NEW ORLEANS — The United Fresh Produce Association honored longtime produce industry executive Bruce McEvoy with a Lifetime Achievement Award at its Produce Legends Dinner Jan. 10 during the annual Midwinter Leadership Meeting.
The dinner held in his honor featured food stations from all parts of the world in homage to his far-reaching career with such industry powerhouses as Sunkist, DuPont and finally Seald Sweet, from which he retired as president in 2004 but remains as a government relations consultant.
In accepting the award, McEvoy stressed the importance of teamwork, which he credited for his success in the industry. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2008 and now serves as the board chairman of his local Alzheimer/Parkinson's Association chapter and has become a tireless champion for the cause, advocating on Capitol Hill for legislation to increase funding for research.
Bruce McEvoy, who was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the United Fresh Produce Association, with fellow Seald Sweet executives Mayda Sotomayor and Kim Flores.
Ed Bertaud and Hillary Femal of IFCO Systems.
Jacqui Ediger of Pro Citrus Network and Stephanie Barlow of the National Watermelon Promotion Board.
Susan Reimer-Stifford of Darden Restaurants, who is chairman-elect of the United Fresh Produce Association, her husband, Doug Stifford, and Shannon Arias of Chick-Fil-A.
Fred Heptinstall and Danit Cohen of Polymer Logistics with Brian Antle of Tanimura & Antle.
Fried De Schouwer and Cathy De Schouwer of Greenhouse Produce flank Karen Caplan of Frieda's and Bruce McEvoy of Seald Sweet, who was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the United Fresh Produce Association.
Steve Kenfield of HMC Farms and United Fresh Chairman Tony Freytag of Crunch Pak.
United Fresh Start Foundation Chairman Jim Lemke of Robinson Fresh, Lynn Grinstead of the Grinstead Group, Heather Lemke and Jackie Caplan Wiggins of Frieda's Inc.
Mark Klompien of United Potato Growers of America and Bob Meek of Utah Onions.
Lee Anne Oxford, Linda McGee, Joe McGee and Mike McGee of L&M Cos.
Danny Dumas and Emanuel Lazopoulos of Del Monte Fresh Produce.
United Fresh Chairman Tony Freytag of Crunch Pak and United Fresh Start Foundation Chairman Jim Lemke of Robinson Fresh address attendees of the Produce Legends Dinner prior to honoring Bruce McEvoy of Seald Sweet with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
United Fresh President Tom Stenzel introducing Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Bruce McEvoy of Seald Sweet.
Seald Sweet Chief Executive Officer Mayda Sotomayor speaking fondly of her time working with Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Bruce McEvoy.
Jerry McEvoy, younger brother of Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Bruce McEvoy, spoke of the achievements of his older brother while Bruce McEvoy's sons looked on.
Bruce McEvoy reflected on his career after being honored with the United Fresh Produce Association Lifetime Achievement Award at the Produce Legends Dinner Jan. 10 in New Orleans.
Bruce McEvoy (second from right) and his wife with United Fresh Produce Association Chairman Tony Freytag of Crunch Pak, United Fresh Start Foundation Chairman Jim Lemke and United Fresh Produce Association President Tom Stenzel.
CERRITOS, CA — The Fresh Produce & Floral Council held its annual charity luncheon Dec. 14, here, at the Sheraton Cerritos, to benefit Caterina's Club — an Anaheim, CA-based charity that feeds pasta dinners to homeless and underprivileged children every night. More than 300 produce professionals attended the luncheon, where both silent and live auctions (with celebrity chef Jet Tila acting as chief auctioneer), as well as side donations, raised $179,055 for the charity — a record amount. The charity, founded by local chef Bruno Serato, has now become a worldwide movement.
Amanda Grillo of CMC Sales & Marketing with Greg Corrigan of Raley's.
Gary Caloroso of the Giumarra Cos. and Chef Bruno Serato, founder of Caterina’s Club.
David Martus of Stater Bros. Markets with Jim Roy of Mixed Nuts.
Kristine Gatlin and Virginia Morrison of Litehouse Foods.
Dale Liefer of Pura Vida Farms and Dick Spezzano of Spezzano Consulting Services.
Jason Hatcher of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and Catherine Gipe-Stewart of Domex Superfresh Growers.
Sal Alejandre and FPFC Chairman of the Board Marvin Quebec of Quebec Distributing Co. with Adam Sides of Rainfield Ranches.
