TAMPA, FL — The Southeast Produce Council's Southern Exposure 2020 trade show was successful on all fronts, and in many respects it was perhaps the best ever. Following the Saturday, Feb. 29 keynote luncheon, in keeping with the Produce on Parade theme, SEPC officials and dignitaries led attendees in a "Mardi Gras parade" to the expo hall to open the trade show. Southern Innovations is scheduled for Sept. 17-19 in Savannah, GA, and Southern Exposure returns to Orlando, FL, in 2021.
Josh Auerbach and Bruce Klein of Maurice A. Auerbach Inc.
Susan Atwater and Dan Martin of IFCO.
Sheila Carden and Cece Krumrine greeted visitors to the National Watermelon Promotion Board booth.
Josh Hillman, Burcu Uzun, Sue Elton and Emre Imamoglu of Cibo Vita.
At the Vision Import booth were Lindsay Love, Raul Millan, Tony Mitchell, Angela Aronica, Bill Olvey, Eric Musto and Ronnie Cohen.
Dallin Klingler, Coleman Oswald, Michael Daroshefski, John Gee and Joe Ange of Eagle Eye Produce.
Mike Gianatti, Daniel Mosquera and Shimon Efergan of MamaMia Produce LLC.
Sean Azzelio, Annette Falcon, Jeff Oberman and Doug Fisher of Pro-Act LLC.
Maclaren Oglesby, John Sbrocco and Mark Danza of Sbrocco International Inc.
Tom Marrolli, Craig Richardson, Ken Reagan and Kevin Keough of State Garden/Olivia's Organics.
Mitchell Amicone, Paul Arrowsmith and Mark Weese of AMCO Produce Inc.
Michael Yonish, Ruth Vondrau and Jeff Fulton of Dole Fresh Vegetables.
Brian Murray, Catherine Gipe-Stewart and Paul Newstead of Superfresh Growers.
Wes Wever, Marc Holbik and Isabel Hurtado of Ecoripe Tropicals.
Dennis Jackson and Tim Rogers of FirstFruits Marketing.
Brock Snyder, Molly Connors and Dave Masser of Fresh Solutions Network.
Jen Verdelli Hurter and Ally Nesci of Grimmway Farms.
Harold McClarty and Jonathan McClarty of HMC Farms.
Kailey Salmon, Adam Millburn, Rene Millburn, Brandon Rankin and Tosha Roberts of King Fresh Produce.
Matt Royer, Paul Spinelli, Carolyn Stefanik, Edward Klein, John Ballard and Dan Cayce of Litehouse.
Kristen Holden and Larry Griffith of Mariani Nut Co.
Jeff Olsen, Joe Beaver and Tom Salibury of The Chuck Olsen Co.
Shawn Hartley, Falon Brawley and Robert Alven of Onions 52.
Wiles Johnson and Kim Fellom of Pacific International.
Stanley Trout, Seth Pemsler, Kent Beesley, Bill Savilonis and Mike Krage of the Idaho Potato Commission.
Pedro Balderrama, Denise Quiroga and Craig Slate of Sunfed Produce LLC.
Domenic Russo, Andy Economou and Basile Kanaris of Tastyfrutti International Inc.
Ed Hager, Mignon Marlow, Kevin Fix and Aaron Bailey of Bolthouse Farms.
Alma Lorenzo, Mike Bowe, Leslie Simmons and Alex Molina of Dave’s Specialty Imports Inc.
Trish James, Grace Vilches Boga, Amanda Keefer and Amber Gray of Produce for Kids.
Mimi Parker, Trish James and Natalie Parker of Shuman Farms.
Adam Forem and Calogero Camilleri of Freshline Produce LLC.
Carl Mastronardi, Chris Badaoa, Fiona McLean and Ray Mastronardi of Del Fresco Produce Ltd.
Carl Ream, Bob Jajkowski and Cody Dolan of J&J Family of Farms.
Alan Asbury and Neil Brassell of the Bard Valley Date Growers/Natural Delights.
Mark Biglione, Shawna Dalrymple, Christina Hahn, Morgan Stuckert and Mika Crespo of Lipman Family Farms.
Cindy Grissom of Crunch Pak LLC.
