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    Costco Lauded by Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association

    ISSAQUAH, Wash. -- Costco Wholesale Corp. here recently received the Merchandiser of the Year Award from the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, based in Maitland, Fla.

    ISSAQUAH, Wash. -- Costco Wholesale Corp. here recently received the Merchandiser of the Year Award from the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, based in Maitland, Fla.

    Gary Wishnatzki of Wishnatzki Farms was among those who nominated Costco for the award.

    "They were a big supporter of our strawberry crop," Wishnatzki said. "Their value is their availability to move quickly on changes in the market. The fact that they do not require long lead times to move volume makes them invaluable to us on a commodity where supplies can swing sharply."

    Thirty-one years after its first warehouse opened in San Diego, Costco has 518 warehouses in locations around the world.

    The award was announced at FFVA's 64th Annual Convention Awards Lunch at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton, Fla.

    Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association is an agricultural trade organization representing Florida's producers of fruits, vegetables and other crops.

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