January 21, 2020

Dr. Frieda Rapoport Caplan, Industry Visionary and Founder of Frieda’s Specialty Produce, Passes Away

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. Her family will soon share the details of a Celebration of Life, which will be held on February 22, 2020.

To learn more about the life and accomplishments of Dr. Caplan, check out her In Memoriam published in AndNowUKnow.