QPMA Oyster Party

4105The 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.

Hunts Point Produce Market comes together to help those in need

DSC00859The 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.

Fresh Produce Association of the Americas convention

qw2The 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. 

Western Growers Association convenes for 90th annual meeting

ij3DEL 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.

PMA Fresh Summit Floral 2015 trade show

CONTINENTAL-FLOWERSAtlanta — 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.