HUDSON, MA — The New England Produce Council's scholarship fund got a boost at the end of July, thanks to the council's annual golf tournament. About 135 golfers participated in the council's 19th annual golf tournament, held on a sunny Tuesday, July 28, at the Charter Oak Country Club, here in Hudson, MA, west of Boston. The golfers were NEPC members, from both New England and other parts of the country. The tournament raised about $10,000 for the NEPC Scholarship Fund.
Members of the NEPC board of directors at the 19th annual golf tournament were (kneeling) Doug Stewart of Giorgio Fresh, Anthony Sattler of C&S and First Vice President Tom Murray of Roche Bros.; and (standing) NEPC Executive Director Laura Sullivan, John Czaja of U.S. Foods, Tom Mara of Bozzuto's Inc. and President Bob McGowan of Northeast Produce Sales.
Jim McMath and Chad Nichols of Fresh Gourmet.
Doug Johnson and Ryan Sugrue of Robinson Fresh.
Melinda Richardson of Robinson Fresh and Kevin Barry of Big Y Foods.
Mark Leone (center) of Giorgio Fresh with Jason Sardilli and Don Sardilli of Sardilli Produce & Dairy Co. Inc.
M.J. Lauria and Mark Zenga of S. Strock & Co. Inc.
Paul Auerbach of Maurice A. Auerbach Inc. and John Czaja of U.S. Foods.
Tom Czerpak and Doug Stewart of Giorgio Fresh.
Tom Murray of Roche Bros. and Greg Veneziano of Bozzuto's Inc.
Domenic Petruzzelli of New Deal Produce, Kurt Zuhlke of Kurt Zuhlke & Associates, Tony Aresco of Matarazzo Bros. and John Maiola of Johnny 'Fresh' Produce.
Fran Fournier of Olympia Packaging, Bo Lynch of Shapiro Produce and Brian Gibbons of Highland Park Market earned first place with a score of 55.
The Christopher Ranch Party was held Friday, July 24 at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Gilroy, CA. The event brought together members of the garlic industry for a little socializing and taste-testing on a gorgeous, sunny afternoon.
Christopher Ranch's Monviso garlic.
Mayor of Gilroy Don Gage (right) with his wife, Jeanne, and Linda Santos of El Camino Packing.
Jeff Stokes, Rich Pirozzoli and Justin Guibert of Christopher Ranch.
Pat DeStasio and Roggie Trujillo of Christopher Ranch.
Elaine Postigo and Ken Christopher of Christopher Ranch.
Don, Ken, Noreen, Art and Tad Christopher with Brittany Pacheco.
Don Christopher, Elaine Postigo, Janette Codiga, Karen Christopher and Ken Christopher of Christopher Ranch.
Ken Christopher flanked by Garlic Royalty: Kayla Gonzalez, Vanessa Martinez, Haleigh Dallce, Bridget Brown, Aliyah Purnell, Alison Day, Vanesa Fernandez and Arianna Torres.
Bill and Heather Christopher with Karen and Don Christopher.
Don Christopher (second from left) of Christopher Ranch with Tiffany Manning, Joe Lane and Bill Lane of The Garlic Co.
Patsy Ross of Christopher Ranch and Deanna Franklin, 2015 Garlic Festival president.
David and Colleen Grimes of David E. Grimes.
More than 1,800 attendees convened in Monterey, CA, July 24-26 to network and discuss emerging trends facing the fresh produce and foodservice industries. The PMA Foodservice Conference, now in its 34rd year, set a new record for attendance this year.
Susan Renke and Brittany Wilmes of the Pear Bureau Northwest.
Danny Elias and Nick Williamson of Mucci Farms.
Brian Petratuona, Chris Puentes and Stuart Smith of Interfresh.
Representing Talley Farms, a first-time exhibitor at the PMA Foodservice Conference, were Todd Talley, Jeff Halfpenny, Sarah Matthews, Ryan Talley and Brian Talley.
Dino Dilaudo of Westmoreland.
James Galindo, Garland Perkins and Peter Cole of Oppy, in front of a wall of Oceanside pole tomatoes.
Steve Grinstead (center) of the Grinstead Group with sons Bobby and Michael.
Joe Feldman of Ocean Mist promoted the company's new line of organic items.
At the Avocados from Mexico booth were Stephanie Bazan, Stephanie Browder, Allessandra Bottini and Marilyn Dompe.
Jeremy Lane, Sierra Lopes and Richard Cowden of Baloian Farms.
Lorri Koster of Mann Packing promoted the company's new kohlrabi products.
