EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — Eastern Produce Council members gathered here at MetLife Stadium, home of the National Football League’s Giants and Jets, for the council’s October dinner meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10. The meeting was co-sponsored by Avocados From Mexico and the Idaho Potato Commission, and New York Giants defensive great Carl Banks spoke at the event, using a little bit of produce industry wisdom to explain the Giants’ disastrous 0-5 start to the season.
New York Giants great Carl Banks with EPC's Vic Savanello and Susan McAleavey Sarlund, the Idaho Potato Commission's Dave Rhodes, Seth Pemsler and Jamie Bowen, and Maggie Bezart Hall and Anna Kirsch of Avocados From Mexico.
Kurt Zuhlke of Kurt Zuhlke & Associates Inc., Al Murray of the New Jersey Agricultural Society and Peter Pascale, executive chef of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital-Somerset.
Danielle Ritell and Ryan DeColli of Acosta Sales & Marketing with Ryan Gallagher of Bozzuto’s Inc.
Paul Fox, Sara Karmilowicz and Stephen Ingram of Litehouse Foods with Anna Kirsch of Avocados From Mexico.
Garrett Sebor and Gary Roselli of Allegiance Retail Services.
Caitlin Meaden of Genpro, Kevin Vines of GreenFruit, Matthew Rendine of Baldor Specialty Foods and Mike D’Amato of Orchid Island.
Wakefern’s Peter Machala flanked by George Campbell and Scott Canneto of Frank Donio Inc.
Maggie Bezart Hall of Avocados From Mexico, New York Giants great Carl Banks and Seth Pemsler of the Idaho Potato Commission.
Perno Young of Wakefern flanked by Matt Horvath and Lee Ruden of Robinson Fresh.
John Vasapoli of D'Agostino Sara LaMotta of Performance Foodservice Metro NY and Bruce Klein of Maurice A. Auerbach Inc.
Joe Joseph and Victor Joseph of Victor Joseph & Son flank Justin Fisher of House Foods.
Angelo Morrucu Frank Reilly and Victor Medina of King Kullen.
Joann McAleavey and John McAleavey of the Eastern Produce Council.
Seth Pemsler and Jamie Bowen of the Idaho Potato Commission, Maggie Bezart Hall and Anna Kirsch of Avocados From Mexico, and IPC’s Dave Rhodes.
Team 'tater and the Avo squad: Seth Pemsler and Jamie Bowen of the Idaho Potato Commission, Maggie Bezart Hall and Anna Kirsch of Avocados From Mexico, and IPC’s Dave Rhodes.
EPC President Vic Savanello of Allegiance Retail Services and Charles Sardo of Ventura Foods.
Jesse Raley and Sal Tellez of Genpro.
Andrea Scroggs and Michael Blume of Keystone Fruit Marketing.
Tony Tannucilli and Kevin Gordon of Dole Fresh Fruit flank Wendell Hahn of Four Seasons Produce.
Joe Atchison III, Christine Fries and Tom Beaver of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
Dominick Petrocelli of Bozzuto’s, Krysten DeGiglio of Village Farms, Richard Conger of King Cullen and Greg Veneziano of Bozzuto’s.
The Eastern Produce Council held its Oct. 10 meeting, co-sponsored by Avocados From Mexico and the Idaho Potato Commission, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
Avocados From Mexico and the Idaho Potato Commission on the scoreboard inside Met Life Stadium.
Miniature Idaho Potato Spuddy Buddy’s as table centerpieces.
“Avocado crops tend to yield smaller harvests the year after they produce a lot of fruit,” said Banks. “Think about that. The Giants went to the playoffs last year — there was a lot of fruit. This year, small harvest.
“Do you guys remember the Colorado Beetle? Messed up all the potatoes,” he said. “Well that’s what happened Sunday [Oct. 8], the Colorado Beetle wiped out the Giants’ entire wide receiving corps. I’ve never seen anything like it before.”
EPC President Vic Savanello said the event built upon and authenticated last year’s tailgate-themed dinner at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin, NJ, which featured former New York Jets defense player Joe Klecko. On a more somber note, Savanello held a moment of silence honoring the deaths of two longtime EPC members: Tommy Krulder, past president of EPC, and Debbie Negron, advertising executive at The Produce News.
Banks was a key player on two Super Bowl-winning Giants teams. He is a member of the NFL 1980s all-decade team and is in the Giants’ Ring of Honor. He currently does color commentary on the Giants’ radio broadcast and is on Sirius NFL Radio and WFAN.