On Oct. 3, the impressive Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Southern California served as the venue for the October membership luncheon of the Fresh Produce & Floral Council. More than 250 members and guests attended the event, which featured a moving keynote address by Natalie Grumet, a survivor of both cancer and the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting of a year ago. Using the “This is my story” format, Grumet took the audience through a grueling account of her journey. Her message is that life is full of adversity and each of us has the ability to overcome our own challenges.
Dave Howald of Pear Bureau Northwest with Dick Spezzano of Spezzano Consulting Service.
Brian Cook of Pete’s Living Herbs with Sean McClure of Bonduelle Fresh Americas, Home of Ready Pac Foods.
Paula Rae Methaney, Frieda Caplan and Valerie Rangel of Frieda’s Inc.
Marty Craner of B&C Sales, Frieda Caplan of Frieda’s Inc. and Jan DeLyser of California Avocado Commission.
Veronica Rodarte of Progressive Produce, Kristen Reid of the Mixtec Group and Sean McClure of Bonduelle Fresh Americas, Home of Ready Pac Foods.
Kelly Craner of B&C Fresh Sales, Baltazar Garcia of Pete’s Living Herbs and Andrew Bivens of Westlake Produce.
Vikki Almonds, Gahl Crane and Emily Noble of Eco Farms.
Soraya Nolasco and Travis Ruud of Global Farms with Frank Abbate of Frieda’s Inc.
Ryan Bray of Brew Dr. Kombucha and Armando Mendez of Impact Group.
Brad Martin of Perimeter Sales & Merchandising and John Sheehan of Palenque Foods.
Carissa Mace, Jay Guzman and Angela Steier of the Fresh Produce & Floral Council.
Jennifer Ho of General Produce, Dave Cruz of California Avocado Commission and Cote Clark of LA Produce Distributors.
Marvin Quebec of Quebec Distributors, Nancy Betancourt of Vision Produce Co. and Kraig Loomis of Fresh Source.
David Roby of Domex Superfresh Growers.
Shannon Dombach of FreshSource LLC and Susan Noritake of Zespri.
Mark Lowry and Kristin Kvesic of the Orange County Food Bank.
Nicole Strieker and Blair Butterworth of Grimmway Farms.
Bill Brooks of Westlake Produce Co. with Claudia Lopez of Vallarta Supermarkets.
Bill Brooks, Gabriela Cedillo and Sean Patrick of Westlake Produce Co.
Cote Clark of LA Produce Distributors, Emily Fragoso of Mixtec Group, Jennifer Ho of General Produce and Karen Brux of Chilean Avocdo Importers Association.
Josh Estebane of West Pak, Connie Stukenberg of California Avocado Commission, Susie Rea of West Pak and Dave Cruz of the California Avocdo Commission.
Alexis Vergara of Quebec Distributing with Dino Iacovino of Altar Produce.
Emcee Paige Venable of Vallarta Supermarkets, keynote speaker Natalie Grumet and FPFC Chairman Alfonso Cano of Lucky Stores.