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Potatoes and tomatoes on the menu at EPC dinner meeting

BozzutosWEST ORANGE, NJ — The Eastern Produce Council held its first meeting following the summer hiatus, drawing industry members from throughout the New York metropolitan area.

The meeting, held Sept. 16 at the Manor, here, was co-sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission and Lucky's Real Tomatoes/Bejo Seeds. In addition to hearing highlights about each crop, dinner attendees were able to experience the products first-hand, as Lucky's Real Tomatoes were featured in the salad course, and a giant Idaho russet baked potato accompanied the main entree.

Jamie Bowen of the Idaho Potato Commission with Peter Pascale of Robert Wood Johnson Hospital and Doug Groendyke of Kings Food Markets.


NEPC holds trade show under tents

nepc1567NEWPORT, RI — The New England Produce Council held its 2014 Produce & Floral Expo in a new location — Newport, RI — and at a new time of the year — September. So it seems appropriate that the council held its trade show in a new and different setting: outside under tents.

A wide variety of produce and floral suppliers exhibited at the 2014 NEPC trade show, which took place Thursday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., just one highlight of the event at the Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa, here.

In the Best Booth Awards, announced during the trade show, Sid Wainer & Son took first place in the large booth category, with Tourtellot & Co. Inc. earning honorable mention. Lee Farms took first place in the small booth category, with Jonathan Sprouts Inc. earning honorable mention.

David Armenta and Suzanne Wolter of Rainier Fruit Co.


FPFC holds bocce event in Northern California

photo4On Friday night, Sept. 5, members of the Fresh Produce & Floral Council met at Camp di Bocce in Livermore, CA, for a bit of camaraderie and competition. 

The networking event drew a crowd of about four score to spend the evening learning the finer points of bocce ball as well as some of the wine grown in the nearby vineyards surrounding the venue. Teams of four tried to play by the rules, or made up their own as the night wore on.

Susan and Rich Van Valkenburg of VVA, who is the FPFC 2014 chairman of the board.

NEPC produce and floral expo opens

nepc1524NEWPORT, RI — The New England Produce Council's 2014 Produce & Floral Expo opened Wednesday, Sept. 10, with a produce industry forum presented by Produce Marketing Association President Cathy Burns, a VIP reception and an outdoor clambake under tents.

The event is being held at the Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa, here, a new venue for the New England Produce Council. This is also the first time that the council is holding this event in the fall, a beautiful time of the year in historic New England.

Thursday's agenda will include the keynote breakfast featuring Krista Neher, chief executive officer of Boot Camp Digital, as keynote speaker; presentation of the Person of the Year; the expo; announcement of Best Booth awards; and the Sunset Sail.

Bob McGowan of Northeast Produce Sales and president of the New England Produce Council with Cathy Burns, president of the Produce Marketing Association, at the Produce Industry Forum, the first event at the NEPC 2014 Produce & Floral Expo.

SpartanNash Fall Food Show

DEL-MONTEMINNEAPOLIS — The SpartanNash Fall Food Show drew more than 400 attendees to the Convention Center, here, Aug. 27-28. The buying event brought together vendors and suppliers, exhibiting in more than 250 booths, with retail buyers from SpartanNash's six Midwestern distribution centers. Jack Morris, five-time all-star MLB starting pitcher, made a special guest appearance on Aug. 27, signed autographs and posed for pictures with his fans.

Melissa Athanasopulos, Ingrid Lozano and Natalie Costabile of Del Monte Fresh Produce, headquartered in Coral Gables, FL.