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Social(ly distant) gathering in the produce industry
The COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled some unique work challenges for many of us — cats on keyboards, coworkers in pajamas, a new side gig teaching. While watercooler talk has... Read more
SEPC reduces food waste while helping others
In an effort to help alleviate the backlog of foodservice produce inventory as well as the strain on local retailers and community members, the Southeast Produce Council distributed... Read more
FPFC SoCal luncheon features United Fresh town hall meeting
More than 200 produce professionals gathered March 5 at the Sheraton Cerritos Hotel for a unique Town Hall Meeting at the Fresh Produce & Floral Council's first Southern... Read more
Bozzuto's Inc. celebrates 75th anniversary
MASHANTUCKET, CT — Bozzuto's Inc. celebrated its 75th anniversary at the company's Independent Retailer Conference, held Tuesday, March 3, and Wednesday, March 4, at Foxwoods,... Read more
CFVGA annual convention held in Denver
DENVER — The sixth annual Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Conference convened Feb. 24-25, here. Adrian Card was named the 2020 Robert Sakata CFVGA Member... Read more
Southern Roots Luncheon an inspiration for attendees
TAMPA, FL — The women of Southern Roots gathered on Friday, Feb. 28, for their annual luncheon during the 2020 Southern Exposure conference and expo at the Tampa Convention... Read more
Parade of produce companies at Southern Exposure
TAMPA, FL — The Southeast Produce Council's Southern Exposure 2020 trade show was successful on all fronts, and in many respects it was perhaps the best ever. Following the... Read more
Southern Exposure kicks off with opening gala
TAMPA, FL -- The Southeast Produce Council kicked off Southern Exposure 2020 on Feb. 28. After a day of educational sessions, produce industry members gathered at SEPC's opening... Read more
STARS & STEP-UPP Dinner at Southern Exposure 2020
TAMPA, FL — The STARS & STEP-UPP Dinner was held Thursday evening, Feb. 27, at The Epicurean, here, during the Southeast Produce Council's Southern Exposure 2020. Raina... Read more
VIP dinner kicks off Southern Exposure 2020
TAMPA, FL — The Southeast Produce Council held its annual VIP dinner Wednesday evening, Feb. 26, aboard the Yacht Starship II, just prior to the opening of the 2020 Southern... Read more
FPFC meets in Northern California
The Fresh Produce & Floral Council held its first of three 2020 Northern California luncheon meetings on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton. ... Read more
Watermelon industry gathers for NWA’s 106th annual convention
ORLANDO, FL – The National Watermelon Association kicked off its 106th annual convention Feb. 20, here, with an opening reception and dinner at the Disney Yacht Club Resort.... Read more
BrandStorm 2020 a Texas-sized success
United Fresh held the fifth annual BrandStorm Feb. 10-12 at the University of Texas at Austin’s AT&T Hotel & Conference Center. The event boasts the opportunity for... Read more
SpartanNash Expo brings farmers market to Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS — Wooden bushel baskets brimming with fresh fruits and pickup trucks loaded down with produce filled the Minneapolis Convention Center Feb. 12-13 at the Farmers... Read more
NJ Agriculture rolls into Atlantic City
The 105th New Jersey State Agricultural Convention and Trade Show was held Feb. 4-6 at the Harrah’s Resort and Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City. The New Jersey... Read more
NEPC's Mardi Gras-themed dinner dance a wild success
The New England Produce Council held its annual dinner dance gala at the World Trade Center/Seaport Hotel in Boston Saturday, Feb. 1. This year's theme was Mardi Gras, with... Read more
New venue sparkles at 2020 FPFC Dinner Dance
INDUSTRY HILLS, CA — The Fresh Produce & Floral Council held its annual dinner dance Jan. 25, here, at its new venue site located in the beautiful Pacific Palms Resort... Read more
United Fresh honors true leader and friend to the industry
TUCSON, AZ — The United Fresh Produce Association held its annual FreshStart Foundation conference, Jan. 14-16, here, and honored a true leader with its Lifetime Achievement... Read more
On the Hunts Point Terminal Market
Many of the businesses that have facilities on the Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx, NY, are multi-generational and have supplied retailers, foodservice operators... Read more
D’Arrigo New York reception caps off N.Y. Produce Show
D’Arrigo New York hosted a crowd of produce professionals, including supplier-partners, team members, families, friends and colleagues at its annual holiday cocktail reception.... Read more
Baldor Specialty Foods honors guests at After the Show cocktail reception
Baldor Specialty Foods, headquartered in the Bronx, NY, hosted an “After the Show” cocktail reception for grower-shippers, customers, employees, friends and family members... Read more
New York Produce Show celebrates 10th anniversary
NEW YORK — The 10th annual New York Produce Show trade show floor was a flurry of activity at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Manhattan's West Side Thursday, Dec.... Read more
NY Produce Show kicks off with opening reception
NEW YORK – The New York Produce Show, celebrating its 10th year, kicked off with an opening reception on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the New York Hilton in Midtown Manhattan. The... Read more
Organic Grower Summit convenes in Monterey
The Organic Grower Summit, which attracted a crowd of about 700 enthusiasts from the organic sector, met in Monterey, CA, Dec. 4-5, to discuss the state of the industry and... Read more
FPFC holds Holiday Charity Auction Luncheon
The Fresh Produce & Floral Council held it Holiday Charity Auction Luncheon on Dec. 4 at the Sheraton Hotel in Cerritos, CA, and raised tens of thousands of dollars. The... Read more
Western Growers holds annual meeting in Maui
More than 500 people attended the Western Growers Annual Meeting in mid-November. The event took place in Maui as Western Growers celebrated its 94th anniversary year Nov.... Read more
