Loading…

EPC’s third annual tailgate at MetLife Stadium a big hit

IMG 2889The Eastern Produce Council hosted its third annual Tailgate Event — sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission and Litehouse Inc. — in the Toyota Club at MetLife Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 2 in East Rutherford, NJ. This year's featured speaker was Vince Papale, Philadelphia Eagles legend and subject of the movie Invincible.

Those arriving early enjoyed a tour of the stadium, which included the press box and museum, the commissioner’s lounge and the field. Following a cocktail hour featuring Idaho potato and Litehouse fare, EPC President Marianne Santo introduced the evening’s sponsors: Stacey Miller, director of marketing for Litehouse Inc., and Seth Pemsler, retail vice president of the Idaho Potato Commission.  Both introduced their staff in attendance, remarked on the importance of the Metro New York marketplace to their businesses, and handed over the night to guest speaker Papale.

Papale shared his unique story with the audience through his humor and enthusiasm.  He is a former professional football player who played three seasons for his beloved, hometown NFL team, the Philadelphia Eagles.  He was a 30-year-old NFL rookie who never played college ball at his Alma Mater, St. Joseph’s College, which he attended on a full track scholarship. It has been described that Papale’s odds of achieving his wildest lifelong dream of playing for the Eagles was “one in a gazillion!”  He connected his story to the business world, the importance of dreams and teamwork.

Following Papale’s engaging remarks, the sponsors raffled off footballs and a book, signed by Papale, as well as Idaho Potato Trucks and the always popular Spudy Buddies.  Between the unique setting, the food, and Papale’s dynamic presentation, the crowd of loyal EPC members thoroughly enjoyed the night.

Pioneer Growers adds five to its cooperative
Pioneer Growers is a grower-owned cooperative that concentrates on bringing in quality growers that fit into the groups’ offerings and helps to expand on its year-round production. Recently, the Belle Grade, FL-based company added five new local growers to the mix—Agra Products, a Clewiston, FL-based grower; Growers Read More ...
PMA pulls back the curtains on the Fresh Summit 2020 virtual experience
The Produce Marketing Association welcomed guests, suppliers, and media to a public webinar on Thursday, Aug. 13 to get a sneak peek at the Fresh Summit 2020 experience. The event, held each year in October, convenes over 20,000 industry members to share insights, showcase new and innovative products and solutions, and Read More ...
CPMA to support the delivery of Canada’s Surplus Food Rescue Program
The Canadian Produce Marketing Association and its allied partners across the food system are extremely enthusiastic to have been selected to support the delivery of the Surplus Food Rescue Program developed by the government of Canada. CPMA is committed to reducing food waste and helping individuals and communities Read More ...
USDA restricts PACA violators in Florida, New York and Texas
As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on three produce businesses for failing to meet their contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased and Read More ...
Albertsons shifting its produce paradigm
Albertsons Cos. and vertical-farming company Plenty Unlimited Inc. announced an agreement that plans to provide shoppers in more than 430 stores across California with Plenty’s fresh and flavorful produce. “We pride ourselves on offering fresh, quality products that surprise and delight our customers,” said Geoff White, Read More ...

Market Watch

the source pro-act

Western growing regions getting hit by rain, cooler temps

floral pulse