Nominations for the Produce Marketing Association’s Impact Award and the Robert L. Carey Leadership Award are open until Aug. 16.

The Newark, Del.-based PMA said in a news release that winners will be announced at PMA’s Fresh Summit International Convention & Exposition, Oct. 18-20 in New Orleans, La. Submission forms and instructions can be found on PMA’s website, according to the release.

The Impact Award recognizes excellence in packaging and is judged by a panel of experts based on the criteria of marketing, food safety, supply chain efficiency/functionality, sustainability and consumer convenience, according to the release.

PMA’s Robert L. Carey Leadership Award honors an individual with great leadership qualities and a superior commitment to PMA and the produce industry, according to the release. The Carey award will be chosen by a panel of five judges, including last year’s Carey award recipient Mike O’Brien, vice president of produce and floral at St. Louis-based Schnuck Markets Inc. Other judges on the panel are:  Janet Erickson, senior director of supply chain operations of Brinker International; Robert DiPiazza, of DiPiazza Consulting Services; Ted Campbell, executive director of Florida Strawberry Growers Association; William Schuler, president and chief executive officer of Wilder, Ky.-based Castellini Co.; and PMA president Bryan Silbermann.

For more information about the Impact Award, contact PMA’s leadership relations assistant, Elaine Bange at (302) 738-7100 ext. 3085 or For information about the Robert L. Carey awards, contact PMA’s director of leadership relations, Becky Roberts at (302) 738-7100 ext. 3048 or