Dave Russell, vice president of sales, national accounts for Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc, accepts the 2013 Produce Industry Advocate of the Year Award from Tom Stenzel, president of the United Fresh Produce Association, on Oct. 2 at the Washington Public Policy Conference.WASHINGTON, D.C. — Del Monte Fresh Produce was named Produce Industry Advocate of the Year by United Fresh Produce Association at the Washington Public Policy Conference.
Citing the company’s leadership in the public policy arena, United Fresh president and chief executive officer Tom Stenzel presented the award Oct. 2 to Dave Russell, Del Monte Fresh Produce vice president of sales, national accounts.
Company officials serve on United Fresh Nutrition and Health Council, Food Safety and Technology Council and Fresh-Cut Processor Board, according to a news release from United Fresh.
“Del Monte Fresh Produce is proud to be the recipient of the United Fresh Produce Industry Advocate of the Year Award,” Russell said in the release. “Our continuing commitment to United Fresh and its efforts to keep our nations’ leaders and government focused on the major policy issues impacting our industry is a reaffirmation of the positive returns to our company and all other industry stakeholders.”
Stenzel said Del Monte Fresh Produce has shown great support for initiatives that create healthier school environments, including Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools.
“They’ve donated more than 20 salad bars to schools, and are a leader in bringing fresh vending machines to schools, even when those vending machines carry other company’s product,” Stenzel said in the release.
The United Fresh Produce Industry Advocate of the Year Award recognizes a United Fresh member each year that serves as an advocate for the entire produce industry. More information about the award can be found online.
Past award winners include:
- 2012 – Four Seasons Family of Companies
- 2011 – National Watermelon Association/Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
- 2010 – CH Robinson
- 2009 – Pro*Act, LLC
- 2008 – Walter P. Rawl & Sons
- 2007 – New York Apple Association, Inc.
- 2006 – Sunkist Growers, Inc.
- 2005 – L & M Companies
- 2004 – Produce for Better Health Foundation
- 2003 – Tanimura & Antle
- 2002 – Capital City Fruit Company, Inc.