Fresh Produce Association of The Americas
Fresh Produce Association of the Americas

About the FPAA Convention

47th Nogales Produce Convention and Golf Tournament - 2015

Convention Success Report

It takes the Nogales produce industry to build a good convention!! With great satisfaction we can say we had a successful convention. Between all the events that took place, we had a total of 667 tickets sold!!


Besides the fantastic evenings of fun and two exciting days of golf, we had four talented speakers; who left us with valuable knowledge on food safety, social responsibility, sustainability and how to boosting crop production using non-chemical treatments, technology and training to increase productivity and employee's satisfaction.

Carlos A. Bennen Receives Pillar Award

During the gala dinner, as it is traditional, the 2015 Pillar Award was given to Carlos A. Bennen. He was nominated and chosen because of his integrity, devotion, generosity and contributions to the industry.

Receiving the award were his son Robby and Grandson Bobby who remembered and shared the teachings and memories or Carlos Bennen.

Also, FPAA Chairman Matt Mandel spoke in detail about Bennen's fascinating career and accomplishments. At the same time, attendees were able to see a slideshow created by FPAA with photos, articles and letters.

Video can be found here

School In Nogales Receives The New Salad Bar

FPAA was proud to be a sponsor in the Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools United Fresh Produce Association program. This sponsorship was possible by the generous donation from the Nogales U.S. Customs Brokers Association.

This year's salad bar was awarded to Challenger Elementary School. Giving the award were Fernando Sandoval from the Nogales U.S. Customs Brokers Association and John Toner from United Fresh Produce Association.

Receiving the award were Nogales Superintendent Alfredo Velásquez, Fernando Parra, Administration, Ed Banuelos, NUSD Food Service Director, and student Natalie Gomez.

 FPAA Convention in The News
There has been plenty of news coverage about the recently celebrated FPAA Convention. The Packer, Produce News and AndNowUKnow have been sharing their experiences from the event as well as sharing the news of the winner of our FPAA Pillar Award.

Here is a list of linked articles links where you can find the different stories. They are also being shared on our Facebook page: "Fresh Produce Association of the Americas."

11/6/2015 Highlights from the 47th Annual FPAA Convention and Golf Tournament
11/6/2015 FPAA convention kicks off
The Produce News
11/11/2015 Photos from FPAA annual convention
The Packer
11/10/2015 FPAA honors past, looks to future
The Packer
11/10/2015 Carlos Bennen named 2015 Pillar of the FPAA Award winner
The Produce News

Photos in Social Media
Visit the photo galleries available on our Facebook Page