The 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show took place June 26-28 at the Javits Center in New York City. Featuring more than 180,000 products, 25,000 buyers and 2,550 exhibitors, this year's show was expected to draw more than 46,000 industry professionals.
Steven Blanc of Healthy Brands speaking with Sheldon Cole and Joseph Setton of Setton International Foods.
Robert Linder and Dan Benedetto of Woodland Foods.
Mary Mooney and Kelly Mooney of Mooney Farms.
John Vasapoli of D'Agostino with Giuliana Pozzuto of George DeLallo.
Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce showcasing Jackfruit, which can be weigh up to 100 pounds and is available year-round.
Lori Buzby and Mark Devencenzi of Sunridge Farms.
Paul Miller of Terrafina.
Alan Holmes, Andy Bachman and Tom Ewing of T. Marzetti Co.
Brian Loiseau, Ron Hoffman, Carole Opel and Dave Sensenig of Giorgio Foods.
Yigit Ozdemir of Nature's Wild Organic Inc.
Greg Morante, Howard Fisher, Brad Ehnert and Todd McAllister of FreshPro Food Distributors.
The 2016 United Fresh Produce Association trade show co-located with the Food Marketing Institute, the International Floriculture Expo and, new this year, the Global Cold Chain expo. There were approximately 13,000 attendees across the four trade show events.
Rick Overholt and Jason Adlam of CHEP.
Carrie Grossman, Mary Blackmon and Courtney Buchanan of Atlanta-based Farm Star Living.
Rob Bertels and Gwendolyn Jackimek of Mission Produce in Oxnard, CA.
Avocados From Mexico officially unveiled its new booth at United Fresh Produce Association's convention and exposition in Chicago. On hand for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting were Martin Caro, a representative of Proamerica; Alvaro Luque, president of Avocados From Mexico; Carlos Jimenez, Consulate General of Mexico and Chicago; Carlos Vazquez, Agricultural Minister of Mexico; Chef Mark Garcia, Avocados From Mexico’s director of foodservice; and Eduardo Serena, marketing director of APEAM.
Charlie Eagle and Kristen Francisco of Southern Specialties.
Mike Prather and Katie Sunshine of Flavor-Pic Tomato.
Maricela Mandel, Danny Mandel, Craig Slate, Eduardo Herbst and Frank Camera of Sunfed.
Steve Page and Greg Akins of Catalytic Generators.
Anthony Maniscalco and Daniel Palanca of Mucci Farms.
Max Press and Jessica Kerstein of Lipman.
Ed Lund of the Allen Lund Co.
Sue Elizabeth, Kyle Waring, Marshall Sherman and Ashley Rawl of W.P. Rawl & Sons.
Terri Fletcher and Vignola Enrique of Harvest Sensations.
Ray Mastronardi and Chris Badaoa of Del Frisco Produce.
Shawn Dagen of NatureSweet flanked by Troy Bland and Jeff Rhoden of Bland Farms.
Dan Crowley of Well-Pict Berries with Tony Scialabba and Dennis Borens of Anthony Marano Co.
Mina Weidel of Loadsmart.
Glen Arrowsmith and Dan Sebetic of Oppy.
Kacie Ragsdale and Christina Barnard of Taylor Farms.
Brian Rayfield of J&J Family of Farms, Daniel Klausner of Apio and David Stornetta of Produce Careers.
John Striff and Joan Wickham of Sunkist show off new packaging for Meyer lemons.
Sunkist Chef Jill Davie provided one of United’s most popular stops.
Growers Gerrit Van Der Merwe and Stiaan Engelbrecht of the Summer Citrus from South Africa program with Mark Hanks of DNE World Fruit.
Nick Chappell, William Moncovich, Cindy Jewell and Patrick Riordan of California Giant Berry Farms.
Andy Duff, Mike Levis, Marsha Verwiebe and Daniel Mueller of Volm Industries.
Matt Bergholz and Aaron Marsh of Melissa’s.
Nikki Hartman of Locus Traxx with Eric Stone and Devika Kumar of FreshDirect.
Erica Wainwright of Dole puts together some fresh treats.
John McCann, Amanda Press, April Broadwater and Danny Dumas of Del Monte.
Itzel Lopez and Cordell Hicks brought traffic to the NatureSweet booth.
Stephanie Myles of Mastronardi/Sunset dishes up a popular pasta.
Emidio Cappussi and Paul Sabelli of Double Diamond Farms.
Nancy Bryner, Brian Stepien, Stephen Griffin, Dean Fahselt and Jamie Strachan of Green Giant Fresh.
Jim Grabowski of Well-Pict.
Scott Dahl, Andrew Daily, Mike Brown and Phil Neary represented Pratt Industries.
Mike DeCramer of Truly Good Foods.
Brenda Flaim and Cindy Flaim of Next Generation Produce with Joe Atchison and Al Murray from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
Jim Garsow, Abby Dalla Santa, Kristyn Lawson and Stephen Babington represented the Good Foods Group.
