ARCADIA, CA — It was another full house at the Fresh Produce & Floral Council’s annual Family Day At The Races on Saturday, March 18, at Santa Anita Racetrack, here. Hundreds of produce professionals jammed the infield area for a day of fun (and hopefully winning). Raffle prizes were handed out, and a buffet-style lunch was provided. The FPFC Northern California Fresh Produce & Floral EXPO will be held March 29th at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA.
Erick Coronado of Avocados From Mexico with his wife, Ana.
Greg Osborne of Western Mixers Produce & Nuts with his wife, Rosemarie.
Marty Craner of B&C Fresh Sales and Roger Schroeder of Stater Bros. Markets.
Shawn Patrick of Westlake Produce Co. with Vicki and Kent Kuwata of Smart & Final.
Rick Ilig of Henry Avocado and Mihae Finnie of Del Monte Fresh.
Nancy Betancourt of Vision Produce with her husband, Peter.
Mike Schindler and Eddie Goicochea of Ralph’s Grocery Co.
Dan McGrath and Jenna Schulte of Robinson Fresh.
Dan Acevedo of GreenFruit Avocados and his wife, Maria, with Travis Ruud and Ryan Birkett of Frieda’s Inc.
Pat McDowell of Perimeter Sales & Merchandising shows off some $2 bills that were raffled off.
Blake Lee of Bristol Farms with his wife, Susie, and their two young daughters.
David Valdez and Oscar Monroy of Kroger.
Carlos Preciado of Melissa’s Produce and Alfonso Cano of Northgate González Markets with (seated) Isabella Cano, Luke Smith and Deanna Cano.
Gary Caloroso of The Giumarra Cos. and his son, Dash, with Danielle Spagnuolo and Brendon Shounia of Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions.
John Hein of Grow Pure Citrus with his daughter, Sofia.
Jorge Arevalos and Jhosse Arevalos of Progressive Produce.
Sue Momita and Matt Lopez of DLJ Produce display their (hopefully) winning tickets.
Sandy Olmsted and Sonya McDonald of Charlie’s Produce.
Manny Lica of Progressive Produce, Caitlin Tierney of 99 Cents Only Store and Roger Tierney of Shivers.
Patricia Garcia of Hollandia Produce with Maryam Nikkhah and Megan Ichimoto of San Miguel Produce.
ORLANDO, FL — Alison Levine, team captain of the first American Women's Everest Expedition, addressed the Southern Roots luncheon Friday, March 10, during the Southeast Produce Council's Southern Exposure conference and trade show, held here March 9-11.
Levine has climbed the highest peak on each continent and skied to both the North Pole and the South Pole -- a feat known as the Adventure Grand Slam, which fewer than 40 people in the world have achieved.
Jill Barton of Jim Rash Inc. and Shawn Lawson of International Paper.
Michele Henning and Nadine Williams of Shenandoah Growers.
Scharles Cox and Amy Smalley of Taylor Farms Tennessee.
Rachelle Schulken of Renaissance Food Group and Wendy McManus of the National Mango Board.
Emmis Yubeta of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas and Cyndy Dennis of the Produce for Better Health Foundation.
Sarah Deaton, Susan Noritake and Debbie Rogers of Zespri Kiwifruit.
Susan Waters of the Vidalia Onion Committee and Kimberly Reddin of the National Onion Association.
Karen Brux and Allison Myers of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association.
Sharon Robb of North Bay Produce Inc. and Lori Taylor of The Produce Mom LLC.
Melissa Pine of Grimmway Farms, Nicole Hulstein of The Fresh Market and Meg Buchsbaum of C&S Wholesale Grocers.
Laura Hearn of Nash Produce, Kelly Dietz of Berry Fresh LLC and Sabrina Pokomandy of Highline Mushrooms.
Southern Roots luncheon speaker Alison Levine with SEPC President Teri Miller of The Fresh Market.
ORLANDO, FL — One day before the opening of the Southeast Produce Council's 2017 Southern Exposure conference and trade show, March 9-11 at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, here, the council held its annual board of directors/VIP dinner Wednesday evening, March 8.
SEPC President Teri Miller of The Fresh Market welcomed everyone to the dinner, held at EPCOT. "We appreciate everything that all of you have done for the council. We appreciate each of you," she said.