Sunny Valley celebrates 25 years with New Jersey growers
Sunny Valley International, a marketer of imported and domestic fruit in Glassboro, NJ, marked its 25th anniversary alliance with Jersey Fruit Cooperative of Glassboro, NJ,... Read more
John Vena Inc. celebrates 100 years
The year 2019 has been a big one for John Vena Inc. The specialty produce wholesaler, distributor and importer has been celebrating its 100th anniversary with a series... Read more
FPAA holds 51st annual Nogales Produce Convention & Golf Tournament
NOGALES, AZ — The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas held its 51st annual Nogales Produce Convention & Golf Tournament Nov. 7-9 at the scenic Tubac Resort &... Read more
NWPB's sponsorship of MCM an 'honor and privilege'
While the runners were undoubtedly the biggest stars at the recent Marine Corps Marathon, racking up the miles while braving rain that was torrential at times, watermelon... Read more
Women's Fresh Perspectives Breakfast inspires and empowers
ANAHEIM, CA —The third and final day at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit Convention & Expo, which took place Oct. 17-19, here, included the Women's Fresh... Read more
PMA Fresh Summit 2019 reaches new heights
ANAHEIM, CA — Attendees packed the aisles of the trade show floor for the entire 14 hours over two days at the PMA Fresh Summit Convention and Exposition, held Oct. 17-19,... Read more
PMA Fresh Summit kicks off with global-themed opening reception
ANAHEIM, CA -- A Global Street Festival was the theme of the 2019 PMA Fresh Summit opening reception, held Oct. 17, here. Attendees gathered on the Grand Plaza outside the... Read more
FPFC meets in Southern California
The Fresh Produce & Floral Council held a membership luncheon meeting Oct. 3 in Cerritos, CA, which was attended by more than 200 people. Lauren Scott, chief marketing... Read more
EPC’s third annual tailgate at MetLife Stadium a big hit
The Eastern Produce Council hosted its third annual Tailgate Event — sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission and Litehouse Inc. — in the Toyota Club at MetLife Stadium... Read more
FPFC meets in Northern California
Hall of Fame basketball player Rick Barry was the featured speaker at the Fresh Produce & Floral Council membership luncheon meeting in Pleasanton, CA, on Sept. 25. ... Read more
Good attendance at NEPC's 20th annual conference and expo
BOSTON — The New England Produce Council held its 20th annual expo Sept. 18-19, here. The NEPC Produce, Floral & Foodservice Expo 2019 drew good attendance and a busy... Read more
FPFC rolls a strike at bowling tourney
On Sept. 14, scores of Fresh Produce & Floral Council members gathered at BowlMore Lanes in Orange County, CA, for the 39th Annual FPFC Bowling Tournament.  The event... Read more
Opening cocktail reception kicks off NEPC expo
BOSTON — The New England Produce Council kicked off its annual Produce, Floral & Foodservice Expo Wednesday evening, Sept. 18, with the opening cocktail reception, held... Read more
SEPC exhibitors in tune in Music City
NASHVILLE, TN – The Southeast Produce Council held its annual Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo Sept. 12-14, here, enabling exhibitors to feature the latest... Read more
STEP-UPP and board dinner opens 2019 Southern Innovations
NASHVILLE — The Southeast Produce Council kicked off its popular fall event with the STEP-UPP and board dinner Wednesday evening, Sept. 11, at the George Jones Museum &... Read more
Alpha 1 Marketing/Krasdale Foods holds buying show
NEW YORK — Alpha 1 Marketing/Krasdale Foods held its 2019 buying show Thursday, Sept. 5, at CitiField, home of the New York Mets. All departments of the supermarket were at... Read more
Railroad Reception a highlight of IGSA convention
SUN VALLEY, ID — The railroads and Idaho potatoes have a storied history together, and that collaboration is celebrated each year at the Idaho Grower Shipper Association convention,... Read more
FPFC holds Southern California Golf Tournament
More than 165 produce professionals donned sunscreen on a scorching hot day Aug. 21 and teed off in the annual FPFC Southern California Golf Tournament at Tustin Ranch Golf... Read more
FPFC holds Southern California membership luncheon
CERRITOS, CA — The annual Southern California Fresh Produce & Floral Council membership luncheon featuring the City of Hope drew a huge audience of produce professionals... Read more
Bozzuto's holds Merchandising Marketplace 2019
MASHANTUCKET, CT — Bozzuto's Inc. held its 2019 Merchandising Marketplace Aug. 6 at the Fox Tower at Foxwoods, here. Exhibitors from all over the country showcased a wide... Read more
UNFI/SuperValu National Expo gathers in St. Paul
ST. PAUL, MN — United Natural Foods Incorporated/SuperValu hosted its National Expo at the RiverCentre, here, July 30-Aug. 1, bringing in grocery retailers from across the... Read more
PMA Fodservice networking party filled with food, friends and fun
MONTEREY, CA — The 2019 PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo took place July 26-27, here, and provided attendees with many fun and educational events, including the networking... Read more
PMA CGT holds Women’s Fresh Perspectives reception
MONTEREY, CA — The PMA Center for Growing Talent held a reception for its Women’s Fresh Perspectives program July 26, here, atop the Monterey Marriott hotel, featuring sweeping... Read more
PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo a resounding success
MONTEREY, CA — The annual PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo, held July 25-27, here, was hailed as a resounding success, drawing approximately 1,900 attendees, including... Read more
Great attendance for NEPC's annual golf tournament
KINGSTON, MA — More than 130 golfers participated in the New England Produce Council's 23rd annual golf tournament, held Tuesday, July 23, at the Indian Pond Country Club. Indian... Read more
FPFC expo tops 1,600
The Fresh Produce & Floral Council Expo took place July 15-16, in Anaheim, CA. The event, which had more than 1,600 produce people in attendance and was held in the Disneyland... Read more
Salinas Valley growers open their doors to OPS attendees
