ANAHEIM, CA — Attendees packed the aisles of the trade show floor for the entire 14 hours over two days at the PMA Fresh Summit Convention and Exposition, held Oct. 17-19, here, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The 2019 Fresh Summit drew nearly 24,000 people, setting a new record for attendance.
Jeff Lundberg, Ramona Chavez, Rosa Cerda, Ande Manos and Ron Labatista of Babe Farms.
Umberto, Mickey and Gennaro Bifulco of Bifulcos in Pitsgrove, NJ.
Pepper, an interactive robot developed by the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association, was on hand at the PMA Fresh Summit educating attendees about an array of fruits from Chile.
Unveiling the Dino supersweet melon to the U.S. market were Rodrigo Lima (center), president of Crown International USA, Rafael Piazzarollo and Felipe Cunha, also of Crown, which is the exclusive sales agent for Famosa melons from Brazil.
Mark Bassetti and Jeff Goodale of Duda Farm Fresh Foods features the company’s eight-count corn and high-graphic recyclable packaging.
Coleman Oswald and John Gee of Eagle Eye Produce.
Alonso Salcedo del Pozo of Anawi Export and Fed Tavares of Locuston.
Kathy Sponheim of Michael Family Farms, Kathleen Triou of Fresh Solutions Network and Todd Michael of Michael Family Farms demonstrated the virtual reality googles available at the FSN booth, which allowed users to have a real-life look at the farms associated with FSN.
Taylor Deaton, Dan Hawkins, Erin Dunn and Brad Sanders of Giltner Cos.
Kurt Penn, founder and chief executive officer of Good Foods Group, with Danyel O’Connor, executive vice president of sales and marketing, and Mandy Bottomlee, marketing director.
At the Onions USA booth representing the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee were Grant Kitamura and Jason Pearson.
Michel Sallin, Barbara Baker, Scott George, Veronique Sallin and Scott Deyoe of IMG Citrus.
Attendees tried their luck at the Great Idaho Potato Race game in the county fair-inspired Idaho Potato Commission booth.
Krissy Farms debuted its line of organic produce purees at the PMA Fresh Summit. Shown are Kristyn Lawson (center), founder and CEO of Krissy Farms, with the company’s Amy Repp and Kelsey McAneny.
Mike Stuart of Stuart Consulting, the former longtime president of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, stopped at the Mixtec booth to visit with Jerry Butt.
Joe Atchison and Tom Beaver of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
Jim Allen and Michael Harwood of New York Apple Sales.
Carter Bray, Dan Fitzgerald and Glenn Reynolds of Potandon Produce promoted the company’s One Step … Done! line to PMA Fresh Summit attendees.
Cory Stahl, Oscar Guzman and Howard Nager of Progressive Produce.
The staff of RedLine Solutions.
At the Sambrailo Packaging booth were Mark Sambrailo, Kiersten Clonz, Sara Lozano and Matt Manfre.
Mary Hannon, Brent Scattini, Ryan Saucedo, Stephanie Hilton and Bre Macomber of the Tom Lange Co. promoted the company’s berry line marketed under the Seven Seas label.
Amy Peirce and Donald Souther of Vision Produce Co.
Tori McKenney and Chelsea Blaxton at the Vidalia Onion Committee booth.
At the Wada Farms booth were Michele Peterson, Cindy Schmoe and Eric Beck.
Josh Frederick, Nicole Rumsey, David Sherman, Derek Peterson and Cameron Kerbs of Wilcox Fresh.
In the Holland Pavilion were Chayenne Wiskerke of Wiskerke Onions and Sue Elton of Healthy Life Sales.
Matt Mariani, Larry Griffith, Mary Brooks, John Aguiar, Gus Mariani, Jay Thomas, Kristen Holden and Darryl Bollack of Mariani Nut Co.
Neil Millman and Jim Provost, owners of I Love Produce, featured their OctCLOVErfest promotion that positions garlic as a decorative Halloween element.
Homero Levy de Barros, Melissa Hartmann de Barros and Andres Ocampo of HLB Specialties showcased the company’s key items, including papayas, rambutan and ginger at the PMA Fresh Summit Expo.
