CERRITOS, CA -- Nearly 300 produce professionals turned out for the first Fresh Produce & Floral Council Membership Luncheon of 2017 on Feb. 8 at the Sheraton Cerritos, here. Alfonso Cano of Northgate González Markets was the emcee for the event, which also introduced Connie Stukenberg of the California Avocado Commission as the new FPFC chairwoman for 2017.
Featured speaker Neil Saavedra, who hosts “The Fork Report” on KFI radio in Los Angeles discussed food trends. His rapid-fire speech touched on a few trends that he believes will continue to grow in the next few years. Speaking specifically about produce, Saavedra said in the not-so-distant future he envisions a scenario where “produce will be the center of the dish and meat will be secondary.”
The FPFC will host its first Northern California membership luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton, CA.
Dennis Krondak and Alfonso Cano of Northgate González Markets, Jeff Sunahara of Westlake Produce Co. and Catherine Gipe-Stewart of Domex Superfresh Growers.
Steve Lutz of CMI Orchards with featured speaker Neil Saavedra, host of ‘The Fork Report’ on Los Angeles radio station KFI.
Karl Lipscomb, Amber Rappozo, Katie Boncich and Monica Cordero of Gold Coast Packing.
Youssef Nehme of QSI Produce and Garret Nishimori of San Miguel Produce.
Dan McGrath of Robinson Fresh and Rick Montoya of Farmers & Growers Plaza.
Tran Nguyen of IFCO and Cheyne Long of Great West Produce.
Marty Craner of B&C Fresh Sales with Mihae Finnie of Del Monte Fresh.
FPFC Chairwoman Connie Stukenberg of the California Avocado Commission with Andrew Ngann, Julianna Phillips and Jin Ju Wilder of LA & SF Specialty.
Katherine Grove of CMI Orchards and Kyle Becton of J.P. Morgan Chase.
Frank Abate, Ruben Ayala, Holly Goodenow and Jeremy Baasch of Frieda’s Inc.
Brian Cook of Hollandia Produce, Jeffrey McLellan of QSI Produce, Jason Hatcher of Second Harvest and Erin Vickermann of Raley’s.
Dave Schoonmaker of Bolthouse Farms with Terence Billingsley of Mann Packing Co.
Richard Rehm and Jeff Burch of Bank of the West.
Brett Foulds of FreshSource, Jailany Betancourt and Dan Acevedo of GreenFruit Avocados, and Rachelle Schulken of Renaissance Food Group.
Andrew Bivens of Westlake Produce Co. with Dale Liefer of Pura Vida Farms.
Carlos Preciado and Raul Gallegos of Melissa’s/World Variety Produce flank FPFC luncheon emcee Alfonso Cano of produce director of Northgate González Markets.
Greg Mooney and Shaun McGinley of North Shore Living Herbs with Natalie Machado, Dave Juarez and Nader Borooshan of FreshSource.
Bob Waldusky of Fresh Gourmet with John Fujii of Gelson’s Markets.