The Fresh Produce & Floral Council held its Southern California Expo July 19 in Anaheim, CA. The one-day expo attracted 2,000 produce professionals to its location at the Disneyland Hotel Convention Center in Anaheim. Chef Fabio Viviani gave the keynote speech at the opening breakfast exhorting the crowd of many in-store produce and floral personnel to go way beyond the bare minimum in doing their jobs. He said that while everyone can’t and shouldn’t be an entrepreneur, everyone is the CEO of themselves and responsible for what they accomplish and how far they go in their careers and lives.
Keynote speaker Fabio Viviani with Don Odiorne, Kent Beesley and Seth Pemsler of the Idaho Potato Commission.
Curtis Chenard, Nancy Hamilton and Ryan Savage of Advantage Fresh.
Phil Grisalva of Fresh Express with Jailany Betancourt and Dan Acevedo of Green Fruit Avocado.
Rachelle Schulken, Brian Winkler, Nicole Carr and Timothy Murphy of Renaissance Food Group.
Lulu Valle and Tom Hall of Freska Produce.
Bobby Miller, Nikki Winn and Brisa Beltran of Cabo Fresh.
Bridget Boskovich and Darrell Beyer of Boskovich Farms.
Whitney Knaak and Oakley Boren of Frieda’s Inc.
Donald Souther, Jesse Sepulveda and Robert Stauffer of Vision Produce.
James Laitipaya of B.J. Orchids with Larry, Curly and Moe.
Brad Martin and Pat McDowell of Perimeter Sales & Merchandising flank Sam Tedesco of the Safeway Group.
Kyla Oberman and Maci Mollring of Naturipe.
Megan Ichimoto, Jessica Swinkels, Garrett Nishimori and Maryam Nikkhah of San Miguel Produce.
Don Gann and Jacob Cadwallader of Stater Bros. Markets.
Harrison Higaki (right) of Bay City Flower Co. presented the 2016 FPFC Floral Achievement Award to his father, Harry.
Kyle Kruhmin, Julianna St. Geme, Siena Birdsall and Santiago Pena of Mission Produce.
Angela Fraser of the California Avocado Commission visits with Breakfast Keynote speaker Chef Fabio Viviani.
Abraham Fernandez of Ralphs Grocery Co. stopped by the North Shore Living Herbs booth to chat with Suzette Overgaag, Gloria Carpio, Micki Dirtzu and Brittney Overgaag.
Lorenza Haghenbeck of Tajín with Steve Hattendorf and Karen Brux of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association.
Jeff Corey and Gloria Sanchez of Corey Nursery.
Matt Christ of the Allen Lund Co., Jason Paez of Cal Poly-Pomona and Rich Van Valkenburg of VVA, who earlier was awarded the FPFC’s Norman H. (Buz) Bolstad Produce Award.
Lindsay Martinez, Jeremiah Hunsaker and Hugo Acevedo of Houweling’s Tomatoes.
Jeanne Lesher of Smart & Final and Rose Gonzales of Rose Gonzales Plants with ‘Edward Scissorhands.’
Doug Hoover and John Castillo of IFCO flank Jerry De Franco of De Franco & Sons.
Linda Giovannozzi and Joanne Torres of B-Fresh Floral.
Ken Cooper and Malcolm Wing of Veg-Land.
Zenia Villa, Rod Kramer, Gary Caloroso and Joseph Casey of the Giumarra Cos.
Kelly Craner of BC Fresh Sales with Dawn Losito, Kirk Wilson and Bob Besix of Country Fresh Mushroom.
Carmen Garcia of Coastal Nursery with Gregorio Valdovinos of Mother’s Market & Kitchen.
Glen and Jan Bezanson of Greenhouse Produce.
Kellee Harris showing Nature's Partners new stone fruit tote bags.
Ashley Pipkin and Jose Natera of Tanimura & Antle.
Mike Aiton of Prime Time Produce.
Kristin Shafer and Vince Mier of Nunes Co.
Greg Welch, Lara Grossman, Dan McGrath, Zoe Maas and Coy Williams of Robinson Fresh.
Kraig Loomis, Jack Gyben and Manny Lira Jr. of Progressive Produce with Veronica Rodarte of Pathfinder Logistics.
Don Krekorian of Growers Express/GreenGiant Fresh.
Retailers, growers, distributors and processors gathered in Monterey, CA, for the inaugural Organic Produce Summit at the Monterey Hyatt Resort & Spa, July 13-14.
The day-and-a-half-long OPS included a series of educational sessions and keynote speakers covering a wide range of topics related to the booming $14 billion organic produce category, followed by a sold-out exhibition floor, featuring a wide array of the world’s largest organic fresh produce companies.
