Five inducted into Texas Produce Hall of Fame - The Packer

Five inducted into Texas Produce Hall of Fame

05/17/2012 04:12:00 PM
Pamela Riemenschneider

Five leaders “vital to the long-term success of the trade” entered the Texas Produce Hall of Fame this spring at a banquet held April 16 in McAllen, Texas.

The Texas Produce Association’s annual awards banquet, April 16 in McAllen, is one of the Mission-based association’s most popular events, said Ed Bertaud, director of business development at Houston-based IFCO and chairman of the association, in a news release.

click image to zoomTexas Produce AssociationLeft to right: Charlie Dains, Dan Seitz, Jerry Kachtik and Dorothy Valdez (seated), were inducted into the Texas Produce Association Hall of Fame in April. Wayne Bonham, an independent grower, was inducted posthumously. “Its goals are twofold: to pay tribute to those who have made significant contributions to the success of the produce industry in Texas and to encourage future generations to carry it forward,” he said.

This year’s honorees were Dan Seitz, owner of Pharr, Texas-based Valley Fruit & Vegetable Co., Dorothy Valdez, sales manager at McAllen-based Val Verde Vegetable Co., Charlie Dains of Mission-based C&V Supply Inc., and independent citrus farmer Wayne Bonham. The Scott Toothaker Award for dedication and service to the industry went to Jerry Kachtik, a Rio Grande Valley-based buyer for the Cincinnati-based Kroger Co.

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Mike Moreno    
Salinas  |  May, 18, 2012 at 11:44 AM

It's good to see one of the good guys get some recognition. Congratulations Jerry. You have always maintained the highest degree of integrity and honesty and that is not easy to do in this industry. After you leave, Kroger should retire your jersey .Well done Jerry

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