HILLSDALE, NJ — The Eastern Produce Council's May 24 meeting, sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, is always one of the more popular EPC meetings of the year, and this time close to 200 people came out to enjoy the evening.
This was the 29th consecutive year that Jersey Fresh has sponsored an EPC meeting, and as in the last few years, it was held outdoors under a tent here at Demarest Farms — and thus is known as the Jersey Fresh Cookout. (This year was the seventh cookout.) By tradition, this was also the last EPC meeting before its summer break; the council's meetings will resume this fall.
Ron Budd of Gloucester County Packing and Chuck Zambito of Zambito Produce Sales.
Victor Joseph of Victor Joseph & Son Inc. with James Tramutola and Jeff Young of A&J Produce Corp.
Robinson Chaverra and Ralph Tejeda of U.S. Fresh Corp.
Floyd Avillo of FreshPro Food Distributors and Marc Goldman of Morton Williams Supermarkets.
Nick Armata and Mike Marrello of E. Armata Inc. with Allan Napolitano of SunTerra Produce Traders East LLC.
EPC Secretary Rob Goldstein of Genpro Inc. with Art Brown, a former New Jersey secretary of agriculture.
Bruce Klein and Josh Auerbach of Maurice A. Auerbach Inc.
Michael and Laura DePrado of Final Touch Plantscaping LLC.
Kurt Zuhlke of Kurt Zuhlke & Associates Inc. with Theresa Lowden of JOH Produce Mid Atlantic Inc.
Matt Conklin of Chiquita with George Moskal, a consultant with GVM and EPC director emeritus.
John F. McCann of Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. with EPC Second Vice President Greg Veneziano of Bozzuto's Inc.
Michael Harwood of New York Apple Sales with Jim Gatter of Jersey Fruit Cooperative Association and Bob Von Rohr of Sunny Valley International.
Logan Brown and Joe Atchison of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
Marc Nadel and Eric Nadel of Paterson Pickle Co.
Marc Turner of Bushwick Commission with Paul Hlubik of the USDA's Farm Service Agency.
At the Eastern Produce Council's May 24 meeting, hosted by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture: EPC President Vic Savanello of Allegiance Retail Services; John Formisano of the Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey; EPC Executive Director Susan McAleavey Sarlund; Art Brown, a former New Jersey secretary of agriculture; Douglas H. Fisher, New Jersey's secretary of agriculture; and Al Murray, New Jersey's assistant secretary of agriculture.
GREENSBORO, NC — The Southeast Produce Council raised $85,000 to help two organizations at its third annual Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic, held May 17-19 at the Grandover Resort & Conference Center, here. The two beneficiaries, which each received $42,500, were the Produce for Better Health Foundation and Victory Junction.
About 175 registered for the event, according to SEPC Executive Director David Sherrod. The event honored the memory of Mr. Vorhees, the Southeast Produce Council's first executive director and one of its founders, who died July 30, 2014.
Nicole Conner is director of corporate engagement at Victory Junction, a camp for kids with serious medical conditions based in Randleman, NC. The Southeast Produce Council donated $42,500 to that organization during the SEPC's Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic.
Some of the members of the Southeast Produce Council got to visit Victory Junction, a camp for kids with serious medical conditions based in Randleman, NC, just prior to the council's third annual Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic.
Tony Campise and Robert Alven of Utah Onions Inc. with Dave Yeager of Farm Fresh Direct at the opening reception of the Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic.
Some of the items on display at the silent auction, part of the Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic.
Michael Jenks of Reed TMS Logistics, Steve Zaccardi of Mucci Farms and Bruce Letchworth of CarbAmercas at the opening reception of the Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic.
Scott Ross of Giumara Cos. with Doug Stewart, Greg Sagan and Brian Threlfall of Giorgio Fresh Co. at the opening reception of the Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic.
Raina Nelson of Renaissance Food Group and Rick Estess of RPE Inc. at the opening reception of the Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic.
SEPC President Mark Daniels of Mountain King Potatoes with Barbara Anderson DNE World Fruit LLC and Michael Prather of Flavor-Pic Tomato Co. at the opening reception of the Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic.
Andrew Scott of Nickey Gregory Co. and Al Finch of Florida Classic Growers at the opening reception of the Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic.
