Fresh Produce Association of the Americas Recognizes the Essential Worker as 2021 Member of the Year; Lance Jungmeyer Comments
NOGALES, AZ - One of the most fulfilling elements of our industry is the way we rally together to overcome hurdles that would otherwise seem unclearable. That is exactly what happened when essential workers across the industry stepped up to keep fresh produce companies flourishing throughout the pandemic. Now, the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) is recognizing those who showcased their hard work and dedication to the industry during the peak of the pandemic, naming the Essential Worker as its 2021 Member of the Year.
“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 President Lance Jungmeyer. “Without the Essential Worker, we would be nowhere.”
As noted in a press release, the Essential Worker represents all who contributed to the success of a secure food supply during the last year. Essential Worker is a term that was used by the government to define who could go to work, eventually becoming synonymous with everyone who continued to work in the physical offices.
This year’s award is dedicated to all of the employees of FPAA member companies, from warehouse workers to administrative staff, who showcased their commitment during the height of the pandemic.
As the last year brought many challenges, FPAA and its members witnessed high vaccination rates among employees and a consistent onsite workforce that ensured fresh ingredients across North America.
The 2021 Member of the Year will be announced during the association’s annual meeting on November 4, and various events are being planned to allow companies and their teams of essential workers to come together to celebrate.
We here at ANUK are so grateful for all who pushed through challenging times to ensure the stability of the fresh produce supply chain, and we tip our hats to all of you!