Fruit breeder honors long-term Peruvian licensee with inaugural D.W. Cain Award

Last year, International Fruit Genetics LLC (IFG) selected Agricola Andrea S.A.C. in Peru as the winner of its inaugural D.W. Cain Award competition. Due to the pandemic, the award was offered virtually. 

Fast forward eight months and the long-awaited trophy was finally bestowed, in person, by IFG CEO, Andy Higgins to the Agricola Andrea executive team comprised of owner Jonathan Geller and marketing & business strategy director Eduardo Mazzini, during IFG’s California Field Days in August 2022.

“We are proud to recognize Agricola Andrea S.A.C. in person after making this announcement virtually last year,” said IFG CEO Andy Higgins. “They have truly set the bar as the first D.W. Cain Award winners. We look forward to selecting the 2022 winner later this year and continuing to celebrate those licensees who go the extra mile and help realize our mission which is to utilize natural breeding practices to provide consumers with an incredible eating experience.”

From left to right: Tyler Cottrell (Joy Produce), Jonathan Gellar (Agricola Andrea), Eduardo Mazzini (Agricola Andrea), and Andy Higgins (IFG). 

The award was created in honor of IFG founder Dr. David Cain, whose years of dedication and breeding developments transformed the industry. The award pays tributes to licensees who have shown exemplary work in supporting and promoting IFG’s vision in the grape industry. The team selected Agricola Andrea S.A.C. for its dedication to quality as well as for being a partner in the adoption and promotion of IFG’s varietal logos and trademarks. In addition, Agricola Andrea has been instrumental in representing IFG creatively in retail, resulting in millions of IFG branded packages being distributed in the marketplace. 

To date, Agricola Andrea has been an IFG licensee for nearly nine years and is IFG’s largest licensed grower in Peru, producing 100 percent IFG varieties.

“Passion for excellence is embedded in our heart and soul,” said Mazzini. “This award carries the IFG image and everything behind it, as well as Dr. Cain’s vision for the industry. It is a true privilege and we are truly grateful to receive this award.”

For more information:
Tamara Baker
Tel: +1 (661) 345-7580 

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