The 2015 Summer Fancy Food Show was held June 28-30 at the Javits Center in New York City. The three-day trade show brought together approximately 22,000 attendees and 2,600 exhibiting companies from all over the world.
Natalie Sexton, director of marketing and namesake of Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Co., with a bottle of its 100 percent pure orange juice made from Florida oranges.
John Allen Valleau of Imperial Date Gardens Inc. featured the company’s ‘Natural Delights’ brand Medjool dates.
Witch finger grapes and peacherines were just two of the many specialty produce items featured at the Melissa’s booth by Robert Schueller, director of public relations for the Los Angeles-based company.
Stefanie Katzman and Pete Napolitano, also known as Produce Pete, of Bloom Fresh distributed by Katzman Berry.
Bob Stevenson of That's It.
Louise D'Amico of To-Jo Mushroom and Kathi Lafferty of The Mushroom Cap.
Laura Lin and Steven Perei of New Tiger International.
Jenny Engel and Elise Sylvester of Setton Farms.
Jaime Wainer and Allie Wainer of Sid Wainer & Son.
Lynn Muckerheide of International Golden Foods displayed the company’s line of dates.
Carla Laylin, director of brand management for T. Marzetti, with a bag of the company’s ‘Chatham Village’ brand croutons.
George Shropshire, vice president of marketing for Love Beets, featured the company’s new white wine and balsamic beet product.
Margi Gunter, brand manager at Litehouse, displayed the company’s artisan cheese line.
Mark McHale, national sales director for Crispy Green Inc., with a sample of the company’s dried fruit snacks.
Brenna Stillwell, director of brand marketing for Mamma Chia, promoted the Carlsbad, CA-based company's line of chia-infused drinks.
Anthony Concilio of George Delallo.
Dave Sensenig of Giorgio Foods.
CERRITOS, CA — More than 250 produce professionals packed the Sheraton Cerritos dining room June 24 for the FPFC Southern California membership luncheon. Master of Ceremonies for the event was Mark Carroll of Gelson's Markets, while Rob Fukuzaki, sports anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News, was the featured guest speaker.
Garland Perkins of Oppy with featured speaker Rob Fukuzaki, sports anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News in Los Angeles.
Gary Caloroso (left) and Kellee Harris (third from left) of The Giumarra Cos., with Megan Garrett, Justin Hill, Leanne Morris, Sharon Thomas-Clark and Kraig Loomis of Fresh & Easy.
Nikki Wright and Shannon Melahn of Bing.
Mark Carroll of Gelson's Markets, the luncheon emcee, with Natalie Machado of RFT FreshSource.
Parker Nishi and Lena Adebowale of Melissa's flank Justin Hill of Fresh & Easy.
Carolyn Becker of Bard Valley Medjool Dates and Raul Gallegos of Bristol Farms.
Don Gann of Stater Bros. Markets with Jessica Quittmeyer and Dan Acevedo of West Pak Avocados.
Amy Peirce, Donald Souther and Robert Stauffer of Vision Produce Co.
Frank Abbatte and Karen Caplan of Frieda's Inc. with Connie Stukenberg of the California Avocado Commission.
Roberta Davis Lewis of Davis Lewis Orchards and Suzette Overgaag of North Shore Living Herbs.
Erick Coronado of Avocados from Mexico, Mary Ann Gunther of VVA and Greg Wise of Melissa's.
Jeff Oberman of the United Fresh Produce Association with Rachelle Schulken Renaissance Food Group.
Vicky St. Geme and Craig Enos of Taylor Farms flank Lee Deminski of CMC-Edge Sales & Marketing.
Lori Castillo of NatureSweet.
Sue Momita, Randy Akahoshi, Mark Munger and Jacob Gracia of 4Earth Farms.
United Fresh 2015 has kicked off in Chicago, featuring more than 1,000 exhibitors and over 100 hours of education programming. Co-located with FMI Connect and the International Floriculture Expo, United Fresh is bringing together retail, fresh produce and floral leaders.
Karen Caplan, chief executive officer of Frieda's Inc., was the 2015 honoree at the Reception Honoring Women in Produce, held June 9 at the United Fresh Produce Show in Chicago. Presenting Caplan with the award was Teri Miller of Delhaize, a former honoree of the award.
Samantha Matthews of Matthews Sweet Potato Farm.
Chris Loehman, Bruce Cox, Rich Zaremba and Tom Sheffield of Kwik Lok Corp.
Alvaro Luque of Avocados From Mexico with Leighanne Thomsen and Rob Bertels of Mission Produce.
Baltazar Garcia and Pete Overgaag of Hollandia Produce.
Suhanra Conradie (center), chief executive officer of the Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum, with South African Citrus growers Gerit Van Der Merwe and Marc Solomon of Fisher Capespan. This was the first time the WCCPF attended and exhibited at the United Fresh 2015 expo.
