Giving Thanks to All of You in the Produce Industry this Holiday Season

Giving Thanks to All of You in the Produce Industry this Holiday Season

It’s the season of giving and thanks. I can’t think of a better time to celebrate a great year, our great produce industry, and all the people who make it possible.

First, thank you, customers, produce department staff, restaurant servers, chefs, and all involved, for your dedication to offering quality produce and satisfying consumer demand for healthy eating. You give your all to the growing demand for fresh fruits and vegetables, year round and worldwide. We’re honored to collaborate with you, bringing the consumer insights and marketing support, category development and inventory services, to help you satisfy those demands and grow your business.

Second, thank you to our growers who have farmed their land for generations and have never become complacent. Your constant commitment to improving yields by rotating crops, introducing new varieties, and improving irrigation serves as the foundation of our industry. Thank you for working tirelessly every single day to improve our collective supply needs, no matter what the weather brings. Because of you, consumers have the opportunity to enjoy delicious, healthy foods during the holidays and all year long. And we can’t thank you enough for that.

Finally, I want to thank our employees. Each of you work tremendously hard to focus Robinson Fresh® products and services where we can create the most value for our robust network of customers and growers. You also do an amazing job of creating solutions; because of you, our customers and supply chain partners enjoy the finest integrated logistics services and the best response times in the industry. Your hard work and commitment to Robinson Fresh is greatly appreciated.

The holiday season marks the end of 2015, and as I look forward to 2016 I couldn’t be more excited to work with such amazing people. Thank you all, and happy holidays.

Jim Lemke

Jim Lemke - President, Robinson Fresh

Jim was named president of Robinson Fresh in January 2015. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president from December 2007 to December 2014, having served as vice president, sourcing since 2003. Prior to that time, he served as the vice president and manager of C.H. Robinson's Corporate Procurement and Distribution Services branch. Jim joined the company in 1989. Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Minnesota. Jim also serves on the Foundation Board of the United Fresh Produce Association. He also serves as a director for the Children’s Theatre Company.

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