"There's going to be some magic at the show this year," she added in a reference to the theme of this year's conference: The Magic of Produce. "Don't be surprised at what you're going to see over the next few days."
Joe Klare of The Castellini Co. and Rick Estess of RPE Inc.
Sarah Sherrod of the Southeast Produce Council and her daughter Hannah.
Amanda Keefer of Produce for Kids and her husband, Marcus Muniz.
Anna Burch of the Southeast Produce Council with her daughter, Millie Kate, and her husband, Charlie Burch.
Chuck Bruno and Faye Westfall of DiMare Fresh Tampa.
SEPC President Teri Miller of The Fresh Market welcomed everyone to the board/VIP dinner.
Sheila Carden of the National Watermelon Promotion Board with Julia Estess.
Marc Daniels of Mountain King and his wife, Delynn.
The Southeast Produce Council held its annual Southern Exposure expo March 9-11 at the Dolphin Resort in Orlando, FL, with the theme of The Magic of Produce, which was evident during the one-day expo, where exhibitors showcased exciting new products.
Dayna Brown of West Pak Avocado with Oscar Garcia, Tanya Edwards and Anna Kirsch of Avocados From Mexico.
George Wooten of Wayne E. Bailey.
Karen Brux and Allison Myers of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association.
Bob Consalo, Adam Dandrea, Mike DeLeo and Steve Dandrea of Dandrea Produce.
Matt Gordon and Mark Hanks of DNE World Fruit Sales, which was recently acquired by the Wonderful Co.
John Gee, Lance Poole, Newman Giles and Coleman Oswald of Eagle Eye Produce.
Kristyn Lawson of Good Foods Group with the company's new avocado-shaped chunky guacamole, which made its debut at the SEPC Southern Exposure.
Randy Thibeau, Tommy Rutyna and Jonathan Archer of Hapco Farms.
Heather Kniker, Craig Kelly and Narelle Lombardi of IFCO.
Stanley Trout, Seth Pemsler, Kent Beesley, Diane Tubman and Ken Tubman of the Idaho Potato Commission.
The National Watermelon Promotion Board's Juliemar Rosado, Mark Arney and Megan McKenna got into the Disney spirit at the SEPC Southern Exposure in Orlando, FL.
Shane Cass of Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers.
Gary Dyer, Jack Amrozewicz and Sonny Gamble of Sensitech.
Rebecca Clarke and Lance Smith of Smith Packing.
Deanna Gray and Susana Troop of Southern Specialties.
Peter Donaldson, Brano Popovac, Howard Nager and Mike Rubidoux of Sun Pacific.
Courtney Buchanan, Brieanna Moore and Mary Blackmon of Farm Star Living.
Joe Kaslin, Toby Basore, Ethan Basore, Emily Bartosik and Stephen Basore of TMK Bengard.
Lindsay Rosenthal of Arcobasso Foods.
Nate Messing, Jessie Gotch, Steven Coleman, Bruce Thomas and Charlie Russell of Supervalu.
Shawn Lawson of International Paper.
Dave Yeager (fourth from left) of Farm Fresh Direct with the winning team on the Magnolia course at SEPC’s annual Tom Page Golf Classic Thursday, March 9, which consisted of Doug Johnson of Robinson Fresh, John Carragliano and Keith Dreier of Chiquita, Steve Schwager of Chiquita and Mark Hilton of Harris-Teeter.
The winning team on the Palm course at the SEPC’s annual Tom Page Golf Classic Thursday, March 9, consisted of Bobby Barton of Jim Rash Inc., Kellen Copeland of Southern Valley, Tomas Gonzalez of Walmart Stores Inc., Ron Conrad and Mike Accetturo of Rainier and Dug Schwalls (not shown) of Southern Valley.
Don Goodwin, owner of Golden Sun Marketing, moderated The Commissioners Corner workshop Friday morning, March 10, at Southern Exposure.
Four commissioners of agriculture took part in The Commissioners Corner workshop Friday morning, March 10, at Southern Exposure: Sandy Adams of Virginia, Hugh Weathers of South Carolina, Steve Troxler of North Carolina and Gary Black of Georgia.
John Shuman of Shuman Produce, who founded Produce for Kids in 2002, addressed the PFK reception Friday evening, March 10, at Southern Exposure. PFK has raised more than $6 million for charities that benefit children and families nationwide.
