Mr. Greens, a Miami-based produce distributor, celebrated its fourth anniversary Aug. 19 with an open house at its new six-acre facility in Miami. Among those in attendance was Tomas Regalado, the mayor of Miami.
Brian Allen and Jose Gutierrez, purchasing managers for Mr. Greens Produce.
The cooler at the new Mr. Greens Produce facility.
Peter and Nick Politis of Mr. Greens Produce.
Tracey Monahan of Southern Specialties and Peter Politis of Mr. Greens Produce.
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado is flanked by Peter Politis and Nick Politis of Mr. Greens Produce.
A carved watermelon welcomed guests to the grand opening of the new Mr. Greens facility.
MINNEAPOLIS — Michigan-based SpartanNash held its 2015 Holiday Expo, here, Aug. 26-27 at the downtown convention center for its vendors, independent retailers and corporate stores. Hundreds of exhibitors showcased new products, offered expo specials and networked with grocery store representatives, while attendees took advantage of the exclusive show offerings and placed orders.
Tim Grace, Cheryl Gass and Bill Riddering of Chandler Topic, with Tim Eberle of SpartanNash.
Steve Mounce of SpartanNash, Wes Sterenberg and Kelly Cox of Creative Merchandising Systems, and Karla Sazama of Central Market.
Greg Samels of Del Monte and Eric Ewing of SpartanNash.
Tim Waters of Dole Fresh Fruit Co. and Steven Ware of Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc.
Greg Earhart and Michael Stone of Carlin O’Brien Batson.
Mark Filauri and Ryan Joynes of Grimmway Farms.
Kevin McKinney, Ryan Gafner and Jim Hannigan of J&J Distributing with customers Jim Weber of Tadych’s Econo Foods in Iron Mountain, MI, and Paul Platteborze of Taddych’s Econo Foods in Marquette, MI.
Brian Klekner of The Produce Network.
Jim Laskowski of Advantage Sales & Marketing.
Phil Barrientos of Ocean Mist Farms.
Bernie Pavlock of Potandon with Linda and Tom Berens of Berens Warehouse Groceries.
Janet Torri of SpartanNash.
Mong-Tuyen Nguyen and Pauline Mac of Sweet Pea Market with Andy Kampa and Sam Rayner from Robinson Fresh.
Ryan Easter of Sage Fruit Co. in Washington state.
John Beaupre of SpartanNash, Melvin McNeely of The Produce Exchange and Pat Steider of Summeripe.
Mark Plantan of Taylor Farms in Salinas, CA.
Aron Gularte of Visalia Produce and Jamie Finley of Teal’s Market.
Nick Audette and Steve Repasky of Waymouth Farms.
Jennifer Rigdon of Wholesale Produce with Tom Williams of SpartanNash.
Adam Severin of Wonderful Brands Sales & Marketing.
The Quebec Produce Marketing Association's 68th annual convention kicked off Aug. 20 with the President's Reception, where attendees gathered to network at the historic Musee del'Amerique Francophone chapel. The event was the first in a weekend full of social and business opportunities in beautiful Old Quebec, along the banks of the majestic St. Lawrence River.
Max Mastronardi and Missy Mastronardi of Westmoreland with George Pitsikoulis of Canadawide.
Enrico Charest and Marie-Pierre Daigneault of Sobey's with Larry Ryan of Steinbeck Country Produce.
Robert Beauregard (center) of Gestion Flexco with Tanya Shoemaker and Howard Nager of Domex Superfresh Growers.
Kathleen Chagnon of Maison de la Pomme and Josee Petitclerc of Patates Dolbec.
Bert and Melissa Mucci with Vera and Joe Spano, all of Mucci Farms.
The a capella group QW4RTZ entertained the crowd at the Musee del'Amerique Francophone chapel during the opening reception of the Quebec Produce Marketing Association's 68th annual convention in Quebec City.
Joe Sbrocchi (center) of Mastronardi Produce, the sponsor of the reception, with Teal McAteer (left) and Jennifer Harris of Mid Isle Farms.
