Calling out the need to expand research to answer produce-specific food safety questions, the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) has launched a new capital fundraising campaign to finance the center’s research program for the next five years. CPS volunteer leaders from across the supply chain are calling on their colleagues to invest generously in their collective future.
The CPS campaign seeks to raise $15 million to fund additional produce safety research over the next five years, and to transfer learnings from that research to industry and other produce safety stakeholders. Those priorities reflect CPS’s produce-centric mission: to fund science, find solutions and fuel change to enhance the food safety of fresh produce.
Dozens of industry organizations have already pledged nearly $5 million toward the $15 million goal, announced Tim Riley, CPS board director and chair of CPS’s Fundraising Committee, and president of The Giumarra Companies.
Leaders from across the fresh produce supply chain stressed that CPS’s work is critical to restoring consumer confidence in the safety of all fresh produce.
Since it was founded in 2007, CPS has invested $32 million to fund produce-specific food safety research worldwide. It then transfers those research learnings and tools to industry, government and other produce safety stakeholders through a variety of outreach activities, including an annual Research Symposium, webinars and articles in industry-focused publications. Findings from CPS-funded research can be accessed through the center’s website at www.centerforproducesafety.org.
CPS has proven to be unique in its ability to move the needle on fresh produce food-safety research because it brings together leaders from industry, government, and the scientific and academic communities who have a common goal of enhancing produce safety.
Nearly $5 million committed to date
As of Jan. 15, the following companies have made generous commitments to the new CPS fundraising campaign. A current list of contributors to this latest campaign can be viewed at www.centerforproducesafety.org/2020-campaign.php.
Diamond Level Supporters, $1,000,000+
Platinum Level Supporters, $500,000 - $999,999
Dole Fresh Vegetables/Dole Food Company
Gold Level Supporters, $250,000 - $499,999
California Fresh Fruit Association
Tanimura & Antle
Silver Level Supporters, $100,000 - $249,999
JV Smith Companies
Promotora Agricola El Toro
McEntire Produce, Inc.
The Giumarra Companies
Mission Produce, Inc.
Pacific International Marketing
Bronze-Plus Level Supporters, $50,000 to $99,999
The Oppenheimer Group
California Avocado Commission
Bronze Level Supporters, up to $49,999:
Coastline Family Farms, Inc.
Little Bear Produce
Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Inc.
Diversified Restaurant Systems, Inc.
Florida Tomato Committee
Tyger Sales and Marketing, LLC
National Watermelon Association
Blue Book Services, Inc.
CPS thanks all the organizations that support its mission. Many legacy contributors have supported the center since its inception. A complete list of contributors to the 2015 campaign can be viewed at www.centerforproducesafety.org/2015-campaign.php.