The many sponsors and load donors that are listed on
this page are the true heroes of the Association. They
provide the means that we can create & hold wonderful
convention (like New Orleans) and perform the initiatives & projects that we do for you, our stakeholders.
To them, we give a HUGE THANKS!
This year we were successful in adding over twenty ( 20)
new sponsors from across our membership. They recognize the efforts that their Association is doing on their
behalf. They will in return see that we recognize their
contribution throughout the year; not just at convention.
Sponsors help us to create the type of convention that
you have become accustomed to - - cutting-edge educational seminars; entertainment; interactive events; great
speakers; high quality menus that are unrivaled. Sponsor contributions help us to maintain those high standards, while keeping our registration fees at a produce
Please thank a sponsor and donor the next time you
see or talk with them. They are the true heroes in this
story. Thanks to them, our memory banks continue to
We Ask for Your Help
You will also notice that there are some ‘obvious’ suppliers from our industry that you may be doing business
with that are not listed. Yet in many instances, those
same companies that are not sponsors take advantage of
our programs, membership and successes.
To those companies, we ask you as their direct customer
to question them. Why aren’t they supporting the Association that does so much for our stakeholders? As
their customers, you should expect them to support your
Association. You have the ‘buying’ power to guide
them to support your Association.
We ask you to do so, at every occasion and instance that
you can. They should be here, with us. Free riders are
not welcome. Together, we can eliminate the free rides
and get them involved, as they should be.
Steve Van Meter of Freshouse models his new costume,
courtesy of his friends at Food Lion
We raise funds to support the Association in many ways, with the watermelon
truckload donations topping that list
every year. The list of donors for this
upcoming domestic season are giving
of their very own crops to support our
Association. To them, we Salute you all,
and give a hearty bear hug.
Eagle Eye Produce
George Perry & Sons
Hoosier Fresh Farms
Jackson Farming Company
Land Watermelon Sales
Leger & Son
Mesilla Valley Produce
Phil Turner Farms
Prime Time International
Reid Groves Farms
Southern Corporate Packers
Sun Terra Produce
Sweet Mama Produce
Texas Melon Exchange
Tucker Family Farms
Van Gronigen & Sons
Wabash Valley Growers
In addition, a number of companies and watermelon chapters have donated
cash equivalents in lieu of a load in support of our Association. They are:
Bagley Produce Borders Melons Keith Connell Produce
Wiggins Watermelons LLC And all nine of our Watermelon Chapters:
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illiana, MarDel, North Carolina, South Carolina,
Texas and Western
All of these donations are heart-felt, sincere contributions to support our Association.
We are grateful for each and every one. Thank You All!