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FPFC's record charity luncheon

1-RaleysAt the annual December Holiday Charity luncheon, Fresh Produce & Floral Council members and guests raised $130,545, a new record, for Caterina’s Club, an Orange County, CA, charity that focuses on providing a nightly dinner to underprivileged kids. 

Rachelle Schulken of Renaissance Food Group and Cindy Raley of Raley's.

QPMA's Oyster Party

12-Bellemont-Powell-QOP14A record crowd of over 550 participants attended the 29th Quebec Produce Marketing Association Oyster Party at the Le Rizz Receptions in St‐Léonard, QC. Guests were treated to an all-you-can-eat oyster bar, Italian-style buffet and casino games. Immediately preceding the event, QPMA held a special general meeting to present the annual financial results, marketing activities and new members to the association.

Carole Brault  and Vanessa Sherry from the Canadian Produce Marketing Association.

New York Produce Show & Conference holds opening reception

NY1699NEW YORK — The New York Produce Show & Conference held its opening reception Tuesday evening, Dec. 2, at the New York Hilton Hotel in midtown Manhattan. The keynote breakfast, panel and trade show were scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 3, with tours slated for the Thursday, Dec. 4.

Marc Rubin of Rubin Bros. Produce Corp. with Rob Goldstein of Genpro Inc.

New York Produce Show & Conference holds trade show

IPC2NEW YORK — The New York Produce Show & Conference held its annual trade Wednesday, Dec. 3, at a new venue this year: the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, on the West Side of Manhattan.

One of the highlights during the show: Theresa Nolan, president of The Nolan Network, received the Eastern Produce Council's second annual Woman of Distinction Award. Theresa Lowden of JOH Produce received the first award at last year's show.

Florida Watermelon Queen Meagan Morgan with Juliemar Rosado, Mark Arney and Melissa Coffey of the National Watermelon Promotion Board.

Date Night sponsored by Yuma Visitors Bureau

date-nightThe Yuma Visitors Bureau sponsored Date Night Nov. 14 in a Yuma Medjool date grove owned by Jon and Liney Jessen. The Medjool date gourmet dinner was served to 40 guests, including date industry leaders, as well as interested tourists and The Produce News.  

Executive chef Alex Trujillo, and Tina Clark, his partner in Catering by Design in Yuma, created the menu, and various speakers detailed the importance of Medjool dates to Yuma, date health benefits and the workings of the industry.

This bulk-pack 11-pound box has been a mainstay for Datepac's Medjool dates. Datepac also offers one-pound plastic tubs with sealed lids, which are quickly gaining popularity in the United States. All Datepac products are labeled for traceability.