The United Fresh Produce Association is now accepting nominations for its annual Reception Honoring Women in Produce, May 3 at United Fresh 2011, the association’s convention and trade show in New Orleans. Each year, United Fresh recognizes the contributions of all women working in the produce industry and recognizes one outstanding female industry leader at the reception, which has become one of the most popular features of the annual convention.

“This is a celebration of women and the essential roles they have played in shaping and guiding the produce industry,” said Victoria Backer, senior vice president of member services for United Fresh. “This annual reception is an opportunity to showcase the contributions of these thought-leaders, role models, and opinion-drivers and we’re looking forward to honoring all women in the produce industry in New Orleans.”

Nominations may be submitted online and must be received by Friday, March 11.

Past honorees at the Reception Honoring Women in Produce include Tonya Antle, Tanimura & Antle; Frieda Caplan, Frieda’s, Inc.; Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin, D’Arrigo Brothers of California; Jan DeLyser, California Avocado Commission; Jan Fleming, Strube Celery & Vegetable Company; Janice Honigberg, Sun Belle, Inc.; Lorri Koster, Mann Packing Co.; Kathleen Nave, California Table Grape Commission; Dr. Martha Rhodes-Roberts, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences; Steffanie Smith, River Point Farms, LLC; Heather Shavey, Costco Wholesale; Rosemary Talley, Talley Farms; and Jenney Tenney, The Kroger Company.

For more information on the Reception Honoring Women in Produce, please contact United Fresh Political Affairs Manager Angela Tiwari at 202-303-3400, ext. 416 or