PMA’s 35th annual Foodservice Conference & Expo in Monterey, CA, attracted 1,952 attendees, including more than 485 foodservice distributors and more than 190 operators, who came to explore new products and emerging trends in the foodservice and fresh produce industries.
At the Avocados from Mexico booth were Alejandro Duran, Erick Coronado, Irene Cabanas, Maggie Bezart and Oscar Garcia.
Representing the California Avocado Commission were Peggy McCormick, Kim Kurata, Selene Johnson of Montrio Bistro, Ann Segerstrom, Dave Cruz and Jan DeLyser.
Sandy Jurach, Wes White and Anthony Gallino of Cal Giant.
At the Calavo booth were Peter Shore, Nick Garcia, Rob Wedin and Brian Bernauer.
Karen Brux of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association with Chef Vince Franco of UC-Santa Cruz.
Erika Anguiano of Colimex.
Denise Puchi and Jimmy Munguia of Del Campo.
Dan McDonnel, Callie Whitney, Merritt Bruce, Jennifer Fancher, Christina Moag, Nancy Bryner and Larry Olivo of Grower Express/Misionero.
Mike Bowe of Daves Specialty Imports.
Alberto Gonzalez, Marcelo Gonzalez, Guillermo Martinez and Brent Schwartz of Kingdom Fresh.
Brian Cook and Amber Rappozo of Hollandia.
Ron Okman and Randy Harmon of EcoPack.
Kristin Shafer, Vince Mier and Laura Hastie of Foxy Fresh.
Karen Caplan visited with long-time friend Michael Marks, a.k.a. "Your Produce Man," at the Frieda's booth.
Zenia Villa, Cesar Pacheco, Gary Caloroso, Carlos Marquez and Scott Ross of Giumarra Cos.
Patrick Gabrish of Good Foods Group.
John Czaja of U.S. Foods stopped at the GreenFruit Avocados booth to visit with Dan Acevedo.
At the Idaho Potato Commission booth were Stanley Trout, Don Odiorne, Jaime Bowen, Tod Schmidt and Armand Lobato.
Brenna George and Kaylyn Bender of Market Fresh Produce.
Jerry Butt and Emily Fragoso of Mixtec.
Nick Williamson and Danny Elias of Mucci Farms featured the company's living lettuce, one of the newer items in its line.
Cammie Wheelus, Lizabeth Danek and Dwight Ferguson of Naturipe.
Tim Meissner, Carmen Placensia and Mark Solis of NewStar.
Megan McKenna with Chef Jose Martinez and Chef Emily Bridges of UC-Berkeley, who prepared several innovative watermelon recipes that were in contention for the Sensory Experience contest during the PMA Foodservice Expo.
Kathy Stephenson and Julia Smith of the Pear Bureau Northwest.
Bill Spidell, Mike Way and Mike Aiton of Prime Time International.
Edie Hayden of S&W Perfruta sampled pieces of mangos and pineapples.
Dan Edmeier of Sicar Farms promoted the company's limes, pineapples and its newest item — greenhouse Roma tomatoes.
Mark Cassius, Brett Burdsal and Matt Mandel of SunFed featured the company's personal-size watermelons.
At the Talley Farms booth were Jeff Halfpenny, Ryan Talley, Anthony Totta and Brian Talley.
Tony D'Amico, Peter Wilder, Samantha Snyder and Kevin Delaney of To-Jo Mushrooms.
Heath Shoup and Doug Meyer of West Pak Avocados.
Max and Missy Mastronardi of Westmoreland highlighted organic cluster tomatoes, organic grape tomatoes and heirloom tomatoes.
Jose Zalada (second from left) of Prime Time International stopped at the Wonderful Citrus booth to visit with Bryan Koch, Jez Balsa and Anne Goltz.
Rodolfo Uresti, Cecilia Uresti and Maria Isabel Chapa of Jade Produce.
Bob Hale, Stefan Matheny, Tonya Giotta, Mackenzie Mills, Lori Payne and Carly Kwak-Bauch of River Point Farms.
Manny Lira Jr., Scott Leimkuler, Dan Sands and Cory Stahl of Progressive Produce.
Jay and Philip Rodriguez of Crystal Valley Foods.
Ron Lemaire of CPMA. Photo by John Houy.
Mark Nolan, Alan Ahmer and Russ Mikolasy of Calavo Foods. Photo by John Houy.
Jon Kiley, Victor Cancel and Daniel Holt of Earthbound Farm. Photo by John Houy.
Kristen Rodrigues and Roni Sakay of PRO*ACT. Photo by John Houy.
Dan Vega, Jon Berger , Paul Schultz and Sam Maglio of Maglio Cos. Photo by John Houy.
Denise Leonard and David Van Wingerden of Westland Produce Inc. Photo by John Houy.
Joel Yeary, Kevin Fix, Melina Leija-Stevens and David Rooke of Bolthouse Farms. Photo by John Houy.
Luis Amaral, Emily Roth, Karent Ronquillo and Scott Horton of Taylor Farms. Photo by John Houy.
Bobby Creel of L&M Cos. Photo by John Houy.
Corry Laurendine, Hannah Hoffman and Bruce Hoffman of California Specialty Farms. Photo by John Houy.
Cody Bennett, Jeri Elsasser and Levon Ganajian of Trinity Fruit Sales. Photo by John Houy.
Brittany Spyres of Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices. Photo by John Houy.
John Lupul, Al Yancey, Bo Bates, Dave Hughes, Jessica Kerstein, Susie Cerezo and Amy Holcomb.
Chef Robert Danhi and Joan Wickham of Sunkist Growers. Photo by John Houy.
Roy Soto, Greg Schweizer, Bob Larson of Ken’s Foods. Photo by John Houy.
James Galindo, Garland Perkins and Peter Cole of Oppy. Photo by John Houy.
Vince Hungerford and Dave Nicholson of Girard’s flank Mike Martinez of GFF Inc. Photo by John Houy.
Mitch DiMarco and Louis Hymel of Spice World. Photo by John Houy.
Kevin Stranger and Joe Esta of Wada Farms Marketing Group. Photo by John Houy
Allison Towie and Josh Renfro of Local Roots Farm. Photo by John Houy.
Danielle Mason and Matt Robuck of Franke. Photo by John Houy.
William Allen and Michael Popescu of Pichuberry. Photo by John Houy.
Ryan Saucedo and Michele Geivet of the Tom Lange Family of Cos. Photo by John Houy.
Diana McClean and Brian Scattini of Ocean Mist Farms.
Tiffany Cruickshank of Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onions. Photo by John Houy.
Bradley Hearn and Laura Kornegay Hearn of Nash Produce. Photo by John Houy.
Lena Adebowale and Mark Frey of Melissa’s. Photo by John Houy.
Shawn Loudon and Garrett Dauer of Domex Superfresh Growers. Photo by John Houy.
Charles Olins of Concord Foods LLC. Photo by John Houy.
Alicia Bush and Alecia Troy of Sakata Seed America. Photo by John Houy.
Chuck Goodman, James Macek and Mark Zeller of Coosemans Worldwide.
David Sasuga and Julie Sasuga of Fresh Origins. Photo by John Houy.
Jose Marrero, Chris Lindley, Susan Lindley and Michael Ryshouwer of Bejo Seeds. Photo by John Houy.
Ginette Brock and Charles Alter show off Sunview Marketing’s large, green, crisp Stella Bella grapes.
Chris, Shannon, and Dayne Smotherman held down the booth for Kern Ridge Growers.
Shawn Loudon and Garrett Dauer with Domex Superfresh Growers.
Brock Snyder, Molly Connors, Weston Crapo, Kathleen Triou, and Mike Connors of the Fresh Solutions Network.
Bob and Karen Lynch with Bella Blanca.
Travis Hess, Stephanie Bench, JP Surreys, and Chris Woo showed off Potandon Produce’s non-oxidizing potatoes.
Kathy Stephenson with USA Pears served pear quesadillas to promote the upcoming Northwest Pear crop.
Gina Nucci (center) and the Mann Packing team celebrated their Viva La Veggies theme.
Tom Salisbury, Pat Simas, and Jeff Olsen with the Chuck Olsen Co.
Ron Conrad with Rainier Fruit talked about the upcoming Northwest pear and Washington apples crops with foodservice buyers.
Sierra Lopes showed off Baloian Farms’ sweet mini peppers packaged specially for foodservice.
The Delta Fresh sales team boasted about their new facilities being built in Arizona.
Katy Classon and Cammie Wheelus showed off Naturipe’s 3-pack of blueberry snack packs and 18-ounce blueberry package.
River Point Farms’ Stefan Matheny, Carly Kwak-Bauch, Tonya Giotta, and Bob Hain.
Deborah Taylor of Pulmuone USA Wildwood Foods. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Ramon Angel and Tom Lyons of Good Farms, which is Andrew & Williamson's New brand. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Meg Hill and Justin Reyes of Gourmet Mushrooms. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Mike Bowe of Dave's Specialty Imports. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Marliese Ward, Chris Miele, William Xiong of Jacobs Farm Del Cabo. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Kenny Touris of Integrity Express Logistics. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Joe Palmisano of Peddler's Son and Bob Besix of Country Fresh Mushroom. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Ron Police, Mose Munro, Dan Dinner of Fresherized Foods. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Dana Mulroy of FreshLine Produce. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Allan Napolitano of Vision Import Group and Eric Skae of WTRMLN WT.
Nichole Towell of Duda Farm Fresh Foods with Chef Todd Fisher. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Ron Conrad and Andy Tudor Rainier Fruit Co. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Donald Souther and Martha Zavala of Vision Produce Co. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Danny Jenkins of Grower Direct Nut Co. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Eric Kraus, Anthony DeAngelis, Jason Minici and Rick Dyer of Christopher Ranch. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Lindsey Roberts, Mike O'Brien and Sandy Malouff Quintana of Monterey Mushrooms. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Lyle Bagley, Pete Sheffield of Sunripe Certified Brands. Photo by Debbie Negron.
John Layous, Bob Lords and Michael Layous of The Garlic Co. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Stephanie Hilton, Kari Maggiorini and Michele Geivet of Seven Seas. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Brent Smith (second from left) of Sysco with George Wooten, Ronnie Mercer and Trey Allen of Wayne E. Bailey. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Bob Besix, Lisa Mace, Laura Matar, Kirk Wilson and David Santucci of Country Fresh Mushroom. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Troy Thomas of Sysco and Brent Scattini of Gold Coast Packing. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Connor Murphy of Goodness Gardens and Robinson Chaverra of US Fresh Corp. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Greg Sagan, Brian Threfall and Bill Litvin of Giorgio Fresh. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Ed Casel of Basciani Foods, Tom De Canio of Testa Produce, Michael Gagel of Basciani Foods. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Mitch DeMarco and Louis Hymel of Spice World. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Dorit and John Kowarsky of 2BFresh with Robinson Chaverra of US Fresh Corp. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Jeff Lundberg, Ramona Chavez, Ande Manos, Rocio Munoz and Rosa Cerda of Babe Farms. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Kevin Delaney, Samantha Snyder, Peter Wilder of To-Jo Mushrooms.
Jerry Summers, Luke Scurich and Charlie Staka of CBS Farms. Photo by Debbie Negron.
Karrie Bolen, Ryan Phillips and Chef Michael Zeller of Simplot. Photo by Debbie Negron.