EPC's last meeting of the season

EPC2441The Eastern Produce Council's May 19 meeting, held at Demarest Farms in Hillsdale, NJ, was sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. This was the last EPC meeting before its traditional summer break; the council's meetings will resume this fall.

 

Al Murray, Jeff Beach and Douglas H. Fisher of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, which sponsored the May 19 meeting of the Eastern Produce Council.

Northern California site of FPFC Golf Tourney

fp30The Fresh Produce & Floral Council held its annual Northern California Golf Tournament at picturesque Callipe Preserve Golf Course in Pleasanton, CA, on May 15.  The scramble format resulted in the foursome of Mike Casazza of Apio/Eat Smart, Jeff Kyer of InterLink Marketing Group, Mil Mijanovic of Safeway/Albertsons and Dave Moore of Earthbound Farm winning the event.

Yvonne Holder of Raley’s and Nannette Andersen of Interlink Marketing with Kara Rex and Christine Jenkins of Raley’s.

SEPC raises $100,000 for charity

TVgolf2325About 160 people attended the Southeast Produce Council's second annual Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic, and 127 golfers participated in the tournament, held at the beautiful Atlanta National Golf Club. The annual event is named for Terry Vorhees, one of the founders of the council, who died July 30, 2014.

At the close of its 2015 Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic, the Southeast Produce Council announced that it had raised the amazing sum of $100,000 for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Shown with the ceremonial check were SEPC board member Tommy Wilkins; Trisha Thompson, Jessica Kilgallen and Lucy Klausner of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta; and SEPC Executive Director David Sherrod.

Baldor’s 'Think Global, Source Local' event

DSC00273A large group of Baldor Specialty Foods’ customers and partners celebrated the launch of the Bronx, NY-based company’s new totally transparent website: baldorfood.com. The celebration, titled “Think Global, Source Local,” was held May 18 at Skylight Modern in Manhattan and was organized in the true style of Baldor.

 

Michael Muzyk (center), president of Baldor Specialty Foods, with company ambassadors Curtis Williams, Diane Marques, Ashley Siefer and Chris Servino.

Produce industry shows support of Boys & Girls Club

Beto-MaldonadoTUBAC, AZ — To benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz County, the produce industry again showed dominant leadership in presenting the annual Fiesta de Mayo Weekend. Nogales-area produce distributors are key to contributing to and organizing the event, but produce industry members from around the country also support it.

The Tubac Golf Resort & Spa was again the venue for this year’s event, which ran May 2-4. On May 2 there was a silent auction and gourmet dinner with live music under the stars. May 3 brought the annual golf tournament. On May 4 the related 36th annual Produce Carne Asada luncheon was sponsored by the Nogales U.S. Customs Brokers Association.

While the tally for money raised for the Boys & Girls Club is still being calculated, the Nogales produce industry generally contributes $500,000 to the charity.

 

Sue Klosek, whose husband, Bill Klosek, owns Javid LLC; Sande Smith, whose husband, Mike Smith, owns Sigma Sales LLC; Chris Ciruli of Ciruli Bros. LLC; and Allison Moore of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas.