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• The United Fresh Produce Association has announced the three recipients of the 2019 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarships: Richard Castaneda, Project Manager at Field Fresh Foods … Christopher Ferachi, Operations Analyst at Capitol City Produce … and Kathy Sponheim, Co-Owner/Sales at Michael Family Farms.

The announcement points out that the Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship Program “was founded in 2001 by sisters Karen Caplan and Jackie Caplan Wiggins, in honor of their mother, Frieda Rapoport Caplan. The program provides the opportunity for representatives from family-owned, United Fresh member businesses to attend the United Fresh Washington Conference. The three scholarship recipients receive complimentary airfare, hotel and registration to participate in the conference, September 16-18 in Washington, D.C.”

I know this may seem like a small story, but I love Frieda’s and I especially love Frieda … just a wonderful inspiration and, I don’t mind saying, an MNB reader and supporter.

BTW … Karen Caplan wrote a lovely blog, on the occasion of Frieda’s 96th birthday, about lessons she’s learned from her mom, and you can read it here.



• The Wall Street Journal this morning reports that “Simply Good Foods Co. the maker of Atkins-branded food products, is buying … Quest Nutrition in an all-cash $1 billion deal that is expected to be completed by the end of the year.” Quest is described as selling “bars, cookies, chips, pizzas and powders that are all meant to deliver more protein to consumers.”
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