MONTEREY, CA — Attendees of the fourth annual Organic Produce Summit loaded on to buses Wednesday morning, July 10, and headed off to different locales to tour organic growers’... Read more
The best of organics on display at the Organic Produce Summit
MONTEREY, CA — Exhibitors were proud to show their latest and greatest on the show floor at the fourth annual Organic Produce Summit, here. OPS also featured several educational... Read more
Fourth annual Organic Produce Summit kicks off in style with opening reception
MONTEREY, CA — The fourth annual Organic Produce Summit got off to a rousing start July 10, here, with an opening reception that featured live music and an elaborate food... Read more
FPFC debuts cornhole tourney
In what is believed to be an industry first, the Fresh Produce & Floral Council held a “Summer Cornhole Tourney” at Eight Bridges Brewing in Livermore, CA, on Saturday,... Read more
Children’s charities benefit from 29th annual Tom Lange Classic
The Tom Lange Family of Companies’ Charitable Foundation hosted its 29th annual Charity Classic golf outing June 7-8 in Chicago. As has been the tradition since its inception,... Read more
Allegiance Retail Services holds 2019 holiday show
SECAUCUS, NJ — Allegiance Retail Services LLC held its 2019 Holiday Food Show Thursday, June 20, at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, here. As always, fresh produce was very... Read more
FPFC holds membership luncheon
CERRITOS, CA -- More than 200 produce professionals gathered for the Fresh Produce & Floral Council's membership luncheon June 19, here, at the Sheraton Cerritos Hotel. Caitlin... Read more
Exhibitors bring out their best at United Fresh
CHICAGO — Produce companies took advantage of the United Fresh convention, here, to debut new items and promote existing brands and products. The trade show floor also included... Read more
United Fresh kicks off final year in Windy City
CHICAGO -- The United Fresh Produce Association kicked off its 2019 convention June 10, here, with an opening reception at the Navy Pier, where attendees gathered under the... Read more
Eastern Produce Council enjoys the annual Jersey Fresh cookout
HILLSDALE, NJ — Under blue skies and near-perfect temperatures, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture hosted the Eastern Produce Council's dinner meeting Tuesday evening,... Read more
UFPA’s Stenzel keynotes FPFC luncheon
The Fresh Produce & Floral Council featured United Fresh President Tom Stenzel at its May 1 luncheon in the Southern California city of Cerritos. There were almost 300... Read more
Inaugural New England Organic Produce Conference a wild success
FOXBOROUGH, MA — The inaugural New England Organic Produce Conference, presented by the New England Produce Council and the Organic Produce Network, was a resounding success,... Read more
Viva Fresh Expo widely acclaimed
The fifth annual Viva Fresh Expo convened April 25-27 near San Antonio, TX, at the J.W. Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa. The convention was attended by about 2,300... Read more
PBH's Soiree engages attendees' senses and social spheres
SCOTTSDALE, AZ — Dieticians, bloggers, influencers, retailers and produce professionals all gathered for a fun "Social Soiree" during the Produce for Better Health's Annual... Read more
South Carolina Department of Agriculture hosts EPC's April meeting
The South Carolina Department of Agriculture hosted the Eastern Produce Council’s April 23 dinner meeting at Il Villaggio in Carlstadt, NJ; this is the 48th consecutive year... Read more
Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference kicks off
The Center for Growing Talent by PMA's 2019 Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference kicked off, Sunday, April 14 in San Antonio, TX. The three-day event is packed with programming... Read more
Ideas and solutions exchanged at PMA Fresh Connections: Retail
At PMA Fresh Connections: Retail, attendees shared ideas, experiences and potential solutions with peers and partners throughout the produce world. Cathy Burns, chief executive... Read more
EPC hits the jackpot with casino night dinner dance
WOODLAND PARK, NJ — The Eastern Produce Council held the 53rd annual John J. McAleavey dinner dance — a night the event’s namesake used to call “the produce prom” — Saturday,... Read more
CPMA trade show sees strong traffic
MONTREAL -- The Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s 2019 convention saw robust traffic on the opening day of the trade show, here, as exhibitors from throughout North... Read more
FPFC hosts popular Day at the Races
ARCADIA, CA — More than 400 Fresh Produce & Floral Council members, including family and guests, enjoyed the group’s annual Day at the Races at Santa Anita Park, here,... Read more
PMA heads to SXSW
The Produce Marketing Association recently brought a group of industry members to the South by Southwest event — an annual mid-March gathering for film, interactive media,... Read more
Mexican grape industry gathers in Tubac
TUBAC, AZ — The Mexican table grape industry gathered here on March 21 to hear the estimate numbers for export production in 2019. The meeting kicked off on the sun-filled... Read more
 Ladies of Southern Roots gather for an inspirational lunch
ORLANDO, FL — The ladies of Southern Roots, SEPC’s leadership program for women in produce, gathered during Southern Exposure 2019 at the Walt Disney World Swan &... Read more
Southern Exposure takes the cake
In place of its traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, the Southeast Produce Council kicked off this year's trade show with a cake-cutting ceremony in honor of the council's... Read more
STARS and STEP-UPP dinner at Southern Exposure
ORLANDO, FL — The STARS and STEP-UPP dinner was held Thursday evening, March 7, here at The Swan Hotel during the Southeast Produce Council's 2019 Southern Exposure. Raina... Read more
SEPC celebrates like it's 1999 at opening reception
The Southeast Produce Council is celebrating its 20th anniversary at Southern Exposure 2019: Produce like it’s 1999! This year’s event kicked off March 7 and runs through... Read more
Bozzuto's holds 2019 awards gala and trade show
