Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Award

The Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Award supports the mission of the Expo through mentorship and guidance from the founder behind one of the largest food manufacturing companies in the region. 

Named in honor of Fred Ruiz, founder of Ruiz Food Products, Inc., this award honors companies who have the same vision and qualities that took Ruiz Foods from a small, family start-up to the largest frozen Mexican food manufacturer in the United States, and exhibit leadership, innovation and community stewardship that have positively impacted the Central California food industry.



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Complete Contest Rules

Applications Due:
Friday, July 6, 2018

Award Winners Announced:
Wednesday, July 26, 2018 at Welcome Breakfast

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“This award further celebrates my father’s entrepreneurial spirit and his desire to mentor other Valley entrepreneurs, while further encouraging the growth of Valley food production companies and establishing deeper industry relationships.”

– Kim Ruiz Beck

Chairman, Ruiz Foods, and daughter of Fred Ruiz