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TOUR DE FRESH LAUNCHES WEBSITE, ANNOUNCES DONATION OPPORTUNITIES
Source: Tour de Fresh news release

Organizers of the inaugural 2014 Tour de Fresh are happy to announce the launch of the official website, tourdefresh.com. Donations can now be made through the website to support the event's riders and benefit the United Fresh Produce Association's Let's Move Salad Bars to Midwest Schools campaign.

Each participant aims to raise enough money to fund one salad bar for his or her selected school, for a grand total of close to $120,000 for the campaign.

This collaborative effort will bring together 40 fresh produce industry members to cycle 275 miles between Carmel, CA and Anaheim, CA over the four days leading up to the 2014 PMA Fresh Summit Convention and Expo.

"We are extremely pleased by the enthusiastic response we have received from all corners of the industry," said Brock Nemecek, event participant and Account Manager at DMA Solutions. "Originally we had planned for 30 riders, but we had to increase this number due to the overwhelmingly positive support."

In addition to the funds that will be raised for selected schools, the Tour de Fresh has also become a great promotional opportunity for participants and sponsoring companies. With a multi-pronged public relations plan, including outreach to the local media in communities benefitting from the Tour, the fresh produce industry's passion for this cause has never been more apparent.

"It's exciting to step out of our day-to-day business roles and not only get outside and have some fun with our industry colleagues, but also give back to a deserving community," said Chris Ford, Vice President of Sutherland Produce, riding for The Dearborn Academy in Dearborn, Michigan.

"We saw partnering with Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools as a great chance for our industry to increase accessibility to the fresh products we are so passionate about," said Cindy Jewell, Director of Marketing at California Giant Berry Farms. "By providing funds for salad bars in at least 40 schools, we are encouraging these children to develop healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime."

While sponsorship opportunities and the rider roster are both full, there are still many avenues for involvement. We encourage those interested in supporting the event to donate to an individual rider at www.tourdefresh.com/riders, where visitors can also view the full roster of riders.

In addition, The Official Tour de Fresh Training Guide is available for download on the website. This guide will help you prepare for your next race or ride, perhaps even the 2015 Tour de Fresh.

The Tour de Fresh will be highlighted at the United Fresh Convention in June, recognizing sponsors and riders, as well as updating the industry on the campaign's fundraising progress.

"We're thrilled that the Tour de Fresh sponsors and riders have chosen to support the United Fresh Foundation and our work to bring more salad bars to schools," said United President & CEO Tom Stenzel. "With over 3,400 salad bars donated to date, the Lets Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign is making a huge difference in schools across the country."

For a complete list of sponsors, visit tourdefresh.com/sponsors. For questions or more information, please contact Brock Nemecek at 214-444-7454, or Cindy Jewel at 831-728-1965 x258.


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