Carl Sam Maggio is the recipient of the Western Growers 2012 Award of Honor.

Maggio, who has been in the produce industry for more than 50 years, will receive the award Nov. 13 in Scottsdale, Ariz. at Western Growers’ annual meeting, according to the group.

This will be the 87th annual meeting for Western Growers.

Maggio is one of the founding partners in Prime Time International, Coachella, Calif., a year-round pepper grower.

He started his career in 1957 when he worked for his uncle, Joe Maggio.

In 1992 he founded Sun and Sands Enterprises with Mark Nickerson, Chuck Hodges and Skip Tostado. That year they decided to go into the pepper business, according to Western Growers.

In 1997 they merged Sun and Sands with C.H. Sales and created Prime Time International.