MASHANTUCKET, CT — Bozzuto's Inc. held its 2019 Independent Retailer Conference March 5-6 at Foxwoods, here. The event featured the annual Excellence Awards gala as well as... Read more
EPC in a New York state of mind for first meeting of 2019
HACKENSACK, NJ — The Empire State was the focus of the Eastern Produce Council's first meeting of 2019, held at the Stony Hill Inn, here, on Feb. 26. Sponsored by the New... Read more
NWA convention features industry presentations, awards
WAIKOLOA, HI -- The National Watermelon Association held its 105th annual convention on the Big Island of Hawai'i, which featured various presentations and recognition of... Read more
Hawai’i says aloha to NWA’s 105th annual convention
WAIKOLOA BEACH, HI -- The National Watermelon Association kicked off its 105th annual convention on the Big Island of Hawai’i, here, Feb. 21 with an opening reception featuring... Read more
Former retailer highlights FPFC NorCal luncheon meeting
Steve Junqueiro, former longtime retail executive with Save Mart Supermarkets, served as the keynote speaker at the Fresh Produce & Floral Council Feb. 20 membership luncheon... Read more
SpartanNash Wild West Show rides into Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS -- Under a festive Wild West theme, SpartanNash’s annual fresh and general food distribution west expo gathered at the Minneapolis Convention Center Feb. 13-14. “We... Read more
NJ agriculture takes center stage in Atlantic City
The 104th New Jersey State Agricultural Convention & Trade Show was held Feb. 5-7 at the Harrah’s Resort & Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City. For the eighth... Read more
FPFC luncheon features business panel
The Fresh Produce & Floral Council featured a Business Tool Kit panel at its February luncheon in Southern California. A handful of experts gave advice on taxes, insurance,... Read more
NEPC rolls out the red carpet at annual dinner dance
The New England Produce Council held its annual dinner dance gala at the World Trade Center/Seaport Hotel in Boston Saturday, Feb. 2. Each year, members, spouses and guests... Read more
Growers gather for largest ever Washington-Oregon Potato Conference
Potato growers from Washington and Oregon gathered Jan. 21-24 for the Washington-Oregon Potato Conference at the Three Rivers Conventions Center in Kennewick, WA. In addition... Read more
New FPFC officers installed at annual dinner dance
ANAHEIM, CA — The Fresh Produce & Floral Council’s annual dinner dance was held Saturday, Jan. 26 at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, here, where the council’s 2019 slate... Read more
Carkoski honored at United FreshStart Foundation gala
LA QUINTA, CA — Friends, family, co-workers and produce industry peers raised a glass in honor of Ron Carkoski, here, on Jan. 15 at the United FreshStart Foundation’s gala... Read more
Organic growers party in Monterey
The second annual Organic Growers Summit kicked off in Monterey, CA, on Dec. 12 with an opening reception at the Monterey Conference Center. The two-day event featured a cannabis... Read more
New York Produce Show trade show floor opens
NEW YORK — The ninth annual New York Produce Show trade show floor was a flurry of activity at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Manhattan's West Side Wednesday, Dec.... Read more
Opening reception kicks off 2018 New York Produce Show
NEW YORK — The 2018 New York Produce Show kicked off Tuesday evening, Dec. 11, with the opening reception at the New York Hilton, here in Midtown Manhattan. "Once again there's... Read more
FPFC holds annual holiday luncheon and charity auction
CERRITOS, CA — The Fresh Produce & Floral Council Annual Holiday Luncheon and Charity Auction took place Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the newly renovated Sheraton Cerritos Hotel,... Read more
Coast Produce revitalizes Nogales operation with new warehouse
RIO RICO, AZ – Coast Produce Co. Inc., based in Los Angeles, held a grand opening celebration of its new warehouse on Nov. 1, here. The facility comprises 70,000 square feet... Read more
Nogales convention celebrates 50th anniversary
TUBAC, AZ — The 50th Nogales Produce Convention and Golf Tournament was held Nov. 1-3 at the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa. Lance Jungmeyer, president of the Fresh Produce Association... Read more
Western Growers kicks off 93rd annual meeting with Party with the Partners
PALM DESERT, CA -- Western Growers Association held its 93rd annual meeting Oct. 28-30 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, here. Following a day that featured... Read more
Fresh Summit expo floor a flurry of activity
The Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit expo floor opened Friday, Oct. 19 with more than 1,200 exhibitors, over 3,200 buyers and 21,000 attendees from more... Read more
PMA Fresh Summit opens with welcoming reception
ORLANDO, FL -- Attendees of the Produce Marketing Association's 2018 Fresh Summit were invited to meet and mingle with members of the industry at the Global Street Festival... Read more
FPFC meets in Southern California
On Oct. 3, the impressive Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Southern California served as the venue for the October membership luncheon of the Fresh Produce &... Read more
Capitol Hill visits highlight Washington Conference
WASHINGTON — A highlight of the annual United Fresh Washington Conference are the visits to Capitol Hill, where attendees have an opportunity to interact with the lawmakers... Read more
Industry gathers in nation’s capital for United Fresh Washington Conference
WASHINGTON, DC — The United Fresh Produce Association held its annual Washington Conference Sept. 24-26, here, where more than 500 industry leaders gathered to address some... Read more
FPFC holds NorCal membership luncheon meeting
The Fresh Produce & Floral Council entertained a crowd of about 200 guests at its Northern California membership luncheon meeting on Sept. 27 in Pleasanton, CA. ... Read more
Alpha 1 Marketing/Krasdale Foods holds fall show
NEW YORK — Alpha 1 Marketing/Krasdale Foods held its 2018 fall show Tuesday, Sept. 18, at CitiField, home of the New York Mets. All departments of the supermarket were at... Read more
