The Eastern Produce Council's May 19 meeting, held at Demarest Farms in Hillsdale, NJ, was sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. This was the last EPC meeting before its traditional summer break; the council's meetings will resume this fall.
Al Murray, Jeff Beach and Douglas H. Fisher of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, which sponsored the May 19 meeting of the Eastern Produce Council.
From the New Jersey Department of Agriculture: Christina Fries, Lynn Coffin, Nancy Wood, Joe Atchison and Mary Tovar.
EPC Second Vice President Greg Veneziano of Bozzuto's Inc. with Bill Litvin of Giorgio Fresh.
Joshua Fierman and Marc Fierman of Fierman Produce Exchange.
Paul Kneeland of Kings Food Markets and EPC immediate past president with Jim Allen of the New York Apple Association.
Eric Mitchnik of E. Armata Fruit & Produce with Henry Kreinces of Vision Import Group LLC.
Ken Gray of Bushwick Commission with Keith Fansler of Jacks Foodtown.
Dominick Petrocelli of Bozzuto's Inc. with Bob McGowan of Northeast Produce Sales.
Theresa Nolan of The Nolan Network with Bonnie Lundblad of Sunny Valley International.
Bruce Klein and Paul Auerbach of Maurice A. Auerbach Inc.
Art Brown, a former New Jersey secretary of agriculture, with Wesley Kline of Rutgers Cooperative Extension and Shirley Kline, who will go on the New Jersey State Board of Agriculture this July.
Pete Napolitan of S. Katzman Produce Inc. with Jim Mulcahy of New World Farming Trade.
Victor Joseph and Joey Joseph of Victor Joseph & Son Inc. with James Bonaro of R. Best Produce.
EPC President Vic Savanello of Allegiance Retail Services welcomed everyone to the Eastern Produce Council's May 19 meeting at Demarest Farms in Hillsdale, NJ.
New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher spoke to EPC members about a number of topics, including the popular Jersey Fresh program.
Joe Maugeri, president of the Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey, gave the vegetable report.
Robert Von Rohr of Sunny Valley International gave the peach report.
EPC President Vic Savanello of Allegiance Retail Services, EPC First Vice President Marianne Santo of Wakefern Food Corp., Douglas H. Fisher, New Jersey's secretary of agriculture, and Al Murray, New Jersey's assistant secretary of agriculture.
Art Brown, a former New Jersey secretary of agriculture, with Scott Ellis of Ellis Farms.
Marty Bullock with the New Jersey State Board of Agriculture, Bruce Eklund with New Jersey Agricultural Statistics Service and Paul Hlubik of USDA.
Paul Armata and Eric Mitchnick of E. Armata with Rob Goldstein of Genpro.
Al Murray, New Jersey's assistant secretary of agriculture, Kurt Zuhlke of Kurt Zuhlke & Associates, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher and F. Scott Fein of Robinson Fresh.
New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher flanked by Jennifer Poulson of Frieda's and Leslie Simmons of Dave's Specialty Imports.
The Fresh Produce & Floral Council held its annual Northern California Golf Tournament at picturesque Callipe Preserve Golf Course in Pleasanton, CA, on May 15. The scramble format resulted in the foursome of Mike Casazza of Apio/Eat Smart, Jeff Kyer of InterLink Marketing Group, Mil Mijanovic of Safeway/Albertsons and Dave Moore of Earthbound Farm winning the event.
Yvonne Holder of Raley’s and Nannette Andersen of Interlink Marketing with Kara Rex and Christine Jenkins of Raley’s.
Rich Mott and Daniel Bell of The Grocery Outlet.
Caitrin Hall and Gavin Brem with Organic Girl.
Mike Robinson of Fresh Express with Dave Moore of Earthbound Farm.
Terrence Billingsley (third from the left) of Mann Packing with a trio from Edge Sales & Marketing: Greg Dopkins, Charles Andress and Dannie Timblin.
Chad Matoian of OK Produce with Jon Hoornert of Rancho San Miguel.
Matt King of InterLink Marketing with Nicole Wilson of Safeway.
Shawn Dagen of FreshSource North with Brian Porter of Safeway.
Scot Olson of The Grocery Outlet with Matty Matoian of OK Produce.
Lisa Davis and Brad Raffanti of Edge Sales & Marketing with Jon and Yvonne Holder of Raley’s.
Jennifer Pelayo of JP Consulting with Brad Martin of Perimeter Sales & Merchandising and Rachelle Schulken of Renaissance Food Group.
Rick Sisney, Kara Rex of Raley’s, Christine Jenkins of Raley’s, Kip Martin of Raley’s and Nannette Andersen of InterLink.
Jeff Oberman of United Fresh with Greg Andersen of Driscoll’s.
Fernando Azevedo of Dellalo, Jon Holder of Raley’s, Marylou Ureta of FreshSource North and Steve Johnston of Colorful Harvest.
Brett Roberts and Amy Wun of the Fresh Produce & Floral Council.
Yvonne Holder of Raley’s, Lisa Davis of Edge Sales & Marketing, Craig Graupe of Sun Rype and Shawn Dagen of FreshSource North.
Mitch Riley of Raley’s.
Brad Martin of Perimeter and Mike Casazza of Apio on the practice green prior to the event.
Steve Spense of Lucky Stores with Julie DeWolfe of Sunkist and Scot Olson of The Grocery Outlet.
About 160 people attended the Southeast Produce Council's second annual Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic, and 127 golfers participated in the tournament, held at the beautiful Atlanta National Golf Club. The annual event is named for Terry Vorhees, one of the founders of the council, who died July 30, 2014.
At the close of its 2015 Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic, the Southeast Produce Council announced that it had raised the amazing sum of $100,000 for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Shown with the ceremonial check were SEPC board member Tommy Wilkins; Trisha Thompson, Jessica Kilgallen and Lucy Klausner of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta; and SEPC Executive Director David Sherrod.
