MADERA, CA — The 22nd annual Hinds Hospice Golf Fundraiser, hosted by Stellar Distributing, was held April 25 at the Madera Golf & Country Club, here.
The event was held in memory of Paul Cappelluti, father of Stellar’s Sales Manager Kurt Cappelluti, and Judy Powell, former head accountant at Stellar Distributing, who both received exceptional care at Hinds Hospice in Fresno, CA, during the last days of their lives. The entire staff at Stellar and the Cappelluti family put a lot of work in to make the event a success.
Cappelluti said that customers and colleagues from across the San Joaquin Valley and the United States come every year to the outing to have fun on the golf course and support the Hinds Hospice fundraiser, and he expressed gratitude to everyone who attended.
At the first tee of Madera Golf & Country Club for the 22nd annual Hinds Hospice Golf Fundraiser were George Davis, Kenny Jones, John Birch, Tim Stroupe, Kurt Cappelluti, Kenny Mcginnis, Michael Simmons, Kevin Carrol, Paul Catania and Lindo Jimenez.
From Hinds Hospice were Sylvester Bryan, Denny Viloria, Alan Amaral and RJ Viloria.
Steve Frazier, Madera County Supervisor Brett Frazier, Ryan Lopez and Kurt Cappelluti Jr.
Chris Kragie of Western Fresh Marketing, Matthew Lasseter of Lasseter Farms and Brandon Tomlinson of Chowchilla Water District.
Johnny Rodriguez, Cliff Contras, Angel Tapia and Eric Tapia.
Lindo Jimenez, Blair Greenhill of Nicky Gregory, Nick Donofrio, Stephen Levchenco of Ryeco and Brian Lapin of Stellar Distributing.
Justin Schafer and Steve Schager of San Joaquin Wine Co. flank Mark Nocito and Randy Dunne.
Andrew Medellin, Scot McKinney of McKinney Beef, Andy Medellin and Sam Weis.
Kevin Willet, Nick Cappelluti of Stellar Distributing, Ethan Siegel and Stephen Simmons.
Harry Pascuzzi, Kevin Herman, Erik Herman of Crown Jewels and Jon Andreasen.
Keith Kenneally with Francisco Campama of Frupco and Steve Bryant of Fresh Harvest Inc.
CERRITOS, CA — Nearly 300 produce professionals jammed the Sheraton Cerritos ballroom April 27, here, for the Fresh Produce & Floral Council’s Southern California Membership Luncheon. Featured speaker for the event was renowned Chef Jet Tila, who regaled the crowd with stories about his growing up in a produce family (his parents opened one of the first Thai markets in the United States in 1972) to eventually becoming an executive chef at the Wynn Hotel and being a participant on "Iron Chef America," where he faced off against the legendary chef, Masaharu Morimoto.
Today, Chef Tila, who trained at the famed Le Cordon Bleu, is the owner of three restaurants (Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Dallas) and can be seen often on the Food Network. He touched briefly on food trends, saying that informed consumers today have moved to a more veg-centric manner of eating, with vegetables moving to the center of the plate.
Featured Luncheon Speaker Chef Jet Tila and FPFC Chairman Marvin Quebec of Quebec Distributing Co.
John Famini of Sunkist Growers with his wife, Maysa.
Dennis Krondak and Alfonso Cano of Northgate Gonzalez Markets flank Frank Abbate and Ruben Ayala of Frieda’s Inc.
Therese Ferrara of Preferred Sales LLC and Bill Funo of Impact Sales.
Liane Mast (center) of Stater Bros. Markets with Dora Zavala and Roberta Davis Lewis of Davis Lewis Orchards.
Victoria Parr, Mark Murimoto and Paul Anderson of Coast Produce.
Emily Fragoso of Mixtec Group, Rick Illig of Henry Avocado Co. and Connie Stukenberg of the California Avocado Commission.
Kip Martin and Scot Olson of the Grocery Outlet with Jim Roy and Chuck Parker of Mixed Nuts.
Retailer Raul Gallegos, Patricia Jimenez of Fresh Concepts and Robert Thompson of FreshSource.
