The 30th annual QPMA Oyster Party took place Nov. 6 at Le Rizz Receptions in St-Léonard, QC. The warm and festive atmosphere was an ideal place for visitors to meet customers old and new, and socialize with friends and suppliers in the QPMA, which is at the heart of Quebec’s fruit and vegetable industry.
Ghislain Perron, the man behind the oyster party tradition.
Patrice Alain of Metro and George Pitsikoulis of Canadawide.
Julie DesGroseilliers, nutritionist and spokesperson for the I love 5 to 10 servings a day campaign.
Time Iles and Mark Slater of Erie James with Steve Poirier of Patasol.
Maryse Camiré of QPMA, Janis Deschênes of Distributions Agri-sol and Kim Husereau of Productions Margiric.
Maria Cavazos of MC Produce and Dino Farrese of Bellemont Powell.
Chris Sarantis of Canadawide, Isabelle Gingras of Sobeys Québec, Robert Beauregard of Gestion Flexco and Stephan Schmekel of Fresh Del Monte Produce Canada.
Roland Lafont of Vergers Saint-Paul, Stephan Schmekel of Fresh Del Monte Produce Canada and Robert Beauregard of Gestion Flexco.
The merchants at the Hunts Point Produce Market came together Nov. 14 to host Hunts Point Gives Back, an event that provided nearly 20,000 pounds of fresh produce to the neediest members of the Hunts Point community.
Cathy Hunt of D.M. Rothman flanked by her grandson, Jake Lang, and Danielle Brooks of the Hunts Point Produce Cooperative Association.
Myra Gordon of the Hunts Point Cooperative Association stands in front of gift bags that are ready to be donated.
Denise Goodman of M&R Tomato Distributors Inc.
Produce to be included in each gift bag.
Charles Machadio (far right), vice president of Teamsters Local 202, and Anthony Rosa (third from left), business agent trustee, with members of Teamsters Local 202.
Dan Michaelson and Sasha LoPresti of A.J. Trucco Inc.
Cathy Hunt of D.M. Rothman with her grandson, Jake Lang.
Harold Gordon, son of Myra Gordon of the Hunts Point Cooperative Association, flanked by his wife, Carrie, and daughter, Amanda.
Boxes filled with bags ready to be distributed.
Boxes filled and ready to be distributed.
Dan Kane Jr., president of Teamsters Local 202, with Charles Machadio, vice president, and his grandson.
Harold Gordon handing out a gift bag. Nearly 20,000 pounds of produce was donated at the Nov. 14 event.
The Nogales produce industry convened Nov. 5-7 for the 47th Annual Produce Convention & Golf Tournament of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas. The event was held again at the elegant, scenic and historic Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, in Tubac, AZ. The opening party was held under unseasonably chilly skies.
Lili Lopez and her brother, Jose Ernesto Lopez of Aurum Consulting Group.
Sandra Aguilar, Leonard Cabrera and Jen Godino of Ciruli Bros. LLC.
Kathleen and Brian Vandervoet of Vandervoet & Associates Inc.
Lance Jungmeyer of Fresh Produce Association of the Americas with Gonzalo Avila of Malena Produce Inc.
Matt Mandel of SunFed Produce Inc. and Gonzalo Avila of Malena Produce Inc.
Erik Chou, Alfred Nunez, Danny Carosilva, Omar Losolla, Mari Danielson, Fabiola Cuen and Eduardo Valdez of GreenPoint Distributing LLC.
Matt Mandel and Brett Burdsal of SunFed Produce Inc.
Chuck Ciruli Jr. of Ciruli Bros. LLC.
Steve Damon of R.C.F. and Lupita Arellano of Del Rancho Produce LLC with Malu Crespo and Tony Verdin of R.C.F. Produce Inc.
Sarah and Rod Sbragia of Tricar Sales Inc.
John Uribe of J-C Distributing Inc. and Sabrina Hallman of Sierra Seed Co.
Robert (Bob) Bennen Jr. of Ta-De Distributing Co. with Bert Monteverde of H.M. Distributors Inc.
Jim Cathey of Red Sun Farms, Ernesto Maldonado of Star Produce LP and James Martin of Wilson Produce LLC.
Cathy and Jim Cathey of Run Sun Farms in Tubac, AZ.
Clariza Silva and her date, Miguel (Mikee) Suarez, of MAS Melons & Grapes LLC.
Erin and Lance Jungmeyer of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas.
Scott and Iris Vandervoet of Vandervoet & Associates Inc.
Matt Mandel of SunFed Produce Inc. with Marlene Lopez and Allison Moore of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas and an FPAA closing night party jester.
Marina Suarez and Miguel (Miky) Suarez of MAS Melons & Grapes LLC.
Nate and Terri Stone of Ben B. Schwartz & Sons Inc.
Rosie Cornelius of Bay Area Produce Inc. with her husband, Richard Cornelius.
Satenik Bennen and Robert Bennen Jr. of Ta-De Distributing Co. with Brian Bernauer of Calavo.
