DNO Produce Takes Home International Fresh Produce Association 2022 Industry Advocate of the Year Award; Alex DiNovo and Mollie Van Lieu Comment
WASHINGTON, DC - Earlier this morning, the International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) featured an exciting announcement at the breakfast general session of the Washington Conference. It was announced that DNO Produce was named the 2022 Industry Advocate of the Year Award recipient.
“We are humbled and honored to receive the Industry Advocate of the Year Award this year. We are committed to advocacy because our work and our produce is changing the trajectory of global human health,” said Alex DiNovo, President and Chief Executive Officer of DiNovo Produce (DNO). “That is something that everyone in our industry should be proud to be a part of. Our livelihood is genuinely a good thing that creates a more vibrant and healthier world.”
DNO has been an active and engaged advocate for many years, but has demonstrated outstanding support over the past year in particular, according to a press release. Its team members are engaged with grassroots and industry public policy conferences each year, and the company also has an impressive list of engagements with U.S. representatives and policy makers.
The company has been an especially vocal advocate for child nutrition policies that are providing school children with greater access to fresh produce on a daily basis. DNO and DiNovo participated in education and support to representatives in Washington, but also offered invaluable support and advice for school nutrition leaders.
“DNO has prioritized proactively reaching out to their Members of Congress throughout the year—not simply when something is needed,” said IFPA’s Vice President of Nutrition and Health Mollie Van Lieu. “This is a textbook example of effective engagement, and I’m thrilled to see DNO and Alex’s team recognized for their hard work. Alex and DNO have been a trusted and responsive resource throughout many of the less glamorous, but essential, parts of policy work including weighing in on technicalities of programs and policies. It is work that requires constant attention and DNO has been unwavering in their advocacy work on behalf of the industry.”
For additional comments from IFPA, be sure to read the press release in full here.
Congratulations to DNO Produce!