Date: Mar 25, 2010

IRVINE (March 25, 2010) - The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) has endorsed Western Growers Insurance Services (WGIS) as the recommended insurance provider for its members.

We are privileged to be offering our suite of benefits to the members of such a highly respected association – the FPAA,” said Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif. “We provide more health benefits to men and women in the produce industry than any insurance carrier, and we believe it is that experience in working with this very unique industry, along with providing exemplary customer service, that sets us apart.”

WGIS offers highly customizable benefits specifically designed to meet the diverse needs of Arizona’s agricultural industry, including the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Arizona network.

“Because of Western Growers’ extensive experience in the produce industry and agriculture as a whole, they understand the challenges our industry faces in providing health benefits to our workforce and ensuring our businesses are properly protected,” said Chris Ciruli, FPAA chairman of the Board. “Their expertise has developed from their close affiliation with the produce industry and will help the FPAA members with both their insurance needs and risk management issues.”

“WGIS also offers valuable risk management consulting to help businesses ensure they are properly insured,” said Nassif. “This service is part of a greater commitment to always offer a fair price, show financial strength, to meet and exceed all industry claims processing and customer service standards and to showcase a staff that is committed to always putting our member customers first.”

Western Growers is an 85-year-old agricultural trade association whose members from Arizona and California grow, pack and ship about half of the nation’s fresh produce.

The FPAA is a nonprofit trade group of more than 100 members who are involved in the growth, harvest, import and distribution of the finest produce from Mexico.

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