SEPC Executive Director David Sherrod and SEPC President Teri Miller of The Fresh Market cutt the ribbon Saturday morning, March 11, to open the 2017 Southern Exposure expo in Orlando, FL.
From Sbrocco International were Francine Vinche, Daniel Carapella, Harold Sbrocco and John Sbrocco.
Dave Lessard and Noah Michaliszyn of Ahold USA.
Mike Bowe, Leslie Simmons, David Federle and Vince Ferrante of Dave's Produce.
Micki Dirtzu, Earl McMenamin, Rod Rosales and Andres J. Gonzalez of Pacific Trellis/Dulcinea.
Wendy McManus and Timothy Beerup of National Mango Board.
Johnny White, Brandon Parker, Susannah Lanier, Luke Shuman, Erin Waters, John Shuman, Lana Shuman and Mark Shuman of Shuman Produce.
Tiffany Stornetta, Austin Gallun, Matt Bernat, Cheri Langford, Glenn Wells, Drew Callahan, Brenda McCarthy, Keith Hahn and Daniel Klausner of Apio Produce.
Joe Baker of Baker Produce speaking with Scott Taylor, vice president of sales for Reinhardt Foodservice.
Michael O’Shaughnessy, Sloan Lott and Lou Kertesz of Bland Farms.
Chris Downs, Vicky St. Geme, Joby Klei Jr. and Chris Enos of Taylor Farms.
Patrick Matthias, Gary Caloroso and Carlos Marquez of The Giumarra Cos.
Ryan Mazzuca, Brian Amaral, Jeffrey Jackson, Christa Schuck, Helena Beckett and Ashley Pipkin of Tanimura & Antle.
Susan Waters of the Vidalia Onion Committee.
Steve Noll, Jennifer Fancher and Don Krekorian of Green Giant Fresh/Growers Express.
Laura Hastie and Doug Classen of Foxy Fresh Produce.
Diana McClean and Joe Feldman of Ocean Mist Farms.
Jeff Johnson, Mike Aiton, Conner Melancon and Brian Miller of Prime Time International.
Brian Slagel, Julie DeWolf, John Slagel, Lance McMillan and Sarah Matejowsky of Sunkist.
Shannon Barthel, Michael Warren, Sabine Henry and Brad Edmonds of Central American Produce Inc.
Pedro Bravo and Isabel Freeland of Coast Tropical.
David Arena (left) and Bobby Donio (right) of Frank Donio Inc. flank Bernie Richter and Lloyd Richter of Richter & Co.
Katalina Moreno, Isabel Hurtado, Marc Holbik and Wes Wever of Ecoripe Tropicals.
Jamey Higham and Dave Yeager of Farm Fresh Direct.
Whitney Lett and Debra May of the Florida Department of Agriculture.
Al Finch, Justin Martin and Darrell Congdon of Florida Classic Inc.
Tim Horvath, Austin Fowler, Mark Sharp and Lee Peters of Fowler Farms.
Jessie Capote, Marcell Machado, Luis Cintron, Adrian Capote Jr. and Adrian Capote of J&C Tropicals.
Tom Coufal, Justin Henkel, Robert Najm, Chris Cervini and Troy Gage of Lakeside Produce.
Brian Weiner and Brian Allen of Mr. Greens Produce with Steven Gibson of Shamrock Produce & Brokerage.
Danny Mucci, Stephen Cowan, Steve Zaccardi and Nick Williamson of Mucci Farms.
Nate Stone from Ben B. Schwartz & Sons Inc. with Tom Glenos of Kids Choice Fresh Produce Inc.
Calvert Cullen and Rick McCranie of Northampton Growers Produce Sales Inc.
Jim D'Amato, Harold Paivarinta, Kyle Moynahan, Carlos Visconti, Ernesto Sanabria, Thierry Legros and Ray Mason of Red Sun Farms.
Bryan Biederman and J.D. Poole of Scotlynn Sweet Pac Growers.
Kelley Precythe and Brenda Oglesby of Southern Produce Distributors Inc.
Bonnie Lundblad, Jim Gatter and Alex Uerkvitz of Sunny Valley International.
Richard Doyle, Barbara Azuaje and Mike Parr of Team Produce.
Shannon and Louis Carricarte of Unity Groves.
Nass Halim, Keith Finnerty, James Crafts and Peter Warren of West Coast Fresh.