DEL MAR, CA — The Western Growers Association held its 90th annual meeting Nov. 8-11 at the Grand Del Mar resort, here. Among the highlights were a welcoming reception, a cooking demonstration featuring Top Chef’s Shirley Chung and a WG Political Action Committee luncheon featuring Stuart Varney of Fox News. A Chairman’s Reception, where former WGA Chairman Bob Gray will be honored, was scheduled for the evening of Nov. 10, and a Nov. 11 golf tournament at the Grand Del Mar Country Club will cap off activities.
Jeff Gullickson of Western Growers Insurance Services, Jennifer Maloney and Nasser Dean of Bayer CropScience, and Dave Puglia of Western Growers Association.
Kathy Smith and Chris Peterson of Monsanto with incoming WGA Chairman Larry Cox of Lawrence Cox Ranches in Brawley, CA.
WGA President Tom Nassif with Bob Gray of California Agricultural Leadership Foundation and Steve Barnard of Mission Produce.
Daniel Bruckart of Bank of America/Merrill Lynch with Hank Giclas, Ward Kennedy and Matt Lewis of Western Growers Association.
WGA Chairman Vic Smith of JV Smith Cos., Gene and Dawnelle Peterson of Wells Fargo, and Dave Zanze of Pinnacle Claims Management.
Maureen and Kevin Andrew of Fabbri Farming with Rachael Barkley of Barkley Ag Enterprises.
Mark Gryte, Russell Keegan, Ken Nichols and Gina Nichols of Crop Production Services.
Matt McInerney (center) of Western Growers Association with John Stenderup of CH Robinson and Mike Ralston of Robinson Fresh.
Jeff Gullickson of Western Growers Insurance Services with Brenda and Garland Reiter of Reiter Affiliated Cos.
Gregg Franklin of International Paper, Joe Aiello of Uesugi Farms and Stephen Patricio of Westside Produce.
Steve and Sherry Martori of Martori Farms with Charlie Alm of Barkley Ag Enterprises.
Tom Stenzel of United Fresh with Tom Deardorff of Deardorff Family Farms.
Olga Osipova and Bill Washburn of Food Pro International with Ron Ratto of Ratto Bros. Inc.
Alan Temple of Graves Bros., Mike Stuart of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, Melanie McKinney of Mixtec, Bryan Silbermann of Produce Marketing Association and Jerry Butt of Mixtec.
Atlanta — The Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit exposition floor opened on Saturday, Oct. 24 with 1,060 exhibitors occupying 267,400 net square feet. While the show room floor was packed with attendees, PMA said people took the conversation online with social media, and for the second consecutive year #FreshSummit was marked as one of the most popular social media conversations around the world all day.
Chris Wigley and Krystle Klink from A-ROO Co.
Molly Kuhl from Anagram International.
Sandy Nelson from Albertsons; Christy York and Kees De Graaf from CallaCo; Debora Woods-Coleman from Albertsons; Ashley Nally from CallaCo.
Lisa Davis, Steve Fransen, Stacy McCoy and Jose Morales from Continental Flowers.
Michael Shilling, Maggie Aragon, Maria Gallardo, Sara Evenson, Kristie Montez, Karen Kaufman and Steven Tchira from Decowraps.
Jennifer Flores from Dos Gringos; Kathleen Elliott and Amy Loss from Wegman’s and Jason Levin from Dos Gringos.
Michele and Dale Grooters and Anne Rakosky from Encore Floral.
Bernie Llewellyn from Whole Foods Market, Florida; Michelle Lopez, Jose Alberto and Ismael Fernandez from Floral Sense.
Eduardo Bravo and Christy Camacho from Galleria Farms.
Alex Ledesma, Juan Contesse, Carlos Oramas, Daniel Rich, Bonnie Armellini, James Lowder, Juliana Norman, Robert Hidalgo and Alexa Sandoval from the Gems Group.
Karen Cecilia Steigleder and Aline Steigleder from Meshdecor, winner of the Best First-Time Exhibitor Award.
Ben Pauley, Samuel Ferrara, Jamie Peisach, and Kirk Joiner from Passion Growers, Miami FL.
Marlon Pottinger, Jens Williford, Carol Ford, Rafael Marino and Darby Arthur from the Queens Bouquet Network.
Daniel Bell and Don Murphy from Grocery Outlet with Robert Bruno, Wendy Klusendorf, Shelley Vanderbeek and Ron Tallia from Rocket Farms.
Emil Bravo, Marcella Lucio-Chinchilla, Alis Zavala, Carmen Perez and Megan Ivill-Ayala from Silver Vase.
Bart Hayes, Jacque Sir Louis, Catherine Jakaitis, and Gary Wall from Smithers Oasis/Floralife.
Bill Prescott and Collette Martinez from the Sun Valley Group.
Valerie Johnson, Benjamin Friedman, Aaron Pickering, Laura Hoy, Klair McDermott, Lauree Lincoln and Patricia Clark from Sunshine Bouquet Co.
Cara Gordon, Chris Palermo and Scott Blackburn from Syndicate Sales.
Maria Codias, Scott and Gia Hill from the USA Bouquet Co.