The Fresh Produce & Floral Council held its 24th Annual Southern California Golf Tournament Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Tustin Ranch Golf Club in Tustin, CA. Scores of golfers teed off at the event, with many wearing a Hawaiian shirt so they could compete in the “Ugly Hawaiian Shirt Contest."
John Rooda and Eddie Goicochea from Ralphs Grocery Co.
Scott Leimkuhler and Cory Stahl of Progressive Produce LLC with Jeff Young of Green Thumb Produce.
Dave Miroglio of Marzetti with Nancy Hamilton and Ryan Savage of Advantage Fresh.
Raul Gallegos with FPFC Chairman Marvin Quebec of Quebec Distributing Co. and Brad Martin from Perimeter Sales & Merchandising.
Ambar Rodriguez and Kori Martin of The Oppenheimer Group with Tran Nguyen and Walt Fillip of IFCO Systems.
Megan Ichimoto of San Miguel Produce follows through.
Kent Kuwata of Smart & Final with Rick Cruz and Lee Groon of Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions.
FPFC President Carissa Mace judges the Ugliest Hawaiian Shirt Contest.
Alfonso Cano of Northgate Gonzalez Markets won an iPad in the Awards Dinner door prize raffle.
Closest to the Pin winner Lee Groon of Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions with teammates Rick Cruz of Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions, Rick Illig of Henry Avocado Corp. and Mike Casazza of Apio/Eat Smart.
MONTREAL — The Quebec Produce Marketing Association held its 69th annual convention at the Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel, here. The convention drew members of the produce industry from Quebec and beyond, and featured a number of business and networking events. Among the highlights were an opening reception at the 46th floor at the Place Ville Marie, which is the highest open-air lookout in the city, an Oktoberfest-themed reception with a Bavarian flair, and a closing banquet, which saw the gavel pass from outgoing President Stephan Schmekel of Del Monte Fresh Produce to incoming President Roland Lafont of Vergers-St. Paul. Also during the convention, the QPMA selected the fifth intern in its Cultivating the Next Generation program, Simon-Pierre Murdock of Morille Quebec, who follows Julie Lefort of Serres Lefort.
At the Aug. 18 opening reception of the QPMA convention in Montreal were Claudia Racine of Fermes du Soleil, Mariane Chenail of Chenail Import Export, Marc Andre Chenail of Chenail Import Export, Tony Bono of Chenail Import Export, Patrice Alain of Metro Inc. and Manon Cote of Metro Inc.
Sylvie Lafont of JPL Maraicher & Fils, Diane Roy of Emballages Mitchel-Lincoln, Sophie Laplante of Emballages Mitchel-Lincoln and Roland Lafont of Verges St. Paul Inc., the incoming president of the QPMA, at the Aug. 18 opening reception of the QPMA convention.
Luc Prevost and Pierre Dolbec of Veg Pro International with Georgia Tsingos and outgoing QPMA President Stephan Schmekel of Del Monte Fresh Produce at the Aug. 18 opening reception of the QPMA convention.
Curtis Olsen, Celine Wadhera and Lee Anne Tibbles of Litehouse Inc. with Michel Levac of Bellemont Powell, who was honored with the Pillar of the Industry in Quebec, at the Aug. 18 opening reception of the QPMA convention.
QPMA General Director Sophie Perreault presents flowers to Julie Lefort of Serres Lefort, who concluded her term as the fourth intern in QPMA's Cultivating the Next Generation program at the Aug. 20 industry brunch during QPMA's 69th annual convention in Montreal.
Simon-Pierre Murdock (center) of Morille Quebec, who was selected as the fifth intern in QPMA's Cultivating the Next Generation program, with Bernard Cote of J.B. Laverdure Inc. and QPMA's outgoing president, Stephan Schmekel of Del Monte Fresh Produce Inc., at the industry brunch during QPMA's 69th annual convention in Montreal.
Olivia Zerbino and Greg Bass of Metro at the Aug. 20 closing reception of the 69th annual QPMA convention in Montreal.
Representing Grupo Ethier Inc. were Pascal Ethier, Chantal Lacriox and Mario Cloutier at the Aug. 20 closing reception of the 69th annual QPMA convention in Montreal.
