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The National Mango Board, a major sponsor of the 52nd annual FPAA convention, was represented by Gabrielle Smith, Luis Saldarriaga, Cindy Schwing, Tammy Wiard and Executive Director Manuel Michel. The NMB featured its new logo and branding. FPAA President Lance Jungmeyer presented United Fresh Produce Association President Tom Stenzel with a Lifetime Achievement award during the educational sessions Nov. 4. The FPAA convention featured a panel discussion that included FPAA President Lance Jungmeyer as moderator, and participants Tom Stenzel of United Fresh, Christian Murillo of Cactus Melon Distributors, Leonardo Tarriba of Farmers Best, Chris Ciruli of Ciruli Bros., Sabrina Hallman of Sierra Seed Co., and Craig Slate of SunFed. Danny Baltazar of iDeal HarBest, Emil Binyaminov and Silvestro Lo Verde of Circus Fruits, and Manny Fajardo of iDeal HarBest. Nascio Panousopoulos of Delta Fresh and Mike Smith of Sigma Sales. Alexandra Lopez and Luis Parra of Coast Produce. Oscar Trujillo and Fernando Rodriguez of Bridges Produce, Paul Manfre of Top Katz and Al Voll of Fresh Farms. Alexandra Fisher of Earth Blend, Carlos Fisher of Sierra Seed, Xavier Fisher of Earth Blend and Sabrina Hallman of Sierra Seed. Sergio Yepiz, Willie Martinez and Adrian Vasquez of Frello. Danny Baltazar of iDeal HarBest, Yanaii Vasquez of Robinson Fresh, Karla Sandoval of Robinson Fresh, Manny Fajardo of iDeal HarBest, Paul Cordero of Robinson Fresh and Mary Paz of Robinson Fresh. Ryan Jacobsen of Coast Produce and Josh Acuña of Greenpoint Distributing.

FPAA gathers for 52nd annual convention

By
John Groh

TUBAC, AZ – The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas convened for its 52nd annual convention Nov. 4, here, at the Tubac Golf Resort. Following a day of networking and educational sessions, attendees gathered for an evening of camaraderie, laughs and live music at the event’s opening reception at this historic venue located just north of Nogales, AZ.

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