John Avolda of Idea Garden Marketing with Tammy Rayfield and Brian Rayfield of J&J Family of Farms at the opening reception of the Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic.
The Southeast Produce Council donated $42,500 to Victory Junction, a camp for kids with serious medical conditions based in Randleman, NC. Shown were SEPC Executive Director David Sherrod (with the microphone); Mark Schumacher, chief development officer at Victory Junction; and Demarion Abram, 10 years old, who will be coming to the camp this summer.
SEPC officers Faye Westfall of DiMare Fresh Tampa and Steve Pinkston of Walmart Stores Inc. at the opening reception of the Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic.
Rocky (Rockstar) Shipes entertained the golfers before they started their rounds Thursday morning, May 18, at the Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic.
Retired American race car driver Kyle Petty (on the ground) was a good sport in helping golf entertainer Rocky (Rockstar) Shipes with this shot just prior to the Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic. The Petty family spearheaded the building of Victory Junction, a camp for kids with serious medical conditions, which opened in 2004.
The third annual Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic, held May 17-19 in Greensboro, NC, honored the memory of Mr. Vorhees, the Southeast Produce Council's first executive director and one of its founders, who died July 30, 2014.
The winning foursome in the third annual Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic, with a score of 60, were Scott Fisher of Food Lion, Ryan Sugrue of Robinson Fresh, Doug Johnson of Robinson Fresh and Chris Elmer of Del Monte Fresh Produce Co.
The Southeast Produce Council presented a check for $42,250 to the Produce for Better Health Foundation Wednesday afternoon, May 18, during the council's Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic, held May 17-19 in Greensboro, NC. Shown were PBH's Howard Nager, Scott Owens and Elizabeth Pivonka, along with SEPC's David Sherrod and Mark Daniels.
David Warren, founder of Central American Produce in Pompano Beach, FL, was celebrated by family, friends and industry colleagues May 4 at the Waterstone Resort & Marina in Boca Raton, FL, in honor of his 100th birthday, which was May 8. At the party, Monsanto launched a new cantaloupe variety — the Don David — in his honor to recognize the contributions Warren made in helping Caribbean and Central American growers produce non-traditional crops.
David Warren holding the new variety of cantaloupe named after him, the Don David.
Michael Warren with his father, David Warren.
David Warren flanked by Giovani Arano and Rigoberto Vargas of Agrocap, Warren's farm in Guatamala.
Shannon Barthel from Central American, John Frey and Hillary Long from Frey Farms, and Brad Wahlgren from Seminis Seed.
John Frey from Frey Farms with Carolina and Carl Boone from Renaissance Food Group.
David Warren and Central American Produce staff.
David Warren, Michael Warren and Seminis Seeds staff.
Rene Morales, Cesar Narvaez, Fernando Garcia-Salas, Claudio Castillo, Federico Salazar, Robin Trujillo, Gonzalo Nunes, Christian Urbina, Norman Urbina, Christian Reyes, Jose Miguel Narvaez and Fernando Garza of Seminis Seeds.
Socorro Quiñones de Chavarria from Agroindustria Pacifico in Honduras with Ramon and Adriana Chavarria from Central American Produce.
David Warren (seated) with Jose Miguel Narváez, Thomas Scurrah, Rene Morales and Federico Salazar of Seminis, Norman Urbina of Melón Grower, Cristian Núñez of Seminis, Jenny Molina of Agrolibano, Cristian Urbina of Melón Grower, Cesar Narváez of Seminis and Fernando Garza of Seminis.
Osmany Giron from Sol Group’s Farm in Guatamala and David Warren.
David Warren (right) with Samuel Hernandez of Agrocap, Warren's farm in Guatamala.
Center for Growing Talent by PMA’s Executive Leadership Symposium is designed to energize, motivate and equip top-tier leaders. This year’s event was held in Dallas May 11-13. Strategy and performance come to mind first for most leaders. This year’s symposium focused on culture.
The focus of culture poses problems, because it is so hard to define. Center for Growing Talent brought in four speakers to help executives in attendance define and improve their culture in order to drive strategy: Doug Rauch, former Trader Joe’s CEO; Vicky Myoda, with Predictive Index Midlantic; Vikram Mansharamani, global equity investor; and Tim Kuppler, with Human Synergistics.
Center for Growing Talent by PMA's Lynda Fisher, Alicia Calhoun and Margi Prueitt.