NFL legend stresses importance of giving back at EPC meeting
{igallery id=5801|cid=383|pid=1|type=category|children=0|addlinks=0|tags=|limit=0} EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — George Martin was larger than life when he chased down quarterbacks... Read more
FPFC members enjoy a night on the lanes
On Sept. 15, scores of bowlers and their families from the produce industry took part in the Fresh Produce & Floral Council’s 38th annual Bowling Tournament at BowlMor... Read more
Bozzuto's holds Merchandising Marketplace 2018
MASHANTUCKET, CT — Bozzuto's Inc. held its 2018 Merchandising Marketplace Sept. 11-12 at the Fox Tower at Foxwoods, here. Fresh produce was an important part of the show,... Read more
Excitement off the charts at 2018 Southern Innovations
NASHVILLE — The Southeast Produce Council held its 2018 Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo here Sept. 6-8, combining educational seminars, a general session,... Read more
STEP-UPP and board dinner opens 2018 Southern Innovations
NASHVILLE — The Southeast Produce Council kicked off its annual fall event with the STEP-UPP and board dinner Wednesday evening, Sept. 5, at Jason Aldean's Kitchen and Rooftop... Read more
Railroad Reception at IGSA 90th annual convention in Sun Valley
SUN VALLEY, ID — Transportation issues, both rail and trucking, were a major focus at the 90th Annual Convention of the Idaho Grower Shipper Association, held here Aug. 29-31.... Read more
Tip Murphy Legacy Golf Tournament a win for United Fresh Start Foundation
Attendees at the 10th annual Tip Murphy Legacy Golf Tournament teed off Monday, Aug. 27 at the Oasis Golf Club outside Cincinnati. Retail and produce attendees enjoyed an... Read more
AMHPAC holds 11th annual meeting in Cancun
CANCUN, MEXICO  — The 11th annual congress of AMHPAC was held in Cancun Aug. 22-24. The attendees, numbering about 360, were there for their interest in Mexico’s protected... Read more
Exhibitors offer wide variety of produce at NEPC expo
BOSTON — Over 150 exhibitors from across the country displayed a wide variety of produce and floral items Thursday, Aug. 23, at the New England Produce Council's expo. The... Read more
FPFC holds 26th annual SoCal golf tournament
More than 145 produce professionals teed off at the 26th annual Fresh Produce & Floral Council Southern California Golf Tournament on a sweltering Wednesday, Aug. 22,... Read more
Opening cocktail reception kicks off NEPC expo
BOSTON — The New England Produce Council kicked off its 19th annual Produce, Floral & Foodservice Expo Wednesday evening, Aug. 22, with the opening cocktail reception,... Read more
SpartanNash hosts Holiday Extravaganza trade show
MINNEAPOLIS – The Holiday Extravaganza trade show for the west division of SpartanNash gathered at the Minneapolis Convention Center Aug. 15-16 with 245 vendors, 900 attendees,... Read more
Fresh Produce & Floral Council's SoCal membership luncheon features City of Hope
Cerritos, CA — The annual Southern California Fresh Produce & Floral Council Membership Luncheon featuring City of Hope drew a huge audience of produce professionals to... Read more
SuperValu draws 6,000 to fifth National Expo
ST. PAUL, MN  — On July 24-26, SuperValu transformed the RiverCentre, here, into what Jeff Swanson, the company’s vice president of communications, described as “the... Read more
2018 PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo sees increase in buyers
MONTEREY, CA — The 2018 Produce Marketing Association Foodservice Conference & Expo saw a new format in a consolidated two-day program that offered more space on... Read more
Women’s Fresh Perspectives reception draws capacity crowd
MONTEREY, CA — The Produce Marketing Association’s Center for Growing Talent saw its largest turnout for the Women’s Fresh Perspectives reception, held July 28, here, during... Read more
NEPC golf tournament benefits scholarship program
HUDSON, MA — Money raised from the New England Produce Council's 22nd annual golf tournament, which was held Tuesday, July 24, will benefit the council's Scholarship Fund,... Read more
Center for Growing Talent recognizes students at Southern California event
For the 11th year in a row, the Produce Marketing Association’s Center for Growing Talent held a Career Pathways educational event in conjunction with the Fresh Produce &... Read more
FPFC’s Southern California Expo tops 1,600
Utilizing Disney’s California Adventure theme park as a drawing card for a preliminary event the night before, the Fresh Produce & Floral Council’s Southern California... Read more
2018 Organic Produce Summit a California dream for attendees
MONTEREY, CA — The third annual Organic Produce Summit saw a significant increase in attendance, including over 250 retail buyers. The two-day event concluded with... Read more
Third annual OPS kicks off with opening reception, field tours
MONTEREY, CA — The energy was high as the Organic Produce Summit kicked off July 11 with an opening reception at the newly refurbished Monterey Conference Center, here. The... Read more
Tyler Phipps Memorial Golf Tournament
SPRINGFIELD, MO  — During his limited working years at Market Fresh Produce LLC, the late Tyler Phipps became a mentor to his father, Steve Phipps, who remembered the... Read more
United Fresh Reception Honoring Women in Produce
The annual Reception Honoring Women in Produce took place Tuesday, June 26, at the United Fresh show in Chicago. This reception honors all women working in the produce... Read more
United Fresh trade show floor a flurry of activity
CHICAGO — The aisles were full at this year’s United Fresh show. The expo floor opened Tuesday, June 26, and attendees were able to experience every segment of the supply... Read more
United Fresh kicks off annual convention with opening reception
CHICAGO — The Windy City played host to the 2018 United Fresh convention, and industry members gathered Monday evening, June 25, with a little journey back through time at... Read more
Allegiance Retail Services 2018 holiday show well attended
SECAUCUS, NJ — Allegiance Retail Services LLC's 2018 Holiday Food Show was well attended, with 48 fresh produce booths displaying a wide variety of items from around the country.... Read more
