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FPFC annual dinner dance draws large crowd

9-DAVID-GLENPASADENA, CA — More than 500 produce professionals packed the Langham Huntington Hotel, here, on Saturday, Jan. 30, for the annual Fresh Produce & Floral Council Dinner Dance. Dinner and dancing were the order of the day at the James Bond-themed extravaganza. Bill Coombs of DLJ Produce won the $20,000 raffle prize and then generously donated his winnings to the City of Hope.

Marvin Quebec of Quebec Distributing Co. and the 2016 FPFC chairman of the board with Jeffrey McLellan of QSI Produce.

Industry gathers in Fort Lauderdale for TPIE 2016

LIVE-TRENDSMembers of the plant industry from around the world met in tropical Fort Lauderdale, FL, for the 2016 Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition Jan. 19-22. The Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association’s show was unique because the complete spectrum of plant and plant-related industries came together to conduct business with both attendees as well as other exhibitors.

Kaisa O’Brien from Flora Pack in Jordan Station, ON, with Dennis DeBaltzo from A-ROO Co. in Strongsville, OH; Candy East and Kim Wyckoff from Wegmans in Rochester, NY.

Holiday shoppers jam Stew Leonard's

20151223 152627Shoppers jammed the aisles and checkout counters at the Norwalk, CT, Stew Leonard's store on Dec. 23, picking up last-minute ingredients for holiday dishes.

Rick and Tonya Antle honored by United Fresh

un1LA QUINTA, CA — Members of the United Fresh Produce Association gathered Jan. 12-14 at the La Quinta Resort & Club, here, to honor Rick and Tonya Antle with Lifetime Achievement Awards for their numerous contributions to the fresh produce industry. The Antles were both praised and roasted by longtime friends, associates and family members, and were clearly moved by the outpouring of love and respect.

Ross Wileman of Mission Produce, Jan DeLyser of the California Avocado Commission, Marty Craner of BC Fresh Sales and Dave Moore of Earthbound Farm.

Sal Vacca honored at retirement party

DSC01016After working in the produce industry for several decades, Sal Vacca is retiring. The former owner of A.J. Trucco, located on Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx, NY, helped to found the company in 1960. A retirement party was held in his honor Friday, Dec. 4 at the New York Botanical Gardens.

Sal Vacca of A.J. Trucco Inc., who is retiring after over 50 years in the produce industry, with Rosalinda Carrera, who has worked for several produce companies on the Hunts Point Market over the years.