Adrien Buisson of Buddy Fruits.
Matt Quiring, Matt McRae, Ray Wowryk and Chris Veillon of NatureFresh Farms.
Kylie Edison dished up goodies from Chiquita.
Amy Inge brought in traffic on the Fresh Express side.
Jeff Kelly, Oakley Boren and Jennifer Pulson of Frieda’s.
Ray Mason of Red Sun Farms.
Helen Aquino of Village Farms.
Jimmy Shook, Julie Myhre, Gary York, Angel Iturbide, Nicole Axtman and Liam Slavin of Robinson Fresh.
Bruce Cox, Phil Pettine and Chris Loehman of Kwik Lock.
Michael Ryshouwer of Bejo.
Chris Lindley of Bejo.
Greg Smith recently joined Pratt Industries on the marketing side.
Todd Root of Ready Pac.
Representing Georgia Pacific at United were Terry Benson, Tom Guenette, Billy Hull, Ashlee Cribb, Alexis Sarris, Perry Rodriguez and Bill McAllister.
Dino Dilaudo of Topline Farms.
Rich Lenz and Nathan Stornetta of Produce Careers.
Michael Fiddler, Mark Garcia and Zal Taleyarkhat of Avocados from Mexico with one of the show’s most popular booths.
Eric Fernandes, Tim Grady, Chao Chen and Chris Brown from NatureSeal.
Sarah Pau, Alan Asbury and Kiley Gray from Pure Flavor.
Mario Lujano, Refugio Haro, Emmanuel Lujano, Jose Lujano and Angel Lujano of Chiavito.
Erika Anguiano and Marco Antonio Gudiño of Colimex Inc.
Xhail Diaz and Enrique Gracia of Flavor King.
Michael Gatz of Bushmans’ Inc. shows the Harley Davidson motorcycle that is the focal point of a Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association promotion in 2016.
Rodolfo Uresti and Cecilia Uresti from Jade Produce.
Unofficially welcoming United Fresh conventioneers to their hometown of Chicago were Strube Celery & Vegetable executives Lisa Strube and T.J. Fleming.
Michelle LeFevre of Wholesum Harvest.
Christopher Ryan, Lauren White and Joe Galeone of OHL.
Maria Luisa Gonzalez of Berries Paradise.
Representing Produce Pro Software are Len Moskowitz, Will Seide, Parshv Shaw, Marc Hatfield and Kristen Esposito.
Geno Valdes and Charlie Eagle of Southern Specialties.
Miguel Lopez and Beatriz Corral of Zapata Fresh.
John Kuhbander and Tony Mitchell of Caito Foods Inc.
Eduardo Equihua of Aguacates Chahena.
David Roby and Howard Nager of Domex.
Mark Dahn and Kate Proos of Monte Package Co.
Greg Wilson of Reichel Foods.
Jason Hendrickson, Reed Sibet, Brad Maaske, Jennifer Rigdon, Chad Karth, Dave Vierling and Art Quiggle of Wholesale Produce Supply.
CHICAGO — The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago was the setting for an elegant opening reception that marked the official beginning of United Fresh 2016 here. Attendees mixed and mingled among modern paintings and sculptures that set the tone for the show's 2016 agenda.
Tim Debus of the Reusable Packaging Association with former Kroger produce chief Reggie Griffin, now of Reggie Griffin Strategies.
Tanya Edwards and Oscar Garcia of Avocados from Mexico.
Mike Prather and Katie Sunshine from Flavor-Pic Tomato Co.
Geno Valdes of Southern Specialties Inc., Bob Kirch Caito Foods and Robert Colescott of Southern Specialties.
Will Ison, Casey Ison and Miles Fraser-Jones of AMC North America.
Matt Middleton and Tim Stachowiak of Ventura Foods with Nathan Stornetta, David Stornetta and Rich Lentz of Produce Careers Inc.
Ed Bertaud of IFCO, Tim Debus of Reusable Packaging Association, Hilary Femal, Susan Atwater, Fortunato Martinez and Natalya Calleja of IFCO, and Jon Holthaus of CHEP.
IFCO CEO Dan Walsh with his wife, Simone, and son, Dominic.
Bobby Grinstead of The Grinstead Group with Carolyn and Dan Vache of United Fresh and Michael Grinstead and Lynne Grinstead.
Bruce Gilkerson, Kathryn Ault, Chad Hirshey, Sarah Duvall and Josh Ehle of NatureSweet.
Chip Manuel and Justin Lenz of Giro Pack with Michele Youngquist of Bay BabyProduce/AMF Farms and
Josh Logsdon of Giro Pack.
Michele Youngquist of Bay Baby Produce, Bruce Cox of Kwik Lok and Tyann Schlimmer of Bay Baby Produce with Phil Pettine and Chris Loehman of Kwik Lok.
