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pe1The Fresh Produce & Floral Council held its Southern California Expo July 19 in Anaheim, CA. The one-day expo attracted 2,000 produce professionals to its location at the Disneyland Hotel Convention Center in Anaheim. Chef Fabio Viviani gave the keynote speech at the opening breakfast exhorting the crowd of many in-store produce and floral personnel to go way beyond the bare minimum in doing their jobs.  He said that while everyone can’t and shouldn’t be an entrepreneur, everyone is the CEO of themselves and responsible for what they accomplish and how far they go in their careers and lives.

Keynote speaker Fabio Viviani with Don Odiorne, Kent Beesley and Seth Pemsler of the Idaho Potato Commission.

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Retailers, growers, distributors and processors gathered in Monterey, CA, for the inaugural Organic Produce Summit at the Monterey Hyatt Resort & Spa, July 13-14.

The day-and-a-half-long OPS included a series of educational sessions and keynote speakers covering a wide range of topics related to the booming $14 billion organic produce category, followed by a sold-out exhibition floor, featuring a wide array of the world’s largest organic fresh produce companies.

Neil Millman and Jim Provost with I Love Produce.

DSC01668The 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.

54.-B.Silbermann-M.-Burris-C.WilsonThe Center for Produce Safety held its seventh annual Produce Research Symposium June 28-29 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Seattle. Food-safety research scientists, produce industry leaders and government officials attended th gathering to discuss the latest outcomes from produce-related food-safety research.

Jill Dunlop of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association with Reggie Brown of the Florida Tomato Committee.

3N8A1795The 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.