A Taste of FIBR Annual Awards

A Taste of FIBR is the networking event of the year! FIBR recognizes its finest with presentations of the Community Partner of the Year, Food Processor of the Year, Food Safety Achievement and the President's Awards.

Each October, which marks the anniversary of FIBR incorporation, FIBR's members and partners gather together to network, celebrate and honor awardees. Truly a cooperative effort made successful by the contributions of many: Members who donate, raffle and silent auction items; the award winners, whose excellence inspires us; to the staff and other volunteers that make the evening come together. The Taste of FIBR Awards and Scholarship represents the spirit of FIBR at its best.

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2019 A Taste of FIBR Awards and Scholarships Dinner

The 23rd Annual A Taste of FIBR Awards and Scholarships Dinner was on Thursday, October 17th, 2019.

2019 A Taste of FIBR Award Winners

  • Community Partner of the Year: Sabor Latino Food Show
  • Food Safety Achievement Award: Interstate Foods, LLC
  • Food Processor of the Year: Tarazi Specialty Foods
  • President's Award: John N. Pesce

2019 FIBR Community Partner of the Year:

Sabor Latino Food Show

Lilly Rocha, President & CEO

2019 Food Safety Achievement Award:

Interstate Foods, LLC

Isidro Rodriguez, Quality Assurance Director & Team

2019 Food Processor of the Year:

Tarazi Specialty Foods

Rocco Fiore, General Manager & Team

2019 President's Award:

John N. Pesce, FIBR Food Safety Trainer
FIBR Food Safety Council
John N. Pesce & Associates, President & CEO

2019 FIBR Scholarship Recipients

  • Carlos Ovalle, CalState Northridge Food Science
  • Gabon Morris, Student at Susan Miller Dorsey High School, Culinary Program
  • Susan Miller Dorsey High School, Culinary Program

2019 FIBR Student Member Scholarship:

Carlos Ovalle, CalState Northridge Food Science

2019 FIBR Student Achievement Scholarship

Gabon Morris (center), Susan Miller Dorsey High School, Culinary Program

2019 Community Investment Scholarship

Susan Miller Dorsey High School Culinary Program

Dr. Sean Gaston, Principal
Lester Malta, Assistant Principal
Sonja Mason-Brisco, Culinary Instructor
Omar Brisco, Volunteer Assistant Culinary Instructor
Gabon Morris, Student
Tamika Russell, Student
Alana Russell, Student
Jimmy Morales, Student

2019 FIBR Volunteers

  • Carlos Ovalle
  • Ashley Arcos & Jennifer Castillo
  • Phillip True

2019 FIBR Volunteers:

Carlos Ovalle, CalState Northridge
Ashley Arcos & Jennifer Castillo,
Public Allies at CDTech
Phillip True, FIBR Event Assistant

2019 A Taste of FIBR Sponsors

GOLD SPONSORS:

Manufacturer's Bank logo Comerica logo

Simply Fresh Fruit logo White Nelson Diehl Evans logo

SILVER SPONSORS:

Giuliano's logo Soyfoods logo

STUDENT SPONSOR:

Food Microbiological logo

2019 Gold Sponsor:

Manufacturers Bank

Mike Yadzyn, VP Business
FIBR Board of Directors

2019 Gold Sponsor:

Comerica Bank

Thomas Spinogatti, VP

2019 Gold Sponsor:

Simply Fresh Fruit

Sherine Kanagasunderam,
Quality Assurance Manager
FIBR Board of Directors

2019 Gold Sponsor:

White Nelson Diehl Evans

Mark VonRotz, Partner

2019 Silver Sponsor:

Giuliano’s Bakery

Gregory S. Ritmire, President & Team

2019 Silver Sponsor:

Soyfoods of America

Laura Lee, General Manager
FIBR Board of Directors
(with)

2019 Silver Sponsor:

Giuliano’s Bakery

Gregory S. Ritmire, President

2019 Student Scholarship Fund Sponsor:

Food Microbiological Laboratories

Chelsea Fagundes, CFS
Analytical Services Manager

Friends of FIBR - Recognition for the Outstanding Leadership and Support

  • Ronald Fong, Asian Pacific Islander Small Business
  • Kerry Situ, Chinatown Service Center
  • Trina Park, City of Los Angeles Sanitation
  • Christian Park, California Manufacturing Technology Consultants (CMTC)
  • Lilly Rocha, Sabor Latino Food Show * Latino Food Industry Assoc.
  • Veronica Diaz Valverde, Southern California Edison
  • Pamela Bizzell, Vermont/Slauson Economic Development Center
  • Hector Castillo, Vernon Networking Committee
  • William T. Huntley, William T. Huntley & Associates, FIBR Food Safety Council
  • Joe Benites, Immediate Past President to Latino Food Industry Association

Friends of FIBR

Ronald Fong, Asian Pacific Islander Small Business
Kerry Situ, Chinatown Service Center

Friends of FIBR

Trina Park, City of Los Angeles Sanitation

Friends of FIBR

Christian Park, California Manufacturing Technology Consultants (CMTC)

Friends of FIBR

Lilly Rocha, Sabor Latino Food Show * Latino Food Industry Assoc.

