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Date Night sponsored by Yuma Visitors Bureau

date-nightThe Yuma Visitors Bureau sponsored Date Night Nov. 14 in a Yuma Medjool date grove owned by Jon and Liney Jessen. The Medjool date gourmet dinner was served to 40 guests, including date industry leaders, as well as interested tourists and The Produce News.  

Executive chef Alex Trujillo, and Tina Clark, his partner in Catering by Design in Yuma, created the menu, and various speakers detailed the importance of Medjool dates to Yuma, date health benefits and the workings of the industry.

This bulk-pack 11-pound box has been a mainstay for Datepac's Medjool dates. Datepac also offers one-pound plastic tubs with sealed lids, which are quickly gaining popularity in the United States. All Datepac products are labeled for traceability.

Pack Expo International in Chicago

PE-5CHICAGO — With over 1.2 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 2,400 exhibitors, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies Pack Expo International 2014 drew record-breaking crowds of more than 50,000 for the Nov. 2-5 exhibition, here. With next-level technology on ample display, the floor looked as much like the set of a futuristic science fiction movie as a trade show.

Judy Olson-Corn and Debbie Azoulay of Norcross, GA-based RockTenn.

Fresh Produce Association of the Americas opening fiesta

HarvestMarkOn Oct. 30 The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, based in Tubac, AZ, held its opening fiesta and networking event on the Plaza at Tubac Golf Resort & Spa. The FPAA convention convened that day with an education session. Friday, Oct. 31 was to bring the first day of a two-day golf tournament and a Gala Event, as well as the “Pillars of the FPAA” awards ceremony.

Sylvia Canelos and Alejandro Canelos Jr. of Apache Produce Imports LLC.

Western Growers meets in Las Vegas

IMG 0643The Western Growers Association held its 89th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas Nov. 2-5. 2014 Chairman of the Board Bruce Taylor of Taylor Farms California passed the gavel to incoming chairman Vic Smith of JV Smith Cos. More than 550 people attended the event, which included workshops, many networking opportunities, a golf tournament, a political action committee fundraiser and the presentation of the Award of Honor to Gary Pasquinelli of Pasquinelli Produce in Yuma, AZ.

Western Growers President Tom Nassif with 2014 Chairman of the Board Bruce Taylor of Taylor Farms California.

Women’s Fresh Perspectives breakfast

DSCN1492The Women’s Fresh Perspectives breakfast was held Friday, Oct. 17, shortly before the PMA Fresh Summit kicked off. Attendees had the opportunity to gain career insights from keynote speaker Claire Shipman, ABC News contributor and New York Times best-selling author.

Leia Ray and Heather Shavey of Costco with Margi Prueitt, executive director of the PMA Foundation for Industry Talent.