From: Food Quality & Safety magazine, February/March 2014

Honoring Outstanding Commitment to Food Protection

Honoring Outstanding Commitment to Food Protection
Members of last year’s winner Taylor Farms pictured with associates from the Award sponsor DuPont. From left to right on top row: Doris Engesser-Sudlow, DuPont; Cosme Pina, Taylor Farms; Angelica Estrada, Taylor Farms; Letty Zavala, Taylor Farms; and Jason Kawata, Taylor Farms. From left to right on bottom row: Hector Chappa, Taylor Farms; Martin Alfaro, Taylor Farms; Mark Borman, Taylor Farms; and Dave Charest, DuPont.

Sponsored by DuPont Nutrition & Health and presented by Food Quality & Safety magazine, the Food Quality & Safety Award honors the dedication and achievement of a North American food processor, food service, or food retailer that has made significant improvements in safety and consumer satisfaction with a positive impact on business results.

The 13th annual Award trophy, which has been redesigned with a sleek new look, will be presented to this year’s winner on April 9 at a special reception and ceremony hosted by DuPont Nutrition & Health during the Food Safety Summit Conference & Expo in Baltimore, Md., scheduled from April 8 to April 10.

Last year’s Award winner Taylor Farms, a producer of value-added fresh vegetables in Salinas, Calif., was selected for its commitment to food protection through innovation, research, and employee training. Its patented SmartWash technology removes cross contamination, reduces failures in food safety practices, and ensures quality. Mark Borman, president, and Jason Kawata, director of quality assurance, accepted the Award on behalf of their team during the ceremony.

“With the most advanced fresh cut processing plants in the world, combined with our investments in state-of-the-art processing facilities, our customers know they can trust us to provide fresh, safe, and high-quality produce,” said Borman.

The Award presentation is part of the Summit’s focus on educational and informational activities for the food industry. For the second year in a row, it will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center. This year’s keynote presentation will feature Ed Lonergan, CEO of ­Chiquita Brands, and Don Zietlow, CEO of Kwik Trip, Inc., as the speakers.

After the keynote, attendees can learn the top strategies on how to work more effectively with C-suite/senior management in a follow-up session with a panel of leading food safety professionals, including Dr. Jay L.E. Ellingson, corporate director food safety and quality, Kwik Trip, and Courtney Parker, PhD, vice president quality and food safety, Chiquita Brands.

To view the entire Summit schedule, go to And don’t forget to celebrate this year’s Award winner at the April 9 reception, open to all registered Summit attendees!




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