California Grape and Tree Fruit League airs concerns

03/27/2012 08:41:00 AM
Mike Hornick

“We audit folks and take a really close look,” he said, referring to housing, healthcare, rotating assignments and other issues. “The things that can be done for workers by improving their quality of life is where we’re going to give a little more love.

“Costco is starting to do hand-in-hand audits that are driven from food safety (but) they’re going into social audits,” Padilla said.

Mike HornickMarko B. Zaninovich, owner of Delano-based Sunview Marketing International, is honored with the California Grape and Tree Fruit League's Mentor’s Award.Safeway’s Burnham said innovation is key.

“Why are farmers markets popular?” he said “Because they’re fun. You never know what you’re going to get.”

The challenge, he said, is to vary and innovate but still hit profit targets.

Zaninovich honored

The league honored Marko B. Zaninovich, owner of Delano-based Sunview Marketing International, with the Mentor’s Award. Kathleen Nave, president of the California Table Grape Commission, presented the award to Zaninovich, who took over the family business in 1966 at 24 after the death of his father.

“(He) has quietly provided years of demonstrated leadership and individual mentoring to many in the table grape industry, including me,” Nave said.

New directors

Ryan Zaninovich of V.B. Zaninovich & Sons Inc. succeeds Hash as chairman. David Jackson of Family Tree Farms is first vice chairman. New directors include Bill Byers, Fruit Patch Inc.; Nick Dulcich, Sunlight International Marketing; Kevin Herman, The Specialty Crop Company; and Cliff Woolley, Munger Bros., LLC.

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