Special events highlight CAC’s marketing activities
June usually is in the sweet spot of promotable California avocado volume, and this year has been no exception. Since 2012 the California Avocado Commission has marketed June... Read more
FPFC meets in Southern California
On June 13, the Fresh Produce & Floral Council held its regular bi-monthly membership luncheon meeting at the Sheraton Hotel in Cerritos, CA. About 270 people were in... Read more
PhilaPort’s Peruvian produce trade mission
PHILADELPHIA — PhilaPort hosted a Peruvian delegation and trade representatives from along the Delaware River for its Peruvian Produce Trade Mission in Philadelphia. The June... Read more
Krasdale holds its first summit
FLUSHING, NY — Krasdale's first Produce & Floral Summit, which took place Wednesday, May 30, at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, here, was a success, and store owners... Read more
New Jersey hosts Eastern Produce Council outdoor meeting
HILLSDALE, NJ — When the New Jersey Department of Agriculture hosted the May 22 meeting of the Eastern Produce Council, it marked the 31st consecutive year that the department... Read more
FPFC holds Northern California Golf Tourney
On Friday, May 18, about 80 members of the Fresh Produce & Floral Council enjoyed perfect weather and fabulous views as they worked their way around the course at Wente... Read more
C&C Produce celebrates 25th anniversary
On May 4, North Kansas City, MO-based C&C Produce celebrated its 25th anniversary with a daylong party. The event featured a team barbecue competition, live DJ, silent... Read more
Stellar Distributing holds 24th annual golf outing
MADERA, CA — The 24th annual Hinds Hospice Golf Fundraiser, hosted by Stellar Distributing, was held Monday, April 30 at the Madera Golf & Country Club, here. The event... Read more
FPFC meets in Southern California
A bi-monthly membership luncheon meeting of the Fresh Produce & Floral Council took place on Wednesday, May 2, at the Sheraton Hotel in Cerritos, CA.  A couple of... Read more
PMA's Fresh Connections: Retail takes over Philadelphia
More than 170 attendees gathered April 11-12 at the Philadelphia Airport Marriott for Produce Marketing Association’s 2018 Fresh Connections: Retail event. The fast-paced... Read more
South Carolina hosts EPC dinner
It was a night of lasts, firsts and plenty of emotion when the South Carolina Department of Agriculture hosted the Eastern Produce Council dinner on April 24. Following the... Read more
Exhibitors bring out their best at CPMA’s trade show
VANCOUVER — The first day of the 2018 Canadian Produce Marketing Association trade show, here, got off to a good start as close to 300 exhibitors brought out their best to... Read more
Retail tour kicks off 2018 CPMA convention
VANCOUVER -- Select attendees of the 2018 Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention got a feel for the retail scene in this picturesque harbor city via a tour to three... Read more
STEP-UPP class hits the road in Florida
TAMPA, FL — The Southeast Produce Council's 2018 STEP-UPP class gathered the second week in April to see fruit and vegetable fields as well as the facilities of some major... Read more
Mexican grape industry convenes for preseason meeting
HERMOSILLO, SONORA, MEXICO — Hundreds of upbeat Mexican grape industry members — and their industry affiliates — gathered in this Sonora city April 19-20 to discuss the coming... Read more
FPFC holds Northern California Fresh Produce & Floral Expo
Members of the Fresh Produce & Floral Council converged on the Alameda County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, April 18, for the annual Northern California Expo. Scores of exhibitors... Read more
Reception kicks off FPFC Northern California Expo
On Tuesday evening, April 17, exhibitors, attendees and guests kicked off the 2018 Fresh Produce & Floral Council Northern California Expo with a reception held the night... Read more
 Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference reception
MIAMI — The Center for Growing Talent by PMA's 2018 Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference kicked off, Sunday, April 15 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, here. The day was... Read more
Willie Itule Produce hosts second annual dinner event
PHOENIX — Willie Itule Produce hosted it's second annual Farmers Market Pop-Up Dinner event on Tuesday evening, April 10, at its warehouse, here. The produce facility was... Read more
EPC announces leadership change at annual dinner dance
WOODLAND PARK, NJ — The Eastern Produce Council held the John J. McAleavey 52nd annual dinner dance — a night the event’s namesake used to call “the produce prom” — on Saturday,... Read more
Viva Fresh Expo another hit
SAN ANTONIO, TX — The fourth annual Viva Fresh Expo was another smash success. This exposition and conference hosted 327 buyers from virtually all chain stores in North America... Read more
PBH annual conference kicks off with opening reception
SCOTTSDALE, AZ – The Produce For Better Health Foundation’s 2018 annual conference, taking place April 4-6, here, got off to a sunny start amidst the foothills of Camelback... Read more
EPC leadership class kicks off inaugural year
On Tuesday, April 3, the inaugural Eastern Produce Councils leadership class began its nine-month program with a tour of Holt Logistics’ Gloucester terminal in Gloucester... Read more
FPFC members enjoy Day at the Races
About 550 Fresh Produce & Floral Council members, including guests and kids, enjoyed the group’s annual Day at the Races at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA, on Saturday,... Read more
FPAA Spring Policy Summit focuses on key industry concerns
The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas presented its annual FPAA Spring Policy Summit March 20-21 in Tubac, AZ, and two key topics were the outlook for NAFTA and... Read more
PMA brings produce to South by South West
Culture plays a powerful role in personal points of view, trends and innovation. That’s why on March 14-15 volunteer leaders and staff from Produce Marketing Association visited... Read more
Sinaloa Encanta promotes Sinaloa and national cuisine
