Now is the time to recognize excellent produce managers.

Nominations are open for the United Fresh Retail Produce Manager Awards, an annual program recognizing front line personnel for exceptional efforts to increase sales and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. The deadline is January 18, 2013.

Twenty-five produce managers and their corporate produce directors receive free roundtrip airfare to and from San Diego for the 2013 United Fresh convention, all access registration to the convention, two nights lodging and recognition at the United Fresh Annual Produce Celebration Dinner.

In addition, United Fresh will announce five grand prize winners in San Diego, each of whom receives a $1,000 prize.

Winners are chosen based on:

• Commitment to customer satisfaction and fresh produce promotions;

• Innovative merchandising, special displays and sampling programs;

• Produce-related community service or outreach;

• Recognition among peers within their company.

Nomination information can be found on the United Fresh Foundation website.