Ramiro Martinez and Martha Lopez of Aguacates Chahena y Mas.
James Michael, Karley Lange, Teresa Baggarley and Keith Hu of Northwest Cherry Growers.
Mark Bacchetti, Shaina Lovitt, Katie Veenstra and Mark Mizuno of GloriAnn Farms.
Jessica Brady, Rebecca Catlett and Jodi Green of Okanagan Specialty Fruits.
Jim Eggenberger, Carlos Martinez and Chris Dixen of Sun-Maid Growers of California.
Max McGuire, Mike Marboe, Shane Cass, Ellie Tucker, Brent Shammo, Shawn Tweedy and Peter Pelayo of Starr Ranch.
Roger Aguirre and Kelsey Van Lissum of Oppy with Cecelia Flores Paez of T&G Global and Karin Gardner of Oppy.
George Harter, Danielle Huber, Bob Mast, Rochelle Bohm and Linda McFarland of CMI Orchards.
Falon Brawley, Shawn Hartley, Trevor Flint, Travis Hess, Trent Hartley, Kut Mockli and Kyle Packer of Onions 52.
Ashley Cullen-Carroll, Britteny Bubb, Milas Russell, Jules Buehler and Suzette Overgaag or North Shore Living.
Tim Harrington, Matt Prater, Sergio Naranjo, Rachel Spanjer, Mandy Hanko, Wendy Everhart, Jocelyn Gerard, Mike Parrish, Brian Evans, Jorge Macias, Tate Mathison, Matthew Jarmin, Don Stone and Katie Harmon or Stemilt Growers.
George Henderson, Jared Bray, Victoria Cao, Joe Nava and Doug Meyer of West Pak Avocado.
Joe Ruiz, Monique Bienvenue and Anders Skooglund of Bee Sweet Citrus.
Dan Carapella, Connie Gil and Brian Lapin of Catania Worldwide.
Ryan Cleary, Ashley Riste, Willie Sosa and Catherine Gipe Stewart of Superfresh Growers.
Camille Lombardo, Rod Rosales, Michael Marenic, Angela Eastham, Joseph Barrett, Patty Denson, Earl McMenamin and Brady Markel of Pacific Trellis Fruit with Damon Francis of Topco and Dan Carapella Jr. of Pacific Trellis Fruit.
Camille Balfanz, Conrad Frank, Daren Parsons, Stacey Miller and Chris Blanford of Litehouse.
Devon Kennedy, Andy Palmer, John Lambiris, Ron Boche and Tasha Popiel of The Star Group.
Angela Williams, Chris Woo, Brian Scott, Jed Myers, Blake Branen, Colleen Froerer, Shay Myers, Robin Froerer and Sharla Froerer of Owyhee Produce.
Tyler Johnson, Jorge Arias, Allie McGree and Jared Robinson of Rainier Fruit.
Natasha Lichty, George Shropshire, Jay Zimmerman and Rob Doolan of Love Beets.
Tom Horton, Stephanie Harralson, Jeff McLemore and Jim Block of Sunsweet Growers.
Gunnar Berg, John Barnes, Angela Lounsbury, Tom Fleming, Steve Flashing and Julio Paredes of Yakima Fresh.
Derrick Bender, Justin Parnagian, Maile Devers and Charles Rowland of Fowler Packing.
Blair Butterworth, Nicole Strieker and Valorie Sill of Grimmway Farms.
Adam Savage, Kyle Lane, Angela Tallant, Ryan Larkan and Andy Bruno of Westfalia.
Dontaye McCoy and Michael Pitcher of Burris Logistics with Brad Lord of Trinity Logistics.
Eric Bolesta, Jed Hunter and Hal Harwell of Grower Network.
Rainer Horn of Hamburg Sud.
Terrence Odonnell of Marzetti.
Daniel and Gwynne Daks of Devik International Inc.
Jack Cain and Matt Sumner of Always Fresh Farms.
Jorge Ruiz, Gerson Choza, Josh Renteria, Monica Bautista and Luis Gonzalez of Agri-Packing Supply.
