TAMPA, FL — The Southeast Produce Council's 2018 Southern Exposure was held here March 1-3. The main event Saturday afternoon was, of course, the expo, which saw good, steady traffic from start to finish. There were 2,408 people registered for Southern Exposure 2018, of which 483 were from the retail-foodservice sector, according to David Sherrod, president and CEO of the Southeast Produce Council. "We couldn't be any happier with those numbers," Sherrod told The Produce News about an hour before the expo ended. "It's just phenomenal."
Jose Gonzalez (second from right) of GFI stopped at the Avocados from Mexico booth to visit with Tanya Edwards, Anna Kirsch, Maggie Bezart Hall and Oscar Garcia.
Rob Spinelli and Jay Stover of Anthony Vineyards.
Philip Rodriguez and Katiana Valdes of Crystal Valley Foods.
Melissa Athanasopulos of Del Monte Fresh featured the company’s Veggie Noodles line at the Southern Exposure expo.
Featuring Duda’s Super Sweet Corn line in 100 percent recyclable fiberboard trays were Bert Barnes and Mason Hamilton.
At the Fresh From The Start booth were Dan Dubinsky, Kim Cisek and Bill Welker.
Getting into the Elvis Presley theme at the Giumarra booth were Jack Hall (gold lamé Elvis), Carlos Marquez (G.I. Elvis), Gary Caloroso (latter-day Elvis) and Joseph Casey (jailhouse Elvis).
At the Good Foods Group booth were Roberto Rojas, Kristyn Lawson and Brittany Vetter.
IPC’s Superheroes appeared in civilian clothes at the Southern Exposure expo. From left: Stanley Trout, Bill Savilonis, Dave Rhodes and Kent Beesley.
Kim St. George of Mann Packing (now part of Del Monte Fresh) promoted the company’s Kohlrabi Linguini.
At the Nickey Gregory booth during the Southern Exposure expo were James Masseri, Andrew Scott, Cheryl Gregory, Scott Chapman and Nickey Gregory.
Juliemar Rosado and Sheila Carden hosted ‘The King’ at the National Watermelon Promotion Board booth.
Jim Allen and John Cushing of New York Apple Sales.
Monique Blajos and Jessica Peri of Peri & Sons Farms.
Glen Reynolds and Dick Thomas of Potandon Produce featured, among other things, the company’s popular Carb Smart potato line during the Southern Exposure expo.
At the Smith Packing booth were Sandy Brann, Lance Smith, Tara Smith Vighetti and Emily Smith.
Bruno Popovac, Melissa Heinrich and Howard Nager of Sun Pacific displayed the company’s popular line of products.
At the Tastyfrutti booth were Basile Kanaris, Dominic Russo, Brian O’Keefe and Andy Economou.
Dan Budi (second from left), director of retail sales at Produce Source Partners, stopped at the Virginia Department of Agriculture booth to learn more about the Virginia Grown program from Matthew Godfrey, Mary Scott Demarchis, Rod Parker, Henry Chiles and Justin Colson.
Allan Napolitano, Lindsay Love and Ronnie Cohen of Vision Import Group.
Kevin Stanger, Barry Thomas and Joe Esta of Wada Farms.
Josh Frederick, who recently joined Wilcox Fresh as a business development manager, with Derek Peterson at the Wilcox Fresh booth highlighting the company’s value-added Easy Creations line.
Brian Gadwah and Mark Orsi of the Wonderful Co. featured the company’s popular Halos and pistachios.
Megan Ichimoto and Megan Stallings of San Miguel Produce.
Jeff Rhoden, Lou Kertesz and Delbert Bland of Bland Farms.
Ben Hegwood, Joe Baker and Tommy Collinsworth of Baker Farms.
Laura Berryessa and Steven Shearer of Castlerock Vineyards.
Denise Junqueiro and Patrick Cortes of Mission Produce.
Broc Davis, Amanda Lott, John Shuman, Mark Shuman, Brandon Parker, Erin Waters and Johnny White of Shuman Produce.
Jim Grabowski and Lauren Melenbacker of Well Pict Berries.
Mike Way, Brian Miller and Mike Aiton of Prime Time International.
Laura Hastie and Doug Classen of The Nunes Co.
Alison Myers of Chilean Fresh Fruit Association.
Debbie Rogers and Karen Caruso of Zespri.
Jason Golnick, Brian Amaral and Ashley Pipkin of Tanimura & Antle.
Bob Montgomery of Beachside Produce LLC.
Brenda Gomez of Purefresh Sales.
Joe Feldman and Diana McClean of Ocean Mist Farms.
Leslie Block and Mike O’Brien of Monterey Mushrooms.
John Sbrocco and Chuck Yow of Sbrocco International.
Faye Westfall, Hurley Neer and Paul Holmes of DiMare Fresh Tampa.
Charlie Eagle and Jennifer Rigdon of Southern Specialties, displaying carrots packaged in clear-top sealed trays.
Adam Lytch of L&M Cos. Inc., Curt Epperson and Mirda Burgess of Publix, and Bobby Creel and Mitch Long of L&M Cos. Inc.
