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Mark and Maria DeFrancesco of 4M Fruit Distributors, a sponsor of the NEPC opening reception, with Tom Murray of Roche Bros. Peter Resteghini of 4M Fruit Distributors and Tom Murray of Roche Bros. John Venables and Bruce Klein of Maurice A. Auerbach. Joe Watson of PMA and Bob McGowan of Affinity Sales. Doug Stewart and Mark Leone of Giorgio Fresh. Evan Dobratz and Jodie Reardon of Shaw’s Supermarkets. Genevieve and Paul Newstead of Domex Superfresh Growers. Oscar Garcia of Avocados from Mexico and Lenny Miner of Associated Grocers of New England. Joe Atchison III and Christine Fries of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture with Tom Beaver of Sunny Valley International. Bob Catinella of the Pear Bureau with Joe Watson of the Produce Marketing Association. Dylan Dembeck of Minkus Family Farms with Kurt Zuhlke of Kurt Zuhlke & Associates. Suzy Badaracco of Culinary Tides, a speaker at the NEPC Expo, with Ari Stonehill of Culinary Tides. David and Maria Patnaude of Coast to Coast Produce, a sponsor of the NEPC opening reception. Sue Elton and Karolina Sokolska of Hampton Farms. Dave Dearborne of C&S Wholesale Grocers, Raquel Mello of Hapco Farms, and Anthony Sattler of C&S Wholesale Grocers. Jen Verdelli Hurter and Ally Nesci of Grimmway. Jeff Murray and John McCann of Del Monte Fresh with Scott Ross of Dole. Brandon Parker and Erin Waters of Shuman Farms. Theresa Nolan of The Nolan Network with John Venables and Bruce Klein of Maurice A. Auerbach Inc. Seth Pemsler of the Idaho Potato Commission, Anna Kirsch of Avocados from Mexico and Tom Barnes of Category Partners. Adam Chernow of Schmieding Produce and Eric Frasse of I Love Produce. Robert Dobrzanski of Atlas Produce with Mark DeFrancesco of 4M Fruit Distributors, a sponsor of the NEPC opening reception. Maria and Mark DeFrancesco, Jamie Divola, Michael DeFrancesco and Peter Resteghini, all of 4M Fruit Distributors, which was a sponsor of the NEPC opening reception. Jeff Vocatura of Big Y Foods with Mark DeFrancesco of 4M Fruit Distributors, a sponsor of the NEPC opening reception. Kyle Persky of Rivermaid and Mark DeFrancesco of 4M Fruit Distributors, sponsors of the NEPC opening reception. Michael DeFrancesco of 4M Fruit Distributors and Kyle Persky of Rivermaid, a sponsor of the NEPC opening reception.

NEPC 2021 expo opens in Boston

BOSTON — The New England Produce Council celebrated its 2021 Produce, Floral & Foodservice Expo Wednesday evening, Sept. 29, with a VIP reception and cocktail reception at Kings Dining & Entertainment, here in downtown Boston.

Earlier in the day, Matt Seeley, founder and chief executive officer of the Organic Produce Network, emceed two educational sessions at the Hynes Convention Center. In the first, Tom Barnes, founder and CEO at Category Partners LLC, spoke on "How to Succeed in Organics with the Comparison Shopper." In the second, Suzy Badaracco, president of Culinary Tides, spoke on "How to Use Strategic Thinking to Navigate Trends for 2021 & Beyond: A Future Without Fear."

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