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Frieda’s Jackie Caplan Wiggins to keynote Global Cold Chain Conference in Chicago

Jackie Caplan Wiggins, vice president and chief operating officer of Frieda’s Specialty Produce, will deliver the keynote at the Global Cold Chain Conference, Monday, June 25 in Chicago. She will deliver a presentation entitled, “Normal is Boring: How to Handle Specialty Produce Logistics.”Jackie-Wiggins-2013

Caplan Wiggins will share how the women-owned family company based in Los Alamitos, CA, has scaled their business over the past 56 years, why it elects to manage its logistics processes in-house and how she believes 3PLs can add value in the cold chain.

“As keynote speaker of the Opening General Session, Jackie will seamlessly bridge the gap between the cold chain and produce industry by drawing from her experiences overseeing the operations of the 81,000-square-foot facility, which distributes more than 450 unique fruits and vegetables from around the world to every corner of America,” said Corey Rosenbusch, Global Cold Chain Alliance president and chief executive officer.

A notable leader in the fresh produce industry, Caplan Wiggins — the youngest daughter of produce trailblazer Frieda Rapoport Caplan, founder of Frieda’s — joined the family business in 1983. She is a member of the inaugural class of the United Fresh Produce Association’s 1995 Produce Industry Leadership Program, now in its 24th year, and in 2014 she received the Timothy Vaux Outstanding Alumni Leadership Award, which honors individual graduates of the program.

Caplan Wiggins has served on the Produce Marketing Association’s Convention Exposition Committee and has served on the board of United Fresh’s Educational Foundation. She is currently a member of the United Fresh board of directors and serves as chair of its Wholesaler-Distributor Board.

Global Cold Chain Expo’s Opening General Session will take place June 25 at noon at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. The event requires a Global Cold Chain Expo Conference Package to attend. Registration is available here.

Once again, the Global Cold Chain Expo will co-locate with United FreshMKT and United FreshTEC Expos, the International Floriculture Expo, and the new SmartFood Expo.