Kelly Jacob and Jerry Butt, PMA's Executive Leadership Symposium co-chairs.
Howard Nager, Terra Jacobs and Jim Grabowski.
PMA's Richard Owen and PRO-ACT's Kelly Jacob.
Kam Sihota, Mike Roberts, Bob Wisner and Cody Granneman.
Tony D’Amico, Tom Adams, Kathy Colace and Roger Aguirre.
Cory Oliver and Gary York.
Chris Cervini, Mike Hansen and Pete Guerrero.
Bernie Ciuffetelli, Andy Cowart, John Striff and Jacquie Ediger.
Vikram Mansharamani, global equity investor, directed executives in attendance to take on a generalist perspective rather than that of a specialist by searching broadly for new ideas outside the produce industry.
Doug Rauch, formerly with Trader Joe’s, opened the symposium with examples of culture from his 31 years with Trader Joe’s.
The Southeast Produce Council's 2016 STEP-UPP class traveled April 26-29 to the state of Georgia for an educational tour that included some of the well-known produce facilities and farms that produce the state's famous Vidalia onions. The trip was part of the program's ongoing learning experience for class members to develop a greater understanding of the fresh produce industry.
The Southeast Training Education Program for Upcoming Produce Professionals is spearheaded by Faye Westfall, director of sales at DiMare Fresh Tampa, who serves as chairperson, and Tom Page, retired from Supervalu, who serves as vice chairperson.
The 12 members of the 2016 class on the Georgia tour were Josh Rector of Harps Hometown Fresh, Clark Roper of Piggly Wiggly, Eddie Rivera of FreshPoint, Robert Sabo of Florida Food Service, Lorena Lemus of MDI, Patrick Eisinger of Lowes Foods, James Coleman of Rouses, Ryan Ellison of Food City, Sean Hart of Kroger, Paul Williams of Associated Wholesale Grocers, Jill Marshall of Walmart and Matthew Forbes of Southeastern Grocers.
Bobby Lane of Lane Southern Orchards in a peach field.
Duke Lane, sales director of Lane Southern Orchards, in a peach field.
Jill Marshall of Walmart tried her hand at running the pecan shaker with the instructional help of Phillip Rigdon, who is in charge of farm operations at Lane Southern Orchards.
Will McGehee, owner of the Genuine Georgia Group, a sales and marketing firm.
Bo Herndon, founder of L.G. Herndon Jr. Farms Inc., and his daughter, Maghen Mitchell, the company's office administrator.
An onion packingline at L.G. Herndon Jr. Farms Inc.
Jennifer Pierce is in sales and marketing at L.G. Herndon Jr. Farms Inc.
John Williams is sales and marketing director at L.G. Herndon Jr. Farms Inc.
Bo Herndon in one his company's fields of organic kale.
Matthew Hendley is vice president of advancement at the Paul Anderson Youth Home in Vidalia, GA.
The STEP-UPP class posed for this photo at the Paul Anderson Youth Home. With the class were SEPC Executive Director David Sherrod (left); Glenda Anderson-Leonard (in white slacks), co-founder of the youth home; and Victoria Shuman (right), advancement officer of the youth home.
This map at the Vidalia Onion Museum details which areas of the state can grow a legally designated Vidalia onion.
Mark Shuman of Shuman Produce spoke to the STEP-UPP class about harvesting onions at McLain Farms Inc.
Ryan Ellison of Food City with Brandon Shuman of Shuman Produce.
An onion packingline at McLain Farms Inc.
Tom Page and Faye Westfall chair the STEP-UPP program.
Bret Caudell is operations manager at Sikes Farms.
Alan Sikes, owner of Sikes Farms, with a couple of jumbo Vidalia onions.
Sean Hart of Kroger listened to John Shuman, founder of Shuman Produce, talk about Vidalia onions.
The STEP-UPP group at Sikes Farms.
Delbert Bland is owner and president of Bland Farms.
Jill Marshall of Walmart and Robert Sabo of Florida Food Service listened to Delbert Bland talk about Vidalia onions.
Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black spoke to the STEP-UPP class at the Georgia Department of Agriculture in Atlanta.
Krissa Jones and Jack Sprulli of the Georgia Department of Agriculture.
The STEP-UPP class posed for this photo outside the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the last stop on the trip before heading to the Atlanta airport, and then home.