Tom Stenzel, United Fresh Produce Assocation

Tom Stenzel - United Fresh Produce Association Indoor Ag-Conversations moderator

Indoor Ag-Conversations speaker Tom Stenzel is President and CEO of the United Fresh Produce Association, a position he has held since 1993.  Tom is a frequent speaker on industry issues and has been recognized for his leadership frequently throughout his career.  He was honored as the 2002 Produce Man of the Year by The Packer newspaper.

United Fresh is widely known for its work in shaping government policy that affects the produce industry. The Association is also known for  developing tools and services to assist member companies in addressing complex issues. These include food safety and supply chain logistics, and bringing together companies throughout the supply chain to build business relationships that promote growth and profitability.  The United Fresh Convention & Expo provides an important annual platform for the industry to explore innovation and make connections across the total produce supply chain from grower to retail and restaurant customer.

Tom has testified numerous times before Congress, and works closely withUnited Fresh at Indoor Ag-Con leaders at the White House, USDA, FDA and other U.S. regulatory agencies.  He also leads the United Fresh Start Foundation, the association’s charitable foundation focused on increasing children’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables.  The Foundation and its partners have donated more than 5,000 salad bars to schools in all 50 states. The Foundation also provides a community grants program to support after-school, weekend and summer programs increasing kids’ access to fresh produce.

Tom is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 leading trade association CEOs, and the Key Industry Associations Committee of the American Society of Association Executives.

Tom served as President of the International Food Information Council (IFIC) from 1986-1993, and is a 1977 graduate of the University of Richmond. 

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