SEPC Secretary Faye Westfall of DiMare Fresh Tampa with SEPC board member Tommy Wilkins of Grow Farms Texas.
SEPC Executive Director David Sherrod and his daughter Hannah.
Scott Agerton of General Produce with Brent Scoggins, Brick Scoggins and Mike Ryan, all of Bayshore Produce.
Danny Pollak and Bruce Letchworth of CarbAmericas.
SEPC board member Joe Watson of Rouse's Supermarkets with Rick Estess of RPE Inc.
Boyd West of Mitchell Grocery with Randy Thibeau of Ampco Distribution Services.
Andrew Scott of Nickey Gregory Co., Brad and SEPC Second Vice President Sheila Carden of the National Mango Promotion Board, and SEPC Treasurer Steve Pinkston of Walmart Stores Inc.
Bill Litvin and Doug Stewart of Giorgio Fresh.
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta was the beneficiary this year of the SEPC's annual Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic. The hospital was instrumental in treating Thompson Ritter for scoliosis, and his father, Charles (left), spoke about his son's recovery. He is shown with Lucy Klausner, senior development officer at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and SEPC board member Tommy Wilkins of Grow Farms Texas.
SEPC Executive Director David Sherrod with Rocky (Rockstar) Shipes, known as America's top trick shot golf artist, who did some amazing golf shots before the start of the golf tournament Tuesday morning, May 5.
The winning team of the 2015 Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic: Nate Branch, Dug Schwalls, Kellen Copeland and Clarke Hendrick, all of Southern Valley.
Items on display at the silent auction Monday evening, May 4, at the SEPC's Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic.
A large group of Baldor Specialty Foods’ customers and partners celebrated the launch of the Bronx, NY-based company’s new totally transparent website: baldorfood.com. The celebration, titled “Think Global, Source Local,” was held May 18 at Skylight Modern in Manhattan and was organized in the true style of Baldor.
Michael Muzyk (center), president of Baldor Specialty Foods, with company ambassadors Curtis Williams, Diane Marques, Ashley Siefer and Chris Servino.
A display of delicious food at Baldor's Think Global Source Local event.
Kevin Donovan of Phillips Mushroom Farms.
Michele Scicolone, author of many cookbooks, and Charles Scicolone, wine editor of i-Italy.
Kimarie Santiago and Tara Vieira of Saltopia.
Peggy and Chip Kent of Locust Grove Fruit Farm with Pat Ferrara of Hudson River Fruit Distributors.
Shamin Persaud and Emily Balducci of Baldor.
TUBAC, AZ — To benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz County, the produce industry again showed dominant leadership in presenting the annual Fiesta de Mayo Weekend. Nogales-area produce distributors are key to contributing to and organizing the event, but produce industry members from around the country also support it.
The Tubac Golf Resort & Spa was again the venue for this year’s event, which ran May 2-4. On May 2 there was a silent auction and gourmet dinner with live music under the stars. May 3 brought the annual golf tournament. On May 4 the related 36th annual Produce Carne Asada luncheon was sponsored by the Nogales U.S. Customs Brokers Association.
While the tally for money raised for the Boys & Girls Club is still being calculated, the Nogales produce industry generally contributes $500,000 to the charity.
Sue Klosek, whose husband, Bill Klosek, owns Javid LLC; Sande Smith, whose husband, Mike Smith, owns Sigma Sales LLC; Chris Ciruli of Ciruli Bros. LLC; and Allison Moore of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas.
Standing in front of an Apache Produce delivery truck, which brought food to the Carne Asada fundraiser, is Enrique Martinez, who was responsible for preparing much of the celebration, which included 1,500 steaks. Martinez received the Beto Maldonado Award at the luncheon.
The Nogales band Extend Music provided excellent live music May 2 for the banquet of Fiesta de Mayo Weekend.
The family of the late, longtime produce industry leader Beto Maldonado received the Bob Kellogg Above and Beyond Award. This is only the third time this award has been given by the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz County. Maldonado was deeply involved in supporting the club for 22 years. Surrounded by Beto’s grandchildren, holding the plaque is his daughter, Carmen. On the far right is Beto’s son, George Maldonado. Behind Carmen are club leaders Chris Ciruli and Richard Cornelius.
Alejandro and Sylvia Canelos of Apache Produce Imports LLC.
Chuck Ciruli III of Ciruli Bros. LLC drives errands in the van of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz County in preparation for the 36th annual Produce Carne Asada luncheon.
Chris Ciruli (right) is recognized for his 20 years of leadership in raising money for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz County. Presenting the award were Vicky Barden, executive director of the club, and Boys & Girls Club President Richard Cornelius.
Chris and Chuck Ciruli III, partners in Ciruli Bros. LLC.
RockTenn presented a $25,000 check to the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz County. Seen here are Boys & Girls Club President Richard Cornelius (center) with Chris Ciruli (second from right) of Ciruli Bros. LLC and Jim Pulley, Wade Riley, Jose Gonzalez, Gregg Lapidus and Andy Bastine of RockTenn.
Wade Riley and Gregg Lapidus of RockTenn.
Rod Sbragia of Tricar Sales Inc., Debbi Thompson of The Produce News and Chuck Thomas of Thomas Produce Sales.
Sande Smith, whose husband, Mike Smith, owns Sigma Sales LLC, and Sue Klosek, whose husband, Bill Klosek, owns Javid LLC.
Produce industry volunteers supporting Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz County are Sande and Mike Smith of Sigma Sales Inc., and Cathy and Jim Cathey of Red Sun Farms.
At the 36th annual Produce Carne Asada luncheon there were 1,500 steaks served.