Soo Choi, Aaron Dehererra, Allie McGree, Blake Belknap and Blaine Markley of Rainier Fruit Co.
Greg White and Rob Spinelli of Anthony Vineyards Inc.
Karen Caplan, Alex Jackson Berkley and Bob Ozug of Frieda's.
Sandy Brann, Jenn Edgecomb and Tara Smith-Vighetti of Smith Farms.
Derek Peterson, Nicole Rumsey and Lynn Wilcox of Wilcox Fresh.
Mark Breimeister, Dick Thomas and Glen Reynolds of Potandon Produce.
At the Pure Flavor booth were Melissa Moore, Matt Mastronardi, Paul Murracas, David Depontbriand, Tiffany Sabelli, Chris Veillon and Ken Paglione.
Representing Avocados From Mexico were Oscar Garcia, Alfonso Delgado, Tanya Edwards, Anna Kirsch and Stephanie Bazan.
Faye Westfall greeted visitors at the DiMare Fresh booth.
At the Virginia Department of Agriculture booth were Abigail Newman, Mary-Scott DeMarchis and Butch Nottingham.
Joe Esta and Kevin Stanger of Wada Farms.
Bruno Luis and Charlie Eagle of Southern Specialties were promoting the company's Southern Selects line, including some new packaging for several of the items.
At the Tom Lange booth were Matt Kastensmidt, Becky Wilson, Chad Reece, Stephanie Hilton and Alex Looney.
Jack Holland, Abby Prior and Matt Dinitto of Bright Farms.
Tammy Wiard and Tim Beerup of the National Mango Board.
John Alderman, Bert Barnes and Paul Miller of Duda Farm Fresh Foods.
At the Naturipe booth were Fernando Aguiar, Glenn Daniels, Jill Overdorf, Janis McIntosh, Craig Merrill and German Llanten.
Krista Beckstead, Mike Marboe, Max McGuire, Brent Shammo, John Cannon and Dan Davis of Starr Ranch Growers.
Jocelyn Gerard and Brianna Shales of Stemilt Growers.
Angela Hernandez, Levon Ganajian and Jeri Elsasser of Trinity Fruit Co.
Johnna Johnson of Marketing Plus with Jim Grabowski and Alison Allwine of Well-Pict Berries.
Josh Estebane and Joe Nava of West Pak Avocado.
Jimmy Carter and Sean McFadden of Parker Farms.
Chelsea Blaxton of the Vidalia Onion Committee.
Jordan Carter, Will Hinson and Greg Leger of Leger & Sons Inc.
Bryan Biederman, JD Poole and Emilio Perez of Scotlynn Sweet Pac Growers.
Paige Stewart, Krysten DeGiglio, Steve Poklemba, Helen Aquino and Lyra Vance of Village Farms.
Bolling Jones with son Ryder of Georgia Crate & Basket Co. Inc. and Sharon Robb of North Bay Produce Inc.
Jim Bates and Bruce Cobb of Goodness Gardens.
John Gates & Scott Zelnosky of Lancaster Foods/Moonlight.
Holly Chute, senior Georgia Grown executive chef, with John Baker, Robin Collinsworth, Tommy Collinsworth and Spencer Ensley of Baker Farms.
Frank Neufeld, Zanelle Hough and Ray Wowryk of Nature Fresh Farms.
Ray Mason and Jim D’Amato of Redsun Farms.
Andrew Scott of Nickey Gregory Co. Inc.
Adrian Capote and Jessie Capote of J&C Tropicals.
Mike Maxwell, Lee Timmerman, J.M. Procacci, Rick Feighery and Ken White of Procacci Bros./Santa Sweets Inc.
Cliff Riner, Blake Dasher and Steven Shuman of G&R Farms.
Tim Horvath, Mark Sharp, Austin Fowler and Mike Hacker of Fowler Bros./Fowler Farms.
Barbara Baker and Scott George of IMG Citrus Inc.
Tina and Ronald Collins of Vidalia Sweet Produce LLC.
Robert Cabili, Albert Perez and Jackie Obana of Continental Fresh LLC.
Midalys Prado and Desiree Morales of WP Produce Corp. with Rachel French of Walmart.
