Date: Jul 31, 2019

IRVINE, Calif., (July 31, 2019) -- In response to the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting, Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif issued the following statement:

“The Western Growers family – members and employees across the West – is devastated by the horrific tragedy that occurred at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, resulting in the death of three innocent people and the injury of at least 12 others. Many of our members farm in the Gilroy area, and we know this tragedy has shaken them and all our members on the Central Coast. The Western Growers family extends our deepest condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy.”

About Western Growers:

Founded in 1926, Western Growers represents local and regional family farmers growing fresh produce in Arizona, California, Colorado and New Mexico. Our members and their workers provide over half the nation's fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts, including nearly half of America's fresh organic produce. Some members also farm throughout the U.S. and in other countries so people have year-round access to nutritious food. For generations, we have provided variety and healthy choices to consumers. Connect with and learn more about Western Growers on our Twitter and Facebook.

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