and its members help to ensure North America’s uninterrupted access to fresh, high-quality, healthy and delicious Mexican-grown fruits and vegetables.
In 1905, the first rail car carrying fresh produce from Mexico crossed the border at Nogales, Arizona. Today, Mexico has become the top supplier of fresh fruits and vegetables for the United States – and the FPAA is the leading agent of produce trade at the U.S.-Mexico border and across the country.
Founded in Nogales, Arizona, in 1944, 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, serving the needs of more than 100 North American companies involved in the growth, harvest, marketing, import, and distribution of Mexican produce.
Mexico represents 39% of all imported fruits and vegetables consumed in North America annually. Nogales is the largest port of entry for produce grown in Mexico, and facilitates nearly 5 billion pounds and 3 billion dollars worth of fruits and vegetables through its port each year. The FPAA is over 100 members strong and focused on critical business objectives to ensure the health of our industry.
Our efforts, combined with the support of our members, yield positive results. We initiated and support major changes that benefit the industry of produce trade across the Mexican border.
Recently we have: