FPFC pulls off the Heist of the year!
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 evening began with a VIP reception for the FPFC board of directors, sponsors, planning committee and retailers attending the event. The general reception hosted a 360-degree photo booth and specialty drinks.
The traditional programming of this evening is to highlight the incoming FPFC board of directors and thank those who are retiring from the board for their service. This year, the Dinner Dance Committee decided to do something different and incorporate the FPFC’s heritage, by honoring the past chairs of the FPFC “Ocean’s 58”.
Past chairs in attendance included Andrew Givens of Westlake Produce Co., Brad Martin of Perimeter Sales & Merchandising, Brian Cook of Local Bounti, Chris Puentes of Interfresh, Connie Stukenberg of CA Grown, Dale Liefer, Jack Gyben, Jan DeLyser of the California Avocado Commission, Kori Martin of Oppy, Liane Mast, Marty Craner of B&C Fresh Sales, Marvin Quebec of Quebec Distributing Co., Pat McDowell of Perimeter Sales & Merchandising, Patty Knoll of PK Packaging, Rick Moreno, Roger Schroeder, and Sean McClure of Professional Produce.
The Heist also included a raffle, with the grand price of $10,000 going to Jennie McCole of Lipman Family Farms.
After dinner concluded, guests moved to the dance floor and the gaming tables to try their luck at Roulette, Craps, Black Jack, and Texas Hold ‘Em.
The next Fresh Produce & Floral Council event will be a membership luncheon March 22 at the Sheraton Cerritos in Cerritos, CA, where the 2022 FPFC Apprentice Class with be honored with a special graduation.
2023 FPFC Executive Committee: (standing) Sean McClure of Professional Produce, Marvin Quebec of Quebec Distributing Co. and Roger Schroeder, and (seated) Kristen Reid of MIXTEC Group, Michael Schutt of Raley’s, Kori Martin of Oppy and Rachelle Schulken of Calavo. Not pictured: Bryan Presley of Albertsons.
FPFC Past Chairs: (standing) Brian Cook of Local Bounti, Rick Moreno, Sean McClure of Professional Produce, Marvin Quebec of Quebec Distributing Co., Jack Gyben, Roger Schroeder, Pat McDowell and Brad Martin of Perimeter Sales & Merchandising, and Chris Puentes of Interfresh; and (seated, l-r) Dale Liefer, Andrew Bivens of Westlake Produce Co., Connie Stukenberg of CA Grown, Kori Martin of Oppy, Marty Craner of B&C Fresh Sales, Patty Knoll of PK Packaging, Jan DeLyser of CAC and Liane Mast.
FPFC Dinner Dance committee (standing) Brian Cook of Local Bounti, Sean McClure of Professional Produce, Marvin Quebec of Quebec Distributing Co. and Michael Schutt of Raley’s; and (seated) Lynnie Nojadera of Great West Produce Co., Debi Orrin of Edge Sales + Retail Services, Paige Venable of Vallarta Supermarkets, Rachelle Schulken of Calavo, Michelle Ziegler of Pactiv and Kori Martin of Oppy.
2023 FPFC board of directors (standing) Neil Merritt, Jake Cadwallader, Sean McClure, Marvin Quebec, Roger Schroeder, Baltazar Garcia, Michael Schutt, Andrew Bivens and Brad Martin; and (seated) Lynnie Nojadera, Kristen Reid, Debi Orrin, Paige Venable, Rachelle Schulken, Kori Martin, Michelle Ziegler, Veronica Rodarte and Natalie J. Machado of FreshSource. Not pictured: Caitlin Tierney, Bryan Presley, Shonna Williams and Mil Mijanovic.
2022 Class of FPFC Apprentices Kyle Lane of Westfalia Fruit, Charles Rowland of Fowler Packing, Kyle Morris of Albertsons, John Grecco, Daniel Rosinski of Progressive Produce, Joseph Cowle of B&C Fresh Sales, Katie Gagnon of Grocery Outlet, Kathleen Ezell of Wonderful Citrus, Sandra Aguilera of Calavo, Bailey Slayton of Country Sweet Produce, Luis Gonzalez of SunFed and Jared Bernardi of Bonduelle.