WASHINGTON, DC – The United Fresh Produce Association honored Paramount Citrus as the Produce Industry Advocate of the Year earlier this week at The Washington Conference. Paramount Citrus has been a long-time leader in the public policy arena, serving on several of United’s boards and councils, including United’s Board of Directors. Additionally, Paramount Citrus executives have been major supporters of the United FreshPAC, and the company has consistently sponsored events at United’s annual Washington policy conference. United Fresh Produce Association President and CEO Tom Stenzel presented the award to David Krause, president of Paramount Citrus.
“Paramount Citrus has been a leader in the public policy arena at United for many years,” said Tom Stenzel, president and CEO. “Their consistent support of United’s public policy programs, including sponsorships at The Washington Conference and United’s annual conventions, demonstrates the commitment of Paramount Citrus and their partners in the Roll Corporation for advancing produce industry priorities here in Washington, DC.”
Paramount Citrus is a major supporter of United’s Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative, which, in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move program, donates salad bars to schools to improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables for the nation’s children. The salad bar initiative is just one part of United’s public policy agenda for improving child nutrition through increased consumption of fresh produce.
The United Fresh Produce Industry Advocate of the Year Award pays special recognition to one United Fresh member each year that serves as an advocate for the entire produce industry. Honorees are leading companies and associations that make an impact and drive the industry forward.
Past award winners include the following:
- 2013 – Del Monte Fresh Produce
- 2012 – Four Seasons Family of Companies
- 2011 – Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association; National Watermelon Association
- 2010 – C.H.Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
- 2009 – Pro*Act, LLC
- 2008 – Walter P. Rawl & Sons
- 2007 – New York Apple Association, Inc.
- 2006 – Sunkist Growers, Inc.
- 2005 – L & M Companies
- 2004 – Produce for Better Health Foundation
- 2003 – Tanimura & Antle
- 2002 – Capital City Fruit Company, Inc.
Founded in 1904, the United Fresh Produce Association brings together companies across every segment of the fresh produce supply chain, including growers, shippers, fresh-cut processors, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, foodservice operators, industry suppliers and allied associations. We empower industry leaders to shape sound government policy. We deliver the resources and expertise companies need to succeed in managing complex business and technical issues. We provide the training and development individuals need to advance their careers in produce. And, through these endeavors, we unite our industry with a common purpose – to build long-term value for our members and grow produce consumption. For more information, visit www.unitedfresh.org or call 202-303-3400.