Bruce Simmons, Gini Richards, Julie DeWolf, Lance McMillan, Sarah Matejowsky and Kim Mangum of Sunkist Growers.
Scharles Cox of Taylor Farms flanked by Bob Meek and Shawn Hartley of Onions 52.
David Yeager and Jamey Higham of Farm Fresh Direct.
Tom Hall of Freska Produce International.
Karen Caruso and Debbie Rogers of Zespri Kiwifruit with Elvis.
Tom Smith, Morgan Maitoza, J.T. Tipton, Nick Chappell and Brian Deese of California Giant Berry Farms.
Craig Enos, Adri Pura and Michelle Williams of Taylor Farms.
Kevin Hendrix and R.E. Hendrix of Hendrix Produce.
Bart Minor of the Mushroom Council.
Jeff Olsen and Tom Salisbury of The Chuck Olsen Co.
L.G. Herndon Jr., Sky Herndon and John Williams of Herndon Country Farms.
Timothy Forseth and Ryan Sugrue of Robinson Fresh.
Ryan Debuskey, Nick Dulcich and George Galloway of Sunlight International.
Valda Coryat and Tammy Wiard of the National Mango Board.
Gregory Kosofsky, Matthew Giddings, Jack Cain, Matt Sumner, Craig Merrill, Lindsay Giddings and Mike Garcia of Always Fresh Farms.
Chase Barnes and Ashley Gardener of Emerson.
Kirk Turner, Crystal Berry and Jim Blair of Wholly Guacamole.
Sam Skogstad and Mary Ostlund of Brooks Tropicals.
Narelle Lombardi and Craig Kelly of IFCO Systems.
Maggie Travis of the Rice Fruit Co. flanked by Peter D’Arrigo and Dillon D’Arrigo of D’Arrigo New York.
Mike Komenda and Jeff Hyosaka of Pacific International.
Jon Buchwald, Arden Laughter and Drew Caneza of Spice World.
Kevin Donovan of Phillips Mushroom Farms.
Tony D’Amico, Todd Kostka and Kevin Delaney of To-Jo Mushrooms.
Amber Bloom and Trish James of Produce for Kids.
Dan Vega of Country Fresh Mushroom Co.
Rick Estess and Randy Shell of RPE.
Krysten DeGiglio and Paige Stewart of Village Farms.
Bryan Biederman and J.D. Poole of Scotlynn Sweet Pac Growers.
Eddie Caram, Tayra Wilson, Vivian Caram and John Castellanos of New Limeco.
Urbano Magana and Brenda Gomez of Pure Fresh.
Chris Gonzalez, Willy Pardo, Desiree Morales, Midalys Pardo and Wilson Dominguez of W.P. Produce Corp.
Justin Lenz and Chip Manuel of Giro Pack.
Paul Auerbach, Josh Auerbach and Bruce Klein of Maurice A. Auerbach Inc.
Chris Mastronardi, Jeremy Stockwell, Emidio Cappussi and Paul Sabelli of Double Diamond Farms.
Kristin Yerecic, Joe Gibbons and Elizabeth Yerecic of Yerecic Label.
Juan Estay and Pete Dandrea of Dandrea Produce.
Al Finch and Darrell Congdon of Florida Classic Growers.
Bob Donio and David Arena of Frank Donio Inc.
Amy Giovanelli and Louie Carricarte from Unity.
Michael DeGiglio, Michael Lacey, Paige Stewart, Krysten DeGiglio and Bret Wiley of Village Farms.
James Crafts, Jason Miller and Elvis Obregon of WestCoast Fresh.
Camri Campbell of the Florida Watermelon Association (in the crown) with Rachel Syngo, Katelyn Miller and Joseph Poon of Melon 1 Inc.
Katalina Moreno, Marc Holbik, Isabel Hortado and Wes Wever of Ecoripe Tropicals.
Dani Sweet, Ken Pagilone and Tiffany Sabelli of Pure Flavor.
Alex Callegari, Jackie Obana, Robert Cabili and Albert Perez of Continental Fresh.
Nicholas Blyer of Makoto Dressing Inc.
Lee Peters, Tim Horvath, Dave Williams and Mark Sharp of Fowler Bros. Inc./Fowler Farms.
Stephanie Hilton of the Tom Lange Family of Cos.
Teri Miller The Fresh Market and Sabrina Pokomandy Highline Mushroom.
Katie Sunshine and Michael Prather from Flavor-Pic Tomato Co.
Calvert Cullen and Rick McCranie of Northampton Growers Produce Sales.
Shawna Dalrymple of Huron Produce.
A.J. Consalo, Chelsea Consalo and Tom Consalo of The Fresh Wave.
Will Hinson, Jordan Carter and Greg Leger from Leger & Sons Inc.
Nate Stone of Ben B. Schwartz with David Lundstrom and Guillermo Martinez from Wilson Produce.
Duane Norton of Sweet Valley Produce with Will Kornegay of Ham Farms.
Matt Cornwell of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.
Jessica Gibson of Titan Farms.
Shawn Marie Lawson and Mitch Mitchel of International Paper.
Tami Long of Nash Produce.