Max Matronardi, Dino DiLaudo, Tony Machi, Tony Cappelli, Ken Green and Brandon Machi of Westmoreland.
Midalys Prado, Christopher Gonzalez, Desiree Morales, Willy Prado and Wilson Dominguez of WP Produce Corp.
Shimon Efergan and Joe Sferrazza of MamaMia Produce.
Denny Malone, John Battle and Patrick Batcheller of Great Lakes International Trading.
Mark Breimeister and Brian Kastick of Oso Sweet Co.
Ted Wanless of S.M. Jones & Co. with Tina and Jason Turek of Turek Farms/Cayuga Produce.
Chance Kirk of VBZ & Sons Inc.
Kirk Wilson, Marybeth March, Lisa Sanchez and Bob Besix of Country Fresh Mushroom Co.
Brandon Machi, Tony Machi, Sam Coombs, Jack Cassidy, Stephanie Hilton, Chad Reese and Kevin Coady of Tom Lange Family of Cos.
John Cushing, Michael Harwood and Jim Allen of New York Apple Sales.
Chris Kiehm and Jimmy Carter of Parker Farms.
Ben Briggs, Brenda Briggs, Nora Briggs and Maggie Travis of Rice Fruit Co.
Randy LaRoche, Oscar Torres and Allen Prater of Albert's Organics with Jason Laffer of Pacific Organic Produce.
Mike DeCramer and Rick Starko of Truly Good Foods.
Kevin Donovan of Phillips Mushroom Farms.
Chris Whitson and Jon Buchwald of Spice World Inc.
Larry Schembri of S. Katzman Produce with Ian Zimmerman, Josh Auerbach, Paul Auerbach and Bruce Klein of Maurice A. Auerbach Inc.
Rod Parker (second from left) of Parker Farms with Adam Lytch, Joe McGee, Mark Falkner and Derek Ennis of L&M Cos.
Michael Gagel, Michelle DiFilippo and Michael Basciani of Basciani Foods.
Samantha Snyder, Kevin Delaney, Tony D'Amico and Pete Wilder of To-Jo Mushrooms.
Gabriela D'Arrigo of D'Arrigo New York flanked by Bruce Heeren, Henry DeBlouw and Joe Raska of All Fresh GPS LLC.
Peter D'Arrigo, Dillon D'Arrigo, Kevin D'Arrigo and Brian D'Arrigo of D'Arrigo New York.
Tommy Fleetwood of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Maureen Torrey Marshall of Torrey Farms Inc.
Christina Monnin, Tim Ross and Dan Duda of Duda Farm Fresh Foods.
Bill Litvin, Doug Stewart, Lucretia Parish, Greg Sagan and Brian Threlfall of Giorgio Fresh.
Ronnie Mercer, Michelle Jacobs, Tim Nealy, Alice Wooten and George Wooten of Wayne E. Bailey Produce.
Lindsay Love and Allan Napolitano II of Vision Import Group LLC.
Lyle Bagley, Jon Esformes and Robert Meade of Sunripe Certified Brands.
Bob Abate and Paul Newstead of Nathel International.
Nicholas Armata, Paul Armata and Michael Armata of E.Armata Inc.
HMC Farms’ Steve Kenfield, Harold McClarty and Justin Nunes.
Brad Wyllie, Doug Hawkins, Phil Forseth, Anthony Sciotti, Daren Parsons, Carolyn Wilmoth, Alison Kellogg, Paul Spinelli and Caryn Lowe of Litehouse.
Fresh Solution Network’s Kathleen Triou, Molly Connors, Todd Michael, Deb Stanton, Chandler Mack, Weston Crapo and Dave Masser.
John Pandol, Patti Garcia and Greg Caveng of Pandol.
Brandt Farms’ Dave Maddux, Wayne Brandt and Michael Reimer.
Chuck Olsen Co.’s Pat Simas and Jeff Olsen.
Steve Flashing from Yakima Fresh with Jason Wyatt from Pennrose Farms.
Kimberly Reddin from the National Onion Association with Jessica Peri and Cindy Elrod from Peri & Sons.
Matt Curry boasted Curry & Co.’s blueberries and Vidalia carrots.
Chad Nelsen, Derrick Bender and Vince Gambero of Fowler Packing.