Britt Beck, director of marketing for citrus for the Wonderful Co., promoted the newly branded company's Sweet Scarletts and Halos.
At the Double Diamond booth, Larry Labute, Chris Mastronardi and Paul Sabelli displayed three new top-seal packaging items the company is now offering.
Mike Joergensen and Olivia Zaleski of NatureSweet promoted the company's Glorys tomatoes in new packaging as well as its Jubilees sandwich tomatoes and the Constellation medley pack.
Diane Cercle and Bruce Christiansen of Park City Group touted the Salt Lake City-based company's supply chain solutions.
Bob Mast of Columbia Marketing International promoted the company's Ambrosia apples during the United Fresh 2015 expo.
Danny Mucci, Ashley Aveiro and Nick Williamson of Mucci Farms with three items from its 'Naturals' line of organic greenhouse produce.
Heather Shavey of Costco joined the team at Mastronardi Produce to celebrate Campari's 20th anniversary. Costco was an early adopter of Mastronardi's Campari tomato variety.
Chris Veillon of NatureFresh at the company's 'Tom Bar,' which gives consumers the ability to create their own mixed pack of tomatoes. The Tom Bar is just one of several innovations the company promoted at the United Fresh 2015 expo.
Johnna Johnson and Julie Lucido of Marketing Plus in Fresno, CA.
Bob and Karen Lynch of Bella Blanca in Stockton, CA, proudly show off their new packaging and branding.
Sunlight International’s Ethan Williams and Bert Boyd tout the Pretty Lady grape label for summer and new Grape Pumpkin Patch packaging for Halloween.
Gina Nucci and Kim St. George show off a few of Mann’s Family Favorites: Power Blend superfood, Kallette’s and Culinary Cuts.
The Urban School Food Alliance stopped by Naturipe’s booth to taste a wide variety of fresh berries after their presentation.
Well-Pict’s Jim Grabovski and Breanne Loyd spoke to buyers about the Well-Pict summer merchandising contest for consumers.
Stemilt’s Tim Harrington talks to buyers from Costco and Hannaford. Also pictured are Stemilt’s Jocelyn Gerard, Roger Pepperl, Wendy Everhart and Brian Evans.
At the Chelan Fresh booth, the sales and marketing team stayed busy talking Rockit apples and Cup o Cherries packaging.
Tieraney Planasch, Kristyn Lawson and Mandy Bottomlee of Good Foods offered samples of the company's popular cold pressed juices to United Fresh expo attendees.
Christina Lundin, Megan Griffin and Jessica Valdes of Frontera Foods.
Lyse McClelland, Ron Lemaire and Vanessa Sherry of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association.
Doreen Melenchuk (center) of Roundy's Supermarkets stopped at the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association booth to visit Sam Saccullo of Bushman's Potato, Mark Finnessy of Okray Family Farms, Roderick Gumz of Gumz Farms and Mike Gatz of Bushman's Potato.
At the Wholesum Harvest booth during the United Fresh trade show were Ricardo Crisantes, Jessie Gunn, Kristina Luna and Francisco Parro.
A contingent representing the Idaho potato industry at the United Fresh expo included Robert and Melanie Tominaga of Southwind Farms and Valerie and Mark Klompien of the Idaho Grower Shipper Association.
At the Avocados from Mexico booth during the United Fresh expo were Ryan Fukuda, Alfonso Delgado, Tanya Edwards, Maggie Hall, Oscar Garcia, Eric Coronado and Eduardo Serena.
Doug Kling and Helen Aquino of Village Farms promoted the company's line of greenhouse tomatoes, including the 'Cherry 9.'
Nate, Mary and Dave Stornetta of Produce Careers.
At the Braga Fresh booth promoting the 'Josie's Organics' line were Peter Cling, Rodney Braga, Karen Nardozza, Derek Derdivanis, Roger Zardo and Ashleigh Lombardi.
Mark Cassius and Matt Mandel of SunFed.
Representing Dade Services at the United Fresh expo were Justin May, Ashley Perryman and Frank Mihalik.
The exhibition hall at the International Floriculture Expo at McCormick Place in Chicago, June 8-10, was filled with hundreds of exhibitors offering buyers what seemed like endless choices of floral and floral-related products.
Shlomo Danieli, owner at Blooming of Beloit, displays his locally grown product along with some of his Isreali-imported flowers at the International Floriculture Expo in Chicago.
Karen Leggett from Borgen Systems holds the Borgen Cup won by Cheryl Overland from Hy-Vee in Albert Lea, MN.
Christine Douglas, Jose Porras, John Bowser, FJ Trzuskowski and Troy Turnbull from Continental Floral Greens in San Antonio, TX, greet buyers at IFE.
