PLEASANTON, CA — The Fresh Produce & Floral Council held its eight annual Northern California Expo April 9 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, here, drawing more than 600 people from the produce and floral trade.
Tina Pratt of NorCal Produce, Jenny Barrett of Natural Grocery Co., Carmen Garcia of Misty Hills, Debbie Cederlof of NorCal Produce, Karen Nakamura of Kitayama Bros. and Carrie Hall of Misty Hills.
The Eastern Produce Council held its 46th annual dinner dance Saturday, April 5, at the Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park, NJ.
Paul Kneeland, EPC president, reviewed highlights from the past year before the council presented charitable contributions to three organizations — Lead New York Program, Tomorrows Children's Fund and New Jersey Farmers Against Hunger — after which Gordon Hochberg, vice president of The Produce News, was presented with the EPC’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Doug Groendyke of Kings Food Markets, Christie Noel, Jerry Verrico of the New Jersey Ag Society, and Bobbie and Chuck Zambito of Zambito Produce Sales.
The 2014 World Floral Expo, held in Chicago March 26-28, was an international gathering of farms, growers and suppliers from more than 10 countries around the world. During the three-day event, buyers from the United States and Canada toured the booths of the 87 exhibitors, seeing new farms, new flowers and new trends.
Paul Harris (center) from Tradewinds International met with Ivan Salazar and Mabel Alvarado of Vegaflor.
The Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s annual Convention & Trade Show is off to a great start in beautiful Vancouver. The buzz from the busy trade show floor is evident, as CPMA’s expected 3,700 guests hold business meetings, catch up with old friends and look for new products — all good things for this year’s exhibitors.
Steve Lutz and Rochelle Den Broek of CMI promoted the company's upcoming cherry season, set to begin in early June.
Marlee Baxter, a student from the University of Guelph, Jane Rhyno of Highline Mushrooms and Loren Queen of Domex Superfresh Growers.
Mike Reed of BC Hot House Foods Inc., Brian Hampton of The Produce People Ltd. and Brian Faulkner of BC Fresh.
Jaime Bustamante and Luc Mougeot from DRC with Ernesto Maldonado of Star Produce and Andrea Aasbreuk also from DRC.
The Produce Marketing Association held its Fresh Connections: China event in Shanghai on March 20 to bring supply chain members in China and across the globe to network and learn about emerging trends and topics. More than 130 people — from various countries, including Australia, Canada, Chile, China, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States — were in attendance.
The event focused on retail, foodservice and e-commerce trends. There was also a session on the overview of China’s fresh produce industry.