Amy-and-Christine---1CERRITOS, CA — The annual Fresh Produce & Floral Council raffle luncheon benefiting the City of Hope drew a sell-out audience of produce professionals to the Sheraton Cerritos Hotel, here, Aug. 9. Through donations, programs and raffle tickets, the Produce & Floral Division of the Food Industries Circle raised more than $300,000 for the City of Hope, a world leader in the research and treatment of cancer and other serious diseases. 

During the luncheon, Brad Martin, Perimeter Sales & Merchandising, received the City of Hope Spirit Award recognizing his efforts in this cause.

Laura Sterling of Zespri.

bozz4757MASHANTUCKET, CT — Companies from around the country showcased fresh produce at Bozzuto's Inc.'s 2017 Merchandising Marketplace, held Aug. 8-9 at the Fox Tower at Foxwoods, here.

As attendees entered the trade show floor, they were immediately greeted by the sight of a large American flag that Bozzuto's had created using red peppers and cauliflower for the stripes and garlic cloves on a blue background for the stars.

Headquartered in Cheshire, CT, Bozzuto's Inc. is a total service wholesale distributor of food and household products to retailers in New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Established in 1945, the company is headed by Michael A. Bozzuto, who is chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Bruce Klein of Maurice A. Auerbach Inc. with Joe Russo of Bozzuto's Inc.

2MONTEREY, CA — The Center for Growing Talent by PMA held its annual Women’s Fresh Perspectives reception July 29, here, during the PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo. Sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission and Duda Farm Fresh Foods, the event was held in a ballroom atop the Monterey Marriott Hotel, offering sweeping views of Monterey Bay, adding a special touch to this popular event.

The Idaho Potato Commission, a sponsor of the CGTbyPMA, had a large presence at the Women’s Fresh Perspectives reception.

Co-chairsThe Produce Marketing Association’s Foodservice Conference & Expo, held in Monterey, CA, July 28-30 had 500 buyers, 150 operators and a sold-out expo. This year's show had a wider diversity of buyers and operators than ever before. The show began more than three decades ago as a way to connect produce suppliers with the restaurants and institutional feeders across the country.

At the Avocados From Mexico booth were Stephanie Browder, Anna Kirsch and Tanya Edwards.

sightingspma2MONTEREY, CA — The 2017 PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo got underway July 28 with an opening reception at the Monterey Marriott Hotel, Here. Reception sponsors Avocados From Mexico, Del Monte Fresh Produce and the Vidalia Onion Committee treated attendees to a lively setting with creative fare, providing an ideal way to start the weekend festivities.

John Oxford of L&M Cos., Kyle Becton of J.P. Morgan Chase and Bruce Knobleloch of BNK & Associates.