Shawn Hamilton of Bolthouse Farms and Terence Billingsley of Mann Packing Co.
John Sheehan of Harvest Sensations and David Martus of Stater Bros. Markets.
Kathleen Johnson of PJ/PR, Steven Muro of Fusion Marketing and Donna Hazelton of A.M.S. Exotic.
Lacy Garcia of Melissa’s/World Variety Produce, Chef Jet Tila, Brian Cook of Hollandia Produce, Gary Caloroso of The Giumarra Cos. and Robert Schueller of Melissa’s/World Variety Produce.
Mary Nichols and David Bolstad of Western Mixers.
Don Gann of Stater Bros. Markets with Baltazar Garcia and Nancy Garcia of Hollandia Produce.
Julie DeWolf and Erin Semper of Sunkist Growers.
Brad Martin of Perimeter Sales & Merchandising with Mark Nolan of Calavo.
Mark Bacchetti and Katie Veenstra of GloriAnn Farms with Natalie Machado and Nader Baroushan of FreshSource.
Jan Garrett of Category Partners and Steve Lutz of CMI.
Bob Waldusky of Fresh Gourmet with Rich Van Valkenburg of VVA.
The Center for Growing Talent by PMA celebrated its 10th anniversary by welcoming attendees to sunny San Diego for the 2016 Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference at the beautiful Loews Coronado Bay Resort on Coronado Island. The conference kicked off into high gear with the general session — "How to Fascinate: From First Impressions to Lasting Value," presented by speaker Sally Hogstead of Fascinate Inc. Following the session, attendees were treated to a strolling dinner reception on the terrace, complete with an assortment of delicious food, drinks, desserts and of course, plenty of chances to network, all amongst a stunning backdrop of the San Diego skyline.
Nicole Rumsey of Wilcox Fresh and Mirvat Carr of Lakeside Produce.
Marilyn Woods of Lipman Family Farms, Rosemary Winicki of Meijer and Julie Clyburn of Sysco.
Megan Rood and Brooke Franklin of Mission Produce.
Leah Brakke of Black Gold Farms.
Kristi Harris of Robinson Fresh and Jeanmarie Harty of Monsanto.
Amy Tran of 4 Earth Farms and Jill Mazer of Earthbound Farm.
Women's Fresh Perspectives Advisory Committee members Celeste Miyata and Michele Hoffman having a little photo booth fun at the opening reception.
Nicole Rumsey of Wilcox Fresh with Jill Overdorf and Yolanda Ochoa of Coosemans LA Shipping.
Julie Clyburn of Sysco, Samantha McCaul of Concord Foods LLC and Julie Petrovick of To-Jo Mushrooms Inc.
Catherine Gipe Stewart of Domex Superfresh Growers with Bre Forkner, Natalia McCreary and Kelby Sullivan of Costco Wholesale, Devan Backstrom of Charlie's Produce and Morgan Vick of Domex Superfresh Growers.
Emily Murracas of Mucci and Courtney Nelson of Taylor Farms.
Diana McClean, Mary Langford and Hilda Medina of Ocean Mist Farms.
Leslie Simmons of Dave's Specialty Imports and April Porter of Noble Produce Holdings.
Pat Burlinguette, Bre Forkner, Natalia McCreary, Heather Shavey and Kelby Sullivan of Costco Wholesale.
Tiffany Sabelli of Pure Hothouse Foods Inc., PMA President Cathy Burns, Jacquie Ediger of Pro Citrus Network Inc., Leslie Simmons of Dave's Specialty Imports, and Nancy Johnston of Sysco.
Betty Pierce of Driscoll's; Konanani Liphadzi of Fruit South Africa; Leslie Simmons of Dave's Specialty Imports; Margi Prueitt, executive director of the Center for Growing Talent by PMA and PMA senior vice president; and Christina Barnard of Taylor Farms.
Vicki Almond, Lorette Radanovic and Christina Miller of Four Seasons Produce Inc.
The 2016 Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference took place at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort on Coronado Island, which overlooks the San Diego city skyline.
