Longtime friend Frieda Kaplan, owner of Frieda’s Inc., Los Alamitos, Calif., makes birthday telephone calls to Warren.
“One of the first leaders that I ever met in the industry was David Warren,” she said. “I remember the mini melons he introduced. He was one of the first. We were on the United board together, and I served with him for many years, and I always considered him a pioneer. And I think his legacy is also his wonderful son.”
At 96 years of age, Warren remains active in the business he founded in 1976 and comes into the office for four to five hours a day.
“He has a passion,” Michael Warren said. “He’s fired up. Every day, he looks at the markets all over the country and looks at every sale. He thinks about it for 24 hours a day.”
David Warren said he’s never retired and plans to keep working.
He said he enjoys coming into the office and says he does it to keep his mind stimulated and challenged.
“I don’t intend to retire unless I feel I’m not being helpful,” Warren said.
Today, Warren’s company ships millions of cartons of Central American and South American cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, mangoes, pineapple, squash, radicchio, green onions and blueberries.