National Editor Tom Karst
National Editor Tom Karst

As usual, I enjoyed the Women in Produce reception at the United Fresh show, as the occasion presents a chance to hear a "from the heart" self-narrative.  In this case, the featured speaker  Dan'l Mackey Almy,   president and founder of DMA Solutions Inc. and she didn't disappoint. She told of humble beginnings in a small Texas town, the discovery of her love for the produce industry, the "stalking" of industry professionals to find her opportunity and the daring start-up of her own company.

In that vein (women in produce) I tossed this question out to the Fresh Produce Industry Discussion Group.

Is there anything that trade associations or others bodies could do to make the fresh produce industry more friendly for women or minorities? If yes, please comment. 


The results so far: 66% believe the industry can do more, 3% say no and 8% "don't know."

One of the six commnets was simple, with a Maxwell Smart imprint.

"More & more women are joining the produce industry successfully & loving it."

TK: The industry has done many good things to help elevate the respect and prominence of women, and no doubt there is more to be done. Heroes like Mackey Almy help inspire other young women.

Yet I wonder why there are not more "programs" to elevate the positions of minorities in this still white-dominated industry. Is this because there is no disparity in opportunity or because the industry is blind to it?