2013 Year in Produce Farewells - The Packer

2013 Year in Produce Farewells

01/08/2014 10:39:00 AM
Dan Galbraith

Borboa Lopez’s term at CAADES (the Confederation of Agricultural Associations of the State of Sinaloa) was set to end the week of March 11, Moore said.

A native of Guasave, Sinaloa, Borboa Lopez also served as president of the Growers Association of the Rio Sinaloa Poniente from 2009 to 2011.

Edward Basha Jr.

Edward Basha Jr., chairman of Phoenix-based Bashas’ Family of Stores, died March 26 at age 75.

The Bashas’ chain was founded in 1932 by Eddie Basha Sr. and his brother Ike Basha. It now includes more than 130 stores under the Bashas’ Bashas Dine, AJ’s Fine Foods and Food City banners.

Basha Jr. was active in Arizona politics and once ran for governor. He was also known for his philanthropy.

“We want to share with you just how much Eddie loved Bashas’, its members and its customers,” Edward Basha III said in a prepared statement. “From our earliest childhood, he always reinforced to us the importance of our members and giving back to our community. Some of his fondest times were being with Bashas’ members and customers, whether at the office, the distribution center or in the stores.

“To us, and to many of you, Eddie was always larger than life, and he gave his heart and soul to Bashas’ Family of Stores,” Basha III said in the statement. “Ironically, Eddie never saw himself that way. He considered himself to be a Bashas’ member, no different than any other, and he considered all Bashas’ members to be a part of his family.”


John Pizza

John Pizza, retired owner of Washington Vegetable Co. — the last of the original tenants at the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market — died at 91.

Pizza, who was president of the San Francisco Produce Association for 30 years until 1997, died March 30 in San Francisco.

He began working at Washington Vegetable, a company his father founded, in 1945 after Army service in North Africa and Italy, where he saw combat. Pizza eventually became a partner in the wholesaler with his brothers Louis and Renato and later became sole owner.

The San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market opened in 1963, the year after the Golden Gate Produce Terminal started up in South San Francisco. At the time, the produce industry was leaving an area that would become the city’s financial district.

“A lot of the customers went down to the south city because they built first and there were strong merchants,” said Jack Pizza, John Pizza’s son and the owner of the business since his father’s retirement. “A lot of people were saying (San Francisco Wholesale) would never survive. It turned out they did just fine, but that was a nerve-wracking time.”

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