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Gala Dinner

January 14-16, 2020 | Tucson, AZ

United Fresh Produce Association presented the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award to Emanuel Lazopoulos at the FreshStart Gala Dinner on Wednesday, January 15 during the 2020 FreshStart Conference, the United Fresh Start Foundation’s annual fundraising event.

Emanuel Lazopoulos started at Del Monte Fresh Produce in 2003 as Vice President, Value-Added/Fresh Cut, and after 18 months, was promoted to Senior Vice President, North America. During his tenure, Lazopoulos was instrumental in growing all aspects of Del Monte’s North American business, including banana and pineapple sales, expansion of the company’s fresh-cut operations across the region, growth in avocados and the recent acquisition of Mann Packing.

Lazopoulos has held numerous industry leadership positions, serving as Chairman of the United Fresh Board of Directors, and a member of the United Fresh Start Foundation’s Board of Directors, the Produce Marketing Association’s Retail Board, and the Produce for Better Health Foundation Board of Directors.

Lazopoulos began his career at Castle & Cooke/Dole Foods in Philadelphia in 1979 after graduating from the University of Delaware. He was promoted to Eastern Division Sales Manager for Dole Fresh Vegetables, then moved to Salinas, CA as National Sales Manager and subsequently Vice President of Sales. He did a short stint with Salyer American before moving back east to help establish Banacol bananas and DNA Plant Technology operations through Fresh World Farms. Moving back to Salinas, he was one of three founding partners in NewStar Fresh Foods, where he served as Managing Director.

He has been married to his college sweetheart Laura for 41 years. They have three married daughters, and three grandchildren.

For more information about the Lifetime Achievement Award, contact Miriam Wolk, Vice President of Member Services at 202.303.3410.