IMO NOTE: Chris Martin was one of the original supporters of the IMO initiative and attended our first IMO GLOBAL MANGO CONFERENCE in La Quinta, California in 2000. Chris will be sorely missed. We send our condolences to the entire Martin Family.
July 24th, 2012
Fruit industry veteran and Gourmet Trading Company president Chris Martin died of a heart attack on Monday, Jul. 23, during a family trip with his wife Sharon and their four daughters.
The New Zealand native was president of the company since 1988 and was also West Coast co-chairman of the Peruvian Asparagus Importers Association (PAIA).
Gourmet Trading Company co-owner Paul Martin issued a statement of mourning for his brother, while also celebrating his many achievements.
“Chris and I had a vision many years ago of providing a worldwide supply of asparagus, blueberries and other products to many countries around the world,” said Paul.
“Through Chris’ vision and the support of his outstanding staff around the world, Gourmet Trading Company has become one of the premiere suppliers in our industry.
“We mourn the loss of Chris whose honesty, fairness and integrity have established the lasting values by which our company will continue to operate successfully as we move on.”