Lyra Vance of Village Farms; Catherine Gipe Stewart of Domex Superfresh Growers; conference speaker Sherrin Ross Ingram from the International Center for Strategic Planning; Joan Wickham of Sunkist Growers; and Cassie Howard of Sunkist Growers.
Jennifer Poulson, Karen Caplan and Alex Jackson of Frieda's Inc.
Executive Director of the Center for Growing Talent by PMA and PMA Senior Vice President Margi Prueitt welcomes attendees to the opening reception of the 2016 Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference on Sunday, April 17, at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego.
The Center for Growing Talent by PMA celebrated its 10th anniversary during the opening reception of the Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference, April 17-19, at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego.
PMA President Cathy Burns, Women's Fresh Perspectives Advisory Committee Co-Chair Alex Jackson, PMA Senior Vice President Margi Prueitt, and Women's Fresh Perspectives Advisory Committee Co-Chair Jill Overdorf.
The Women's Fresh Perspectives Advisory Committee celebrates the Center for Growing Talent by PMA's 10th anniversary.
The Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA, was the site for the 2016 version of the Fresh Produce & Floral Council Northern California Expo. Scores of exhibitors and hundreds of attendees flocked to this full-day regional produce show on April 20. The FPFC pioneered the regional produce show in Southern California four decades ago and added the Northern California event about 10 years ago. The show featured a reception the night before to enhance the networking focus of this event.
Tracy Lenz of Taylor Farms with Robert Thompson of FreshSource.
Bob Montgomery and Greg Duyst of Beachside Produce LLC.
Alison Micelli and Scot Olson of Grocery Outlet with Janine Meyer of NatureSweet Tomatoes.
Tony Zagarella of FreshSource North with Ryan Sterner of Hampton Farms.
Gustavo Acosta and Fernando Azevedo of George DeLallo Farms.
Danielle Marzullo and Melisa Blake of Woot Froot.
Dave Parrish of North State Grocery; Dave Hubert of FreshSource; Rick Rutte of North State Grocery; and Diana Cruz of Bing Beverage.
Paul Huckabay and Jessica Davi of Duda Farm Fresh Foods.
David Roth and Mike Mooney of Grimmway Farms.
Daniel Bell of Grocery Outlet with Bob Waldusky of Fresh Gourmet.
Michael Schutt of Raley’s Supermarkets with Nic Vallejo of Houweling’s Tomoatoes.
Julia Cortes, Daryoush Davidi and Janeth Aguilar of United with Earth Corp.
Tom Dodd and Walt Mueller of FreshKo Produce.
Caitrin Hall, Jeff McKinnon, Jess Aquino and Randy Staehle of organicgirl.
Grower Jim Swoboda, Connie Stukenberg and David Cruz of the California Avocado Commission flank Rick Johnson of FoodMaxx.
Reyes Noriega, David Moen, Gus Navarro, Ben Lopez and Fred Kasak of CDS Distributing.
Russ Widerburg and Bridget Boskovich of Boskovich Farms.
Dave Howald of Pear Bureau Northwest with Cathie Erickson and Ed Odron of Maddan & Co.
Jacqueline Padilla and Kyla Oberman of Naturipe.
Chris Vasconcellos, Steve Spence and Steve Nino of Lucky Markets flank Lisa Davis of Edge Sales & Marketing.
Roy Bullard of Edge Sales & Marketing with Jeff Gaston of Sunkist Growers.
Kristin Shafer and Laura Hastie of The Nunes Co.
Annie Condon and Jack Laglar of Driscoll’s.
Nicole Wilson of Safeway with Liz Bunch of Edge Sales & Marketing.
Louie Villareal of Mi Pueblo, Phil Grijalva of Fresh Express, Charles Andress of Edge Sales & Marketing and Bob Freeman of Fresh Express.
Loucy DeAtley of California Sun Dry.
Tricia Seduski and Tracy Lenz of Taylor Farms Retail Inc.
Kent Beesley and Seth Pemsler of the Idaho Potato Commission.
