Blog's from the Chair


Tom Stenzel is President and CEO of the United Fresh Produce Association, a Washington, DC-based membership association serving the fresh produce industry from grower through retailer.  Founded in 1904, United Fresh represents the interests of small family businesses to the largest international corporations in the global produce supply chain, with members throughout North America and in 30 countries.  United Fresh is the pre-eminent policy-oriented trade association shaping the U.S. produce marketplace, and has a special focus serving the growing fresh convenience and fresh-cut industry globally.

United Fresh is widely known for its work in government, scientific and technical affairs on behalf of the produce industry; providing leadership in food safety, nutrition, and agricultural policy; developing industry best practices and standards; and driving social change to help the next generation of children double their consumption of fresh produce. 
United Fresh is a founding partner of the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign, in partnership with U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative.

Tom is a frequent speaker on industry issues and has been recognized often by the produce industry throughout his career.  He was honored as the 2002 Produce Man of the Year by The Packer newspaper, and currently serves as Chairman of the International Federation for Produce Standards, a global body representing national produce associations from the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Canada and the United States.  He has served in many government and industry leadership positions, including the first U.S. Department of Agriculture Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, President George W. Bush’s Transition Advisory Team for Agriculture, and as an advisor on the U.S. Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade.

Tom was the founding President of the International Food Information Council (IFIC) in 1986, where he worked with leading food and beverage companies to build a credible and sound scientific program in food safety, risk communications, and crisis management working with the media, government, public health community and public.  He previously was director of public affairs for the National Soft Drink Association.  Tom is a 1977 graduate of the University of Richmond, and achieved the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 1990 from the American Society of Association Executives.

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