NEW ORLEANS -- The Produce Marketing Association kicked off its 68th annual Fresh Summit convention and exposition Oct. 20, here, drawing members of the fresh fruit, vegetable and floral industry from around the globe. While the final numbers were not yet available, there were indications that the event would draw a record number of attendees.
Ronald Bown, chairman of ASOEX, the association of Chilean fruit importers, and Nancy Tucker, vice president of global business development for PMA, sign a memorandum of understanding to increase cooperation between the two organizations on Oct. 20 during the PMA Fresh Summit.
The Christopher Ranch team welcomed visitors to their booth during the PMA Fresh Summit in New Orleans.
Roger Schroeder, vice president of produce for Stater Bros., stopped at the Country Fresh Mushroom booth to visit with Bob Besix and Ed Leo.
Mandy Bottomlee, Danyel O'Connor and Kristyn Lawson of Good Foods Group promoted the company's new line of refrigerated dressings.
Melissa Hartmann de Barros, Rubens Zylberkan, Ryan Reilly, Homero Levy de Barros and Samantha Barthel of HLB Specialties promoted the company's newest addition to its tropical fruit line -- pitahaya.
Jim McMath, Cassi Shindelbower and Ting Sheng of Fresh Gourmet visited with Seth Pemsler at the Idaho Potato Commission booth during the PMA Fresh Summit exposition.
Guillemo Aguirre, the newly appointed senior buyer of avocados for Walmart, stopped at the Superfoods from Peru booth to chat with Xavier Equihua, chief executive officer of the World Avocado Organization and president of the Peruvian Avocado Commission.
Kevin Donovan featured Phillips Mushroom Farms' new organic gourmet blend of sliced baby Portobello, Shiitake and yellow Oyster mushrooms during the PMA Fresh Summit exposition.
At the RedLine Solutions booth were So Trieu, Marc Garibaldi, Adrian Down, Carol Golsch and Greg Emery.
Mike Castagnetto, vice president of global sourcing for Robinson Fresh, introduced the company's new line of baby vegetables during the PMA Fresh Summit in New Orleans.
Charlie Eagle of Southern Specialties featured the company's line of seasonally available organic blueberries, blackberries and asparagus, and year-round organic French beans.
Basile Kanaris and Andy Economou of Tastyfruitti.
Peter Wilder of To-Jo Mushrooms promoted the company's chopped white mushroom package, designed to be blended with chopped meat to create a healthier burger, in line with the Mushroom Council's initiative, The Blend.
Eric Beck, Dave Barton, Ben Josephson and Kevin Stanger of Wada Farms.
Derek Peterson of Wilcox Fresh featured the company's new Easy Creations meal solution kit, which contains baby russet potatoes with a seasoning pack.
Juan Barrera of ProColombia and Jorge Restrepo of Corpohass-Colombia.
Newly formed onion company Baker & Murakami Produce of Ontario, OR, was represented at Fresh Summit by Grant Kitamura, Judy Baker, Jerry Baker and Chris Woo.
At the Curry & Co. booth were Logan Lovell and wife, Trish, who is executive director of sales, vegetable division.
Tracy Fowler, managing member of Four Rivers Onion Packing in Weiser, ID, and a group of lovely young ladies greeted visitors to the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee/USA Onions booth.
Oppy President and CEO John Anderson and T&G Global President Kazumi Ito.
Michael Clayton, Rainier Fruit Co.'s director of logistics, and Andy Tudor, vice president of business development.
Kathleen Triou, president and CEO of Fresh Solutions Network, had samples of Side Delights for booth visitors.
Kyle Mathison Roger Pepperl of Stemilt Growers.
Chelan Fresh Marketing Director Mac Riggan shares the Sugar Bee Apple spotlight with Jay Dyer, senior category manager/East Coast, and Denny Annen, senior director Chelan Fresh Yakima office.
Sage Fruit Regional Representative Ryan Easter and President of Sales and Marketing Chuck Sinks.
Onions 52 President Trent Hartley at the company booth. The newly rebranded operation ships onions year-round with product from its multiple growing areas.
Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ Business Development and Marketing Director Jennifer Armen offered samples of the new Arctic Golden apple, which has been developed to withstand oxidation.
Mike Preacher, Domex Superfresh Growers director of marketing and customer relations, with a pouch bag of AutumnGlory apples.
Maggie Giuffrida and Courtney Buchanan of The Produce News.
Shown with the new Owyhee Produce Dicey Devil and Sweet Angel onion labels are Jed Myers and Owen and Colleen Froerer.
Pear Bureau Northwest/USA Pears Marketing Communications Director Kathy Stephenson with President and CEO Kevin Moffitt at the PBNW booth.
David Saylor, Darren White and Missy Nielsen of Schmieding Produce and Canon Potato Co.
Bernie Pavlock, Onni Lufkin and Mike Seward of ProSource explained the company’s Idaho and New Mexico onion operations.
In the Colorado Pavilion Aspen Produce’s Jed Ellithorpe shows San Luis Valley potatoes.
The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Association was represented by founding board member Adrian Card and Jeni Lamb Rogers of Holland & Hart in Denver.
The Colorado Potato Administrative Committee was part of the Colorado Pavilion again this year. Markets Division Director Tom Lipetzky of the Colorado Department of Ag joins CPAC Assistant Director Linda Weyers and Marketing Administrative Assistant Savannah Schlaufman.
Farm Fresh Direct of America Vice President of Business Development Dave Yeager against the expansive background of Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains and a beautiful potato field.
Linda McFarland, Rochelle Bohm, Danelle Huber and George Harter of CMI Orchards.
Jose Antonio Gomez, chief executive officer of Camposol Trading, with his children, Emmanuel and Luciana, during the PMA Fresh Summit in New Orleans.
Takatsugu Fujishima, Nolan York, Agustin Lacayo, LeighAnne Thomsen, Julianna St Geme, Brooke Franklin and Tommy Padilla of Mission Produce Inc.
Mario Steta and Soren Bjorn of Driscoll's.
Cindy Plummer and Karen Hearn of the California Table Grape Commission.
Nadine E. Williams, Beth Keefe, Charles D. Griffen, Alyssa Marlin, Steve Wright and Kurt Bayliss of Shenandoah Growers.
Kiersten Clontz, Sara Lozano, Juana Ramirez and Matt Manfre of Sambrailo Packaging.
A Sun World chalk artist.
Cathy Burns of PMA flanked by Rick Shade and Jan DeLyser of the California Avocado Commission.
Jim Grabowski and Johnna Johnson of Well Pict Berries.
Chef Todd Fisher prepared delectable delicacies for PMA Fresh Summit attendees at the Duda Farm Fresh booth.
At the Eastern Apples booth during PMA Fresh Summit were Don Armock of Riveridge and Brenda Briggs of Rice Fruit Co.
Rebecca Garcia of Fresco Produce LLC.
At the Giorgio Fresh booth were Bill Litvin of Giorgio, John Vasapoli of D’Agostino Markets, Vic Savanello and Dean Holmquist of Allegiance Retail Services, and Brian Threlfall of Giorgio.
Andy Figart and Mattie Leid of Hess Bros.
Taking foosball to a new level at the I Love Produce booth were Neil Millman, foosball professionals Todd Loffredo and Kristin Grogan, and Jim Provost.
Juan Laborin and Marco Molina of the Sonoran Spring Grape Association.
Karen Caplan and Dustin Hahn of Frieda’s.
Stephanie Bench, Carter Bray, Brian Woolley and Taylor Reese of Potandon Produce promoted the company’s new Carbsmart potatoes at the PMA Fresh Summit in New Orleans.
At the Setton Farms booth, Elise Silvester, Theresa Ferrara and Anna Abbatiello featured the company’s line of nut products.
Sev-Rend staff members enjoying New Orleans’ Conti Street on Oct. 19 were Luigi Indacochea, Jeff Watkin, Greg Petermeyer, Rob Williams, Mark Williams, Judy Williams and Damien Yank.
At the Smith Farms booth promoting the company’s broccoli and cauliflower were Rick Billings, Tara Smith Vighetti, Jenn Edgecomb and Lance Smith.
