CAC hosts tour of California avocado industry

IMG 5138The California Avocado Commission hosted a media tour April 25-26. It encompassed stops at a leading avocado nursery, a longtime avocado grower and the country's largest packinghouse, giving attendees a thorough look at one of the most popular crops in the Golden State.

Aimee Meidinger-Smith, sales manager of Brokaw Nurseries in Saticoy, CA, explains how budwood is grafted onto rootstock to produce the desired avocado variety.

United Fresh president addresses FPFC membership at April 22 luncheon

2-MPKCERRITOS, CA — Nearly 300 produce professionals packed the Sheraton Cerritos Hotel, here, April 22 for the Fresh Produce & Floral Council’s Southern California Membership Luncheon.

Featured speaker Tom Stenzel, president of the United Fresh Produce Association, spoke about the important role fruits and vegetables play in today's society. Stenzel's speech concentrated on produce industry topics ranging from labor and drought to the impact that salad bars in schools are achieving in an effort to curb child obesity.

Rob McDougall of Gelson's Markets, Marty Craner of B&C Fresh Sales and Dick Spezzano of Spezzano Consulting Service.

CPMA's record-breaking show in Montreal

cpma9With almost 300 exhibitors occupying 500 exhibit spaces at the Palais de congrès de Montréal in Montreal, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s 90th annual convention and trade show April 15-17 was the largest gathering of its kind yet.

Julie DeWolf and Joan Wickham in the Sunkist booth at CPMA. 

EPC's April dinner meeting

epc2205The Eastern Produce Council held its April dinner meeting Tuesday, April 21, at The Brownstone in Paterson, NJ. The evening, hosted by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, concluded with the introduction of new EPC leadership.

Doug Groendyke of Kings Food Markets and Bruce Klein of Maurice A. Auerbach Inc.

SEPC’s STEP-UPP class

stepupp2004The Southeast Produce Council’s 2015 STEP-UPP class traveled to southern Florida April 7-10 to visit a variety of well-known produce facilities and farms as part of the program’s ongoing learning experience for class members to develop a greater understanding of the fresh produce industry.

Mary Ostlund, marketing director at Brooks Tropicals.