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DSC 0035Members of the Fresh Produce & Floral Council converged on the Alameda County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, April 18, for the annual Northern California Expo. Scores of exhibitors and hundreds of attendees spent the day networking and viewing the produce and floral sectors.

Dave Moore, Sarah Burns, Kyle Hammans and Kevin Trisko of Earthbound Farm.

DSC 0014On Tuesday evening, April 17, exhibitors, attendees and guests kicked off the 2018 Fresh Produce & Floral Council Northern California Expo with a reception held the night before the event at the Doubletree Inn in Pleasanton, CA.  A couple of hundreds industry members – mostly exhibitors – relaxed after spending several hours setting up their respective booths.

Sal Barajas and Mari Partina of Better Produce with Doug Hoover of IFCO Systems.

PHOENIX — Willie Itule Produce hosted it's second annual Farmers Market Pop-Up Dinner event on Tuesday evening, April 10, at its warehouse, here. The produce facility was transformed into a shabby-chic farmers market dream, complete with a long wooden table under glistening lights to enjoy dinner and conversation at.

Sponsors of the event included Babe Farms, Crystal Valley Foods, Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce, and Pacific International Marketing. Local chefs and restaurants from around the valley, including Wrigley Mansion, The Mission, and Cartwright's Modern Cuisine, were also on hand to whip up some mouth-watering dishes utilizing the sponsoring companies freshest produce.

Willie Itule Produce, headquartered in Phoenix, hosted its second annual Farmers Market Pop-Up Dinner on Tuesday, April 10, at its warehouse in Phoenix.


untitled-6MIAMI — The Center for Growing Talent by PMA's 2018 Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference kicked off, Sunday, April 15 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, here. The day was filled with fun, optional activities in the morning, followed by an inspirational workshop hosted by Stacy Blake-Beard in the afternoon, and then ended with a lovely strolling dinner reception overlooking gorgeous views of the bay in the evening.

Julie Shreve and Shilo Sammy of Mastronardi Produce with Mary Zink of Wegman's Food Markets and Brenda Necic of Mastronardi.

DSC 6406WOODLAND PARK, NJ — The Eastern Produce Council held the John J. McAleavey 52nd annual dinner dance — a night the event’s namesake used to call “the produce prom” — on Saturday, April 7, at the Westmount Country Club, here.

Art Brown, a former New Jersey secretary of agriculture, with Cindy and Kurt Zuhlke of Kurt Zuhlke & Associates and Thomas Beaver, director of marketing at the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.

EPC Executive Director Susan McAleavey Sarlund welcomed attendees before turning the microphone over to Vic Savanello, who informed the crowd that he will be stepping down from his current role as EPC president April 24 at the council’s next meeting. Wakefern Food Corp.’s Marianne Santo, currently EPC's first vice president, will succeed Savanello.

“It’s been a wonderful term and a half that I’ve spent serving as president of EPC,” he said. “It’s helped me realize how many wonderful people we have in our industry.”

Savanello was recently named the Fresh Market’s vice president of merchandising, produce.

This year’s event honored Frieda Rapoport Caplan, founder of Frieda’s Inc. in Los Alamitos, CA, and Annabel Donio Arena, second-generation leader of Frank Donio Inc. in Hammonton, NJ, who was honored posthumously.

EPC also presented $5,000 checks to the Lead New York Program, the Tomorrows Children's Fund and the New Jersey Agricultural Society.