Vickie Linder and Morgan Linder of Alliance Rubber Co.
Any Barrio of Mexico Calidad Suprema hosts the ribbon cutting of the Mexican booth at PMA’s Fresh Summit. Among the ribbon cutters are, in the red jacket, Cathy Burns of PMA and, to the right, Mexican vegetable grower-packer-exporters Javier and Miguel Usabiaga of Mr. Lucky.
Brian Church of Church Bros.
Brent Ouwerkerk, Matt Modena, Claire Vasquez and Ryan Cherry of Windset Farms.
Liana Fehr and Wayne Rempel of Kroeker Farms with Dan Martin, Kevin Sorichetti, Tom Hughes, Andrew George, Rich Tiveron and Libby Massey of Earth Fresh.
Mark Malburg (right) of Kroger stopped at the Idaho Potato Commission booth to chat with Seth Pemsler.
Jeanette DeConinck-Hertzler of Hertzler Farms with Joe Watson and Jeannie Watson of PMA.
Diarmuid Meagher of Tomra Sorting Solutions.
Jon Brooks, Pat Young and Sam Stewart of IFCO Systems.
Geoff Furniss of BBC Technologies.
Anthony Mazzuca of PlantTape (second from left) flanked by Karen Pflaum, Sybil Chapple and Brian Amaral of Tanimura & Antle.
Angela Fraser, Tom Bellamore, Jan DeLyser, Zachary Benedict, Dave Cruz and Carolyn Becker of the California Avocado Commission.
Paul Jackewicz, Jesse Garcia, Michael Turner, Craig Kupp, Ron Cardey and Bas Reijndorp of Kwik Lok Corp.
Kevin Crossgrove, Ashley Rodriguez, Kristin Shafer and Shane Haag of The Nunes Co.
Joe Barsi, Eric Valenzuela, Markus Duran, Cindy Jewell and Bill Moncovich of California Giant Farms.
Tom Byrne, Brandi Mount, Ken Skinner, Jarrett Strahan, Don Krekorian, Nancy Bryner and Riley Hathaway of Green Giant Fresh.
Diana McClean, Brian Hawes, Julie Criswell, Rebecca Rotter, Phil Barrientos, Laura Berlanga, Gary Silacci, Hilda Medina, Joe Angelo and Rick Bravo of Ocean Mist Farms.
Santiago Pena, Jacqueline Bautista, Julianna St. Geme, Brooke Franklin, Kyle Kruhmin, Jessica Lubag and Jim Donovan of Mission Produce.
Brian Modena, Charis Neves, Lisa Hearne, CJ Given and Raquel Estrada of Taylor Farms.
Izzy Poulin, Janine Hoffman, Christian Flint and Yanne Clerc of Mamma Chia.
Delbert Bland of Bland Farms announced that Bland Farms would be partnering with Paramount Pictures to promote the new SpongeBob SquarePants movie.
Jorge Maldonado and Maykel Lopez of Arizona Mixers Fresh Produce.
Matt Jahnke, Eric Halverson, Leah Halverson and Keith Groven of Black Gold.
Mark Cassius of Modern Veg Farms and Darrin Wadman of Fidelity Melon.
Peter Jurado and Art Miller of Epic Produce.
Steve Yubeta and Leonardo Tarriba of Farmer’s Best.
Tulio Garcia of San Juan Export and Victor Morales of Globopak.
Justin Henkel, Chris Mendes and Tom Coufal of Lakeside Produce.
Mario Cardenas, Jerry Garcia and Tonya Hill of London Fruit.
William Anthony of Martori Farms.
Galo Moreno, Jaqueline Perez, Victor Espinosa, Delores Espinosa, Diego Espinosa and Victor Espinosa of McAllen Tropic Pak.
Hector Segura, Adrian Ortega, Carmen Elizarraras, Javier Usabiaga, Michelle Cortez, Pedro Usabiaga and Gabriel Zavala of Mr. Lucky.
Sharon Robb, Brian Klumpp, Betsey Coon and Aaron Hunter of North Bay Produce.