Neil Millman and Jim Provost with I Love Produce.
Neil Wilbur and Tom Bramers with Church Bros.
James Peterson with Wish Farms.
Audrey Desnoyers with Oppy talks tomatoes.
Eric Proffitt and Justine Schoneveld with Cal-Organic/Grimmway Farms.
Ben Josephson with Wada Farms.
Chance Kirk with VBZ Grapes.
Danny Goforth, Kim St. George, and Jeff Freeman with Mann Packing.
Mason Parkinson and Bill Schene with Valliwide Organics.
Audrey Barona with Renaissance Food Group, Rob Wedin and Sandy Eason with Calavo.
Jensen DeVaurs with Driscoll’s.
Allen DeMo with DLJ Produce and Nathan Jenkins with Ready Pac Foods.
Dustin Clyde and April Myers with Top Brass Marketing.
Kyle Vilhauer, Katie Bassman, and Brian Peixoto with Lakeside Organic Gardens.
Gary Kosolsky with BJ’s Wholesale, Dave Johnson and Kim Fellom with Pacific International Marketing.
John Ansbach with Sunview Marketing.
Mike O’Brien, Lindsey Roberts, and Kevin Eichele with Monterey Mushroom.
Mike Connors, Bill Enserink, Keith Masser, Kathleen Triou, Brock Snyder, and Dave Masser with Fresh Solutions Network.
Kevin Donovan with Phillip’s Gourmet Mushrooms.
Pedro Batiz, Sr. and Clarisa Batiz with Divine Flavor.
David Roby, Catherine Gipe-Stewart, and Jeff Ritts with Domex Superfresh Growers.
Geoff Hall with Christopher Ranch.
Hilary Smith, John Pursel, Justin Magdaleno, Jamie Sgheiza, and Chris Lemmon with Robinson Fresh.
Ernesto Sanabria and Kyle Moynahan with Red Sun Farms.
Gilbert Hinojosa, Steve Adlesh, and Bob Montgomery with Beachside Produce.
Lauren Martinez and Jill Lenz with Muzzi Family Farms.
Tom Hughes, Stephanie Cutaia, and Derrick Rayner with Earth Fresh Foods.
Patrick Lucy, Jessica Hunter, and Ron Araiza with Del Rey Avocado.
Karina Gonzalez and Garrett Nishikori with San Miguel Produce.
Orlin Knutson, David Garcia, and Bruce Turner with Onionta Starr Ranch.
Cherie France, Chad Hansen, Scott Mabs, and Craig Morris with Homegrown Organic Farms.
Rob Spinelli, Cookie Bianco, John Harley, DJ Ryan, and Jay Stiver with Anthony Vineyards.
Laura Hastie, Erin Butler, and Brendan Bartley with Foxy Organic.
Keith Barnard, Brooke Franklin, LeighAnne Thompson, and Megan Rood with Mission Produce.
Neil Milburn, Kori Tuggle and Tom Bramers of Church Bros.
Victor Heredia and Miranda Richardson of Coliman.
Tom Hughes, Stephanie Cutaia and Derrick Rayner of Earth Fresh Foods.
Ozzie Figueroa of Henry Avocado.
Mindy Van Vleck and Teri Gibson of Peri & Sons.
Roy Ruff and Luis Acuña of Viva Tierra.
Shawn Baldwin, Ronald McCormick, Ryan Haley of Walmart.
The 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show took place June 26-28 at the Javits Center in New York City. Featuring more than 180,000 products, 25,000 buyers and 2,550 exhibitors, this year's show was expected to draw more than 46,000 industry professionals.
Steven Blanc of Healthy Brands speaking with Sheldon Cole and Joseph Setton of Setton International Foods.
Robert Linder and Dan Benedetto of Woodland Foods.
Mary Mooney and Kelly Mooney of Mooney Farms.
John Vasapoli of D'Agostino with Giuliana Pozzuto of George DeLallo.
Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce showcasing Jackfruit, which can be weigh up to 100 pounds and is available year-round.
Lori Buzby and Mark Devencenzi of Sunridge Farms.
Paul Miller of Terrafina.
Alan Holmes, Andy Bachman and Tom Ewing of T. Marzetti Co.
Brian Loiseau, Ron Hoffman, Carole Opel and Dave Sensenig of Giorgio Foods.
Yigit Ozdemir of Nature's Wild Organic Inc.
Greg Morante, Howard Fisher, Brad Ehnert and Todd McAllister of FreshPro Food Distributors.
The Center for Produce Safety held its seventh annual Produce Research Symposium June 28-29 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Seattle. Food-safety research scientists, produce industry leaders and government officials attended th gathering to discuss the latest outcomes from produce-related food-safety research.