At the Aug. 20 closing reception of the 69th annual QPMA convention in Montreal were Mike Snyder, Jeannie Snyder, Reilly Snyder, Cheryl Snyder and Peter Snyder Jr. of S&S Forwarding, which was celebrating its 40th QPMA convention.
Danny Pulcinelli (second from right) of Del Fresco Produce with Melanie Dipietro, Gaetan Jette and Sandra Lafleur of Allende at the Aug. 20 closing reception of the 69th annual QPMA convention in Montreal.
Julie Caron and Marc Van Winden of Grupo Vegco at the Aug. 20 closing reception of the 69th annual QPMA convention in Montreal.
Hugo Brien and Carolina Zuniga of Sobeys with Andre Duhamel of Grupo Ethier at the Aug. 20 closing reception of the 69th annual QPMA convention in Montreal.
Rick Burt, Jennier Harris and Glenda Burt of Mid Isle Farms at the Aug. 20 closing reception of the 69th annual QPMA convention in Montreal.
At the Aug. 20 closing reception of the 69th annual QPMA convention in Montreal were Jean Luc Talbot and Melissa Ricard of Metro with Daniel Boileau of Jean-Yves Boileau & Fils.
Joelle Biron and Stephanie Wan of Metro at the Aug. 20 closing reception of the 69th annual QPMA convention in Montreal.
Martin Lebel and Sylvianne Beaudin of SaladExpress Inc. at the Aug. 20 closing reception of the 69th annual QPMA convention in Montreal.
Francis Bérubé of Sobeys Quebec is flanked by QPMA President Stephan Schmekel and Emanuel Lazopoulos of Del Monte Fresh Produce at the Oktoberfest-themed reception Aug. 19 during the QPMA convention in Montreal.
Rosie and Richard Cornelius of Grant J. Hunt Co. South take a break from dancing during the Oktoberfest party at the Oktoberfest-themed reception Aug. 19 during the QPMA convention in Montreal.
Angeles Garces, Francois Van Winden, Nadia Cardinal and Annie Lecuyer go head-to-head in a competition to hammer a nail for bragging rights at Veg Pro International at the Oktoberfest-themed reception Aug. 19 during the QPMA convention in Montreal.
Michel Levac of Bellemont Powell makes his way to the dais to accept the 2016 Pillar of the Industry in Quebec Award in recognition for his passion and dedication to the Quebec produce industry during the QPMA's 69th annual convention in Montreal.
QPMA President Stephan Schmekel of Del Monte Fresh Produce with Michel Levac, who was honored with the accept the 2016 Pillar of the Industry in Quebec Award during the QPMA's 69th annual convention in Montreal.
Nancy Potvin of Loblaws, Celine Seguin of Naturpac and Maryse Lacombe of Loblaws square off for a potato sack race at the Oktoberfest-themed reception Aug. 19 during the QPMA convention in Montreal.
QPMA President-elect Roland Lafont of Vergers-St. Paul accepts the gavel from outgoing President Stephan Schmekel of Del Monte Fresh Produce Inc. at the closing banquet of the QPMA's 69th annual convention in Montreal.
Celine Seguin of Naturpac rings the bell in an impressive feat of strength at the Oktoberfest-themed reception Aug. 19 during the QPMA convention in Montreal.
Edith Daigle of Quebec Parmentier tries her luck in the ring toss competition as Marie-Claude Bilodeau of Propur Inc. looks on at the Oktoberfest-themed reception Aug. 19 during the QPMA convention in Montreal.
ST. PAUL, MN — The SuperValu National Expo was held Aug. 9-11 at the RiverCentre. More than 4,200 attendees representing hundreds of retail stores and more than 400 vendors gathered for the industry-only event.
“This show is SuperValu — this is who we are and what we want to be,” Jeff Swanson, SuperValu’s vice president of communications and enterprise learning, told The Produce News.
Mark Gross, SuperValu’s president and chief executive officer.
Justin Seitz, Tim Galey, Allison Mocchi and Andersen Gale from Bolthouse Farms.
Jay Dyer and Denny Annen from Borton & Sons Inc.
Brittany Johnson, Rudy Belmares, Amanda Skemp-Roppe, Julian Wagner and Tim Waters from Dole.
Garrett Dauer from Domex Superfresh Growers.
Bob Sloate and John Alderman from Duda Farm Fresh Foods.
Cynthia Driver from SuperValu and Jeff Hutterer from Earthbound Farm.
