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IMG 7084NEW ORLEANS — The United Fresh Produce Association honored longtime produce industry executive Bruce McEvoy with a Lifetime Achievement Award at its Produce Legends Dinner Jan. 10 during the annual Midwinter Leadership Meeting.

The dinner held in his honor featured food stations from all parts of the world in homage to his far-reaching career with such industry powerhouses as Sunkist, DuPont and finally Seald Sweet, from which he retired as president in 2004 but remains as a government relations consultant.

In accepting the award, McEvoy stressed the importance of teamwork, which he credited for his success in the industry. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2008 and now serves as the board chairman of his local Alzheimer/Parkinson's Association chapter and has become a tireless champion for the cause, advocating on Capitol Hill for legislation to increase funding for research.

Bruce McEvoy, who was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the United Fresh Produce Association, with fellow Seald Sweet executives Mayda Sotomayor and Kim Flores.

14-ALFONSO---1CERRITOS, CA — The Fresh Produce & Floral Council held its annual charity luncheon Dec. 14, here, at the Sheraton Cerritos, to benefit Caterina's Club — an Anaheim, CA-based charity that feeds pasta dinners to homeless and underprivileged children every night. More than 300 produce professionals attended the luncheon, where both silent and live auctions (with celebrity chef Jet Tila acting as chief auctioneer), as well as side donations, raised $179,055 for the charity — a record amount. The charity, founded by local chef Bruno Serato, has now become a worldwide movement.

Amanda Grillo of CMC Sales & Marketing with Greg Corrigan of Raley's.

ny4092NEW YORK — A big crowd turned out Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the seventh annual New York Produce Show & Conference to walk the aisles of the trade show, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Manhattan's West Side. More than 400 companies from around the United States and abroad exhibited the produce industry's best and latest products and ideas at the show.

EPC President Vic Savanello of Allegiance Retail Services and EPC Executive Director Susan McAleavey Sarlund during the keynote breakfast.

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Industry members and friends gathered on Monday, Dec. 12, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Syracuse, NY, to celebrate the successful career of Jim Allen, president and chief executive officer of the New York Apple Association, who will be retiring in January after serving in the association for 20 years.

The special event took place on the 20th floor of the hotel, overlooking the city lights, and attracted prominent guests including former New Jersey Assistant Secretary of Agriculture Al Murray; New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball; New York Senator Mike Nozzolio; and Jim Boeheim, head coach of the men’s basketball team at Syracuse University; as well as many other produce industry members, family and friends.

Alisha Albinder of Hudson River Fruit Distributors, Richard Ball of New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets, Robert Minard of W.G. Minard & Sons Inc. and Larry Cosman of Mt. Airy Fruit Farm. .  

IMG 0825C&C Produce held its third annual Harvest to Market Open House Dec. 7. The event featured local growers and producers that set up tables with pictures and samples of their products. Major retailers, local chefs and everyone in between were in attendance.

Bates County Produce of Rich Hill, MO.