Jill Dunlop of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association with Reggie Brown of the Florida Tomato Committee.
German Rios and Kevin Watson of Fresh Express Inc.
Bryan Silbermann of PMA and Mary Ellen Burris of Wegmans with Craig Wilson of Costco Wholesale.
Jill Dunlop of FFVA with Laura Grunenfelder and Kate Woods of Northwest Horticultural Council.
Gurmail and Aman Mudahar of Tanimura & Antle with Angie Ramirez and Lianna Kelly of Markon Cooperative.
DeAnn Davis of Earthbound with Valerie Hannig of The Oppenheimer Group.
Mary Ellen Burris of Wegmans with Steve and Nikki Patricio of Westside Produce.
Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli of CPS with Steve Patricio of Westside Produce .
Howard Roeder, Monica Bazan, Luciana Soler-Smith, Ashley Avilla and Aaron Schneider of Dole Fresh Vegetables.
Elisabetta Lambertini of RTI International and Kim Cook of USDA Agricultural Research Service with Mary Lou Tortorello of the FDA.
Suresh DeCosta of Lipman Family Farms and Ana Allende of CEBAS-CSIC Spain.
Martha Roberts of the University of Florida.
Mabel Gil and Ana Allende of CEBAS-CSIC Spain flank Eduardo Gutierrez-Rodriquez of NCSU.
The 2016 United Fresh Produce Association trade show co-located with the Food Marketing Institute, the International Floriculture Expo and, new this year, the Global Cold Chain expo. There were approximately 13,000 attendees across the four trade show events.
Rick Overholt and Jason Adlam of CHEP.
Carrie Grossman, Mary Blackmon and Courtney Buchanan of Atlanta-based Farm Star Living.
Rob Bertels and Gwendolyn Jackimek of Mission Produce in Oxnard, CA.
Avocados From Mexico officially unveiled its new booth at United Fresh Produce Association's convention and exposition in Chicago. On hand for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting were Martin Caro, a representative of Proamerica; Alvaro Luque, president of Avocados From Mexico; Carlos Jimenez, Consulate General of Mexico and Chicago; Carlos Vazquez, Agricultural Minister of Mexico; Chef Mark Garcia, Avocados From Mexico’s director of foodservice; and Eduardo Serena, marketing director of APEAM.
Charlie Eagle and Kristen Francisco of Southern Specialties.
Mike Prather and Katie Sunshine of Flavor-Pic Tomato.
Maricela Mandel, Danny Mandel, Craig Slate, Eduardo Herbst and Frank Camera of Sunfed.
Steve Page and Greg Akins of Catalytic Generators.
Anthony Maniscalco and Daniel Palanca of Mucci Farms.
Max Press and Jessica Kerstein of Lipman.
Ed Lund of the Allen Lund Co.
Sue Elizabeth, Kyle Waring, Marshall Sherman and Ashley Rawl of W.P. Rawl & Sons.
Terri Fletcher and Vignola Enrique of Harvest Sensations.
Ray Mastronardi and Chris Badaoa of Del Frisco Produce.
Shawn Dagen of NatureSweet flanked by Troy Bland and Jeff Rhoden of Bland Farms.
Dan Crowley of Well-Pict Berries with Tony Scialabba and Dennis Borens of Anthony Marano Co.
Mina Weidel of Loadsmart.
Glen Arrowsmith and Dan Sebetic of Oppy.
Kacie Ragsdale and Christina Barnard of Taylor Farms.
Brian Rayfield of J&J Family of Farms, Daniel Klausner of Apio and David Stornetta of Produce Careers.
John Striff and Joan Wickham of Sunkist show off new packaging for Meyer lemons.
Sunkist Chef Jill Davie provided one of United’s most popular stops.
Growers Gerrit Van Der Merwe and Stiaan Engelbrecht of the Summer Citrus from South Africa program with Mark Hanks of DNE World Fruit.
Nick Chappell, William Moncovich, Cindy Jewell and Patrick Riordan of California Giant Berry Farms.
Andy Duff, Mike Levis, Marsha Verwiebe and Daniel Mueller of Volm Industries.
Matt Bergholz and Aaron Marsh of Melissa’s.
Nikki Hartman of Locus Traxx with Eric Stone and Devika Kumar of FreshDirect.
Erica Wainwright of Dole puts together some fresh treats.
John McCann, Amanda Press, April Broadwater and Danny Dumas of Del Monte.
Itzel Lopez and Cordell Hicks brought traffic to the NatureSweet booth.
Stephanie Myles of Mastronardi/Sunset dishes up a popular pasta.
Emidio Cappussi and Paul Sabelli of Double Diamond Farms.