Jim Laskowski from Advantage Solutions.
Chris Lambert from Fresh Express, Dan Yamane from Hornbacher and Pat McErlean from Fresh Express.
Brad Ryan from Fresh Gourmet.
Lisa Hemker and Mark Leone from Giorgio Fresh Co.
Andy Figart from Hess Bros. Fruit Co.
David Kuncl, chief merchandising and marketing officer at Marsh Supermarkets, and Jim Sarcletti, SuperValu’s director of produce/west region.
Jimmy Lamb and Andy Lamb from Lamb’s Fresh Market.
Shelly Short from SuperValu, Staci Weisser from New Markets, Sergio Rodriguez from LoBue Citrus and Ken Rostis from SuperValu.
Mark Russell and Toni Bonfantini from Pacific International Marketing.
Ralph Schwartz and Shane Nathe from Potandon Produce.
The 2016 SuperValu National Expo was held Aug. 9-11 at the RiverCentre in St. Paul, MN.
Michael Bernhagen, Ben Schmidt and Cullen Vaughn from Robinson Fresh.
Aaron Leeming from Sunkist Growers.
Logan Hughes, Andy Bjork and Dakota Koosmann from SuperValu.
Amber Dikhow from Liberty Wholesale, Kristina Pattah, Kandice Pattah and Joseph Pattah from U.S. Quality Foods.
Chance Kirk and Joseph Tudor from VBZ Grapes.
Mike Vishoot from Ventura Foods–Dean’s & Marie’s.
Nick Audette from Waymouth Farms.
Amanda Kraus and Bob Solberg from Wescott/Honeybear Marketing.
Adam Severin, Jen Feustel and Ron Roberts from Wonderful Sales.
BLOOMINGTON, MN — Minnesota-based Russ Davis Wholesale held its annual Crazy Fresh Produce Show here on Aug. 10, and it drew hundreds of customer partners from more than eight states. The one-day event also included a presentation by Derek Mulhern from the Organic Trade Association, breakout sessions, a customer appreciation dinner and entertainment by the local HUGE Improv Theater.
Paul Dolan from Associated Potato Growers.
Greg Dyst from Beachside Produce and Justin Ahrendt from Crazy Fresh.
Larry Jones and Scott Claus from Bergin Fruit & Nut Co.
Charlie Staka from CBS Farms.
Randy Jacobson from Cecelia Packing Corp.
Craig Hagen from Chandler Topic and Dave Hamman from Crazy Fresh.
Steve Schwager from Chiquita and Stephanie Zielke from Aras Promotions.
Pat Miller, vice president at Russ Davis Wholesale.
Gary Zych from Crunch Pak.
Ingrid Lozano, Mark Crumb and David Watson from Del Monte Fresh.
Jenny Rivera and Karen Labenz from Dole Fresh Vegetables.
Derek Neu from Crazy Fresh and Mike Preacher from Domex Super Fresh.
Brett Amundsen, Jeremy Uecker and Jason Amundsen from Farm LoLa.
Kevin Doyle from Forest Mushrooms Inc.
Mike Bowman from Gerten’s Greenhouses.
Greg Sagan from Giorgio Mushrooms and Mike Pickard from Crazy Fresh.
Andrew Ratto from Growers Express.
Karl Johnson from Gurley’s Foods and Randy Isaak from Impact Sales.
Jake Parker from L&M Cos.
Molly Charter from Len Busch Roses.
Nick Werner, Michelle Goddard and Tina Ames from Mason Bros.
Paul Hugunin and Jessica Miles from the Minnesota Grown Program.
Danny Elias from Mucci Farms.
Paul Wolk and Dustin Klesmith from Crazy Fresh with the team from Northstar Produce Inc., Jen Weaver, Wendy Sommer, Dan Gangl, Keith McIntyre and Brandon Melz.
Dennis Christensen from Elden’s, Brian Hawes from Ocean Mist and RyAnn Hommerding from Elden’s.
Derek Mulhern from the Organic Trade Association.
Gary Pahl from Pahl Farms Inc.
Lynn Ruffell and Skip Swanson from Pepin Heights Orchards Inc.
Kristina Nosbisch from Rebel Green.
Allen Teach from River Ridge Produce and Sandy Jeffers from Sunrise Orchards Inc.