Ryan Savage of Advantage Fresh and Charles Pavia of Proactive Packaging.
Tom Davaris and Tom Johnson of Ralph’s Grocery Co. flank Shawna Sponheim and Alyssa Cota of Empire Marketing Strategies.
Featured speaker and celebrity chef Jet Tila (second from left) with Connie Stukenberg and David Cruz of the California Avocado Commission, Chef Bruno Serato of Caterina’s Club, and Angela Fraser of the California Avocado Commission.
Gary Niehaus (second from left) of Stater Bros. Markets with Dennis DeBaltzo, Trevor McNeill and Chris Wigley of A-Roo Co.
Amy, Mike and Christine Keelin of MPK Foods.
Howard Nager of Sun Pacific and Tim Riley of the Giumarra Cos.
Abel Meza and Alfonso Cano of Northgate González Markets flank Karen Caplan of Frieda’s.
Randy Akahoshi, Mark Munger and Sandra Medina of 4Earth Farms.
Mike Narahara Takeuchi of Gelson’s, Kellie Weaver and Dino Cancellieri of Veg-Fresh Farms, and Dan Lawton of Vision Produce.
Blanca Gomez of CSCS with Kelley Craner of B&C Fresh Sales.
Brent Huntington of Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions with Erick Coronado and Ryan Fukuda of Avocados From Mexico.
NEW YORK — A big crowd turned out Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the seventh annual New York Produce Show & Conference to walk the aisles of the trade show, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Manhattan's West Side. More than 400 companies from around the United States and abroad exhibited the produce industry's best and latest products and ideas at the show.
EPC President Vic Savanello of Allegiance Retail Services and EPC Executive Director Susan McAleavey Sarlund during the keynote breakfast.
Angel Morrobel, Frank Perez, Lucille Douglas and Joe Rodriguez of Seaboard Marine.
Jackie Obana, Albert Perez and Chef Alex Callegari of Continental Fresh LLC.
Rubens Zylberkan, Michael Napolitano and Melissa Hartmann De Barros of HLB Specialties LLC.
Patrick Gabrish and Kristyn Lawson of Goodfoods Group.
Juliemar Rosado, Mark Arney and Megan McKenna of the National Watermelon Promotion Board.
Steve Dandrea, Ron Dandrea, Adam Dandrea, Vince McDermott and Pete Dandrea of Dandrea Produce.
Alan Marcelli and Lucky Lee of Lucky's Real Tomatoes with Bob McGowan of Northeast Produce Sales.
Larry Longo of Santa Sweets; Lou Lage and Vincent Villone of Food Circus/Foodtown; Mike Maxwell and Mike Keen of Procacci Bros. Sales Corp.
Brandon Parker, Erin Waters and Johnny White of Shuman Produce.
Jeff Murray and Amanda Press of Del Monte Fresh Produce.
Victoria Shannon, Jerry Smith and Dan Dubinsky of Fresh Sides.
Ted Pawlik and Christopher Cole of Railex.
Alden Guptill and Nelly Czajkowski of DiSilva Fruit.
John Wilkinson, Laura Hastie and Mark Crossgrove of Foxy Fresh Produce.
Patrick Cortes, Denise Junqueiro, Gwen Jackimek and George Bahamonde of Mission Produce.
Ken Gray of Bushwick Commission.
Richard Thorpe (center) of Whole Foods Market, flanked by CeCe Krumrine and Wendy McManus of the National Mango Board.
Lisa Fetterhoff, Michael Blume and Andrea Scroggs of Keystone Fruit Marketing.
Oscar Garcia and Anna Kirsch of Avocados from Mexico.
Joe Spano and Danny Elias of Mucci Farms.
Bret Wiley and Lyra Vance of Village Farms with Bill Weyland of Seven Seas.
Mayda Sotomayor and Chris DeSana of Seald Sweet.
Jeff Wolfe, Joe Atchison, Mary Kay Atchison and Douglas H. Fisher of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
Scott Graiff, Alan Kleinman and Jamie Graiff of Five Star Premium Greens & Herbs.
Debra May and Tom Perny of the Florida Department of Agriculture.
Charlie Eagle and Tracey Monahan of Southern Specialties Inc.
David Williams and Mark Sharp of Fowler Farms.
Annie Pape and Scott Canneto of Frank Donio Inc.
