The Fresh Produce & Floral Council held its annual FPFC Expo, Cultivating a Healthy Future, on Thursday, April 27. Before the expo, FPFC kicked off the festivities with its Exclusive Night Out at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Laughter filled the room, a live DJ brought the beats and the night was capped with cheers to good friends and anticipation for the show. Photo: Prescott Leyba of Live Oak Farms, flanked by Samantha Hough, Reece Stevenson and Courtney Ludford of Wonderful Citrus.
More than 200 attendees at the Fresh Produce & Floral Council's recently held luncheon were eager to hear from guest speaker Chef Nyesha Arrington. The luncheon began with FPFC Chair Michael Schutt of Raley’s and Rachelle Schulken, Apprentice taskforce chair, introducing the 2022 Apprentice Class at the graduation. After the graduation concluded, Master of Ceremonies Shonna Williams of Cardenas introduced Myisha Nathaniel of Raley’s and Arrington.
The Fresh Produce & Floral Council held its March Membership Luncheon on Wednesday, March 22 at the Sheraton Cerritos in Cerritos, CA. The luncheon packed in over 200 attendees with members eager to hear from guest speaker Chef Nyesha Arrington.
Jan DeLyser is quick to credit those women who came before her and blazed the trail that she then followed to an elevated 47-year career in the fresh produce industry. She retired from the California Avocado Commission on Feb. 15 after 25 years with CAC. DeLyser has had a stellar professional career and has been a very visible member of the industry as a volunteer leader in numerous organizations.
PASADENA, CA — The Fresh Produce & Floral Council held the Heist, Casino Night on Saturday Feb. 4 at the Langham Huntington Hotel, here. Among the attendees were retailers from Albertsons, Grocery Outlet, Gaju Markets, Ralphs, Smart & Final and Stater Bros. Markets.
The Fresh Produce & Floral Council held its first luncheon of the new year Jan. 18 at the Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton, CA. This luncheon featured Master of Ceremonies Daniel Bell of Grocery Outlet and 2023 FPFC Chairman Michael Schutt of Raley’s. Lori Taylor of The Produce Moms was the guest speaker and was joined by panelists Alex Jackson of Frieda’s, Marissa Ritter of Naturipe Farms, Myisha Nathaniel of Raley’s and Daniel Bell of Grocery Outlet.
Dealing with inflation, following trends and predicting the hot produce categories for 2023 were a few of the topics covered by a diverse panel of industry representatives during a Fresh Produce & Floral Council luncheon meeting in Northern California on Wednesday, Jan. 18.
On Saturday, Feb. 4 the industry will gather for “the Heist, Featuring Ocean’s 58,” a Casino Night at the Langham Pasadena. The Fresh Produce & Floral Council will honor past FPFC chairs, outgoing board members and welcome new board members.
Jan DeLyser, a longtime produce industry leader and trailblazer, has announced her plan to retire from the California Avocado Commission in early 2023 after 24 years of service. The commission is searching for a replacement, with DeLyser’s expected retirement date to be mid-February 2023.