Insights from members of the fresh produce industry and its observers are valuable to The Packer and its readers. As we look forward to a new year, the editorial board would like to thank those who were guest columnists and wrote letters to the editor in 2009:

Christian Schlect, Northwest Horticultural Council, Yakima, Wash.; Kathy Means, Produce Marketing Association, Newark, Del.; Autumn Veazey, Troutman Sanders Strategies, Atlanta; Jim Bogart, Grower-Shipper Association of Central California, Salinas;

Neil Nagata, Nagata Bros. Farms Inc., Oceanside, Calif.; Don Goodwin, Golden Sun Marketing, Minnetrista, Minn.; Elliott Grant, YottaMark Inc., Redwood City, Calif.; Jim Allen, New York Apple Association, Fishers; Jeff Dlott, SureHarvest, Soquel, Calif.;

Jim Lemke, United Fresh Produce Association, Washington, D.C.; Alan Taylor, Pink Lady America LLC, Yakima, Wash.; James Foreman; Harry Kaiser, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.;

Fred Heptinstall, IFCO RPC Management Services NA, Tampa, Fla.; Ray Gilmer, United Fresh; Kerry Tucker, Nuffer, Smith, Tucker Inc., Soquel, Calif.; and Mike Rozembajgier, ExpertRecall, Indianapolis.

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