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02---1ARCADIA, 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.

sepc4379ORLANDO, 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.

sepc4363ORLANDO, 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.

AFMThe 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.

bozz4348MASHANTUCKET, 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.