United Fresh Produce Association has launched its newest leadership development offering, the Produce Safety Immersion Program, which it says is developed to build the technical capacity, critical thinking skills, and leadership attributes.
“The importance of produce safety, coupled with emerging science and technology and changes in the regulatory and legal environment, have created a real need for ongoing professional development,” said Cheryl Enlow, Vice President of Quality Assurance & Food Safety, Renaissance Food Group, and Chair of the United Fresh Food Safety & Technology Council. “Given the various paths my peers and I have taken to become produce safety professionals, I’m confident this program will help ensure a well-trained workforce is following in our footsteps.”
The year-long program is comprised of three face-to-face meetings/trainings, three webinars, and an ongoing mentorship program, and will focus on developing early-to-mid career professionals with less than five years’ experience in produce safety. The Produce Safety Immersion Program is limited to 20 individuals. Four produce safety professionals will serve as mentors to the program fellows and will accompany them at each meeting.
Said Tom Stenzel, President & CEO of United Fresh: “Today, Drs. Jennifer McEntire and Emily Griep lead our team. They’ve developed this program as a natural extension of the overall leadership program we’ve supported for 25 years, tailored for the unique technical needs of the produce safety discipline.”
“I’m proud of the robust portfolio of produce safety trainings, webinars, and resources that United Fresh provides,” said Dr. Jennifer McEntire, Vice President, Food Safety at United Fresh. “We are building upon that foundation to give a select group of promising produce safety professionals the benefit of in-depth experiential learning.”
The fee of $8,995 per participant in the Produce Safety Immersion Program includes: tuition, ongoing mentorship, eight nights hotel accommodations and all program meals. It also includes registration to United Fresh’s three programs in 2020:
• FreshStart Conference (January 14-16, Tucson, AZ)
• United Fresh Convention & Expo (June 16-19, San Diego, CA)
• United Fresh Washington Conference (September 21-21, Washington, D.C.)