Freddy Flores and Eleazar Guajardo of Pharr International Bridge.
Maria Esther Araujo and Ana Rosa Sanchez of B&CT Corp. S.A. de C.V.
John Gates of Lancaster Foods and James Graves of Sol Group Marketing.
Charles Blyer of Makoto Dressing Inc.
David Esquivel, Robert Henairie and Debbie Henairie of Nature's Eats.
Derek Van Gompal and Erik Bergstrom of Bada Bean Bada Boom.
Austin Fowler and Robert Fowler of Fowler Farms.
Shawn Riker, Andrea Scroggs, Lisa Fetterhoff and Michael Blume of Keystone Fruit Marketing, a division of Progressive Produce.
Shawn Goodlin of Durand Wayland.
Soledad Ruiz and Roger Armendariz of Golden West Vegetables.
Jackson Kempker of AgroFresh.
Nick Warren and Kristin Yerecic Scott of Yerecic Label.
Charlie Eagle of Southern Specialties.
Krysten Degiglio of Village Farms.
Karl Nemitz, Steve Platt, Abby Prior, Katherine Heaton, Josh Curland, Dominick Mack, Josh Norbury, Jack Holland and Omaira Martinez of Bright Farms.
David McQueen, Minal Thakkar, Chad Nichols and Barry Bounds of Fresh Gourmet Co.
Mike Smith, Ivelisse Rodriguez, Scott Greenwood and John Ruelle of Spice World.
Christopher Ranch was represented by Justin Guibert, Anthony DeAngelis, Jeff Stokes, Bill Christopher, Rich Pirozzoli, Katie Nemeth, Mead Payne and Geoff Hall.
Lesley Daniels and Amanda Keefer of Produce for Kids.
Marcos Perez, Laura Bartlett and Danny Fleming of Beachside Produce.
The Naturipe team was out in full force.
Jeff Church, Ernst van Eeghen and Neil Milburn of Church Bros. Farms.
Jaime Hernandez and Marco Moreno of Rene Produce.
Chris Concepcion and Eva Perez-Mora of Seaboard Marine.
Luis Cristerna of Smurfit with a new industry-approved mango tray.
Sharon Coffelt and Kade Kleinpeter of Snoboy.
Tommy Wilkins of Grow Farms Texas.
Enrique Peraza, Rafael Roiz and Arturo Jimenez of Trufresh.
Francisco Parra, Tina Federico, Olga Borquez, Fernando Bojorquez, Kristina Luna, Lauren McGuigan and Eduardo Morales of Wholesum Family Farms.
Maureen Torrey and Shannon Kyle of Torrey Farms.
Anna Abbatiello and Elise Silvester of Setton Farms.
Derek Warner and Lewis MacLeod of South Mill Champs.
Hans Bean, Landry Jones and Robert Blackburn of North Carolina Port Authority.
Stephanie Myles of Highline Mushrooms.
Michael Zamora, Alejandro Bours, Saul Gonzalez and Carlos Encinas of Crown Jewels Produce.
Luis Perez of El Sol.
Jonathan Blas Guido, Andrei Ostermann, Jaime Ofner, Alejandro Almar, Ray Mastronardi, Sharon Bologna, Cheryl Mastronardi, Carl Mastronardi, Fiona McLean, Tom Ryan, Martha Haro Gomez, Angelita Cisneros-Aguilar and Neville Sinclair of Delfresco Pure.
Aaron Troyer of Fresh from Florida and Anna Troyer of Troyer Bros. Florida Inc.
Paul Balthrop, Thomas Perny and Debra May of Fresh from Florida.
Landon Mullinax, Bryan Biederman, Adam Stachurski and Brad Carter of Scotlynn Sweet Pac Growers.
Ismael Quintana, Alejandro Varela and Juan Carlo Lopez of Magic Sun with Jesus Quintana of Lakeside Produce and Anthony Otto of Magic Sun.
Francine Bergman and Linda York of StickyLickits.
Ray Wowryk, Kara Badder, John Ketler, Frank Neufeld and Matt Quiring of NatureFresh Farms.
