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S.C. Watermelon Association's annual meeting

SC-WATERMELON-2014-QUEEN--MOM-LISA-MILLERCOLUMBIA, SC — About 150 watermelon growers and suppliers attended the Jan. 16-18 South Carolina Watermelon Association annual meeting here. The association set a marketing plan for 2015 and crowned a queen, as well as set an increased effort to brand watermelon as a sports enhancer and raised $233,000 for its operations in the year ahead.

Angela Chappell of Coosaw Farms was honored for her leadership as South Carolina Watermelon Association president in 2014. With her are Scottie Sandifer of Sandifer Farms, the incoming president, and Matt Cornwell of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, executive director of the association.

Cavallero honored by United Fresh

IMG 4082Mike Cavallero, who spent his entire 40-year career at Dole Food Co., was honored Jan. 13 with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the United Fresh Produce Association's Midwinter Leadership Forum in La Quinta, CA. Cavallero was the fifth recipient of this award, joining Bob Grimm, Reggie Griffin, Frieda Caplan and Joe Procacci.

Known for his grace and humility, Cavallero said, "I am humbled and honored to receive this award and I am truly grateful to United Fresh. But I am also realistic — I am here today because of the many great people I have worked with throughout the years."

Al Vangelos of Novelle Consulting and Jim Vangelos of A.R. Arena Products.

FPFC's record charity luncheon

1-RaleysAt the annual December Holiday Charity luncheon, Fresh Produce & Floral Council members and guests raised $130,545, a new record, for Caterina’s Club, an Orange County, CA, charity that focuses on providing a nightly dinner to underprivileged kids. 

Rachelle Schulken of Renaissance Food Group and Cindy Raley of Raley's.

Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference

SEFV-7More than 3,200 attendees — a record-breaking number — braved atypical freezing temperatures in usually sunny Savannah, GA, Jan. 8-11 for the grower-focused Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference, the largest education and innovation trade show in the region.

Happy Wyatt, Matthew Kulinski and Beth Meeks from the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown program.

QPMA's Oyster Party

12-Bellemont-Powell-QOP14A record crowd of over 550 participants attended the 29th Quebec Produce Marketing Association Oyster Party at the Le Rizz Receptions in St‐Léonard, QC. Guests were treated to an all-you-can-eat oyster bar, Italian-style buffet and casino games. Immediately preceding the event, QPMA held a special general meeting to present the annual financial results, marketing activities and new members to the association.

Carole Brault  and Vanessa Sherry from the Canadian Produce Marketing Association.