CARLSTADT, NJ – Proclaiming his affection for the New York area, based on his four years as a student-athlete at Cornell University, Tom Nunes V of Salinas, CA-based Nunes Co. welcomed attendees of the Eastern Produce Council’s first meeting of 2018, for which the Nunes Co. was the sponsor.
Nunes, known as T5, gave a brief background of his company, now in its fifth generation, from its fledgling days farming on 1,400 acres, to now, growing on 25,000 acres and operating in three states. Nunes said the company offers 40 SKUs of conventional product and another 40 of organic, marketed under the Foxy and Foxy Organic brands. Also at the meeting, EPC President Vic Savanello introduced members of the first EPC Leadership Program, designed to provide professional development experience for produce industry members with fewer than 10 years of experience.
Tom Beaver of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Bonnie Lundblad of Sunny Valley International and Al Murray of the New Jersey Farm Bureau and New Jersey Agricultural Society.
Steve Grandquist of D’Arrigo Bros. and Dan Schneider of C&S Wholesale Grocers.
John Vasapoli of D’Agostino and Tom Randazzo of Fresh Express.
Susan McAleavey Sarlund, executive director of the Eastern Produce Council, EPC President Vic Savanello of Allegiance Retail Services, EPC First Vice President Marianne Santo of Wakefern Food Corp., Tom Nunes V (T5) of the Nunes Co. and his daughter, Kate Nunes, and Doug Classen of the Nunes Co., which sponsored the March 6 EPC dinner meeting.
Tom Beaver of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Al Murray of the New Jersey Farm Bureau and New Jersey Agricultural Society, Dave Rhodes of the Idaho Potato Commission and John Vasapoli of D'Agostino.
Ralph Krulder of Fresh Express and Richard Borchers of World Wide Sales.
Michael Keen of Procacci Bros., David Jenkins of Hapco Farms, and Joe Joseph and Victor Joseph of Victor Joseph & Sons.
Anthony Latona of Wonderful Sales and Krysten DeGiglio of Village Farms.
Tim Cunniff of Little Leaf Farms and Rich Martin of JOH Metro Produce.
Mark Leone and Bill Litvin of Giorgio with Bob DeCosta of Northeast Produce Sales.
Lee Ruden of Robinson Fresh and Tom Aupperle of MVP Logistics.
Michael Quense of Stone Systems and Michael D’Amato, Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice.
Jill Mazer of Earthbound Farms, George Moskal of GVM Consulting and Elaine McGrath of Feeding America.
EPC President Vic Savanello of Allegiance Retail Services addressed the EPC membership during the March 6 meeting.
Tom Nunes V of the Nunes Co., which sponsored the March 6 EPC dinner meeting, spoke about the company’s history and the importance of the New York metropolitan market.
Marianne Santo, Al Murray and Vic Savanello (right) with members of the EPC’s first Leadership Program.
Kate Nunes, daughter of Tom Nunes V and a member of the family’s sixth generation, reads off numbers of winning raffle tickets while EPC President Vic Savanello and EPC Executive Director Susan McAleavey Sarlund look on.