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Supporters sign on to CPS produce safety research campaign as this year's Research Symposium nears

June 8, 2016

WOODLAND, Calif. - With its signal annual Research Symposium only a fortnight away, more companies from across the fresh produce supply chain are signing on to support the Center for Produce Safety's (CPS) Campaign for Produce Safety. Additional contributors include (in alphabetical order) Agricola El Toro, California Citrus Quality Council, Castellini Group of Companies, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, Freshway Foods, The Oppenheimer Group, organicgirl and The Wonderful Company.

Industry can see CPS research funds in action at its 2016 Research Symposium later this month.

To date, the "Funding Science, Finding Solutions"-themed campaign has raised more than $10.4 million since it was publicly launched in September. CPS is seeking to raise $20 million over the next five years to fund critically needed, actionable produce safety research.

The California Citrus Quality Council works to ensure that the state's citrus production meets domestic and international regulatory standards, including food safety. "The Center for Produce Safety is developing knowledge and practical tools that everyone can use to improve food safety throughout the produce industry," said Jim Cranney, the council's president. "The California citrus industry is pleased to partner with CPS as we strive to meet food safety expectations of regulators, the marketplace and consumers."

JV Smith Companies' Agricola El Toro Mexico-based farming operation grows, packs and ships premium organic vegetables. "Food safety is the most important aspect of our business, wherever our production areas are located," stated Vic Smith, CEO of JV Smith Companies. "We are supporting the CPS Campaign for Produce Safety through our Mexico business unit because research is the key to continuous improvement, and the knowledge CPS has transferred since its inception has proven to us that this is one of the best investments we can make for our future."

The Oppenheimer Group partners with growers around the globe to deliver over 100 varieties of produce from more than 25 countries. "The safety of fresh fruits and vegetables is one of our industry's most critical concerns, and we have taken it very seriously at Oppy for a long time," said John Anderson, president, chairman and CEO of The Oppenheimer Group. "We appreciate this opportunity to invest in the future of the produce community and the health and well-being of consumers worldwide."

CPS research results on display at Seattle symposium

CPS's 2016 Research Symposium will be a great place to see the center's research funds in action. Food safety research scientists, produce industry leaders, government officials and others will gather Seattle, Wash., June 28-29, to connect with one another and learn about the most recent produce-specific food safety research. For more information and to register, visit

"It is because of CPS's unique mission that it has been able to achieve so much at such a young age," said Stephen Patricio, chairman of CPS's Board of Directors. "The Campaign for Produce Safety is designed to ensure that CPS has the funding to continue into its adulthood."

Contributions to date

The following companies and organizations have contributed to the Campaign for Produce Safety as of June 8, 2016.To contribute and join these industry leaders, contact Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli, CPS executive director, by telephone at 530-554-9706 or by email at

Companies and organizations noted with asterisks have given not only to the Campaign for Produce Safety, but also to past CPS fundraising efforts:


Contribution of $1,000,000+

Produce Marketing Association *

Taylor Farms *

Western Growers


Contribution of $500,000 - $999,999

Washington State Tree Fruit Association

California Fresh Fruit Association


Fresh Express, Incorporated


Contribution of $250,000 - $499,999

Agricola El Toro

California Melon Research Board * / California Cantaloupe Advisory Board *

Georgia Pacific *


Tanimura & Antle *

The Wonderful Company


Contribution of $100,000 - $249,999

GreenGate Fresh

JV Smith Companies *

Lipman Produce

Pacific International Marketing

Target Corporation

Wegman Family Charitable Foundation

Western Precooling Systems

Bolthouse Farms

Church Brothers / True Leaf Farms

Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association

International Paper *

Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce

California Citrus Quality Council

Castellini Group of Companies *

Driscoll's *

Florida Tomato Committee *

Freshway Foods

Markon Cooperative, Inc. *

McEntire Produce, Inc.

Monterey Mushrooms, Inc. *

The Oppenheimer Group


Ready Pac Foods, Inc.


Contribution up to $99,999

Sunview Marketing International *

4Earth Farms

Amigo Farms

H-E-B *

Coastline Family Farms, Inc.

Martori Farms

Mission Produce, Inc.

National Watermelon Association

New York Apple Association

Santa Rosa Produce

Tree Top, Inc.

Loblaw Companies Limited

California Pear Advisory Board

California Tomato Farmers

Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

Giant Eagle, Inc.

Texas International Produce Association

Michigan Apple Committee

Monsanto Company *

Pennsylvania Apple Marketing Program

Pasquinelli Produce Company

Procacci Brothers Sales Corp.

Diversified Restaurant Systems, Inc.

New York Apple Sales, Inc.

Rice Fruit Company

California Pepper Commission



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