Red Whitson, Drew Caneza, Jon Buchwald and Mitch DiMarco of Spice World.
Victor Heredia of Coliman Organic.
Bob Stafford of the Vidalia Onion Committee and Chef Eli Kirshtein served PMA Fresh Summit attendees sample dishes featuring world famous Vidalia onions.
Tim Nealy, George Wooten, Yesenia Forbes, Alice Wooten, Michelle Jacobs and Ronnie Mercer of Wayne E. Bailey promoted the company’s line of sweet potatoes, including Petitelings, for which it recently received a trademark.
Chelsea Consalo, Anthony Consalo, Skip Consalo and Kimberly Preidt of Freshwave Fruit & Produce.
Nate Stone of Ben B. Schwartz & Sons Inc. and Andy Smith of SpartanNash.
Sarah Cullen, Christina Hahn, Jessica Press, Morgan Stuckert and Paul Peek of Lipman Family Farms.
Mark Erickson and Jim Carr of The Produce Reporter/Blue Book.
David Williams and Jeff Tomassetti of Fowler Farms.
Elissa Pinter, G. Espejel, Missy Miller and Katie Braskett of Mega Corps Logistics.
Connie Stukenberg, Dave Cruz and Cece Krumrine of the California Avocado Commission.
Nick Politis, Brian Allen, Jose Gutierrez, Peter Politis and Brian Weiner of Mr. Greens Produce.
Robert Colescott, Tracey Monahan and Deanna Gray of Southern Specialties.
Al Finch of Florida Classic Growers Inc.
J.D. Poole, Bryan Biederman and Ryan Carter of Scottlynn Sweet Pac Growers.
Charles Blyer, Yo Tonyai, Shirley Jimenez, Chrystal Foster and Nicholas Blyer of Makoto Dressing Inc.
Sue Hartnett, Paul Bellacero and Lee Hodge of Aurora Products Inc.
Jimmy Coppola of Westmoreland-Topline Farms.
Jim DiMenna of Red Sun Farms.
Kara Badder and Peter Quiring of NatureFresh Farms.
Kristin Yerecic of Yerecic Label.
Chris Veillon of Pure Flavor.
Diego Morales of Don Limón America.
Christine Fries and Joe Atchinson of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
Gino Ingriselli and Aliyah Lalji of Victory’s Kitchen Ltd.
Elvis Obregon, Jason Miller and Peter Warren of West Coast Fresh.
Jeffrey Arnold and Ashlynn Elliff of Edinburg Citrus Association.
Ivan Haza, Adolfo Garcia, Leonardo Tarriba, Juan Bay, Alejo Bay and Steve Yubeta of Farmer’s Best.
Ivan Haza, Adolfo Garcia, Leonardo Tarriba, Juan Bay, Alejo Bay and Steve Yubeta of Farmer’s Best.
Abraham Dajlala Sr. of Grande Produce Ltd. Co.
Tino Perez, Monica Izaguirre and Kalani Jaime of London Fruit.
Michael Harris, T.J. Flowers, Trent Bishop and Jud Flowers of Lone Star Citrus Growers.
David Law of Mycopia Gourmet Mushrooms Inc. with Camilo Penalosa of Infinite Herbs.
Lawrence Kimble, Greg Hall, David Moquist, Ted Kreis and Tim (TJ) Johnstone representing the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association.
Omar Losolla of GreenPoint Distributing LLC with Steve Buchanan, Tom Kovacevich III, Michael Verchio Jr. and Michael Watson of T.M. Kovacevich.
Marco Moreno and Jaime Hernandez of Exportalizas Mexicanas, S.A., which exports to Rene Produce in Nogales.
Mitch Brooks, Tom Curtis, Don Armock and Kari Soldaat of Riveridge Produce Marketing Inc.
Sarah and Rod Sbragia of Tricar Sales Inc.
Andy Bastine and Dwight Morris of WestRock.
Dana Rady, Michael Gatz and Barbara Bushmans, representing the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association.
