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2021 Member of the Year- The Essential Worker

FPAA to recognize fresh produce workers who displayed dedication and commitment during the peak the COVID19 pandemic.

NOGALES, Az. (October 28, 2021) – The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) is recognizing the commitment of those who worked during the peak of the COVID19 pandemic. This year, the Essential Workerhas been selected as the 2021 Member of the Year.

The Essential Worker represents all those who contributed to the success of a secure food supply during the last year. A term that was used by the government early in the pandemic to define who could go to work, the Essential Worker eventually became synonymous with everyone who continued to work in the physical offices.

From warehouse workers to administrative staff, the award is dedicated to all the employees of FPAA member companies.

Last year brought many challenging and uncertain times, where laborers quickly adapted as companies restructured to meet the needs of consumers. The FPAA and its members witnessed high vaccination rates among employees and a consistent onsite workforce that ensured fresh ingredients across North America.

“The women and men who kept the office going, steered the forklifts, handled the Quality-Control, paid the payables, they are the glue of the community and the primary reason our companies have kept going in the past year,” said FPAA President Lance Jungmeyer. “Without the Essential Worker, we would be nowhere.”

The 2021 Member of the Year – Essential Worker will be announced during the FPAA annual meeting taking place on November 4th, 2021. The association is planning various events for the upcoming year where member companies and their teams of essential workers will be invited to celebrate.

About the Fresh Produce Association of Americas: 
Founded in 1944 in Nogales, Arizona, the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas has grown to become one of the most influential agricultural groups in the United States. Today, the FPAA provides a powerful voice for improvement and sustainability by serving the needs of more than 100 North American companies involved in the growth, harvest, marketing, import, and distribution of produce.