NEPC golfers raise money for scholarship fund

NEPC2556HUDSON, MA — The New England Produce Council's scholarship fund got a boost at the end of July, thanks to the council's annual golf tournament. About 135 golfers participated in the council's 19th annual golf tournament, held on a sunny Tuesday, July 28, at the Charter Oak Country Club, here in Hudson, MA, west of Boston. The golfers were NEPC members, from both New England and other parts of the country. The tournament raised about $10,000 for the NEPC Scholarship Fund.

Members of the NEPC board of directors at the 19th annual golf tournament were (kneeling) Doug Stewart of Giorgio Fresh, Anthony Sattler of C&S and First Vice President Tom Murray of Roche Bros.; and (standing) NEPC Executive Director Laura Sullivan, John Czaja of U.S. Foods, Tom Mara of Bozzuto's Inc. and President Bob McGowan of Northeast Produce Sales.

Christopher Ranch hosts Garlic Party

3The Christopher Ranch Party was held Friday, July 24 at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Gilroy, CA. The event brought together members of the garlic industry for a little socializing and taste-testing on a gorgeous, sunny afternoon.

Christopher Ranch's Monviso garlic.

PMA Foodservice Conference

IMG 6238More than 1,800 attendees convened in Monterey, CA, July 24-26 to network and discuss emerging trends facing the fresh produce and foodservice industries. The PMA Foodservice Conference, now in its 34rd year, set a new record for attendance this year.

Susan Renke and Brittany Wilmes of the Pear Bureau Northwest.

Women's Fresh Perspectives reception

oio5The Produce Marketing Association held its popular Women's Fresh Perspectives reception July 25 on the top floor of the Marriott hotel, which afforded sweeping views of picturesque Monterey, CA. The reception drew 180 attendees and was sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission, the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association and The Produce News.

Emily Fragoso and Kristen Reid of Mixtec Group.

Fresno Food Expo 2015

IMG 1451The 2015 Fresno Food Expo boasts an 86 percent growth in the number of participating exhibitors and a 400 percent growth in buyers since the Expo first began in 2011. The Expo, held on Thursday, July 23, hosted 121 food and beverage companies ranging from producers and growers to manufacturers and processors from throughout the eight-county San Joaquin Valley. These exhibitors met with 917 pre-qualified regional, national and international foodservice and retail buyers.


Quail H Farms’ Larelle Miller and Angie Maciel showed the new high-graphics bags and shared that their sweet and red varieties of sweet potatoes are coming the first week of August.