Mann Packing Co.'s Ben Alviano receives CPMA's Mary FitzGerald Award
- by Melissa De Leon Chavez
SALINAS, CA - Mann Packing Co. Inc.’s Canadian National Manager Ben Alviano received the Mary FitzGerald Award at this year’s CPMA expo in Montreal, Canada.
The Mary FitzGerald Award is given to those under the age of 40 working in Canadian produce, and focuses on generosity, innovation, and the demonstration of a passion for produce.
“Alviano is an ambassador for produce in Canada for his company and the Canadian produce industry overall,” Les Mallard, Canada Zone Manager for Chiquita and presenter of the award, said, according to a press release. “He has an incredible work-life balance and a unique passion for produce with his innovative spirit and entrepreneurial vision.”
Alviano lives in Toronto with his wife and two children, volunteering with school activities, coaching hockey, and supervising skating lessons. On the work side, he reportedly mentors Mann Packing Canada’s newly-hired District Manager Michael Sousa, who participated in the 2015 CPMA Passion for Produce program.
Alviano is active in all produce association events, and this is not his first recognition, according to the company. Previously Alviano was presented with the Produce Business 40 Under 40 Award, and has been a participant in events including the Canadian Produce Marketing Association, the Ontario Produce Marketing Association, the United Fresh, and more.