Kim Flores of Seald Sweet, Stephanie Barlow of NWPB, Hilary Long of Frey Farms and Lori Taylor of The Produce Mom.
Chuck Ciruli Jr. of Ciruli Bros., Suzanne Wolter of Fresh Fit Agency, Jason Wyatt of Penn Rose Farms, Chris Ciruli of Ciruli Bros., Elizabeth Pivonka and Kristen Stevens from Produce for Better Health Foundation, Dan Vena of John Vena Inc. and Andy Hamilton of EcoFarms.
Dan Vena of John Vena Inc.
Steven Kenfield of HMC Farms with Marcela and Danny Mandel of SunFed.
Marc Solomon of Fisher Capespan and Juan David Alarcon of Turbana.
Representing NatureSweet are Bruce Gilkerson, Josh Ehle and Sarah Duvall.
Sparky Locke of Apio Inc. and T.J. Rahll of Robinson Fresh.
Tiara Martinez and Neville Israel from Sun Rich Fresh Foods Inc. with Elizabeth Pivonka from Produce for Better Health.
CHICAGO — The 2016 Women in Produce honoree is Julie Krivanek, president of Krivanek Consulting Inc. Krivanek was honored by, and the featured speaker at, the June 21 United Fresh Produce Association reception honoring Women in Produce. The annual reception and award presentation was part of the United Fresh convention, held here June 20-22.
Julie Krivanek, president of Krivanek Consulting Inc. and the 2016 Women in Produce honoree.
Dan’l Mackey Almy of DMA Solutions Inc. with Karen Caplan of Frieda’s Inc.
Julie Krivanek, president of Krivanek Consulting Inc., receives a plaque from Karen Caplan of Frieda’s Inc. commemorating Krivanek’s recognition of being the 2016 Women in Produce honoree.
Jan DeLyser of the California Avocado Commission and Bryan Silbermann of the Produce Marketing Association.
Julie Krivanek of Krivanek Consulting Inc. is surrounded by her friends and clients from The Grinstead Group, including Bobby Grinstead, Steve Grinstead and Michael Grinstead.
Jan DeLyser, vice president of marketing for the California Avocado Commission, introduces Julie Krivanek as United’s 2016 Women in Produce Nominee.
Karen Caplan of Frieda’s Inc. with Mayda Sotomayor-Kirk of Seald Sweet.
The Women in Produce Networking event is, according to United Fresh, one of its most popular events.
SECAUCUS, NJ — Allegiance Retail Services LLC held its annual Holiday Food Show Thursday, June 16, in a new venue: the Meadowlands Exposition Center, here. The event saw 270 booths and "close to 1,000 vendors," according to Vic Savanello, director of produce and floral at Allegiance, a retailer-owner cooperative headquartered in Iselin, NJ. About 500 people were expected to attend the show, where fresh produce and floral were extremely well represented, as always. The new venue was chosen "to be closer to our growing membership in New York and the five boroughs," Savanello told The Produce News on the show floor.
Tino Martinez (third from left), a former first baseman with the New York Yankees, appeared at the Allegiance Retail Services LLC's annual Holiday Food Show Thursday, June 16, at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ. Martinez, a two-time All Star and four-time world champion, is shown with Garrett Sebor, Sam Bartley and Vic Savanello of Allegiance.
Bill Walker, Ernie Arians, Joe Atchison and Christine Fries of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
Laura Hastie of Foxy Fresh Produce with organic 'Foxy' brand BroccoLeaf.
Allyson Cotton and Chad Cotton of Summeripe.
Tim Harrington of Stemilt Growers with Skylar Rae variety cherries.
Larry Longo and Carlos Rodriquez of Procacci Bros. Sales Corp.
Mike Ballard of Ballard Produce Brokering and Rich Borchers of World Wide Sales.
Rich Borchers of World Wide Sales and Mike Kominsky of Hampton Farms.
Thomas (Cags) Cagnassola of Del Monte Fresh Produce Co. with a 'Del Monte Gold' pineapple.
Ralph Mazza, Jasmine Hines and Dave Ramdour of R. Best Produce.
Amanda Caparso of World Wide Sales and Amy Tobin of Dole.
Celeste Serrano of Giorgio Fresh Co.
Paul Pogreneak of Four Seasons Produce Inc.
Jim Blair and Crystal Berry of Wholly Guacamole.
Pat Ferrara of Hudson River Fruit Distributors.
Vic Savanello (center) of Allegiance Retail Services, flanked by Bill Walker and Joe Atchison of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
Tim Umscheid, Michael Semanie and Mickey Yetishefsky of C&S Wholesale Grocers with Vic Savanello of Allegiance Retail Services.
Shawn Pramraj and Darren DeFilippis of Wonderful Sales.
Edward Kellnbenz and Dan McAllister of Bozzuto's Inc.
Tom Bleaken, Don DeLallo, Dan Spelich, Walter Campbell and Ken Brickel of Nicholas Markets.