falls, Idaho
“I’m grateful for the opportunities that have been presented to all who are affiliated with the produce industry — an industry that has taken great care in producing the fruits and vegetables desired by the U.S. consumer (us included).
"Our industry is one that has great compassion for the welfare of the consumer. I am also grateful for having an opportunity to be part of a professional organization that is constantly looking for better ways to add value to the consumer.
"We live in a country that is the best in the world. Many countries ship and develop their produce for the U.S market.
However, it is the persistence and determination of the individuals within our industry that protect and support the U.S. consumer with the creation of best practices for safe produce — something I am proud to be a part of.”
— Victor Robelet, director of business development, Carlson Airflo Merchandising Systems, Brooklyn Park, Minn.
“As I reflect on 2012, it was fast-paced and a year full of events, both personally and professionally. One can never undervalue the importance of family, friends and health, and this by far is at the top of the personal list.
"It’s important to note there is always someone having a worse day than me and by remembering this, it somehow makes my day a little better.
"On a professional level, I am most grateful for a successful farming year and knowing what we do truly affects the people of this world.
"We have all heard ‘No Farms, No Food,’ and this story cannot be told enough. It is through the dedication, long hours, tremendously hard work and commitment from the farmers, farm staff and teams of people that truly make a difference in our world.
"We should celebrate their achievements every day and be thankful for those teams of people who provide us healthy, nutritious and affordable food for our families.”
— Glen Reynolds, national director for produce sales, Black Gold Potato Sales, Grand Forks, N.D.
Tell us what you’re thankful for by leaving a comment on our Facebook page or PMA Xchange, an exclusive online community for the fresh produce industry.
Also, visit our YouTube channel to hear a message of thanks from PMA staff to members around the globe.
Bryan Silbermann is president and chief executive officer of the Newark, Del.-based Produce Marketing Association.
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