May 23, 2024
TIPA honors packaging pioneer Craig Fox

The Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) recently honored a Texas based packaging pioneer.

During this year’s Viva Fresh, TIPA celebrated the vibrant spirit of the fresh produce industry while also paying tribute in memoriam to Texas produce icon Craig Fox of Fox Packaging.

The Viva Fresh Open golf tournament, presented by BEBO Distributing and H-E-B, posthumously honored Fox with a $25,000 scholarship in his name. Funds were raised through registrations from the annual golf tournament, which was held this year at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas. The scholarship is open to employees of TIPA member companies and their immediate family members.

Fox died in 2023, after dedicating more than four decades of service to the produce industry. After graduating from Texas Christian University in 1982, Fox started his career at his family’s business, Kenneth Fox Supply Co. (now Fox Packaging). As Fox’s vice president of sales, his innovative approach and dedication to building relationships propelled the company to new heights – with a passion and vision for the industry that were unmatched, according to a news release.

Craig Fox
Craig Fox

“Described as a visionary and a friend to many, Fox’s impact extended far beyond the industry,” according to the release. “He was known for his deep understanding of the market challenges and his unwavering commitment to his customers. Craig’s legacy lives on through his sons, Jacob, and Dylan Fox, who continue in his footsteps at Fox Packaging.”

During the Viva Fresh Open, Ed Bertaud, IFCO’s director of retail sales, co-chair of the tournament and member of the Viva Fresh steering committee, announced the posthumous scholarship in Fox’s honor.

“As the industry continues to cherish Craig’s memory, his passion and dedication serve as an inspiration for all,” Bertraud said in the release. “Once a year we have the opportunity to recognize and honor a member of the Texas produce industry who is no longer with us but made numerous contributions to our industry. Craig is not only a member of a family, but also a member of a family business that we all would struggle to find a better example of, in terms of legacy, excellence, education and promotion of our industry and I’m so proud to have him as this year’s recipient.”

The Viva Fresh Open scholarship provides funding for students pursuing any educational opportunities related to any field of the fresh produce supply chain. This includes not only four-year college degree tracks, but also technical and certification-related tracks, such as electrical, HVAC and heavy equipment operators. Thanks to funds raised from previous Viva Fresh Golf Opens, more than three dozen scholarships totaling more than $150,000 have already been awarded to help the region’s supply chain develop the next generation of produce professionals.

For more information about the Viva Fresh Open Golf Tournament and the scholarship in Fox’s honor, please visit vivafreshexpo.com or contact the Texas International Produce Association at [email protected] or call (956) 581-8632.




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