Pete Norbut of Bay Baby, Rick Goff, Victor Savanello and Gary Dapice of SpartanNash, and Jennifer Pierce and Michelle Youngquist of Bay Baby.
Michael Reimer, Dave Maddux and Darrin Kirk of Brandt Farms.
Nancy Saines and Daniel Gomez of Castle Rock Vineyards.
Brandon Burrell, Danielle Huber and George Harter of CMI Orchards.
Dan Carapella Jr., Patricia Denson, Leticia Flores and Rod Rosales of Pacific Trellis Fruit/Dulcinea Farms.
Larry Olson, Patti Garcia and Phil Rindone of Pandol Bros.
Cindy Elrod and Joe Bowers of Peri & Sons Farms.
Anthony Stetson, Ethan Williams and Chance Kirk of Pretty Lady Vineyards.
Conner Melancon, Brian Miller and Mike Way of Prime Time International.
Randy Riley (center) of Kroger flanked by Chuck Sinks and Kevin Steiner of Sage Fruit Co.
Midalys Prado, Christopher Gonzalez, Desiree Morales and Willy Prado of WP Produce with Rachel French of Walmart.
Javier Torres of Tomato Thyme Corp. with Frank and Peter Dandrea of Dandrea Produce.
Katiana Valdes, Joel Figueroa and Mari Diaz of Crystal Valley Foods.
Vivian Caram, Jorge Leon and Eddie Caram of New Limeco LLC.
Lori-Joelle Johnson of the Florida Department of Agriculture.
Max Mastronardi, Dino DiLaudo and Tony Cappelli of Westmoreland Sales.
Richie Pazderski, Jeff Rhoden, Sloan Lott and Sam Burleson of Bland Farms.
Nate Stone of Ben B. Schwartz & Sons Inc. with Matt Mastronardi of Pure Flavor.
Tom Curtis, RJ Simons and Mitch Brinks of Riveridge Produce Marketing.
Adam Weber, Doug Kling, Jeff Thibeau and Kevin Groven of Black Gold Farms.
Aaron Hunter, Rod Bangert, Sharon Robb and Ryan Lockman of North Bay Produce.
Randell Vandeguchte, Dakota Vandeguchte and Tyler Hodges of Superior Sales.
Kristy Sanchez, Javier Gonzalez Ebra, Deanna Obana and Emil Bravo of Brooks Tropicals.
Steve Pinkston, Jim Gatter, Jim Deola and Tom Beaver of Sunny Valley International.
Don Helms, Emily Dawson, Scott Dault and Steve Wright of Shenandoah Growers.
Michael Schaefer, Caitlin Gerstenberger, Angie Hanson and Lou Sierra of The Oppenheimer Group.
Karen Pflaum, Kelsey Crusha, Brian Amaral and Ashley Pipkin of Tanimura & Antle.
Karen Brux of Fruits From Chile.
Stephen Fink, Bryan Garibay and Patrick Cortes of Mission Produce.
Karen Caruso and John Kang of Zespri.
Mason Arnold and Jessica Kezar of Cece’s Veggie Co.
Will McCarthy of Beachside Produce.
Greg Holzman and Joe Merenda of Misionero.
James Lirette and Eb Bernazard of Melissa’s.
Chris Downs, Michele Williams and Chris Dreier of Taylor Farms.
Kenneth Todd and Jeff Murray of Del Monte Fresh.
Spencer Smith and Juan Magdaleno of Calavo Growers Inc.
Tom Smith, Brian Deese and Nick Chappell of California Giant Berry Farms.
Doug Classen, Ashley Rodriguez and John Wilkinson of The Nunes Co. Inc.
Dean Martel of Organicgirl.
Neil Milburn, Nancy Bryner , Merritt Bruce and Don Krekorian of Church Bros. Farms.
Sarah Basore, Mallory Miedema, Pam Bengard and Bardin Bengard of TKM Bengard.
Joe Angelo and Diana McClean of Ocean Mist.
Brano Popovac and Dave Medders of Sun Pacific Marketing.
John Carter and John Caragliano of Limoneira Co.
Lani Salczynski and Alison Pilcher of Coastline Family Farms.