On Thursday, Sept. 22, about 200 members of the Fresh Produce & Floral Council met for lunch at the Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton, CA, to break bread and talk a little about life and sports. The featured speaker was Doug Cosbie, former tight end for the Dallas Cowboys, who discussed many of the life lessons he has learned while participating in sports as a player or coach for the past 50 years.
Featured speaker Doug Cosbie with FPFC Chairman Marvin Quebec of Quebec Distributing and Ken Silveira of Sunset Produce.
Susie Rea of West Pak Avocado with Ryan Baird of Robinson Fresh.
Kevin Trisko of Earthbound Farms and Dave Schoonmaker of Bolthouse Farms.
Bob Haarhues of Crunch Pak chats with a trio from CDS: Ben Lopez, Katie Flaherty and Reyes Noriega.
Amber Rappozo of Hollandia with Jaime Padilla and Mike Casazza of Calavo.
Danny Goforth and Terrence Billingsley of Mann Packing talk with David Dudley of Dave Mart Supermarkets.
Ernie Peraza of House Foods, Brian Winkler and Nicole Carr of the Renaissance Food Group with Nannette Andersen of FreshSource.
Jan Garrett of CDS with Jim Leech and Garland Perkins of Oppy, and Jamie LaChapelle and Dave Diago of CDS.
Ed Odron of Maddan & Co. with Dave Moen of Save Mart Supermarkets.
Ray Richmond and Garrett Nishimori of San Miguel flank Tran Nguyen of IFCO.
Robert Thompson of FreshSource, David Mesa of Humm Kombucha, Larry Nonn of Odwalla and John Frietas of Fresh Origins.
Kevin Leap of Frieda’s, Tyson Billingsley and Dave Schoonmaker of Bolthouse Farms, and Jason Domenico of Suja Juices.
Mike and Trish Maddan of Maddan & Co.
Cathy Barsotti of Barsotti Juices with John Alvarado of Rock Island Refrigerated Distributors.
Wayne Snodgrass of Apio with Bruce Britt of Impact Sales.
Starielle Newman of Suja Juices.
Scott Mercer and Shelayne Higgs of Impact Sales with Shawn Dagen of FreshSource.
Gary Kibbe of NRM with Jim Willenbrink of Tosca.
Master of Ceremonies Michael Schutt of Raley’s.
BREWSTER, MA — The New England Produce Council's 17th annual Produce, Floral & Foodservice Expo got under way Wednesday, Sept. 21, with a presentation by Tom Stenzel, president and chief executive officer of United Fresh Produce Association, who delivered the keynote address, titled, "We're Driving a Fresh Revolution." This was followed by a consumer panel on shopping habits specific to produce purchases, moderated by Kevin Coupe, a food industry expert, journalist and author.
The event is being held Sept. 21-23 at the Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club in Brewster, MA, which is located on historic and beautiful Cape Cod.
Following a VIP reception from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., attendees enjoyed the annual Cape Cod style clambake, followed by a bonfire, cocktails and S'mores on the beach later in the evening.
The expo was scheduled for Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a "Sunset Sail" later that evening.
Doug Stewart of Giorgio Fresh with Kim and Bill Brophy of Stop & Shop.
Rick San Pedro and Mark Sawyer of Hannaford Bros.
Tom Mara and Dan McAllister of Bozzuto's Inc.
Kevin Coupe, a food industry expert, journalist and author, and Tom Stenzel, president and CEO of United Fresh Produce Association, spoke Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 21, at the NEPC's 2016 expo.
NEPC President Anthony Sattler of C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. with Bob McGowan of Northeast Produce Sales and advisor to the NEPC Executive Committee.
Kelly Swanberg of Riolo Transportation Inc., Tony Medrano and Seymur Ashumov of Grocer's Supply, and Spencer Casey and Samantha Sawyer of Riolo Transportation Inc.
Samantha Besold, a junior at the University of Delaware, with CeCe Krumrine of the National Mango Board.
Bruce Klein of Maurice A. Auerbach Inc. with Dale and Pam Miles of Market Basket.
Jeannie and Joe Watson of the Produce Marketing Association with Melinda Richardson of Suja Juice.
Melinda Richardson of Suja Juice and Oscar Rodriguez of Robinson Fresh.
Greg Caveng, John Pandol and Tim Percival of Pandol Bros. Inc.
ISELIN, NJ — The Eastern Produce Council's dinner meeting Tuesday evening, Sept. 13, was different than most EPC meetings. Billed as a tailgate dinner, attendees were invited to dress in their favorite football jersey, and former New York Jets defense player Joe Klecko spoke at the dinner.
The meeting, held at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, here, was co-sponsored by Avocados from Mexico and the Idaho Potato Commission. Maggie Bezart-Hall of Avocados from Mexico and Seth Pemsler of the Idaho Potato Commission also spoke briefly at the event, the council's first meeting after its traditional summer break.
