Grower Achievement Award Recipient In The Hall Of Fame
Last week, one of the partners of Anthony Farms, Victor Anthony, was inducted into the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) Hall of Fame. He was honored by the WPVGA for his lifetime achievement in the development of the state’s potato industry. Anthony’s operation was the recipient of AVG’s 2007 Grower Achievement Award.
Anthony started out in the industry by joining his brother, Bud, in Anthony Farms, Scandinavia, in 1962 and they maintained this partnership until 1987 when his brother sold his interest to Vic. Vic’s wife, Christine, joined the business full time in 1990. The Anthony Farms enterprise consisted of a large potato and vegetable growing operation, a modern grading and packaging facility, sales and marketing operation and a long distance trucking company. The business was sold in 2008.
Anthony Farms was a leader and category partner in the United States Potato Board Best In Class Program and was active in bringing the Best In Class and Category Management Training to shippers in Wisconsin. Anthony Farms was also involved in the Wisconsin Healthy Grown program since it was started and helped develop the Healthy Grown Tray Pack that uses a biodegradable tray. Since 1991, Anthony Farms participated in extensive food safety programs and consistently scored “Superior” ratings on food safety audits.
Anthony was a founding member and first chairman of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association Fresh Marketing Committee. He served as a Wisconsin representative on the National Potato Council through 2008. He is president of the Victor and Christine Anthony Family Foundation which is involved in giving back to the community in which they live and work and helping people in need.