United Fresh Produce Association has received a record number of nominations for its Retail Produce Manager Awards Program.

United Fresh receives retail manager awards nominations

More than 230 produce managers from more than 50 retailers were nominated, according to a news release from Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh.

Twenty-five winners will be announced at the association’s annual convention May 2-5 in New Orleans.

The Retail Produce Manager Awards Program was created in 2005 to honor those who increase retail sales of fresh fruits and vegetables, develop innovative merchandising and meet other criteria, according to a news release.

Judges of this year’s awards, which will be announced in March, include Nelia Alamo of Gills Onions, Francine Eskenazi of Ready Pac Foods, Stacey Larson of OMG Delivers, Randy Marcum of Cabbage Inc., Dick Spezzano of Spezzano Consulting and Kaari Stannard of NY Apple Sales.

Winners and their corporate produce directors will receive free airfare, hotel accommodations and registrations to United Fresh 2011 in New Orleans.