Robert Dobrzanski of off Atlas Produce.
CMI Orchards’ Katharine Grove.
Wada Farms’ Joe Esta, Kevin Stanger and Ben Josephson.
Oneonta’s Donna Drury and Scott Marboe.
DJ Forry’s Jeff Weaver, Mike Forry and Ray England.
Dan Welk, Rick Russo, Kim St. George and Jeff Freeman of Mann Packing.
Domex Superfresh Growers’ Mike Preacher, Tyler Weinbender and Conner O’Malley.
Classic Fruit Co.’s Tom Flanders, Tom Ferguson, Troy Harman and Bradley Palmer.
California Table Grape Commission’s Karen Hearn and Cindy Plummer.
Rainier’s Aaron DeHerrera, Ron Conrad and Mike Accetturo.
Well-Pict’s Jim Grabowski and Alison Allwine.
Anthony Stetson, Nick Dulcich and George Galloway from Sunlight International.
Chelan Fresh’s John Botts, Tim Evans, Eric Martinson, Gil King and Mac Riggan.
Wilcox Fresh’s Lynn Wilcox, Derek Peterson, Nicole Rumsey, Mike Hart and Torey McPherson.
Shuman Produce decided to dress up as characters from Toy Story for the opening reception. Pam Davis, Broc Davis, Luke Lanier, Susannah Lanier, John Shuman, Lana Shuman, Luke Shuman, Erin Waters, Natalie Parker, Brandon Parker, Victoria Shuman and Mark Shuman.
John Stutt, Shawna Dalrymple, Jeff Kints and Conor Chilvers of Suntastic.
MASHANTUCKET, CT -- Bozzuto's Inc. held its 2017 Independent Retailer Conference March 7-8 at Foxwoods, here, featuring its annual Excellence Awards gala as well as a trade show representing all areas of the grocery store, with fresh produce very well represented, as always.
Among the many awards presented at the gala, Heather Culp of Kennie's Marketplace in Gettysburg, PA, was named Bozzuto's Inc.'s Produce Manager of the Year. The award was presented by Greg Veneziano, vice president of perishables at Bozzuto's.
Bozzuto's, the wholesale grocer headquartered in Cheshire, CT, was established in 1945 and is headed by Michael A. Bozzuto, the company's chairman, president and chief executive officer. It serves more than 1,000 retailers in 12 states.
Rob Brett and Pat Steider of Summeripe.
Ethan Williams of Sunlight International.
Kevin Keough and Ken Reagan of State Garden/Olivia's Organics.
Tim Harrington of Stemilt Growers with Pink Lady apples.
Mike Blume of Keystone Fruit Co.
Ron Mercer of Wayne E. Bailey Produce Co.
Brian Gannon of Pero Family Farms.
Doug Stewart of Giorgio Fresh Co. with organic mushrooms.
Ken Gray of Bushwick Commission.
Dominick Petrocelli of Bozzuto's Inc.; Chuck Galluba of Crystal Farms; Rich Conger of King Kullen Grocery Co. Inc.; Michael Bozzuto, Steve Heggelke and Greg Veneziano of Bozzuto's; and Lou Biano of Coast to Coast Produce.
Thomas Kennedy and Cynthia Nunes of Dole Fresh Fruit, Greg Veneziano of Bozzuto's Inc. and Bob McGowan of Northeast Produce Sales.
Bruce Klein of Maurice A. Auerbach Inc. and Tom Mara of Bozzuto's Inc.
Dan Gutt and Mike Melninkaitis of Northeast Produce Inc.
Jim Bates and Dave Henshaw of Goodness Gardens.
Joe Sferrazza of Mamamia Produce LLC.
Camille Jackson of Freshline Produce LLC.
Karen Bradley of Marzetti.
Leighanne Thomsen and Monica Robles of Mission Produce Co.
Tom Dechen and Mike D'Ottavio of M. D'Ottavio Produce Inc; Greg Veneziano of Bozzuto's Inc.; Rich Conger of King Kullen Grocery Co. Inc.; and Dominick Petrocelli of Bozzuto's.
Mike Ierardi of Sunkist Growers.
Heather Culp of Kennie's Marketplace in Gettysburg, PA, was named Bozzuto's Inc.'s Produce Manager of the Year. She is shown with Greg Veneziano, vice president of perishables at Bozzuto's.