CALGARY, AB — The 91st annual Canadian Produce Marketing Association show will be the last in Calgary — starting next year the event will rotate between Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal — so attendees are making the most of this setting at the edge of the Canadian Rockies.
CPMA will be seeing the Calgary skyline for the last time at the 91st annual convention.
Ken Tubman and Seth Pemsler of the Idaho Potato Commission.
Bruce Cox, Tom Sheffield, Henry Verrydt and Ryan Verrydt of Kwik Lok Corp.
Paul Foster, Becky Wilson, Stephanie Hilton and Jeff Baskovich of Tom Lange Co. Inc.
Hunter Gibbs and Laura Hearn of Nash Produce in Nashville, NC, brought the best of North Carolina’s sweet potatoes north of the border.
Doug Rethlake, Mark Lundquist, Terry Piger and Mark Ash of International Paper in the company’s CPMA booth.
Zack Lister, Laura Incognito and Jeff Tumback of Calgary’s Well Juicery Canada.
Michael Ryshouwer of Bejo Seeds brought Florida’s Tasti-Lee tomatoes to CPMA.
Michael Durden and Kimberly Cokor of the Florida Department of Agriculture made sure CPMA knew about the Fresh from Florida program
Don’t eat that carrot — it’s actually a USB drive, as Jodi Mott and John Hambly of Gwillimdale Farms of Bradford, ON, show.
Joan Wickham and Julie DeWolf of Sunkist brought some sunshine to CPMA.
Chef Jill Davie showed off Sunkist’s finest at CPMA.
Karen Brux of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association, Larry Davidson and Gordon Love of North American Produce Buyers in Toronto show off limited season muscat grapes.
Randy Dykstra and Michele Youngquist of Bay Baby Produce in Burlington, WA, show off some appropriately themed produce.
Peak of the Market’s giant planko machine was a big hit, giving players a chance to win prizes and donations to Canadian food banks.
Maury and Mike Treleven of Steinbeck Country Produce in Salinas, CA.
Jean-Robin Duval and Jack Howell of Turbana brought a taste of the tropics to Canada.
Eleanor Bullock of the National Watermelon Association and 2016 National Watermelon Queen Carla Penney.
Jez Balsa, Anna Lisa Farina, Chris Cockle and Mike Catalano in the Wonderful booth at CPMA.
Robin Brewer and Francesca Reale of The Little Potato Co.
Michelle Wang, Tommy Fleetwood and Nick Augostini from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture brought that state’s best to Canada.
Lorena Estrada and Alma Huerta of Sundance Natural Food.
Robbin Erickson, Dennis Jackson, Lon Hudson and Jeff Weidnew of Washington’s First Fruits Marketing.
Rob Doolan, Brittany Spyres and Dave Eldredge of Gourment Garden.
The WestRock team of Mark Young, Angie Fedorowicz, Todd Knowles and Valerie Irving at CPMA.
David Sherrod of the Southeast Produce Council and Harold Paivarinta of Red Sun Farms on the trade show floor at CPMA.
Roger Mooking of the Food Network Canada was dishing up goodness at the Sunset booth.
Silvana Tsanis, Ron Webb, Lisa Zhou, Carrieann Arias and John Colatosti at the Dole booth at CPMA.
Dave Flynn and Shawn Coates from The Produce People of Calgary.
Justin Lenz, Jen Doxey and Josh Logsdon of Giro Pack at their CPMA booth.
Robert Johnson from the B.C. Produce Marketing Association and Bryan Wong of Pacific Fresh Produce Distributors at CPMA.
2016 National Watermelon Queen Carla Penney brought her message to CPMA.
Joe Da Silva, Joseph Ippolito, Joel Ippolito, Ashlee McLean and Steve Dimen of Ipplito Fruit and Produce at the CPMA show.
John Anderson and Aaron Quon of Oppy with Len Krahn and Mike Reed of Canada’s Outrageously Fresh/SunSelect.
David Wingerak, Anthony Mastroianni and Patty Barrows of Canada’s The Grocery People Ltd.
