The Fresh Produce & Floral Council featured United Fresh President Tom Stenzel at its May 1 luncheon in the Southern California city of Cerritos. There were almost 300 people in attendance to hear the longtime association executive discuss the ways the industry can make a difference in Washington, DC, during these chaotic times. He advocated for the continued funding of a number of federal programs that promote healthy eating and are a benefit to producers of fresh fruits and vegetables.
David Juarez of FreshSource with Nancy Hamilton of Advantage Fresh.
Richard Vasquez of Vasquez Associates with Dave Howald of the Pear Bureau Northwest.
TW Wilson, Jeannine Martin, Kellee Harris and Gary Caloroso of Giumarra.
Ryan Wilson, Peter Steinbreck, Matt Steinbreck and Lacy Garcia of Melissa’s Produce.
Howard Nager of Sun Pacific with Maryam Nikkhah of Pete’s Living Greens.
Julie Kennedy of Kennedy Produce and LeighAnne Thomsen of Calavo Growers.
Featured speaker Tom Stenzel, president and chief executive officer of the United Fresh Produce Association, with John Savidan of Gelson’s Markets. Karen Caplan of Frieda’s Specialty Produce made a special cameo appearance.
Alex Jackson Berkley of Frieda’s Specialty Produce with Steven Muro of Fusion Marketing.
Jess Pacheco of LA/SF Specialty, Dan McGrath of Robinson Fresh and Mihae Finnie of Del Monte Fresh.
Sean Kalloway and Kellyn Wigand of Rebbl.
Steve Adlesh of Beachside Produce and Adam Sides of Rainfield Ranches.
Tim Riley of Giumarra, Jan DeLyser of the California Avocado Commission and Jim Leimkuhler of Progressive Produce.
Milas Russell and Siete Overgaag of North Shore Living flank Baltazar Garcia of Pete’s Living Greens.
Caitlin Merrill of Renaissance Food Group, Lizbeth Reyes of Naturipe Farms, Brianna Giampaoli of Live Oak Farming and Rachelle Schulken of Renaissance Good Group.
Patrick Lucy and Caitlin Cunha of Del Rey Avocado with Rick Illig of Henry Avocado.
John Pandol of Pandol Bros. with luncheon emcee Paul Kneeland of Gelson’s Markets.
Brandon Gritters of Interfresh and Gahl Crane of Eco Farms.
Andrew Holzinger of Consolidated West with John Fujii of Gelson’s Markets.
Brian Douglas and Garff Hathcock of Corona College Heights.
Jeff Kyer of Advantage Fresh and Kristyn Lawson of Simply Fresh.
Wes Liefer of Pura Vida Farms and Sean McClure of Ready Pac.
Samantha Schaitberger of MullenLowe and Crystal Witter of GolinHarris.