Joan Wickham of Sunkist with the company's Zebra lemons.
Serving up some tasty avocado treats were Ann Segerstrom, Peggy McCormick and Kim Kurata of the California Avocado Commission.
Bill Spidell and Mike Aiton of Prime Time.
Merle Axelrod and Dana Mulroy of Supreme Cuts.
Catching up on the trade show floor were Marc Marchini of J. Marchini Farms and Marc Cervallos of Sysco.
At the Potandon booth were Travis Hess, Stephanie Bench and Jamey Higham.
At the Mission Produce booth were Bryan Garibay, Robb Bertels, Patrick Cortes and Ross Wileman.
Gary Zych of Crunch Pak.
At the Idaho Potato Commission booth were Tod Schmidt, Jef Pryor, Jamie Bowen and Armand Lobato.
Brian Lundberg and Brendan Stone of Allen Lund Co.
Nancy Hewitt, Margaret Wigfield and Fiona McLean of Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers.
Katelyn Koonst and Chris Tuckey of Robinson Fresh.
Emily Fragoso, Jerry Butt and Kristen Reid of Mixtec, which is celebrating its 30th year in business.
Kathey Cathey and Jim Cathey of Red Sun Farms.
Marlene Majarian and Jeanette Slattery of Kingsburg Orchards.
Nicole Rumsey, Jim Richter, Derek Peterson and Lynn Wilcox of Wilcox Fresh.
Chris Cordero, Rocio Munoz and Ande Manos of Babe Farms.
Louis Hymel and Mitch DeMarco of Spice World.
George Wooten of Wayne E. Bailey and CJ Pringle of Darden Restaurant.
Anthony DeAngelis, Jason Minici and Eric Kraus of Christoher Ranch.
Esmeralda Souza, Kristy Baca and Kristine Kalber of Duda Farm Fresh Foods.
Ed Casel and Michael Gagel of Basciani Foods.
Charlie Staka and Jerry Summers of CBS Farms.
Jenny McAfee of J Marchini Farms with Dave Santucci, Kirk Wilson and Nick Frangella of Country Fresh Mushroom.
Stephanie Hilton of Tom Lange, Mark Munger of 4Earth Farms and Nelly Jauregui of Hartnell College.
Freddy Jimenez, Adrian Mendez and Hector Velazquez of American Berry Farms.
Robert Murphy of Premier Mushrooms Ltd. with Meg Hill and Justin Reyes of Mycopia Mushrooms.
Brian Threlfall, Greg Sagan and Bill Litvin of Giorgio Fresh.
Brent Scattini, Terry Kuhel, Karl Lipscomb and Ronnie De La Cruz of Gold Coast Packing.
Bob Lords and Michael Layous of The Garlic Co. flank Adam Torosian of Freshpoint Southern California.
A group from Australia visiting PMA Foodservice: Andrew Wallace of Nanger Farm with Shane Cox, Nelson Cox, Brad Watts, Ken Phan and Kim Martin of Frais Farms.
Jack Esformes, Jon Esformes and Joey Poklemba of Pacific Tomato Growers.
Amy Johnson, Brad Stark, Marliese Ward and Scott Albertson of Jacobs Farm Del Cabo.
Jay Iverson of GreenGate Fresh.
Patty Ruiz and Kristen Francisco of Gourmet Trading.
Megan Ichimoto, Garret Nishimori and Brian Cook of San Miguel Produce.
Laurent Martinez, Paul Mocettini and Jill Lenz of Muzzi Family Farms.
Brian Forrest, Michele Morgan and Jeff Olson of Youngstown Distributors showed off their two-ounce pomegranate arils packaging.
Pat Ward, Natalie King and David Anthony of Ruby Fresh announced their Chef's Challenge recipe contest for PMA.
Kern Ridge Farms’ Chris Smotherman with his son, Cameron Smotherman.
Mann Packing’s team showed off the new Power Blend shipping in early August.
Rhonda Shaw, Molly Connors, Weston Crapo and Brock Snyder of Fresh Solutions Network.
Dennis Surabian Jr., Gunner White, Levon Ganajian, Lisa White, David White, Taylor White and Jeri Elsasser of Trinity Fruit Sales promoted their new frozen Juicy Gems pomegranate arils.
Driscoll's Manny Gomez and Alex Beeler.
Naturipe’s Jerry Moran, Sarah Rodriguez, Brian Jenny, Katy Classon and Dwight Ferguson.
Ron Conrad and Erin Smith of Rainier.