Nancy Bryner, Brian Stepien, Stephen Griffin, Dean Fahselt and Jamie Strachan of Green Giant Fresh.
Jim Grabowski of Well-Pict.
Scott Dahl, Andrew Daily, Mike Brown and Phil Neary represented Pratt Industries.
Mike DeCramer of Truly Good Foods.
Brenda Flaim and Cindy Flaim of Next Generation Produce with Joe Atchison and Al Murray from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
Jim Garsow, Abby Dalla Santa, Kristyn Lawson and Stephen Babington represented the Good Foods Group.
Adrien Buisson of Buddy Fruits.
Matt Quiring, Matt McRae, Ray Wowryk and Chris Veillon of NatureFresh Farms.
Kylie Edison dished up goodies from Chiquita.
Amy Inge brought in traffic on the Fresh Express side.
Jeff Kelly, Oakley Boren and Jennifer Pulson of Frieda’s.
Ray Mason of Red Sun Farms.
Helen Aquino of Village Farms.
Jimmy Shook, Julie Myhre, Gary York, Angel Iturbide, Nicole Axtman and Liam Slavin of Robinson Fresh.
Bruce Cox, Phil Pettine and Chris Loehman of Kwik Lock.
Michael Ryshouwer of Bejo.
Chris Lindley of Bejo.
Greg Smith recently joined Pratt Industries on the marketing side.
Todd Root of Ready Pac.
Representing Georgia Pacific at United were Terry Benson, Tom Guenette, Billy Hull, Ashlee Cribb, Alexis Sarris, Perry Rodriguez and Bill McAllister.
Dino Dilaudo of Topline Farms.
Rich Lenz and Nathan Stornetta of Produce Careers.
Michael Fiddler, Mark Garcia and Zal Taleyarkhat of Avocados from Mexico with one of the show’s most popular booths.
Eric Fernandes, Tim Grady, Chao Chen and Chris Brown from NatureSeal.
Sarah Pau, Alan Asbury and Kiley Gray from Pure Flavor.
Mario Lujano, Refugio Haro, Emmanuel Lujano, Jose Lujano and Angel Lujano of Chiavito.
Erika Anguiano and Marco Antonio Gudiño of Colimex Inc.
Xhail Diaz and Enrique Gracia of Flavor King.
Michael Gatz of Bushmans’ Inc. shows the Harley Davidson motorcycle that is the focal point of a Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association promotion in 2016.
Rodolfo Uresti and Cecilia Uresti from Jade Produce.
Unofficially welcoming United Fresh conventioneers to their hometown of Chicago were Strube Celery & Vegetable executives Lisa Strube and T.J. Fleming.
Michelle LeFevre of Wholesum Harvest.
Christopher Ryan, Lauren White and Joe Galeone of OHL.
Maria Luisa Gonzalez of Berries Paradise.
Representing Produce Pro Software are Len Moskowitz, Will Seide, Parshv Shaw, Marc Hatfield and Kristen Esposito.
Geno Valdes and Charlie Eagle of Southern Specialties.
Miguel Lopez and Beatriz Corral of Zapata Fresh.
John Kuhbander and Tony Mitchell of Caito Foods Inc.
Eduardo Equihua of Aguacates Chahena.
David Roby and Howard Nager of Domex.
Mark Dahn and Kate Proos of Monte Package Co.
Greg Wilson of Reichel Foods.
Jason Hendrickson, Reed Sibet, Brad Maaske, Jennifer Rigdon, Chad Karth, Dave Vierling and Art Quiggle of Wholesale Produce Supply.
Potandon Produce’s Taylor Sokol, Steve Ottum, Steve Elfering and Glen Reynolds touted their broad line of branded potatoes.
Sunlight International’s Nick Dulcich, Bert Boyd and Ethan Williams talk with Rick Cruz of Pavilion’s about California Grapes.
Michael Simons and Nick Cappelluti with Stellar Distributing show off their California figs.
Dan Crowley and Jim Grabowski boasted Well-Pict’s line of 100 percent premium, proprietary strawberries.
CMI's Steve Lutz, Don Patella and Bob Mast stand among their impressive line of branded apples.
Mindy Vanvleck and Cindy Elrod with Peri & Sons Farms touted their year-round supply of onions.
Stemilt Growers’ Tim Harrington with Skylar Rae cherries, Jocelyn Gerard with Pink Lady Lil Snappers, and Roger Pepperl.
Jim Busche of Chelan Fresh and Jay Dyer of Borton & Sons show off the companies’ partnership with Rockit Apples while Stewart Land shows off Chelan Fresh’s Cup o’ Cherries packaging.
Mann Packing’s Lorri Koster and Kim St. George highlighted Mann’s new Nourish Bowls and complete line of Family Favorites.