PASADENA, CA — More than 500 produce professionals packed the Langham Huntington Hotel, here, on Saturday, Jan. 30, for the annual Fresh Produce & Floral Council Dinner Dance. Dinner and dancing were the order of the day at the James Bond-themed extravaganza. Bill Coombs of DLJ Produce won the $20,000 raffle prize and then generously donated his winnings to the City of Hope.
Marvin Quebec of Quebec Distributing Co. and the 2016 FPFC chairman of the board with Jeffrey McLellan of QSI Produce.
Parker Nishi and Aaron Marsh of Melissa’s/World Variety Produce.
Dan McGrath of Robinson Fresh with Chevy Arline of Smart & Final.
Micki Dirtzu and Brittney Overgaag of North Shore Living Herbs.
Brian Stamphill of Urban Produce, Mike Casazza of Apio/Eat Smart and Rick Cruz of Albertsons/Vons.
Jin Ju Wilder (center) of Valley Fruit & Produce with her husband, Daniel, and Kristin Reid of MIXTEC Group.
Georgia and Ron Araiza of Del Rey Avocado.
David and Veronica Martus of Stater Bros. Markets with Glen and Janice Bezanson of Greenhouse Produce Co.
Deanna and Alfonso Cano of Northgate Gonzales Markets.
Bobby Rincon and Marta Moreno of Rose Gonzales Plants.
Karen Caplan of Frieda's Inc. with Tim Mulhall of Smart & Final.
Bill Vogel of Vision Produce with Jan DeLyser of the California Avocado Commission and her husband, Duane.
Damian and Emily Fragoso of MIXTEC Group.
Pat McDowell of Perimeter Sales & Merchandising and Lynda Laird of Marie’s/Ventura Foods trying their hand at blackjack.
Bill Coombs of DLJ Produce and Cheryl Kennick of City of Hope.
Mark Carroll (right) of Gelson’s Markets with Bob Stukenberg.
Dick Spezzano of Spezzano Consulting Services and Richard Flamminio of Umina Bros.
Wali Quebec of Quebec Distributing Co. with Vicki and Kent Kuwata of Smart & Final.
Gary Caloroso and Megan Schulz of The Giumarra Cos.
Lynette Berk and Glenn Schaffner of Dole with Therese Ferrara of Preferred Sales LLC.
Susan and Rich Van Valkenburg of Van Valkenburg & Associates flank Dale Liefer of Pura Vida Farms.
Janet and John Hein of Specialty Fresh LLC.
Raul and Bea Gallegos of Bristol Farms.
Members of the plant industry from around the world met in tropical Fort Lauderdale, FL, for the 2016 Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition Jan. 19-22. The Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association’s show was unique because the complete spectrum of plant and plant-related industries came together to conduct business with both attendees as well as other exhibitors.
Kaisa O’Brien from Flora Pack in Jordan Station, ON, with Dennis DeBaltzo from A-ROO Co. in Strongsville, OH; Candy East and Kim Wyckoff from Wegmans in Rochester, NY.
Victor Acosta and Susan Sheffield from Acosta Farms in Miami.
Michael Hall from Bay City Flower Co. in Half Moon Bay, CA.
Ashley Casey and Rita Sutton from Costa Farms in Goulds, FL.
Scott Greathouse and Michael Shilling DecoWraps in Doral, FL, with Joel Reid from Aldershott Greenhouses in Burlington, ON.
Matthew Harris from DeLeon’s Bromeliads in Goulds, FL, Jamie Weikel from Kroger in Cincinnati, OH, and John Allen from DeLeon’s Bromeliads.
Evie Lynn and Loryn Lougheed from Eve’s Garden in Groveland, FL.
Nancy Leach from New Leaf Designs in Vero Beach, FL, with Victoria Berrios, Colin Friedrich and Mark Friedrich from Excelsa Gardens in Loxahatchee, FL.
Paul Riley from Highland Supply Corp. in Highland, IL.
Fern Ortega from Jet Fresh Flowers in Miami with Mark Gibling and Shannan Richards from Landmark Nursery in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Jessica Pearce and Bisser Georgiev from LiveTrends Design Group in Apopka, FL, with Eddie Anderson and Lisa Johnson from McDonald Garden Center in Hampton, VA.
Lee Bloomcamp from Syngenta in Gainesville, FL, with Robert Zeliff from Manatee Fruit Co. in Palmetto, FL.
Ryan Hamrick from Penang Nursery in Apopka, FL, with Debbie Loche from Loche Bros. in Wellesley, MA, and Jeff Silvera from Quinlan Wasserman in Boston.
Dave Garcia and Emmett O’Dell from Pete Garcia Co. in Atlanta.
Ian Frenero from Pine Island Nursery & Tree Farm in Miami with Claudia Lindsey from Koehler & Dramm Wholesale Florist in Minneapolis.
