( Courtesy United Fresh Produce Association )

Caitie Bowers and Tanner Buchanan are the recipients of the 2020 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship.

The United Fresh Produce Association announced the selection of Bowers, human resources director for Glendale, Wis.-based The Fresh Group, and Buchanan, director of operations for T&T Produce, Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarships, available to representatives from family-owned United Fresh member companies, will cover registration costs for the United Fresh Washington Conference, Sept. 21-25. The event is online this year; the scholarship program covers travel and hotels when the conference is an in-person event in Washington, D.C.

“Our family is pleased to continue to support leadership opportunities for employees of family businesses,” Jackie Caplan Wiggins, vice president and chief operating officer of Frieda’s Inc., Los Alamitos, Calif., said in the release. “My mother, Frieda Caplan, was passionate about giving individuals the opportunity for professional development, particularly in the area of advocacy. With the challenges faced by our industry this year, it is critically important for companies to learn about how to advocate and educate for their business at the federal level.”

The scholarship committee considers candidates’ interest in advocacy work and commitment to the produce industry.

“Thanks to the very generous support of the Caplan family, family businesses throughout the industry benefit from this exceptional leadership opportunity,” said Miriam Wolk, vice president of member services for United Fresh, said in the release. “This year’s recipients will take part in all facets of the United Fresh Washington Conference, and acquire the skills they need to be effective advocates on the issues that impact their businesses and the fresh produce industry.” 

More information and registration for the event is at www.unitedfresh.org.

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