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TIPA, Viva Fresh honor Craig Fox with scholarship

IN MEMORIAM: Fox Packaging Executive Vice President, Craig Fox, Passes

HOUSTON, Texas; May 9, 2024 – During this year’s Viva Fresh the Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) BB #:162361 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 Craig 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, TX. The scholarship is open to employees of TIPA member companies and their immediate family members. 

Craig Fox passed away on February 1, 2023, after dedicating over 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 Vice President of Sales at Fox Packaging, Craig’s innovative approach and dedication to building relationships propelled the company to new heights – with a passion and vision for the industry that were unmatched.

Described as a visionary and a friend to many, Craig’s impact extended far beyond the industry. 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 Craig’s honor. As the industry continues to cherish Craig’s memory, his passion and dedication serve as an inspiration for all.

“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,” said Ed Bertaud. “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.”

Aaron Fox, Craig’s brother, accepted the scholarship check on behalf of the Fox family, expressing gratitude to TIPA and the Viva Fresh committee for honoring Craig.

“From everyone in the Fox family, I want to express a heartfelt gratitude to TIPA and the Viva Fresh steering committee for bestowing this honor to my brother,” said Aaron Fox. “Craig had an unbelievable gift for understanding the intricate balance between tradition and innovation. While he had a tremendous respect for the roots of this industry, he constantly pushed the boundaries of what could be possible. As we honor his life and legacy, let us pledge to uphold his greatest principle: remaining fully present in our interactions with the industry and listening attentively to our customers. This level of attentiveness allows us to uncover the path forward, while determining necessary paths and actions to maintain the loyalty of the industry.”

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 or contact the Texas International Produce Association at or call (956) 581-8632.

About the Viva Fresh Produce Expo

The Viva Fresh Produce Expo was established in 2015 by the Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) to create meaningful networking and educational opportunities for its members while shining a light on the importance of the Rio Grande Valley as an emerging trade corridor and production zone for healthy and nutritious fruits and vegetables available all year long. For more information, please visit

About the Texas International Produce Association

Founded in 1942, the Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) promotes, advocates, educates and represents the nearly $13 billion in fresh produce that is either grown in the state or calls Texas the first point of US-arrival for North American distribution. For more information about TIPA, visit or call 956-581-8632. 


Jen Velasquez

Full Tilt Marketing

PH: (813) 380-8411