CULIACAN, SONORA, MEXICO — Sinaloa Encanta, an annual event promoting Mexican foods and drinks, took place here March 8-9. Many Mexican fresh produce companies and their suppliers... Read more
Bozzuto's holds 2018 trade show and awards gala
MASHANTUCKET, CT -- Bozzuto's Inc. held its 2018 Independent Retailer Conference March 6-7 at Foxwoods, here, featuring its annual Excellence Awards gala as well as a trade... Read more
Foxy comes East to host first EPC meeting of 2018
CARLSTADT, NJ – Proclaiming his affection for the New York area, based on his four years as a student-athlete at Cornell University, Tom Nunes V of Salinas, CA-based Nunes... Read more
PFK celebrates $6.4 million raised for families and children
Produce for Kids celebrated with partners March 2 at the annual Produce for Kids reception at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure with a crowd of more than 200... Read more
Southern Exposure a jailhouse rocking good time
TAMPA, FL — The Southeast Produce Council's 2018 Southern Exposure was held here March 1-3. The main event Saturday afternoon was, of course, the expo, which saw good, steady... Read more
SEPC kicks off Southern Exposure with Elvis-themed opening reception
TAMPA, FL -- The Southeast Produce Council's Southern Exposure featured an Elvis-themed opening reception, here, March 2. Attendees rocked to the King's music while celebrating... Read more
SEPC holds board of directors/VIP dinner
TAMPA, FL — The Southeast Produce Council held its annual board of directors/VIP dinner Wednesday evening, Feb. 28, one evening before the opening of the council’s 2018 Southern... Read more
FPFC meets in Northern California
The Fresh Produce & Floral Council held its February membership luncheon meeting Feb. 22 at the Castlewood Country Club in Northern California. United Fresh Produce... Read more
SpartanNash holds vacation-themed Spring Trade Show
MINNEAPOLIS — “Destination Savings” was the vacation theme during the SpartanNash Spring Trade Show Feb. 20-21 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Teams from the produce,... Read more
National Watermelon Association kicks off convention in Music City
NASHVILLE, TN -- The National Watermelon Association kicked off its 2018 convention, here, with an opening reception at the famed Wild Horse Saloon. Attendees were treated... Read more
Roger Schroeder feted at retirement dinner
The Fresh Produce & Floral Council held a relatively low-key retirement dinner for Roger Schroeder in Southern California on Feb. 10. Schroeder, a longtime board member... Read more
NGA Show more than a Mirage in Las Vegas
The NGA Show, Feb. 11 -14 at the Mirage in Las Vegas, featured a wide array of first-time and veteran exhibitors within the PMA Pavillion. Prior to the expo floor opening... Read more
Garden State holds its ag convention and trade show
The 103rd New Jersey Agricultural Convention & Trade Show once again co-located with the New Jersey Vegetable Growers Association and the New Jersey Blueberry Association.... Read more
FPFC holds membership luncheon
CERRITOS, CA — Nearly 300 produce professionals packed the ballroom at the Sheraton Cerritos hotel for the Fresh Produce & Floral Council Membership Luncheon on Wednesday,... Read more
NEPC's Magical Garden dinner dance
The New England Produce Council held its annual dinner dance gala — with the theme Magical Garden — at the World Trade Center/Seaport Hotel in Boston Saturday, Feb. 3. Each... Read more
Texas produce industry recognizes nine strong leaders
MCALLEN, TX -- There are nine new members of the Texas Produce Hall of Fame. An estimated 500 members of the Texas International Produce Association gathered on a perfect... Read more
Industry rocks the night away at FPFC dinner dance
ANAHEIM, CA — The Fresh Produce & Floral Council held its annual dinner dance Jan. 28, here, at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel to celebrate the installation of its 2018... Read more
Educational sessions explore ways to increase consumption
SAN DIEGO – Day two of the United Fresh Start Foundation annual meeting, here, featured educational sessions exploring how the retail and foodservice segments of the industry... Read more
A Hugh night at United Fresh Start Foundation gala dinner
SAN DIEGO — The United Fresh Produce Association bestowed one of its top honors on a highly-respected man who dedicated his entire professional career to the fresh fruit and... Read more
Inaugural Organic Grower Summit a success
The inaugural Organic Grower Summit, a collaboration between the Organic Produce Network and California Certified Organic Farmers, was held on Dec. 13 and 14 in Monterey,... Read more
New York Produce Show trade show floor
NEW YORK — The 2017 New York Produce Show trade show floor opened Wednesday, Dec. 13 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Manhattan's West Side. More than 5,000 attendees... Read more
Opening reception kicks off 2017 New York Produce Show
NEW YORK — The 2017 New York Produce Show kicked off Tuesday evening, Dec. 12, at the New York Hilton, here in Midtown Manhattan. "Every year the show gets bigger, every... Read more
FPFC charity luncheon raises more than $160,000
The annual Fresh Produce & Floral Council charity luncheon took place Dec. 6 at the Sheraton Cerritos Hotel in Cerritos, CA. Between the live and silent auctions, as well... Read more
First World Congress of Mango Producers a success
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO -- Palm trees and the blue Pacific Ocean framed the inaugural Congreso Mundial de Productores y Exportadores de Mango, or World Congress of Mango Producers... Read more
49th annual FPAA meeting convenes in Tubac
TUBAC, AZ — The 49th Produce Convention & Golf Tournament, presented by the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, was held Nov. 2-4 at the Tubac Golf Resort... Read more
PMA Fresh Summit lands in the Big Easy
NEW ORLEANS -- The Produce Marketing Association kicked off its 68th annual Fresh Summit convention and exposition Oct. 20, here, drawing members of the fresh fruit, vegetable... Read more
PMA Fresh Summit opening party
New Orleans -- The Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit opening party was held here Oct. 19 at Mardi Gras World Float Den, which is on the waterfront of the Mississippi... Read more
