Agriculture industry trailblazer and icon, Dr. Frieda Rapoport Caplan, passed away on January 18, 2020, at the age of 96. One of the first women to own and operate a business in the U.S. fresh produce industry, Dr. Caplan was responsible for introducing many new and exotic fruits and vegetables to the American consumer, including kiwifruit, which earned her the moniker, “Queen of Kiwi.” Her legacy, Frieda’s Specialty Produce, will be continued by her daughters, Karen and Jackie, and her granddaughters, Alex and Sophia.

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The latest and first 2020 edition of Western Grower & Shipper magazine is now available online and in print. This edition does a deep dive of industry leaders including incoming Western Growers President and CEO Dave Puglia as well as Western Growers 2020 Chairman of the Board Ryan Talley. Click here to access the electronic version of the magazine.

Some highlights from this issue:

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On February 26th, 2020, Western Growers is set to launch the WG Women program, which aims to identify and prepare women for positions of leadership within WG member companies and the broader fresh produce industry. Women who participate in the program will have access to a series of on-going, regionally-based activities designed to support professional growth and pave the way for influential leadership opportunities, including:

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