The California Grape & Tree Fruit League announces it has officially changed its name to the California Fresh Fruit Association â an identity its members believe better defines the broad types of commodities it represents.
The California Fresh Fruit Association will formally present its new name to executive and legislative officials in Sacramento, CA, during its annual fruit delivery on Tuesday, Aug. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. And to celebrate this important milestone, an evening reception will follow with government officials and California Fresh Fruit Association members at Esquire Grill (1213 K St., Sacramento, CA) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The membership-based organization is one of the oldest agricultural trade associations in California, dating back to 1921 with the California Growers and Shippers Protective League, and in 1936, with the California Grape Growers and Shippers Association. Together, these organizations merged into the California Grape & Tree Fruit League.
The possibility of a name change was presented by the associationâs Strategic Planning Committee in 2013 upon the completion of its five-year strategic plan. Members were approached by the Board of Directors to consider a new name that would encompass more of the commodities it represents, such as fresh grapes, blueberries, and deciduous tree fruits including: peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, pears, apples, cherries, figs, kiwis, pomegranates, and persimmons. In summary, the association represents the stateâs permanent fresh fruit crops with the exception of citrus and avocados.
With support from the Board of Directors and the organizationâs nearly 350 members, the California Fresh Fruit Association proceeds with business as usual under its new name, advocating for fresh fruit growers, shippers and marketers in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. The California Fresh Fruit Associationâs headquarters will remain in Fresno, CA.
âWhile undergoing a name change is no easy task, little has changed as weâve made sure to continue with our responsibilities as usual,â said Barry Bedwell, president of the California Fresh Fruit Association. âAs we began the process, we wanted to proceed with a name that accurately represents our members and the commodities they provide. We couldnât be happier with our selection â California Fresh Fruit Association is exactly who we are and what we represent.â