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Center for Produce Safety Receives $250,000 in Support from Sysco Corporation

December 2, 2015
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Center for Produce Safety Receives $250,000 in Support from Sysco Corporation

WOODLAND, Calif. --- The Center for Produce Safety (CPS) today announced that it has received a $250,000 commitment over the next five years from Sysco Corporation, a leading global foodservice distributor.  The pledge is part of the Campaign for Produce Safety that was publicly launched in September, in which CPS set a goal of raising $20 million to fund critically needed, actionable produce safety research.

"At Sysco, we recognize that we play an important role in supplying safe foodservice items to our customers," said Rich Dachman, Sysco's vice president of produce.

"Our alignment with and support for the Center for Produce Safety affirms our commitment to continuously understand and improve the delivery of safe produce that consumers throughout the world can enjoy.  It also reinforces our vision to be our customers' most valued trusted business partner."

"Sysco's participation in the Campaign exemplifies the breadth of the impact of CPS," said Stephen Patricio, CPS's chairman who also heads the Campaign for Produce Safety. "Consumers must have faith in the safety of fruits, vegetables and tree nuts from field to fork. Sysco's support of CPS has been a strength since our inception, allowing engagement with the finest research scientists and universities around the world.  We thank Sysco for their leadership."

Following is the list of all Campaign for Produce Safety contributors as of November 30, 2015. To become a contributor, contact Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli, Executive Director, Center for Produce Safety at (530) 554-9706 or

Contribution of 1,000,000+
Produce Marketing Association*
Taylor Farms*

Contribution of $500,000 - $999,999
California Fresh Fruit Association

Contribution of $250,000 - $499,999
Agricola El Toro
California Melon Research Board* & California Cantaloupe Advisory Board*
Georgia Pacific*
Sysco Corporation
Tanimura & Antle*
The Wonderful Company

Contribution of $100,000 - $249,999
GreenGate Fresh
JV Smith Companies*
Lipman Produce
Pacific International Marketing
Western Precooling Systems
Church Brothers/True Leaf Farms
Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association
International Paper*
Castellini/Club Chef*
Florida Tomato Committee"
Freshway Foods
McEntire Produce, Inc.
The Oppenheimer Group

Contribution up to $99,999
Loblaw Companies Limited
Martori Farms
Mission Produce, Inc.
Sunview Marketing International*
California Tomato Farmers
Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
Monsanto Company*
Pasquinelli Produce Company
Rice Fruit Company

Please note that companies and organizations distinguished by an asterisk have given not only to the CPS Campaign for Produce Safety, but also to past CPS fundraising efforts. 

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CPS Contact
Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli, Executive Director
Phone(530) 554-9706

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