WATSONVILLE, CA A uniquely effective sales documentary for Tanimura & Antle, the world's largest independent lettuce grower/shipper, has been acclaimed a winner in a national contest honoring excellence in advertising communication productions. The 21st Annual Telly Awards competition received thousands of entries from advertising agencies and TV production companies in the United States. The jury, composed of past winners of the prestigious "Telly Award," bestowed the statue on a 30-minute T&A video entitled "Portrait of a Partnership." The video is part of the "Producing Partnerships form the Ground Up" campaign for Tanimura & Antle written and produced by Machado & Associates, Inc., a Watsonville, CA advertising agency along with Mac and Ava Productions, Monterey. Machado & Associates has been co-agency on the account for over 10 years. "We're very proud of our creative, and like T&A's extensive product line, strive to be the freshest in the market place," said Gay Machado, president of Machado & Associates. "This particular effort has proven to be very successful, and continues to be a part of a strong, comprehensive support campaign for T&A." Machado & Associates, an award-winning, 20-year veteran agency, represents many agri-businesses headquartered in the Salinas Valley. Current and past clients include: Grimmway Farms,, Naturipe Berry Growers, Sunkist Fruit Rolls, Del Monte Jarred Fruit, 5 A Day, Corrin Produce and the International Brazilian Fruit Export Agency, to name a few. "The future for the produce industry just keeps getting brighter," said Machado. "It's very exciting to be able to support and nurture its growth."

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