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PMA Foodservice a wild success

DSCN4778The PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo, held July 25-27, saw a record number of attendees (1,821), foodservice operators in attendance (203), booths (164), participants in the 5k race (389), and attendees of the plant and field tours (60).

Jeff Church, Jason Lathos and Ernst Van Eeghen of Church Bros.

Fresno Food Expo new date a huge success

IMG 1055The 2014 Fresno Food Expo, held on Thursday, July 24, featured 126 food and beverage companies from the Joaquin Valley. Participants had the opportunity to meet with 700 pre-qualified regional, national and international foodservice and retail buyers, restaurant chefs and institutions, as well as more than 1,000 members of the public looking to support local business.

These record-breaking numbers reflect a 93 percent growth in number of participating exhibitors, and 250 percent growth in buyers since the Expo first began in 2011.

Kelly Bros. Inc's team of Clem Penrose, Fernando Chavez, Patrick Kelly (owner), Brian Kelly, Chris Kelly, Terry Thomas, Kevin Manning, Abel Chavez and Jihoon Kim showed off the company's newly branded Goldies Sweet Costa Rican Pineapples.

Record crowd attends FPFC Expo

6-WonderfulThe Fresh Produce & Floral Council held its annual Southern California Fresh Produce and Floral Expo on Tuesday, July 15 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA, where a record 1,500 attendees enjoyed the festivities.

There were approximately 200 booths and more than 200 companies exhibiting. Among the highlights during the day-long event was a keynote address by Captain Richard Phillips, who was portrayed by Tom Hanks in the popular “Captain Phillips” movie. Kent Kuwata of Smart & Final received the FPFC’s Norman H. (Buz) Bolstad Produce Award while Alice Grazziani of Gelson’s was honored with the FPFC Floral Achievement Award.

Seth Pemsler and Kent Beesley of the Idaho Potato Commission flank Captain Phillips, the featured speaker at the FPFC Expo, who signed autographs at the IPC booth.

Allegiance Retail Services holds annual holiday food show

allegiance1398EDISON, NJ — A large number of industry people gathered Thursday, July 17, for Allegiance Retail Services LLC's annual holiday food show, held here at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center.

"Close to 600 people will be coming in and out during the course of the day," Victor Savanello, the Iselin, NJ-based cooperative's director of produce and floral, told The Produce News as the show was getting started.

All aspects of the supermarket were represented at the annual show, including meat, dairy, deli, frozen, bakery and, of course, fresh produce. This year's show featured about 250 booths, according to Savanello.

Elena Alfano, Chris Visone and Jill Mazer of Earthbound Farm displayed some of the company's products.

STEP-UPP class visits Philadelphia and New Jersey produce areas

stepupp1325The Southeast Produce Council's 2014 STEP-UPP class visited produce facilities and farms July 8-11 in the Philadelphia and southern New Jersey areas as part of its ongoing learning experience for class members to develop a greater understanding of the industry.

The Southeast Training Education Program for Upcoming Produce Professionals is spearheaded by Faye Westfall of DiMare Fresh, who serves as chairperson, and Tom Page, retired from Supervalu, who serves as vice chairperson. The 2014 class is the fourth class in the program.

Frank Manfredi, president of Manfredi Cold Storage in Kennett Square, PA, and Tom Verbitski, regional operations manager for North America, East, at Oppenheimer in Newark, DE. Manfredi Cold Storage was the first facility that the 2104 STEP-UPP class visited.