Kurt and Cindy Zuhlke of Kurt Zuhlke & Associates.
Bruce Klein, Paul Auerbach, Josh Auerbach and Ian Zimmerman of Maurice A. Auerbach Inc.
Dean Taylor, Paul Mastronardi and Peppe Bonfiglio of Sunset/Mastronardi.
Adrian Down and Greg Emery of Redline Solutions.
Ray Mason and Harold Paivarinta of Red Sun Farms.
Raina Nelson and John Cameron of Renaissance Food Group.
Jason Laffer of Pacific Organic Produce with Kevin Lyons and Ron Palermo of Albert's Organics.
Ellen Allen, Susan McAleavey, Mike Cassidy, and Jim Allen of New York Apple Association.
Paul and Dorothy Ross with Parminder Singh of Southern Sun, LLC.
Sal Vacca, Sasha LoPresti, and Nick Pacia of A.J. Trucco Inc. with Furio Mazzotti of Made in Blu, and Ashley Celestin, Vito Cangialosi and Anthony Biondo of A.J. Trucco Inc.
Robinson Chaverra, Victor Trujillo, David Jaramillo, and Ralph Tejeda of US Fresh.
Paul Huckabay of Duda Farm Fresh Foods with Robert Strube of Strube Celery & Vegetable Co.
Lee Hodge, Paul Bellacero and Sue Hartnett of Aurora Products.
Brenda Briggs and Jill Hughey of Rice Fruit Co.
The Eastern Produce Council grants scholarships to Rutgers University students, who in turn are invited to attend the New York Produce Show & Conference and learn first hand about an industry they might consider. Shown at this year's conference are EPC President Vic Savanello and EPC Executive Director Susan McAleavey Sarlund (second and third from left) with deans and students from Rutgers.
Industry members and friends gathered on Monday, Dec. 12, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Syracuse, NY, to celebrate the successful career of Jim Allen, president and chief executive officer of the New York Apple Association, who will be retiring in January after serving in the association for 20 years.
The special event took place on the 20th floor of the hotel, overlooking the city lights, and attracted prominent guests including former New Jersey Assistant Secretary of Agriculture Al Murray; New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball; New York Senator Mike Nozzolio; and Jim Boeheim, head coach of the men’s basketball team at Syracuse University; as well as many other produce industry members, family and friends.
Alisha Albinder of Hudson River Fruit Distributors, Richard Ball of New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets, Robert Minard of W.G. Minard & Sons Inc. and Larry Cosman of Mt. Airy Fruit Farm. .
Michael Harwood and John Cushing of New York Apple Sales.
Todd Furber of Cherrylawn Fruit Farms with Peter Fleckenstein of Beak & Skiff.
John and Sue Denk, friends of Jim Allen.
Al Murray, recently retired from the New Jersey Deptartment of Agriculture, with John Russell of Lake Ontario Fruit.
Joann McAleavey with Susan McAleavey Sarlund of the New York Apple Association and Eastern Produce Council.
Mike Cassidy of Mason Marketing and Kurt Gallagher of U.S. Export Council.
Jim Allen of New York Apple Association flanked by state Senator Mike Nozzolio and Richard Ball of New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets. They are holding a Resolution Proclamation introduced to the state senate.
Ellen Allen of New York Apple Association with Bob Evans of Keystone Fruit.
C&C Produce held its third annual Harvest to Market Open House Dec. 7. The event featured local growers and producers that set up tables with pictures and samples of their products. Major retailers, local chefs and everyone in between were in attendance.
Bates County Produce of Rich Hill, MO.
Sarah Nord, Jen Trompeter and Jot Albright of Happy Food Co.
Matthew Johnson of Perfection Growers.
Nancy Berkstesser of Jisa’s Farmstead Cheese.
Marina Backes of Circle B Ranch LLC.
John R. Hall with YBR International Sales & Consulting.
A C&C Produce food display at Harvest to Market 2016.
A C&C Produce food display at Harvest to Market 2016.
A C&C Produce food display at Harvest to Market 2016.
Cheryl Coon of Hilary’s at C&C Produce's Harvest to Market 2016.
Scott Thellman of Juniper Hill Farms.
Matthew Little of Huron Produce.
Pam Meyer and Becky Hutchison of Cal-Ann Farms.
Julie LaSerre, Michelle McGinn and Misty Mewland of Liberty Public Schools Nutrition Services.