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Advocate of the Year Award

Congratulations to Caito Foods Service, Inc.,
the United Fresh 2016 Produce Industry Advocate of the Year!

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The United Fresh Produce Industry Advocate of the Year Award pays special recognition to one United Fresh member a 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.


The award recipient, announced at the Washington Conference, is selected by the United Fresh Executive Committee using the following criteria:

  • A member in good standing of the United Fresh Produce Association.
  • Demonstration of outstanding support for public policy advocacy through engagement with federal legislative, regulatory and other government officials.
  • Diligent work on federal policy objectives to advance the fresh produce industry.
  • Active involvement with produce industry political initiatives such as the Washington Conference, Grassroots Action Network and United FreshPAC.

For more information about the Produce Industry Advocate of the Year Award, contact Angela Tiwari, Director, Grassroots and Political Action, at 202.303.3416.

The 2017 nomination period will open in spring 2017.

2016 Winner: Caito Foods Service, Inc.

The United Fresh Produce Association honored Caito Foods Service, Inc. as the Produce Industry Advocate of the Year during The Washington Conference. “Our industry can count on Caito Foods to advance the future of fresh produce,” said United Fresh President and CEO Tom Stenzel. “Time and time again, they have shown us their commitment to being a leader in the public policy arena at United Fresh.”

Representatives of their company have been active in various volunteer leadership roles for United Fresh. Caito Foods has donated their own funds and raised support for salad bars in schools, as well as hosted town halls, encouraging their peers to get involved in United Fresh. Earlier this year, they were the first company called on to help lead a statewide strategic grassroots effort, urging their elected officials to help save fresh fruits and vegetables in schools.

Caito Foods, based in Indianapolis, I.N. is a fresh produce distributor, offering a complete array of conventionally and organically grown fruits and vegetables, a complete floral program and an assortment of complementary items. Caito Foods’ Fresh Foods Division offers value-added cut fruits and vegetables, salads, sandwiches/wraps, semi-prepared vegetable side dishes and a complete array of deli salads, cut fruits and cut vegetables. In addition, the Fresh Foods Division offers healthy snack items, salsas and guacamoles.

Past Winners2002-2015

2015 – Frey Farms
2014 – Wonderful Citrus
2013 – Del Monte Fresh
2012 – Four Seasons Family of Companies
2011 – Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association; National Watermelon Association
2010 – C.H.Robinson Wordwide, Inc.
2009 – PRO*ACT
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.