CHICAGO — Produce companies took advantage of the United Fresh convention, here, to debut new items and promote existing brands and products. The trade show floor also included a number of learning sessions and a food court that leaned heavily to plant-based choices provided by exhibiting companies.
At the Avocados from Mexico booth were Ryan Fukuda, Tonya Edwards, Anna Birch and Erick Coronado.
Nora Trueblood, Lisa Towner and Dusty Walker of Allen Lund Co.
Denise Hinkley, Mac Riggan, Jay Dyer and Jim Busche with Chelan Fresh.
George Harter, Danielle Huber, Bob Mast and Robb Myers with CMI Orchards.
At the FiveStar Gourmet booth celebrating the recently announced partnership between FiveStar and Church Bros. were Tal Shoshan of FiveStar and Jeff Church of Church Bros.
Promoting Good Foods' plant-based products at the United Fresh convention were Dakotah Armbruster, Danyel O'Connor, Mandy Bottomlee and Brittany Vetter.
Emily Fragoso, Jerry Butt and Kristen Reid of Mixtec.
Bryan Roberts, Kathy Stephenson and Tim Beerup with Pear Bureau Northwest.
At the Potandon Produce booth were Jeff Bentz, Glen Reynolds and Susan Bullock.
Nate Stornetta, Brandi Boehme and Rich Lentz of Produce Careers.
Chris Veillon of Pure Flavor promoted the company's new Snack+ line, which he described as an all-in-one, convenient and healthy vegetable kit that comes in eight- and 15-ounce sizes.
Greg Corrigan of Raley's stopped at the Sunkist booth to visit with Julie DeWolf and Destiny Dulaney of Sunkist Growers.
Katie Pfeiffer and Spiro Vetas with Vertical Roots.
Diana Salsa of Wonderful Cos. promoted the company's recently announced seedless lemons and new Chili Roasted and Honey Roasted shelled pistachios.
Randall Freeman and Mike Clawson of Del Monte Foods promoted the company’s Fruit Crunch Parfait line.
Nate Stone (center) of Ben B. Schwartz stopped at the Double Diamond booth to visit with Graham Hamilton and Paul Sabelli.
Leslie Simmons and Mike Bowe of Dave’s Specialty Imports.
At the Mucci Farms booth were Nick Allen, Danny Elias, Danny Mucci, Steve Zaccardi, Nick Williamson and Stephen Cowan.
Rebecca Catlett and Denise Everett with Okanagan Specialty Fruits.
Will Seide, Marc Hatfield, Kristen Santangelo, Len Moskowitz and Dave Donat of Produce Pro Software.
Jim DiMenna of Red Sun Farms with Nate Stone of Ben B. Schwartz.
Representing ReposiTrak at the United Fresh convention was Joe Meherg.
Representing Volm Cos. at the United Fresh convention were Marsha Verwiebe, Alyssa Muraski, Scott Knapkavage and Andy Duff.
Representing Westmoreland Farms at the United Fresh convention in Chicago were Dean Mastronardi, Matt Wright, Joseph Talbourdet, Max Mastronardi, Tony Cappelli and Dino Dilaudo.
The winners of the Retail Produce Manager Awards with executives of Dole, which sponsored the program.
Iveth Oropeza, Ramiro Martinez, Maria Chavez and Giovanni Gonzalez with Chahena.
David Forchione, Jessica Kezar, Jay Bascom, Wade Groetsch, Chris Pruneda and Aspen Lewis with Cece’s Veggie Co.
Mauro Sangio, Jose Antonio Gomez and Armando Rojas of Camposol.
Bob Haarhues, Megan Wade, John Knowlton, Candi Burge, Jay Zimmerman, Amanda Tresko, Cindy Grissom and Gary Zych with Crunch Pak.
Callie Whitney and Merritt Bruce of Green Giant Fresh.
Ross Wileman, Gwendolyn Jackimeck, Jenna Rose and Patrick Cortes of Mission Produce.
George Kragie, Carrie Kragie and Susan Kragie of Western Fresh Marketing.
Jerry Moran, CarrieAnn Arias, Jill Overdorf, Marissa Ritter, Jaqueline Padilla, Janis McIntosh, Donna Lynn Browne and Kasey Kelley of Naturipe.
Linda Scimeca and Jennifer Brown with Natierra.
Alex Gomez, Nick Rush and Caleb Adams with Nichols Farms.
Shawn Hartley and Falon Brawley with Onions 52.
Phil Fendyan, Peter Shore, Megan Stallings and Leighanne Thomsen with Rennaissance Food Group.
Mike Johnston and Tom Muller with Schur Star Systems.
Jena Klatt and John Carpenter with Silver Creek Software.
Tim Harrington, Jocelyn Gerard, Brianna Shales and Jorge Macias with Stemilt Growers.
Jose Garcia, Taylor Lemke, Chuck Fiorenzi, Janice Honigberg, Phil Rindone, Mary Braemer, Mark Lemke, Lori Boym and Mike Dixon with Sun Belle.
Nate Hefti and Breanne Weir with Superior Fresh.
At the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association booth were Marc Stalter, Brian Lee, Dana Rady, Wendy Alsum-Dykstra and Mike Gatz.
Kevin Payne, Peter Mehring and Tom Solomon with Zest Labs.