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 Most Innovative Product 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 product, 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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2018 A Taste of FIBR Awards and Scholarships Dinner

The 22nd Annual A Taste of FIBR Awards and Scholarships Dinner was on Thursday, October 4th, 2018.

2018 A Taste of FIBR Award Winners

  • Food Safety Achievement Award: Tahitian Gold, Inc.
  • Food Processor of the Year: AFC Soy Foods, Inc.

2018 Food Safety Achievement Award:

Tahitian Gold, Inc.

Manuata Martin, CEO

Introduction by:
2017 Food Safety Achievement Award:
Capitol Food Company
Vanessa Jackson, Quality Assurance Director

2018 Food Processor of the Year:

AFC Soy Foods, Inc.

Leonard Wu, CEO

Introduction by:
2017 Food Processor of the Year:
Village Green Foods
Jenny Rosoff, CEO

2018 FIBR Scholarship Recipients

  • Nicola Kahn, CalState Northridge, Food Science
  • Ana Lopez, East Los Angeles Community College
    Employee at QTrade Teas & Herbs
  • Susan Miller Dorsey High School

2018 FIBR Scholarship Recipients:

Student Scholarship Recipient – Member Employee or Family

Ana Lopez, East Los Angeles Community College
Employee at QTrade Teas & Herbs

2018 FIBR Scholarship Recipients:

FIBR Student Member Scholarship

Nicola Kahn, CalState Northridge, Food Science

2018 FIBR Scholarship Recipients:

Community Investment Scholarship - Susan Miller Dorsey High School

Dr. Sean Gaston, Principal
Sonja Mason-Brisco, Culinary Instructor
Jasmine Wright, Student
Matthew Munoz, Student
Karkyn Johns, Student
Alison Figueroa, Student

2018 FIBR Volunteers

  • Liliana Sandoval
  • Phillip True

2018 FIBR Volunteers:

Liliana Sandoval, former CDTech Public Allie (R)
with
Lorena Ventura, FIBR Event Assistant

2018 FIBR Volunteers:

Phillip True, Volunteer
with
Helene Martinez, FIBR Executive Director

2018 A Taste of FIBR Sponsors

PLATINUM SPONSOR:

R&D Scientific Corporation logo

GOLD SPONSORS:

Manufacturer's Bank logo Comerica logo

SILVER SPONSORS:

Anritsu logo

2018 Platinum Sponsor:

R&D Scientific Corporation

Richard Sheppard, CEO

2018 Gold Sponsor:

Manufacturers Bank

Mike Yadzyn, VP Business

2018 Gold Sponsor:

Comerica Bank

Thomas Spinogatti, VP

2018 Silver Sponsor:

ANRITSU

Rob Tierney, Marketing Team

Friends of FIBR - Recognition for the Outstanding Leadership and Support

  • Leslie Elliott, Vermont/Slauson Economic Development Center
  • Kerry Situ, Chinatown Service Center
  • Lilly Rocha, Director, Sabor Latino Food Show * Latino Food Industry Association
  • Ronald Fong, Asian Pacific Islander Small Business
  • Veronica Diaz Valverde, Southern California Edison
  • Hector Castillo, Vernon Networking Committee (not shown)

Friends of FIBR

Leslie Elliott, Vermont/Slauson Economic Development Center
Kerry Situ, Chinatown Service Center
Lilly Rocha, Sabor Latino Food Show * Latino Food Industry Assoc.
Ronald Fong, Asian Pacific Islander Small Business

Friends of FIBR

Veronica Diaz Valverde, Southern California Edison
Monique Cisneros, Sabor Latino Food Show, Event Assistant
Lilly Rocha, Sabor Latino Food Show * Latino Food Industry Assoc.

Previous Award Recipients

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