Jeremy Theobald, Joe Aronica and Nicholas Mascari of All Fresh GPS.
Oscar Woltman of Fresh Mex and Javier Lopez of AgriCo with Sally Ibarra, Karina Reyes and Alfredo Diaz of AMHPAC.
John Pagliaro, Allison Taylor, Alejandro Velez, Jon Nicosia and Hannah Mensing of Back to the Roots.
Carlos Lacos of Agromod.
Chuck Ciruli, Mark Cassius, Tommy Watkins and Chris Ciruli of Ciruli Bros.
Alejandro Larreategui of Markout Group and Enrique Lobo of 3E Trade with Adrian Amavizca, Grimmy Vilarde and Luis Diaz of Diazteca and Craig Bowden of Fresh Tech Solutions.
Sam Raulerson, Bill McAllister, Clay Reis, Hollis Wise, Patty Lugo, Keith Dorminey, Alexis Sarris and James Brake of Georgia-Pacific Packaging & Cellulose.
Danny Lopez, Mauri Danielson and Alfredo Nunez of GreenPoint.
Guy Milette of Courchesne Larose and Jerry Havel of Fresh Farms.
Steven Garza, Brent Schwartz and Victor Aguilar of Kingdom Fresh Farms.
Kristen Santangelo of Produce Pro.
Lorena and Theojary Crisantes Jr. of Wholesum Harvest.
Felipe Garcia, Carlos Franco, Luis Lopez and Daniel Heguertty of Masterstouch Brand LLC.
Mark Girardin and Sharon Robb of North Bay Produce Inc.
Eleazar Guajardo, Luis Bazan, Tony Martinez and Edgar Delgadillo of Pharr International Bridge.
Sam Monte of Monte Packaging.
Daniel and Luis Gudino of SiCar.
Craig Slate and Pedro Balderrama of SunFed.
Lance Peterson and Chris Hoffman of Super Starr International.
Joaquin Verdin and Hector Rodriguez of Tito.
Jonathan Najar, Rene Martinez, Rudy Zaragoza and Kiki Peraza of TruFresh.
Tyler Morgan of Morgan & Sons Farms and Jerry Havel of Fresh Farms.
Jeff Church, Pradeep Hadavale, Chuck Church, Paula Crabtree, Lauren Tomasello and Steve Church of Church Bros.
Gabriela Reyes, Marcela Jena, John McCann, Jean-Robin Duval, Jeff Murray, Amanda Costa, Melissa Athanasopulos and Mark Gagnon of Del Monte Fresh Produce.
Rachel Barclay and Jason Adlam of CHEP with Joanne Yam of IFCO.
Arturo Arreola, Austin Waters, Cody Oberlander and Bruce Cox of Kwik Lok.
Kellie Weaver, Carrie Briones and Ray Iwamoto of Veg-Fresh Farms.
Jeff Trickett, Michael Ryshouwer and Jose Marrero of Bejo/Tasti‑Lee.
Kurt Cappelluti, Jennifer Buss, Connie Gil, Robert Farnam, Alfonso Gil and Brian Lapin of Stellar Distributing.
Jan Berk and Megan Ichimoto of San Miguel Produce.
Tom Smith, Markus Duran, Stephen Youmans, Rodrigo Aceves, Jerry Connery and Morgan Maitoza of California Giant Berry Farms.
Dennis Bauer, Tom Archer, Jackie Grazier and Jim Eggenberger of Sun-Maid Growers.
Derek Eager, Joe Leonard and Don Klusendorf of Bonipak Produce.
Ozzy Montoya, Pablo Cuevas, Alexis McNair, Garrett Lee and Rickey Womrath of Allen Lund Co.
Michele McNeece, Ron Mondo and Henry Dill of Ippolito International.
Pete Hernandez and Nicole Zapata of Misionero.
Jane Rhyno of Highline Mushrooms.
Amazon Fresh’s Michelle Emaelaf and Connie Chung (front row from the left) with the Country Fresh Mushroom Co. team: Laura Matar (front row, right) and back row: Bob Besix, Kirk Wilson, Lisa Sanchez, Dave Santucci and Marybeth March.
