News Releases

2018 CFVGA Conference To Culminate with Shark Tank Type Produce Innovation Technology Pitch

For Immediate Release: Dec. 4, 2017
Contact: Marilyn Bay Drake 303-594-3827
The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) will hold its fourth annual conference Feb. 19-20, 2018, at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel, expanding the event to a two-day format and adding a Produce Innovation Technology Pitch, fashioned along the lines of the well-known television series Shark Tank.

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Produce Growers Meet with Farmworker Advocates

For Immediate Release: Oct. 15, 2017
Contact: Marilyn Bay Drake 303-594-3827 or

Growers representing the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) met Oct. 10 in Colorado Springs, Colo. with farmworker service providers and other advocates on opening day of the first-ever Colorado Agriculture and Farm Labor Summit.

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CFVGA Applauds Colorado Proud School Meal Day

For Immediate Release: Sept. 14, 2017
Contacts:           Marilyn Bay Drake 303-594-3827 or                             

The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is pleased to see schools throughout the state focus on serving local foods in their school cafeterias and applauds yesterday’s celebration of Colorado Proud School Meal Day. According to the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), an estimated 200,000 students statewide will saw their school’s food service incorporate Colorado foods into meals as a springboard to discuss healthy eating and its connection to Colorado agriculture.

“Not only does buying local foods make sense from a health and nutrition point-of-view, it is important for Coloradans to provide economic support to Colorado farmers and ranchers,” said CFVGA Roger Mix, Center, Colo., CFVGA vice president and chair of the CFVGA Nutrition & Health Committee.

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Colorado Cantaloupe: Good and Good for You

For Immediate Release:  Sept. 1, 2017

By Cathy Schmelter, R.D.

Did you know that orange produce items protect your eyes?  Orange-colored fruits and vegetables are rich in beta-carotene which is converted to Vitamin A when consumed. Vitamin A helps protect eyes. One cup of cantaloupe provides 120 percent of the daily recommended amount of Vitamin A.

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What is Your Role in Reducing Food Waste?

For Immediate Release:  Aug. 15, 2017

Contact:   Marilyn Drake 303-594-3827 or          

Food waste is a topic receiving a lot of attention currently. Since perishable produce is especially vulnerable to spoilage and, therefore, waste, the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is working with its growers to offer options to reduce waste, which can occur for a number of reasons, including:

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CFVGA President Addresses  International Association for Food Protection

For Immediate Release:  July 13, 2017

Contact: Robert Sakata  303-947-3097 or
Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) President Robert Sakata July 11 was one of two growers on a panel at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) Annual Meeting in Tampa, Fla. The panel, titled It’s going to take a Village: Grower Perspectives on FSMA Implementation, was one of many sessions at the meeting which draws more than 3,400 of the top industry, academic and governmental food safety professionals from six continents.

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Sprouts Farmers Market, King Soopers Display Produce Calendar

For Immediate Release:  July 5, 2017
Contacts:  Marilyn Bay Drake  303-594-3827
The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is encouraging the public to look for CFVGA’s colorful produce calendar when shopping at Sprouts Farmers Market, City Markets and King Soopers stores. Produced by CFVGA in cooperation with Colorado Proud, the calendar is designed to provide consumers with an approximate calendar of when Colorado produce is available fresh from local growers’ fields and orchards.

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Center for Produce Safety Symposium Brings Top Food Safety Researchers to Denver for Record Attendance Crowd

For Immediate Release:  June 27, 2017
Contacts:           Robert Sakata  303-947-3097 or
                          Marilyn Bay Drake  303-594-3827
The Center for Produce Safety’s (CPS) June 20-21 symposium brought cutting edge food safety researchers to Denver to talk about current research and its application to the produce industry as well as to hear from growers and others the top priorities for new research.  Held at the Denver Hyatt Regency, symposium attendance hit an all-time record of 325, including at least 15 members of the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA).

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Buy Local Produce. It’s Good for You and Good for Colorado.

For Immediate Release: June 6, 2017
Contact: Marilyn Drake 303-594-3827 or

As Colorado’s produce season arrives, the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is asking consumers to buy local.

“Colorado’s high day time temperatures countered by cool nights, give our fruit a sweeter, more intense flavor,” said Bruce Talbott, Talbott’s Gold, Palisade, Colo., a fifth-generation Colorado fruit farmer. He also notes that the very cold winters kill many of the pests with which other fruit-producing areas must contend

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Sakata Takes Colorado Grower Concerns to Washington, D.C.

For Immediate Release: May 20, 2017

Robert Sakata 303-947-3097 or
Marilyn Bay Drake 303-594-3827 or

Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) President Robert Sakata, Sakata Farms, Brighton, Colo., returned yesterday from a three-day visit to the nation’s capital where he Joined Western Growers members in talking to members of Congress and the Trump administration about the challenges facing Colorado produce growers.

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