Tom Oliveri
Western Growers, Director, Trade Practices & Commodity Services

Tom Oliveri is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Biology. Tom Oliveri has been with the Trade Practices & Commodity Services Department (formerly known as Marketing Services) of Western Growers for the past 35 years. Mr. Oliveri assists members of Western Growers in collections on both slow pay and disputed produce sales contracts. As a direct result of Mr. Oliveri’s assistance more than $2,000,000 a year is recovered for Western Growers’ members. 

In addition, Mr. Oliveri is always involved with current industry issues and crises, as well as representing the interests of Western Growers’ members in regards to packaging requirements and standardization regulations. Mr. Oliveri is also a member of the Market Enforcement Branch, California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Advisory Committee (Chairman). 

Other duties Mr. Oliveri has with Western Growers are to assist members in areas such as PACA Trust Actions, review and prepare product guarantee statements, reviewing contracts and answering questions concerning arrival problems on produce at contract destination. Mr. Oliveri works closely through regulatory agencies to disputed contracts. Mr. Oliveri has an outstanding working relationship with agency personnel and has thorough knowledge of the regulations governing the PACA Branch of the United States Department of Agriculture, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the Arizona Department of Agriculture and the Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation (DRC). He is able to assist members in getting disputed matters resolved. In this endeavor he works closely with sales manager and salesman of produce firms of all sizes, as well as their accounting personnel, credit managers and controllers in dealing with problems before they escalate. 

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Articles by Tom Oliveri

Apr 26, 2017

A question that I often receive from our shipper members is, how long do they need to retain records before they can be destroyed?  The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Market Enforcement Branch and the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) both require specific reco

Apr 12, 2017

If you as a shipper have a vendor agreement with a buyer that calls for specified arrival conditions such as maximum pulp temperature than this is a blog for you!

Feb 15, 2017

I have talked about documenting verbal agreements in past blogs, but I have recently had three different disputed situations arise that could have easily been averted if the shippers had confirmed with their buyers by email their conversations about how the distressed loads of produce were being

Feb 01, 2017

As a shipper with a problem load of produce at destination, you should never depend on your customer (buyer) informing you that he or she has already obtained an opinion from the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) regional office that it was a shipper problem.  Many times buyers will

Jan 04, 2017

First and foremost, Happy New Year to you all!  May all your produce sales be profitable and the New Year find you in good health.

In researching a topic for this blog I was going through my retained phone notes for 2016 and found one matter that stuck out for me this past year. 

Nov 21, 2016

In recent years, I have been writing my blog focusing on topics and solutions for our members, specifically for those individuals who participate on the sales desk and are dealing with the occasional day-to-day challenges of the produce industry.