(April 8, 9:44 a.m.) The National Steinbeck Center, Salinas, Calif., will be honoring two well-known names in the salad industry — Taylor and Tanimura — with its Valley of the World Hall of Fame Awards.

During an April 16 ceremony the center plans to honor Ted Taylor, known for innovation that led the Bruce Church Co., Salinas, posthumously. The Tanimura family, of lettuce giant Tanimura & Antle, Salinas, is also being inducted into the Hall of Fame, according to a news release.

According to the center, under Taylor’s leadership, the company emphasized brand development with the introduction of bagged lettuce to retail markets.

The Tanimura Family’s story began in the 1800’s when the family settled in the Salinas Valley, according to the center. In 1982, the Tanimura and Antle families formed the company.

Another posthumous award is the Valley of the World Ag Leader Award for David Stidolph, who entered the produce business in 1955 as a founder and owner of David L. Stidolph Assoc. There, he developed products and processes for the produce and foodservice industries and consulted with air freight companies on perishable air cargo, according to the Steinbeck Center. In 1982, Stidolph joined Mann Packing Co. Inc., Salinas, as director of the foodservice division, and later as director of creative marketing.

The awards banquet is scheduled at Corral de Tierra Country Club April 16th.

Proceeds from the event go to education and public programs at the National Steinbeck Center. For more information, contact Amy Donohue at (831) 775-4723.