Desiree Morales and Willy Pardo of W.P. Produce Corp.
Ruben Duran, Jimmy Coppola and Dino DiLaudo of Westmoreland/Topline Farms.
Craig Slate and Frank Camera of SunFed, Nate Stone of Ben B. Schwartz & Sons Inc., and Matt Mandel, Denise Quiroga and Eduardo Herbst of SunFed.
Jim DiMenna, Leona Neill, Leopoldo Corona, Laura Weiler and Ernesto Sanabria of Red Sun Farms.
Fernanda Albuquerque, Steve Zaccardi and Emily Murracas of Mucci Farms.
Christina Suriel and Jean Elie of Port Everglades.
Katie Honeycutt 2019 National Watermelon Queen.
Nick Politis, Peter Politis, Brian Allen, Scott Davis and Jose Gutierrez of Mr. Greens Produce.
Tiffany Dale and Sue Harrell of the Florida Strawberry Growers Association.
Chris Veillon, Paul Murracas and Jamie Moracci of Pure Flavor.
John Huston of WestRock and Jaime Lozano Grupo Gondi.
Dan Fechte of Schnuck Markets and Dave Yeager of Schmieding Produce.
Jim Cathey of Malena Produce with Nate Stone of Ben B. Schwartz & Sons Inc.
Christina Ward, Julie DeWolf and Cassie Howard of Sunkist Growers.
Michael Layous of The Garlic Co.
Sean Steller of Phillips Mushroom Farms.
Christa Wagner of the Little Potato Co.
Charlotte Sedlock, Anjuli Skirvin and Ellise Fallon of Apeel Sciences.
Kevin Eichele, Dana Giacone, Mike Stephan and Lawrence Tuck of Monterey Mushrooms.
Adrian Card and Marilyn Bay Drake of the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association.
Dave Donat of Produce Pro.
Jeff Arnold, Ashlynn Eliff and Sean Hire of Edinburg Citrus Association.
Israel Carrasco, Alberto Harfusch, Enrique Carrasco and Joe Carrasco of ERC Produce.
Sergio Yepiz and Guillermo (Willie) Martinez of Frello Fresh.
Doug Burris and Cynthia Hurrington of The Fresh Food Group.
Chris Ryan and Tim Fitzgerald of Geodis.
GR Fresh was well-represented at the Fresh Summit.
Mary Cano, Jesse Garcia and Jesse Gonzalez of Grande Produce Ltd.
Jennifer Ibanez, Omar Losolla, Valeria Bojorquez, Mari Danielson, Fabiola Cuen and Alfredo Nunez of GreenPoint Distributing.
Daniel Luque and Charlie Borquez of Higueral Produce.
Rudy and Cecilia Uresti of Jade Produce.
April Flowers of Lone Star Citrus.
Marty Head and John Woodall of the Michigan Apple Committee.
Juan Ibarra of Marengo.
Miky and Marina Suarez of MAS Melons & Grapes.
Alanna Pederson, Steve Dickson, Cem Yildirim and Drew Lericos of Multivac.
PMA’s Nancy Tucker (second from right) with Alan Aguirre Sr., Pedro Batiz Sr. and David Lundstrom of Divine Flavor.
Luis Martinez and Lori Castillo of NatureSweet
John, Joseph, Donna and David Harold of Olathe Sweet Sweet Corn.
Tom Curtis, Don Armock, Kari Soldaat and Mitch Brinks of Riveridge Produce Marketing.
Rodrigo Diaz of Diazteca.
Tony O’Driscoll, Jeff Watkin, Rob Williams and Greg Petermeyer of Sev-Rend.
Daniel Gudino and Maria del Carmen of SiCar Farms.
Sue Police of Hines Nut.
Ted Kreis of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association.
Jose Cardenas, Pedro Camacho and Rick Sanchez of Traveler Produce.
Ricardo Morales, Jason Kanis, Kyle McGrath and Rod Sbragia of Tricar.
Jesus Munoz of United Brokers.
Virginia Munoz of Harvest Best.
Daniel Mueller, Alan Mueller and Michael Hunter of Volm Cos.