EPC tailgate dinner at MetLife Stadium hosted by AFM, IPC
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — Eastern Produce Council members gathered here at MetLife Stadium, home of the National Football League’s Giants and Jets, for the council’s... Read more
FPFC holds SoCal membership luncheon
CERRITOS, CA — Nearly 300 produce and floral professionals turned out for the Fresh Produce & Floral Council Southern California membership luncheon at the Sheraton... Read more
IPC hosts potato harvest tour for foodservice potato buyers
It's easy to take the humble potato for granted. But anyone who has had the opportunity to participate in one of the harvest tours sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission... Read more
FPFC holds Northern California luncheon meeting
On September 28, more than 200 members of the Fresh Produce & Floral Council came together for a luncheon meeting in Pleasanton, CA, at the Castlewood Country Club. Featured... Read more
73 booths at Southern Innovations' first trade show
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC -- The Southeast Produce Council's 2017 Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo, the first SEPC fall conference to include a trade show,... Read more
EPC hosts third annual Joe DeLorenzo Family Day
OLDWICK, NJ – The Eastern Produce Council held its third-annual Joe DeLorenzo Family Day and Apple Picking event Sept. 30 at Melick’s Family Farm, here. The event... Read more
Teri Miller passes leadership of Southern Roots to Stephanie Hilton
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC — Teri Miller of The Fresh Market, who in 2014 spearheaded the formation of Southern Roots, the Southeast Produce Council's leadership program... Read more
SEPC attendees visit organic sections of four retailers
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC — Attendees of the Southeast Produce Council's 2017 Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo had an opportunity to visit four major... Read more
STEP-UPP and board dinner opens Southern Innovations
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC — The Southeast Produce Council kicked off its annual fall event with the STEP-UPP and board dinner Wednesday evening, Sept. 27, at the South... Read more
Stemilt sponsors EPC dinner meeting
HACKENSACK, NJ — Eastern Produce Council members gathered at the Stony Hill Inn, here, Sept. 19. The dinner meeting was sponsored by Stemilt, and the company’s... Read more
NEPC sailed up to Boston for 2017 expo
BOSTON — The New England Produce Council kicked off its 18th annual Produce, Floral & Foodservice Expo Tuesday evening, Sept. 12, with the opening cocktail reception... Read more
Golfers tee off at Tip Murphy Legacy Golf Tournament
The 2017 Tip Murphy Legacy Golf Tournament was held Monday, Aug. 28 at the Oasis Golf Club outside Cincinnati. Retail and produce attendees enjoyed an afternoon of golf, networking... Read more
Alpha 1 Marketing/Krasdale Foods holds fall show
WHITE PLAINS, NY — Alpha 1 Marketing/Krasdale Foods held its annual fall show Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Westchester County Center, here. All departments of the supermarket... Read more
All aboard the railroad reception at the IGSA convention
SUN VALLEY, ID — A highlight of the annual Idaho Grower Shipper Association convention, here, is the reception hosted by CSX, Eastern Idaho, Florida East Coast, Norfolk... Read more
FPFC Southern California Golf Tournament
More than 145 produce professionals teed off at the 25th annual Fresh Produce & Floral Council Southern California Golf Tournament on Friday, Aug. 25, at the Tustin Ranch... Read more
Produce industry raises more than $300k for City of Hope
CERRITOS, CA — The annual Fresh Produce & Floral Council raffle luncheon benefiting the City of Hope drew a sell-out audience of produce professionals to the Sheraton... Read more
Bozzuto's Inc. holds 2017 Merchandising Marketplace
MASHANTUCKET, CT — Companies from around the country showcased fresh produce at Bozzuto's Inc.'s 2017 Merchandising Marketplace, held Aug. 8-9 at the Fox Tower at Foxwoods,... Read more

Jensie Smith joins Sev-Rend as new relationship manager
Sev-Rend has hired Jensie Smith as its new relationship manager. The company said this lines up with Sev-Rend’s goals to further service its clients in the produce industry with high-performance packaging. This move allows Sev-Rend to expand it footprint even further in the ever-growing fresh produce industry. “Jensie brings a wealth Read More ...
BJ’s new EVP to lead business transformation
BJ’s Wholesale Club Inc. appointed Paul Cichocki as executive vice president of membership, analytics and business transformation, effective April 1. Cichocki will be responsible for the company’s membership, marketing and analytics organizations. “I am excited to welcome Paul to the BJ’s team,” said President and Chief Read More ...
Bobalu Berry Farms donates to local schools
Oxnard, CA-based grower-shipper Bobalu Berry Farms simply wanted to reach out and help during these difficult times. But its donation of 4,000 one-pound clamshell packs of fresh California strawberries to the Oxnard School District has spurred the interest of other producers and the shipper is hoping that the idea spreads Read More ...
Nature Fresh Farms welcomes Zanelle Hough to sales staff
Nature Fresh Farms Sales expanded its team, welcoming Retail Sales Account Manager Zanelle Hough to its sales department. Hough began her career 14 years ago in logistics working for a South African exporter. Wanting to gain more experience in sales, she shifted to the Walmart global procurement team as a logistics and Read More ...
Produce tag supplier adds face shields for crisis
In mid-March Bedford Industries President Jay Milbrandt saw a news story about hospital employees sewing handmade facemasks to help overcome their shortage of personal protection equipment . He wondered out loud if his produce tag manufacturing firm could help. Within a few days, the company had designed a face shield Read More ...

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