Friends of FIBR

Veronica Diaz Valverde, Southern California Edison

Friends of FIBR

Pamela Bizzell, Vermont/Slauson Economic Development Center

Friends of FIBR

Hector Castillo, Vernon Networking Committee

Friends of FIBR

William T. Huntley
William T. Huntley & Associates
FIBR Food Safety Council

Friends of FIBR

Joe Benites
Latino Food Industry Association
Immediate Past President

Previous Award Recipients

2018 WINNERS
  • Food Safety Achievement Award: Tahitian Gold, Inc.
  • Food Processor of the Year: AFC Soy Foods, Inc.
  • Student Scholarship Recipient: Nicola Kahn, CalState Northridge, Food Science
  • Student Scholarship Recipient: Ana Lopez, East Los Angeles Community College, Employee at QTrade Teas & Herbs
  • Student Scholarship Recipient: Susan Miller Dorsey High School

2017 WINNERS
  • Community Partner of the Year: LA Prep
  • Food Safety Achievement Award: Capitol Food Company
  • Food Processor of the Year: Village Green Foods
  • President's Award: CDTech
  • Student Scholarship Recipient: Rashi Bhatnagar, Chapman University, Food Science
  • Student Scholarship Recipient: Herid Flores, CalPoly Pomona University, Food Science
  • Student Scholarship Recipient: Susan Miller Dorsey High School, Culinary Training Program, Workforce Program

2016 WINNERS
  • Community Partner of the Year: R&D Scientific
  • Food Safety Achievement Award:Quon Yick Noodle Company
  • Food Processor of the Year: 99 RANCH MARKET
  • President's Award: Southern California Edison
  • Student Scholarship Recipient:Susan Miller, Dorsey High School, Culinary Arts Department
  • Student Scholarship Recipient:Nakisha McFadden, Los Angeles Trade Tech College, Culinary Arts Department
  • Student Scholarship Recipient:Anna Gomez, CalState Northridge, Food Science

2015 WINNERS
  • Community Partner of the Year: CuliFlex
  • Food Safety Achievement Award:A.I. Foods
  • Food Processor of the Year: Catalina Offshore Products
  • President's Award: Sabor Latino Food Show
  • Student Scholarship Recipient:Edward Shakhbazyan, CalState Northridge, Food Science
  • Student Scholarship Recipient:Chef JaNae Johnson, Los Angeles Trade Tech College-Culinary Arts
  • Student Scholarship Recipient:Dorsey High School Culinary Arts Department - Student Uniforms

2014 WINNERS
  • Community Partner of the Year: MEIRxRS
  • Food Safety Achievement Award: Soy Foods of America
  • Food Processor of the Year: Huy Fong Foods, Inc.
  • President's Award: Mas Hori & Associates
  • FIBR Appreciation Award: Southern California Edison
  • Most Innovative Product: Dandy Don's Homemade Ice Cream
  • Student Scholarship Recipient: Karina Rodriguez, Chapman University Student-Food Science
  • Student Scholarship Recipient: Jamal Williams, LATTC Culinary Arts Department
  • Student Scholarship Recipient: Ian Max, LATTC Culinary Arts Department

2013 WINNERS
  • Community Partner of the Year: Southern Ca. Edison
  • Food Safety Award: Caldwell Fresh Foods
  • Food Processor of the Year: Juanita's Foods
  • President's Award: Don Whittemore of Dandy Don's Homemade Ice Cream
  • Most Innovative Product: Pasta Mia

2012 WINNERS
  • Community Partner of the Year: F. Gavina and Sons
  • Food Processor of the Year: Giuliano's Bakery
  • Food Safety Achievement: Village Green Foods
  • Most Innovative Product: Village Green Foods
  • President's Award: Yvette Nunez

2011 WINNERS
  • Community Partner of the Year: Los Angeles Trade Tech College – Culinary Arts Department
  • Food Processor of the Year: Food Collective
  • Food Safety Achievement: Mama Bella
  • Most Innovative Product: Helen's Gourmet Bread
  • President's Award: Maria Sanchez

2010 WINNERS
  • Community Partner of the Year: Norwood Clark
  • Food Processor of the Year: F. Gavina and Sons
  • Food Safety Achievement: Cibaria International & Passport Foods
  • Most Innovative Product: El Burrito Mexican Food Products
  • Presidents Award: Helene Martinez

2009 WINNERS
  • Community Partner of the Year: So. Ca. Gas Co.
  • Food Processor of the Year: Caldwell Fresh Foods
  • Food Safety Achievement: New Century Snacks
  • Most Innovative Product: Mas Hori

2008 WINNERS
  • Community Partner of the Year: Linda Griego
  • Food Processor of the Year: El Burrito Mexican Food Products
  • Food Safety Achievement: Randall Foods
  • Most Innovative Product: Money Saver's Meats

2007 WINNERS
  • Community Partner of the Year: Regional Wholesale Food Processors Committee
  • Food Processor of the Year: Felbro Food Products
  • Food Safety Achievement Award: Ore-Cal
  • Most Innovative Product: Harvest 2000 Int'l

2006 WINNERS
  • Community Partner of the Decade: Community Development Technologies Center
  • Food Processor of the Year: Felbro Food Products

2005 WINNERS
  • Community Partner of the Year: Mas Hori
  • Food Processor of the Year: LuLu's Dessert
  • Food Safety Achievement: Flanigan Farms
  • Most Innovative Product: Dr. Soda Beverage Company