The Fresh Produce & Floral Council held its 23rd annual Southern California Golf Tournament Tuesday, Aug. 25 at the Tustin Ranch Golf Club in Tustin, CA. The sold-out event attracted produce professionals from throughout the state.
Jack Howell and Ron Jackson of Chiquita Fresh North America flank David Martus of Stater Bros. Markets.
Parker Nishi of Melissa’s/World Variety Produce displayed the Melissa’s golf club gift basket.
Mike Casazza of Apio/Eat Smart, Hiro Watanabe of Red Shell Foods and Rick Cruz of Albertsons/Vons.
Chris Lehman and Brendan Graham of Naked Juice.
Richard Flamminio and Andrew Cotton of Umina Bros.
Jack Gyben (center) of Progressive Produce with Kraig Loomis and Justin Hill of Fresh & Easy.
Tracy Ramirez, Jesse Ramirez, Tom Davaris and Eddie Goicochea of Ralphs Grocery Co.
Rick Cruz of Albertsons/Vons and Mike Casazza of Apio/EatSmart with Pat McDowell, Brad Martin and Chris Martin of Perimeter Sales & Merchandising.
Terence Billingsley and Tyson Billingsley of Mann Packing Co.
Chris Jacoby of Haggen and Therese Ferrara of Preferred Sales.
Larry Ahlstrom of Charlie’s Produce and Robert Thompson of FreshSource LLC.
Chad Miller of Sprouts Farmers Market with Kristyn Lawson of Good Foods Group.
David Miroglio of T. Marzetti Co. with Greg Bradley, Connie Thatcher and Nancy Hamilton of Advantage Sales & Marketing.
Michael Gaskins of Professional Produce and Erick Christensen of United Melon Distributing.
Nicole Henry and Angela Shanahan of Wonderful Brands with Ernie Peraza of House Foods.
Mark Wiemann of M&M Distributing with Jeff Young of Green Thumb Produce.
Jan Garrett of Category Partners and Bob Wright of DiMare International.
Marty Craner (center) of B&C Fresh Sales with Don Gann and David Martus of Stater Bros. Markets.
MASHANTUCKET, CT — Bozzuto's Inc. held its Merchandising Marketplace 2015 on Aug. 11-12 at the Fox Tower at Foxwoods, here, with fresh produce well represented, as always. The trade show also included representatives from many sectors of the supermarket.
Headquartered in Cheshire, CT, Bozzuto's Inc. is a total service wholesale distributor of food and household products to retailers in New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Established in 1945, the company is headed by Michael A. Bozzuto, who is chairman, president and chief executive officer.
Doug Stewart of Giorgio Fresh with a package of organic Portabella mushroom caps.
Tim Harrington of Stemilt Growers and Scott Marino of Bozzuto's Inc.
Don Donahue and Julie Donahue of M. D'Ottavio Produce Inc.
Steve Gray and Cheryl Gray of Sunlight International Sales Inc.
Dominick Petrocelli of Bozzuto's Inc. and Jim Bates of Goodness Gardens.
Natalie Ramirez and Veronica Contreras of Driscoll Strawberry Associates Inc.
Jerry Baldino Jr. of Northeast Produce Inc.
Ken Gray of Bushwick Commission and Dana Mulroy of Supreme Cuts.
Dan McAllister of Bozzuto's Inc.; Elmer Molina and Adrian Capote of J&C Tropicals; and Greg Veneziano of Bozzuto's Inc.
Leighanne Thomsen of Mission Produce with a four-count mesh bag of Mexican avocados. She said Mexican avocados should begin next month with good quality and good volume.
Dan McAllister of Bozzuto's Inc. and Mary Spry of Coast to Coast Produce.
Mike Ierardi of Sunkist Growers Inc. with a two-pound bag of lemons.
Thomas Cagnassola of Del Monte Fresh Produce Co.
Bill Maniatis of Northeast Produce Sales.
Ronnie E. Mercer of Wayne E. Bailey Produce Co. and Glen Reynolds of Potandon Produce.
Pat Ferrara of Hudson River Fruit Distributors.
Rebecca Zadlo of Dandrea Produce Inc.
Bruce Klein of Maurice A. Auerbach Inc.