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IMG 5981The 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.

Ring-the-bellMONTREAL — 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.

WONDERFUL-2ST. 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.

DEL-MONTE-FRESHBLOOMINGTON, 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.

10-GiumarraCERRITOS, 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.