Nicole Palmer, Stefan Matheny, Carly Kwak-Bauch, Tonya Giotta, Morgan Pedro, Mackenzie Mills and Bob Hale of River Point Farms.
Potandon’s Travis Hess, Stephanie Bench, Chris Woo and Jamey Higham.
Pat Simas, Tom Salisbury and Jeff Olsen of Chuck Olsen are heavy into the California grape season.
Karen Brux of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association talking with Patty Chan of General Produce.
The Produce Marketing Association held its popular Women's Fresh Perspectives reception July 25 on the top floor of the Marriott hotel, which afforded sweeping views of picturesque Monterey, CA. The reception drew 180 attendees and was sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission, the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association and The Produce News.
Emily Fragoso and Kristen Reid of Mixtec Group.
Julie Krivanek of Krivanek Consulting and Cathy Burns of PMA.
Ray Mason of Lakeside Produce, Marty Craner of B&C Fresh Sales and Chris Cervini of Lakeside Produce.
Rhonda Shaw and Molly Connors of Basin Gold.
Leslie Simmons of Dave's Specialty Imports with Kellyann Green and Tara Faberlle of Coastal Sunbelt Produce.
Nathalie Fontanilla of Earthbound Farm and Carrie La Londe of Valley Fruit & Produce Co.
Travis Blacker of the Idaho Potato Commission with Candace Fleming and Ronnie Mercer of Wayne E. Bailey.
Cyndy Dennis (center) of the Produce for Better Health Foundation with Susan Renke and Brittany Wilmes of the Pear Bureau Northwest.
Karen Brux of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association and Donna Wintergreen of Wintergreen Marketing.
Kellee Harris, Gary Caloroso and Brenda Saldana of Ag Tunnels.
Melissa Olsen of Freshway Foods and Bridget Boskovich of Boskovich Farms.
Karen Brux of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association, which was a sponsor of the Women's Fresh Perspectives Reception during the PMA Foodservice Conference.
Armond Lobato and Spuddy Buddy of the Idaho Potato Commission, a sponsor of the Women's Fresh Perspectives Reception.
Julie Lucido of Marketing Plus and Kathy Smith of Monsanto.
Cammie Wheelus, Janis McIntosh, Robert Verloop, Jackie Long and Jessie Curtis of Naturipe.
Armand Lobato, Jamie Bowen, Tod Schmidt, Jef Pryor and Travis Blacker of the Idaho Potato Commission.
The 2015 Fresno Food Expo boasts an 86 percent growth in the number of participating exhibitors and a 400 percent growth in buyers since the Expo first began in 2011. The Expo, held on Thursday, July 23, hosted 121 food and beverage companies ranging from producers and growers to manufacturers and processors from throughout the eight-county San Joaquin Valley. These exhibitors met with 917 pre-qualified regional, national and international foodservice and retail buyers.
Quail H Farms’ Larelle Miller and Angie Maciel showed the new high-graphics bags and shared that their sweet and red varieties of sweet potatoes are coming the first week of August.
Western Fresh Marketing's Joel Salazar and his daughter, Charity, cut and served all varieties of California figs, which are in their peak season.
Simonian Fruit Co.’s Jeff Simonian and Patti Simonian boasted their Simco Champagne grapes and Simco Natural Thompson seedless grapes.
Baloian Farms’ Sierra Lopes and Richard Cowden have high hopes for the new Sweet Mini Pepper dipper cups.
Brandt Farms’ Erin Reimer, Michael Reimer and Dave Maddux shared their excitement about their new Grape Jammers Thomcord grapes, a variety blending the popular Thompson and Concord grape varieties in new packaging.
Eric Bianchi from Kern Ridge Growers spent the day talking carrots to buyers.
Trinity Fruit Co.’s Zach Alvarez, Jeri Elsasser and Zack Missikian boasted about the new Juicy Gems frozen pomegranate arils.
Family Tree Farms' Parker Anderson and Brenton Helm showed off the company’s plumcots and apriums, which are at peak volume through early August.
Setton Farms' Kristin Dodd, Madeleine Stanley, Mike Smith and Jessica Tellez showed off their wide variety of pistachio products, but are most excited about their new one-bite packaging chewy bites, which also come in two-packs.
Homegrown Organic Farms’ Fred Berry, Cherie France and Chad Hansen talked to buyers about their organic citrus and dried blueberries.
Gino DiBuduo touted SunWest’s stone fruit program.
Gerawan Farming’s marketing team for the day, Idalia Ilanis and Victoria Simas, show off the company’s 'Prima' brand peaches and nectarines.