Jay Johnson, Steve Trede, Albert Quintero, Casey Rose and Michael Desimone represented Driscoll’s at the Canadian show.
Paul Pederson, Darrin Debrusk, Susan Atwater, Amy Grolnick, Rick Twiggs and Greg Kurkjian of IFCO Systems in their CPMA booth.
Breanne Khasigian and Jim Grabowski of Well-Pict.
Rich Pirozzoli, Anthony DeAngelis and Jeff Stokes represented California’s Christopher Ranch.
Representatives from Mexico patrolled the CPMA floor offering up samples of the best that country has to offer.
Jeremy Stockwell from Canada’s Double Diamond Farms.
Jennifer Armen and Joel Brooks from Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.
Dennis Christou and Katiana Valdes showed off the best from Del Monte Fresh at CPMA.
Fernando Aguilar, Cammie Wheelus and Archie Taylor of Naturipe Farms.
Kathleen Triou of Basin Gold Cooperative with Phil Enserink and Philip Reid of Red Isle Produce Co.
Pete Hassard and Ashley Van Dam from Sun Rich Fresh Foods Inc.
Helen Aquino, Rob Jackson, Steve Poklemba and Aman Chatha of Village Farms at CPMA.
Sandra White, Jessica Gibson and Lori Anne Carr of South Carolina peach giant Titan Farms at CPMA.
Bill Hartman and Tim Gluch represented the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee at CPMA.
Andrew Simpson, Ashley Houston and Kelsy McCoy of Bolthouse Farms at CPMA.
CPMA's Vanessa Sherry with Naheed Nenshi, mayor of Calgary.
Mayor of Calgary Naheed Nenshi (right) presented Calgary's highest honor, The White Hat, to outgoing CPMA Chairman Mike Furi of The Grocery People and Sam Silvestro, incoming chairman (Walmart).
Pacific AgPak’s Kyle Baum and Rick Watters.
Castle Rock Vineyards’ Laura Berryessa and Steve Shearer.
Bill Hartman and Tim Gluch with the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee.
Rob Spinelli and DJ Ryan with Anthony Vineyards.
Kathleen Triou with Fresh Solutions Network, Jeaha Goodwin with Basin Gold, and Phil Enserink and Philip Reid with Red Isle Produce.
The team at Mann Packing: Ben Alviano, Michael Sousa, Lorri Koster, Jeff Freeman, Rick Russo and Brian Bengard.
Steve Adlesh and Danny Fleming with Beachside Produce.
The North American Produce Buyers brought in a ringer, Jamie Cacoun (second from right), who won a Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames. Seen with him are Steven Davidson, Sam Kanellopoulos, Larry Davidson, Gordon Love and Steve Moffat.
Barney Evans, Louie De La Paz, Berne Evans and Bob DiPiazza of Sun Pacific.
Naturipe’s Kasey Kelly, Cammie Wheelus, Janis McIntosh, Fernando Aguiar and Archie Taylor.
Andrew Catania, Mario Masellis, Alejandra and Andrew Amodeo with Catania Worldwide.
Rainier’s Shea Carroll, Blaine Markley and Aaron DeHerrera.
Domex Superfresh’s Dan Harrington, David Roby, Mike Preacher and Ryan Cleary.
Several of CPMA’s Red Carpet Interviewers raved about Bay Baby Produce’s Pumpkin Patch Pals and Decor.
FirstFruit Marketing’s Lon Hudson, Dennis Jackson, Jeff Weidner and Robbin Erickson.
Danny Stoller and Pete Hayes with Malena Produce.
Litehouse’s Margi Gunter, Daren Parsons, Roxie Lowther, Camille Balfanz, Brent Carr, Theresa Lindholm and Curtis Olson.
USA Pears’ Kathy Stephenson and team kept busy pairing pears with cheese, wine and beer.
Chelan Fresh’s Stewart Lang, Devin Dell, Bill Dinham and Mac Riggan.
Grimmway Farms’ Michael Muzzo, Kaitlyn Bennett and Mark Filauri.
Kurt Zuhlke shows off his company’s lettuce crisper, which holds live lettuce.