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FPFC holds annual City of Hope luncheon

1-sammyCERRITOS, CA — Industry professionals packed the Sheraton Cerritos Aug. 6, here, for the annual Fresh Produce & Floral Council/City Of Hope Luncheon. This year, the Southern California Produce & Floral Division of the Food Industries Circle raised more than $250,000 for the City of Hope, one of the premier cancer-treatment centers in the United States.

Jan DeLyser, vice president of marketing for the California Avocado Commission, gave a stirring speech regarding her own fight with breast cancer and how the City Of Hope's research department is helping in the battle against all types of cancer. Delyser told the story of how she found out that she had cancer after receiving a phone call on the golf course. She ended her speech with a quote from famed golfer Ben Hogan: "As you walk down the fairway of life, you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round."

Consolidated West Distributing was the recipient of the City Of Hope's Spirit of Life Award for the company's tireless dedication in helping to raise money for the City Of Hope.

Sammy Perricone of Perricone Juices, Nancy Hamilton of Advantage Sales & Marketing, and Justin Hill and Megan Garrett of Fresh & Easy.

Bozzuto's Inc. holds 2014 Merchandising Marketplace

bozz1439MASHANTUCKET, CT — Bozzuto's Inc. held its 2014 Merchandising Marketplace Aug. 5-6 at the Fox Tower at Foxwoods, here, drawing a good crowd, as always.

Fresh produce was of course well represented at the two-day conference, which also included representatives from many sectors of the supermarket, such as bakery, deli, meat, cheese and frozen foods.

Headquartered in Cheshire, CT, Bozzuto's Inc. is a total service wholesale distributor of food and household products to retailers in New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Greg Veneziano, vice president of perishables at Bozzuto's Inc., talking to Dan McAllister, a produce merchandiser at Bozzuto's, in front of an old-fashioned watermelon truck still in working condition, at the wholesaler grocer's Merchandising Marketplace.

Christopher Ranch Garlic Party

DSCN1292The Christopher Ranch Garlic Party was held on Friday, July 25 at Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Gilroy, CA. The event brought together members of the garlic industry, as well as chefs and a former NFL football player.

Art and Noreen Christopher with Karen and Don Christopher, Ken Christopher and
Bill Christopher.

PMA Foundation Women's Fresh Perspectives Reception

DSCN1323The Produce Marketing Association Foundation for Industry Talent held its Women's Fresh Perspectives Reception Saturday, July 26 at the Monterey Mariott in Monterey, CA. The event, which was sold out as usual, brought together more than 150 attendees.

Jill Overdorf of Coosemans LA Shipping with Jim Leimkuhler of Progressive Produce Corp.

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).

John Layous, Bob Lords and Michael Layous of the Garlic Co.