Maggie Bezart-Hall of Avocados from Mexico, one of the co-sponsors of the EPC's Sept. 13 dinner meeting; Susan McAleavey Sarlund, executive director of the EPC; Joe Klecko, a defensive player with the New York Jets from 1977 to 1987 where he was a member of the team's 'New York Sack Exchange'; Victor Savanello, president of the EPC; and Seth Pemsler of the Idaho Potato Commission, the other co-sponsor of the meeting.
The officers of the Eastern Produce Council gathered just after the council's Sept. 13 board meeting: Treasurer Sal Zacchia, Secretary Rob Goldstein, Executive Director Susan McAleavey Sarlund, President Victor Savanello, First Vice President Marianne Santo and Second Vice President Greg Veneziano.
Victor Joseph of Victor Joseph & Son and Rob Goldstein of Genpro Inc.
Angie Hanson with Jessica Pascetta of Organic Girl.
Josh Padilla of Krasdale/Alpha 1 Marketing, EPC President Vic Savanello of Allegiance Retail Services and Rick Feigherty of Procacci Bros.
Vin Villone of Food Circus and Jessica Brienza of International Food Source.
Paulette Satur and Eberhard Mueller of Satur Farms.
Maggie Bezart Hall of Avocados From Mexico, a co-sponsor of the Sept. 13 event, with Dominic Petrocelli of Bozzuto’s and Jeanette De-Coninck Hertzler of Index Fresh.
EPC President Vic Savanello of Allegiance Retail Services addressed the attendees of the EPC’s Sept. 13 dinner meeting in Woodridge, NJ.
Maggie Bezart Hall of Avocados From Mexico and Seth Pemsler of the Idaho Potato Commission, co-sponsors of the EPC’s Sept. 13 dinner meeting, thanked the EPC membership for supporting of their respective commodities.
Maggie Bezart Hall of Avocados From Mexico and Seth Pemsler of the Idaho Potato Commission, checking the signage of the EPC’s Sept. 13 Tailgate Dinner, which they co-sponsored.
Bruce Klein of Maurice A. Auerbach Inc. and Paul Jackameit of Jac Vandenberg Inc.
Al Murray of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and Arthur O'Leary of Chelan Fresh.
Bill Litvin of Giorgio Fresh and Juan Vasquez of Alpha 1 Marketing.
Dominick Petrocelli of Bozzuto's Inc. with Mark Leone and Celeste Serrano of Giorgio Fresh.
Pat Mele III of FreshPro Food Distributors and Kurt Zuhlke of Kurt Zuhlke & Associates Inc.
Joe Atchison and Christine Fries of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
Annie Pape, Lauren Del Rosario and George Campbell of Frank Donio Inc.
Juan Vasquez, Murray Hochler and Robert Larson of Krasdale.
Joe Nava (second from left) of Calavo Growers with Michael Armata, Nick Armata, Mike Marrello and Frank Schembri of E. Armata.
Bruce Klein of Maurice A. Auerbach and Floyd Avillo of FreshPro Food Distributors.
Joe Kouten, Ernie Santos, Al Abatemarco, Rob Goldstein and Stacey Stein of Genpro Inc.
Marybeth March (center) of Country Fresh Mushrooms with Tracy Simmonds and Chris Kenney of World Wide Sales.
Dominick Banda of Marchella Produce, Victor Joseph of Victor Joseph & Son and Jim Mulcahy of New World Farming Trade.
Mike Maxwell of Procacci Bros. and Bill Litvin of Giorgio Fresh.
Molly Zingler of the New York Apple Association and Susan McAleavey Sarlund, executive director of the Eastern Produce Council.
Avocados From Mexico and the Idaho Potato Commission teamed up for a football-themed Tailgate Dinner to kick off the Eastern Produce Council’s first meeting Sept. 13 following its summer hiatus.
The IPC’s Spuddy Buddy sits atop the footballs autographed by New York Jets legend Joe Klecko, which were raffled off at the end of the dinner meeting.
New York Jets legend Joe Klecko regaled the EPC membership with tales from his playing days.
An excited Jessica Pascetta of Organic Girl claims her autographed football from New York Jets legend Joe Klecko at the Sept. 13 EPC meeting.
Philadelphia Eagles fan Al Murray (right) of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture has a laugh while accepting an autographed football from New York Jets legend Joe Klecko.
Klecko, who was with the Jets from 1977 to 1987 and where he was a member of the team's "New York Sack Exchange," told the audience a little about his career in football and elsewhere. "My world has always been about teamwork," he said. "Not too many people" become successful just by themselves. "It comes from working together."
EPC President Victor Savanello, director of produce and floral at Allegiance Retail Services LLC, said, "Tonight, we have two sponsors who are great supporters of the Eastern Produce Council. "Potatoes mean so much to our industry," and "avocados are certainly a big thing but have so much growth potential still."
In closing, Savanello reminded the audience that the council's second annual Joe DeLorenzo Family Day will be held Saturday, Oct. 1 at Melick's Town Farm, from 10 a.m. to noon. The event is held in honor of Joseph DeLorenzo, a longtime member of the council and one of its past presidents, who died Nov. 12, 2014.