Dave Rooke and Amber Hiltz of Bolthouse Farms.
Adam Flowers, Aaron Miller, Scott Carlisle, Izak Du Toit and Tracy Jones of Booth Ranches.
Tony Sarsam of Ready Pac Foods.
Michelle Olson and Dan Murray of Sunworks Solar Power.
Gina Pettit, Michael Valpredo and Nicholas Martinez of Country Sweet Produce.
Darrin Kirk, Dave Maddux and Michael Reimer of Brandt Farms.
Lauren Martinez, Tina Gularte and Megan Martinez of Muzzi Farms.
David Bell, Mike Reed and Kevin Doran of Houweling’s Group.
Ronny and Tina Collins of Vidalia Sweet Produce LLC.
Casey Garten and Jeff Burch of Bank of the West.
Refugio (Chino) Guerrero, Alfredo Sandoval, Dennis Nakaba, Soledad Ruiz and Brian Donovan of Golden West Vegetables Inc.
Brittney Bubb, Chris Wada and Jules Buehler of North Shore Living.
Tim Meissner and Shannon Aliotti of New Star Fresh.
Carlo Boscolo, Jynel Gularte and Roberta Boscolo of Royal Rose.
Jerry Hughes of Mariani Packing Co.
Bill Riley of California Sun Dry Foods.
Sarah Burns and Dave Moore of Earthbound Farms.
Brooke Cain and Lance Batistich of Classic Salads.
Rachelle Dietz, Brandon Canterbury and Michelle Deleissegues of Red Blossom.
Cruz Carrera, Gary Meadows, Oscar Guzman and Jack Gyben of Progressive Produce.
John Trang, Tony Giaimo, Lauri Buell, Bobby Miller, Brisa Beltran and Matt Powers of Cabo Fresh.
Marc Mizuno and Shaina Lovitt of GloriAnn Farms.
Baha Sadduk, Robert Verloop, Tami Gutierrez, Tina and Larry Cox, and Mark McBride of Coastline Family Farms.
Peter Shore, Rob Wedin and Bob Collie of Calavo Growers.
Steve Poindexter and Daniela Cueva of Produce Pay.
Ande Mannos and Matt Hiltner of Babe Farms.
Gilbert Hinojosa and Danny Fleming of Beachside Produce.
Edgar Torres, Sarah Leaana, Isabel Freeland, Flavio Muranaka, Mary Flores and Lindelly Rajo of Coastal Tropical.
Gerardo Huerta, Sandra Huerta, Donny Lucy, Joseph Jauregui and Jessica Hunter of Del Rey Avocado.
Bill Gerlach and Robert Schueller of Melissa’s.
Travis Millwee, Noel Marie Siler and Eliseo Barja of Sun World International.
Tim Percival, Greg Caveng and John Pandol of Pandol Bros.
Valorie Sherman, Kellen Stailey, Mia Jannino, Justine Peterson and Wes Oberg of Grimmway Farms.
Amy Rosenoff, Francisco Battistini and Jason Laffer of Pacific Organic Produce.
Matt Mariani, Marty Mariani, Miranda Ackerman, Lacey De La Torre, Larry Griffith and Trevor Ferruggia of the Mariani Nut Co.
Al Jasin and Karl Lipscomb of Gold Coast Packing.
Ray Ortega and Ashleigh Lombardi of Braga Fresh Family Farms.
Kyon Kazemi and Lindsey Roberts of Monterey Mushrooms.
Danny Bartal of Ecopack Systems.
Leigh Feitelson of ReposiTrak.
Phil Tripoli, Amy Childress, Rachel Beckler and Michelle Rodriguez Of Emerson.
Austin Gu of Cydiance.
Linnette Lopez and Luiza M.C. Cantanhede Of Dupont Tyvek.
Mark McHale and Sheri Feldman Of Crispy Green.
Virginia Palacio of International Paper and Shirley Chapman of Chapman Illustration & Design.
Samantha McCaul and Charles Olins of Concord Foods.
Kristen Reid, Jerry Butt and Emily Fragoso of Mixtec Group.