Marchella Lucio-Chinchilla from Silver Vase in Homestead, FL, with Thiby Sierra and Helena Escobar from Green & Flowers Designs in Miami.
Tina Streight, Cheryl Blackwell and Dennis Munsey from Sun Bulb Co. in Arcadia, FL.
Sherri Gardiner from Temkin Canada in Burlington, ON and Andrea Chaparro from Temkin International in Miami.
Paul Gray and Fred Rutzke from Tropical Wave Nursery in Homestead, FL.
Menno Van Der Straten from Wander Tuinier BV in the Netherlands and John Kouwenberg from Foliera Inc. in Beamsville, ON.
Jared Dobecki from Westerlay Orchids in Carpinteria, CA.
LA QUINTA, CA — Members of the United Fresh Produce Association gathered Jan. 12-14 at the La Quinta Resort & Club, here, to honor Rick and Tonya Antle with Lifetime Achievement Awards for their numerous contributions to the fresh produce industry. The Antles were both praised and roasted by longtime friends, associates and family members, and were clearly moved by the outpouring of love and respect.
Ross Wileman of Mission Produce, Jan DeLyser of the California Avocado Commission, Marty Craner of BC Fresh Sales and Dave Moore of Earthbound Farm.
Bob Meek of Wada Farms and Howard Roeder of Dole.
Mike and Bobby Grinstead of the Grinstead Group.
Kim St. George of Mann Packing, Megan Zweig of DMA and Penny Parham of Miami-Dade County public schools department of food and nutrition.
Chuck Ciruli of Ciruli Bros. and Mark Munger of 4Earth Farms.
Ron Carkoski of Four Seasons Produce with Michael and Teresa Muzyk of Baldor Specialty Foods.
Chuck Ciruli of Ciruli Bros. with Rick Antle of Tanimura & Antle, co-recipient of the United Fresh Lifetime Achievement Award along with his wife, Tonya Antle.
United Fresh President and CEO Tom Stenzel kicking off the Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony at the La Quinta Resort in La Quinta, CA.
Tony Freytag of Crunch Pak and Bob Morrissey of the National Watermelon Association.
Frank Padilla (center) of Costco with Chris Ciruli and Chuck Ciruli of Ciruli Bros.
United Fresh Chairman Brian Kocher of Castellini Co. introduces speakers at the United Fresh Lifetime Achievement Award ceremonies.
Tony Freytag of Crunch Pak speaking at the United Fresh Lifetime Achievement Award ceremonies.
Teri Trost of Gills Onions, a longtime friend of Tonya and Rick Antle, spoke about her close relationship with the couple, which were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by United Fresh.
Brian Antle of Tanimura & Antle and son of Rick Antle, spoke about the guidance his father gave him in his youth.
Tonya and Rick Antle approach the dais to accept their Lifetime Achievement Awards from United Fresh.
United Fresh President and CEO Tom Stenzel, Rick Antle, Tonya Antle, United Fresh Chairman Brian Kocher of Castellini Co. and former United Chairman Jim Lemke of C.H. Robinson.
Tonya Antle addresses the audience following the presentation of the United Fresh Lifetime Achievement Award.
Rick Antle addresses the audience following the presentation of the United Fresh Lifetime Achievement Award.
Karen Caplan of Frieda's Inc. and Tonya Antle, who started her produce industry career at Frieda's. The two women remain very close friends.
After working in the produce industry for several decades, Sal Vacca is retiring. The former owner of A.J. Trucco, located on Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx, NY, helped to found the company in 1960. A retirement party was held in his honor Friday, Dec. 4 at the New York Botanical Gardens.
Sal Vacca of A.J. Trucco Inc., who is retiring after over 50 years in the produce industry, with Rosalinda Carrera, who has worked for several produce companies on the Hunts Point Market over the years.
Myra Gordon of the Hunts Point Cooperative Association with Diane Vacca of A.J. Trucco Inc.
Vito and Sally Cangialosi with JC Barros of A.J. Trucco Inc.
Dan Michaelson and Sasha LoPresti of A.J. Trucco Inc.
Elena and Matthew D'Arrigo of D'Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York Inc. with Nick Pacia of A.J. Trucco Inc.
Mario and Nancy Andreani of S. Katzman Produce.
Cathy Moeller and James DePesa of A.J. Trucco Inc.
Ciro and Kathy Porricelli with Angela Porricelli and Wayne Brandt of Jerry Porricelli Produce.
Bonnie Brown and John Stewart with Barton Mason and Tracy Campbell of A.J. Trucco Inc.
Jose Pagan, Steven Iglesias and Gabreil Vega of Trucco LA.
Tracey Monahan and David Silva of Southern Specialties.
Rosalinda Carrera with Sal Vacca and Marisol Flores of A.J. Trucco Inc.