"Joe D would have loved this event," said Savanello. "Bring your children, bring your grandchildren. This is just a fantastic day."
NEW YORK — Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the newly elected president of Peru, made an appearance at the Peru to the World Expo, here, Sept. 18, to support the launch of a new Superfoods from Peru brand.
PPK, as he is widely known, arrived toward the end of the four-hour expo to voice his commitment to Peru's agriculture industry and its growing importance in global markets. Throngs of fans clamored for a photo or even just a glimpse of the popular president, who defeated Keiko Fujimori in a close contest in June.
The expo featured 20 chefs, who prepared traditional Peruvian dishes that featured some of Peru's agricultural gems, such as avocados, blueberries and quinoa.
The new Superfoods from Peru brand was launched at the Peru to the World Expo Sept. 18 at Metropolitan West in New York City.
Eduardo Ferreyros, Peru's Minister of Foreign Commerce and Tourism, cutting the ribbon to kick off the Peru to the World Expo Sept. 18 in New York City.
Eduardo Ferreyros (center), Peru's Minister of Foreign Commerce and Tourism, with José Antonio Gomez Bazan (left), chief executive officer of Camposol Trading, and Xavier Equihua (right), chief executive officer of the Peruvian Avocado Commission, a key sponsor of the Peru to the World Expo in New York City.
Edward Neuburg, vice president of the Peruvian Agribusiness Association.
Xavier Equihua, chief executive officer of the Peruvian Avocado Commission, addressing the crowd at the Peru to the World Expo about the launch of the new Superfoods from Peru brand.
José Antonio Gomez Bazan, chief executive officer of Camposol Trading, spoke of his company's involvement in the Peruvian agriculture industry.
The Peruvian Brothers, brand ambassadors for Avocados from Peru, were on hand at the Peru to the World Expo creating some of their culinary delights featuring some of the superfoods from Peru.
A display of avocados in front of the popular Avocados from Peru cookbook, which features a history of Peruvian avocados and recipes for the fruit.
Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the newly elected president of Peru, attended the Peru to the World Expo Sept. 18 in New York City to help launch the new Superfoods from Peru brand.
Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the newly elected president of Peru, flanked by José Antonio Gomez Bazan (left), chief executive officer of Camposol Trading, and Xavier Equihua (right), chief executive officer of the Peruvian Avocado Commission.
Eduardo Ferreyros, Peru's Minister of Foreign Commerce and Tourism, told The Produce News that the launch of the Superfoods from Peru brand at the expo was significant, as the United States is the most important market for Peruvian agriculture.
"In 2009, Peru exported $500 million worth of agricultural products to the United States," he said. "Today, the value is $1.5 billion, and we hope to increase that to $3 billion in the next five years."
Ferreyros said the ministry has worked hard for years to promote agriculture and the effort is now paying off. He said it will continue with its promotions and has opened U.S. offices in New York and Miami to help support the cause.
Avocados and blueberries were the featured superfoods at the expo, and Lima-based Camposol is a leader in both items.
'We support Avocados from Peru and Blueberries from Peru," said José Antonio Gomez Bazan, chief executive officer of Camposol Trading. "We have seen double-digit growth of these items and we need to keep consumption growing. The Superfoods from Peru brand was the second step after Avocados from Peru and Blueberries from Peru, and we will add more in the future, with items like citrus and grapes."
SUN VALLEY, ID — The Idaho Grower Shipper Association held its 88th annual convention, here, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, providing a mix of business and networking opportunities at the picturesque and historic Sun Valley Resort. One of the highlights of the convention was the Sept. 1 Railroad Reception & Cocktail Party, celebrating the importance that the railroad industry has had on Idaho potatoes throughout the years.
Darla and James Hoff of Hoff Bros. Inc., growers for G.P.O.D. James Hoff is also a commissioner with the Idaho Potato Commission as well as a grower.
Seth and Alise Pemsler of IPC with Joe Esta of Wada Farms.
Chris Lee of Idaho Package Co. and Dean Gibson of Magic Valley Produce.
Wayne DeCou, Daniel Mueller and Alan Mueller of Volm Cos. with Bruce Cox of Kwik Lok Corp.
Scott Stanger of R&G Potato with Klade Williams of Arrowhead Potato and Kevin Stanger of Wada Farms.
Rick Miles of Rick Miles Potato Service and Mark Klompien of the Idaho Grower Shippers Association.
Jeff Riggs of Idaho Package Co. and Pat Davis, with Cathy and Walt Shappley of Highland Fresh Technologies.
Ross Johnson of Potatoes USA with Steve Elfering and Steve Ottum of Potandon Produce.
Sam Hughes, Jon Genoways, Emily Bray, Beth Bouza and Jeff Hawkins of the Union Pacific Railroad.
Julie Hart of Circle Valley Produce and Myra Castillo of IGSA.
Ragen Darrington of Industrial Ventilation with Brian Jones of Sun Valley Potatoes and Mark Darrington of Mark Darrington Farms.