Stephen Fransen, Eric Fernandez, Stacy McCoy and Jose Morales, the mass-market team from Continental Flowers in Miami.
The Decowraps team of Steven Tchira, Jaime Cala, Kristie Montez, Camila Levy, Maggie Aragon and Scott Greathouse show IFE visitors all the company has to offer.
Kareena Fonseca, Juan Alvarez, Juliana Gutierrez, Gabriel Becerra, Martha Glickel and Janet Reid, the team from Golden Flowers in Miami, FL, “help people to express their feelings with flowers.”
Christmas is coming so Kim Tozier from Haiwatha Evergreens in Shelton, WA, urges Robin Lumsdon and Rusty Beazley from Florist Distributing in Des Moines, IA, to place their Christmas order while attending the IFE.
Donna Mastellone from Kings Super Markets in Parsippany, NJ, visits with Leonard Baum and Tom Vanvugt from Plainview Growers in Pompton Plains, NJ.
Marcella Lucio, vice president of sales at Silver Vase in Homestead, FL, meets with Greg Geigel from GKG Fulfillment in Wauconda, IL.
Deborah Blevins from Associated Wholesale Grocers in Kansas City, KS, working on an order with Michelle Sutton from Sutton Ferneries in Miami, FL.
Victoria Hernandez and Nancy Karp display Vistaflor’s BridesDesign line of complete bridal flowers in a box.
There were many new bouquet designs exhibited at IFE. Robert Gravitz, Jesse Eppler, Emmanuel Ruiz and Susan Murdock from World Class Flowers in Egg Harbor City, NJ, displayed its latest offerings.
RIDGE SPRING, SC — More than 250 local dignitaries and VIPs as well as peach growers and suppliers attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new $6.5 million renovation and new packingline for Titan Farms here on May 28. The state-of-the-art packingline, which its maker called “a model for the industry” takes 32 photos of each of the thousands of peaches that go through the line daily to sort for size, color and other characteristics.
Chalmers Carr III, president and chief executive officer for Titan, told The Produce News the facility will open new markets for Titan peaches, broccoli and green peppers while improving handling, traceability and food safety, and cutting electric bills by half.
Chalmers Carr III, president of Titan Farms, shuttled VIP guests at the ribbon-cutting in his Clemsonmobile golf cart, bedecked with tiger paws, football helmets, and other signage in Clemson orange. Carr and his wife, Lori Anne Carr, are graduates of Clemson University.
Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina’s third congressional district, home to Titan Farms, spoke at the firm’s ribbon-cutting event.
A crowd numbering upwards of 250 attended the opening ceremonies for Titan Farms’ newly renovated packinghouse and high-tech packingline, a $6.5 million project.
Nancy Daugherty and Kent White of the Ridge Spring area attended the opening ceremonies at Titan Farms. Daugherty is a part of the Carr family, and White is a family friend.
Ed Lamar DeWitt and Susanne McInnis were on hand for the dedication ceremonies at Titan Farms.
Martin Eubanks of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture and Ashley Rawl of W.P. Rawl & Sons Inc.
Jimmie Findley and Dennis Findley, who is a retired U.S. Department of Agriculture executive from the agency’s Columbia, SC, office.
A trio of bankers from Wells Fargo were credited with arranging financing for the $6.5 million renovation of the packinghouse and new packing line at Titan Farms. Enjoying the luncheon at the event were Mark Forbes, Neal Crapo and Chris Fincher.
T. Reginal (Reg) Williams Jr. of Log Creek Timber Co. and Martin Eubanks of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.
Lori Anne Carr, vice president of Titan Farms, holds the giant shears she used May 28 to cut the scarlet ribbon opening the $6.5 million renovated packinghouse and state-of-the-art packingline. Chalmers Carr III, her husband and president of Titan Farms, applauds along with staff.
A retired teacher and school administrator in the Ridge Spring area, Capers Asbill, with his wife, Pat, and Noel Steele of Cumbee Place, the Ridge Spring community development center.
Ten members of the Carr extended family attended the May 28 opening ceremonies for the newly remodeled packinghouse at Titan Farms. Most of them are involved in the day-to-day operations of the company.
The Carr family posed for a family portrait at the ribbon-cutting event: Chalmers Carr IV, Chalmers Carr III, Lori Anne Carr and Carly Ann Carr.
Enjoying a break before the luncheon at the ribbon-cutting ceremonies were Ben Gramling of Gramling Bros. Inc. and Jim Griffin of W.P. Rawl & Sons Inc.
Speaking at the ceremonies opening the renovated packinghouse were Hap Carr, packinghouse and food safety and security head at Titan Farms; Hugh E. Weathers, South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture; and Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-third district).
Larry Otto of Fresh Approach Farms and Chuck Williams of Atlantic Packaging.