Chris DeSana from Seald Sweet.
Troy Elliott from SunBelle.
Debbie Roesch from Sunkist.
Rod Sbragia and Kyle McGrath from Tricar Sales Inc.
Sue, Christina and Dan Tritz from Twin Lakes Cranberry.
Candice and Jason Vee and their children from Vee’s Marketing.
Chantel White from Washington Fruit & Produce Co.
Karen, LuAnn and Brittany Wingard from Wingard Farms.
Melanie Schroedter from Wonderful Citrus and Ryan Fohrman from Wonderful Sales.
CERRITOS, CA — The annual FPFC Membership & City of Hope Luncheon drew a massive audience of produce professionals to the Sheraton Cerritos Hotel on Wednesday, Aug. 10. Through donations and raffle tickets, the Produce & Floral Division of the Food Industries Circle raised $220,000 for the City of Hope, a world leader in the research and treatment of cancer and other serious diseases.
At the luncheon, Russ Tavlan of Moonlight Packing Corp. received the City of Hope Spirit Award. Nancy Hamilton of Advantage Fresh and also a cancer survivor, gave a stirring speech about the efforts of the City of Hope and her courageous battle with cancer.
Christine Keelin and Amy Keelin of MPK Foods.
Nancy Hamilton of Advantage Fresh and Connie Stukenberg of the California Avocado Commission.
Allen DeMo and Tom Cowle of DLJ Produce with Cheryl Kennick of City of Hope.
Marty Craner of B&C Fresh Sales and Karen Caplan of Frieda’s Inc.
Pat Fitzsimmons of Organic Girl, Danny Trevino of Food 4 Less and Brad Martin of Perimeter Sales & Merchandising.
Southern California Retailer Raul Gallegos with Jeanne Lesher of Bristol Farms and Pedro Uribe of Smart & Final.
Kellie Weaver of Veg-Fresh Farms and Susie Rea of West Pak Avocado.
Micki Dirtzu and Brittney Overgaag of North Shore Living Herbs.
Paul Villa and Cheyne Long of Great West Produce.
Ashley Trindle of City of Hope with Kellee Harris of Giumarra.
Rachelle Schulken of Renaissance Food Group and Dan Acevedo of GreenFruit Avocados.
John Sheehan of Harvest Sensations, Roger Schroeder of Stater Bros. Markets and Dale Liefer of Pura Vida Farms.
Paul Vogel of QSI Produce and Jeff Oberman of the United Fresh Produce Association.
Adam Laliberte and Bill Laliberte of WJL Distributors.
Diana Godfrey of Smart & Final, who served as the luncheon emcee, holding the check showing how much money was donated to City of Hope.
Dan McGrath of Robinson Fresh with David Fausset of Fillmore Piru Citrus.
Steven Muro of Fusion Marketing, Connie Stukenberg of the California Avocado Commission and FPFC Chairman Marvin Quebec of Quebec Distributing.
Jim Fox of Homemade Harvey, Robert Thompson of FreshSource and Dino Cancellieri of Veg-Fresh Farms.
Kent Kuwata of Smart & Final, Sean Patrick and Bill Brooks of Westlake Produce, and Kenny Tsunoda of All Fresh Produce.
Kelly Craner of B&C Fresh Sales and Patty Knoll of Temkin International.
Rose Gonzales and Marta Moreno of Rose Gonzales Plants flank Brian Cook of Hollandia Produce.
Roger Schroeder of Stater Bros. Markets presents the City of Hope Spirit Award to Russ Tavlan of Moonlight Packing Corp.
Marvin Quebec of Quebec Distributing and Dick Spezzano of Spezzano Consulting Services.
Therese Ferrara of Preferred Sales LLC, Johan Soltero of Pablo’s Produce and Andy Webb of Progressive Produce.
Rich Van Valkenburg of Van Valkenburg & Associates and his wife, Susan, flank Frieda Caplan of Frieda’s Inc., who celebrated her 93rd birthday.
Erin Vickerman of Raley’s and Ambar Rodriguez of Oppy.
Ted Kohlenberger of National Resource Management and Derek Gerson of Alliance Funding Group.
Sonia Sigur, Lena Adebowale and Lacy Garcia of Melissa’s World Variety Produce.
Jin Ju Wilder of L.A. Specialty Produce with Kristen Reid of Mixtec Group.