Atlanta -- The Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit exposition floor opened on Saturday, Oct. 24 with 1,060 exhibitors occupying 267,400 net square feet. While the show room floor was packed with attendees, PMA said people took the conversation online with social media, and for the second consecutive year #FreshSummit was marked as one of the most popular social media conversations around the world all day.
Kelli Foster, Brian Nicholson and Jessie Dinan of Red Jacket Orchards.
Len Krahn and Mike Reed of SunSelect Produce with Luis de Saracho of Divemex. Starting in January the companies -- along with Oppy, their shared marketing partner -- will sell their Fair Trade Certified greenhouse produce under the "Outrageously Fresh" brand.
Scott Calandra of Meijer with Ande Manos of Babe Farms.
Jon Buchwald, Drew Caneza, Red Whitson, Chris Whitson, Arden Laughter, Pedro Garcia, Louis Hymel and Mitch DiMarco of Spice World Inc.
Maureen Torrey and Shannon Kyle of Torrey Farms Inc.
Sam Spadoni of TMD Creative with Dennis Donohue and David Barney of Royal Rose LLC.
Meredith Sexton, Walid Boustani, Jeff Cormier, Mark Carlson, Ellen Feghali and Peter Bugas of Interstate Container.
Lindsay Rosenthal and Patrick Newsham of Panera Bread Salad Dressing.
Justin Reyes, Joel Russotti, Meg Hill and David Law of Gourmet Mushrooms Inc.
Dan Graiff, Jamie Graiff and David Ranscht of Five Star Premium Greens & Herbs.
Jim Allen and Molly Zingler of the New York Apple Association pose beside a photo of their former colleague John McAleavey, who died June 5. Mr. McAleavey was also the executive director of the Eastern Produce Council.
Kaari Stannard, John Cushing, David Cudmore, Debbie Hulsopple and Michael Harwood of New York Apple Sales.
Lucas Conran, Jon Esformes, Jack Esformes and Robert Meade of Sunripe Certified Brands.
Dave Santucci, Jeff Busch, Bob Besix, Lisa Mace and Jim Rondini of Country Fresh Mushroom Co.
Michela Calabrese and Dennis Moleta of Taste Me, Do Good.
Doug O'Hara and Jan DeLyser of the California Avocado Commission.
Representing Christopher Ranch were Richard Pirozzoli, Doug Urbach, Mead Payne, Jason Christopher, Anthony DeAngelis and Jeff Stokes.
At the ProduceBusinessLaw.com booth were Shaina Cohen, Maria Cohen and Ira Cohen with Tim Henkel and Ana Henkel.
Paul Frederic, Julie Petrovick and Kevin Delaney of To-Jo Mushrooms.
David Krause of Wonderful Brands with the company's popular 'Halos.'
Samantha Bartel, Melissa Hartmann de Barros and Rubens Zylberkan of HLB Specialties with the company's organic Formosa papayas and golden berries.
Mary Blackmon of Farm Star Living and The Produce News cuts some rug with Spuddy Buddy at the Idaho Potato Commission booth.
Bobby Creel of L&M promoted the company's flat cabbage at the PMA Fresh Summit in Atlanta.
Nick Pasculli and Sam Spadoni of The Marketing Department.
Emily Fragoso, Jerry Butt and Kristen Reid of the Mixtec Group.
Keith Kandt of NatureSweet with the company's Constellation tomato product, featuring five different varieties in a single pack.
David Duquette, Tom Dechen, Alfie Oakes, Mike D'Ottavio and Steve Veneziano of Oakes D'Ottavio Farms.
Janice Greenwald of Rhythm Superfoods with Kale Chips and Broccoli Bites, two of the Austin, TX-based company's popular products.
Lance Smith and Tara Smith Vighetti of Smith Packing.
Charlie Eagle and Kristen Francisco of Southern Specialties with the company's Kalettes.
Kris Gibson, Dirk Biemans and Bill Cook of Intergrow Greenhouses Inc.
Sam Duda of Duda Farm Fresh Foods displaying some of the company's new celery products.
Chris Miele, William Xiong, Brad Stark, Brian Everett, Jessica Groppe, Marliese Ward, Scott Albertson and Amy Johnson of Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo.
Jim Provost and Eric Frasse of I Love Produce.
Deena Steinacher and Robert Steinacher of Maywood Farms
Trevor Morris, Armando Caballero and Charles Butler of Edible Software.
Peter Khaov, Lolly Hy, Wendy Liu and Ines Da Luz Ip of Harmoni Group.
John Pandol, Cheri Diebel and Larry Olson of Pandol Bros. Inc.
Joel Carter and Joel Brooks of Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. serving Arctic apple smoothies.
Chris Denmark, Paula Kendrick and Justin Timineri of the Florida Department of Agriculture.
Mike Rubidoux (center) of Sun Pacific with Justin Heffernan and Jake Rupert of Roundys.
Ronnie Cohen, Raul Millan, Henry Kreinces, George Uribe and Allan Napolitano II of Vision Import Group.
Maggie Hall of Avocados from Mexico promoted the new display materials that will be available to retailers, including a tactile ripeness guide that consumers can use to gauge if an avocado is ready to eat.
Celebrity chef and restaurateur Hugh Acheson prepared brunch for retail customers Oct. 25 at the California Avocado Commission booth.
Frank Mihalik, Ashley Perryman, O.J. Perryman, Justin May, Dodger Vermillion and Stevie Vermillion of Dade Service Corp.
Representing Dandrea Produce during the PMA Fresh Summit were Juan Estay, Bobby Consalo, Adam Dandrea, Mike Madden, Frank Dandrea, Ron Dandrea, Jana Dandrea, Peter Dandrea, Lauren Dandrea, Steven Dandrea and Mike DeLeo.
Mark Hanks, Tom Cowan and Greg Nelson of DNE World Fruit Sales.
Kristyn Lawson of Good Foods Group promoted the company’s new guacamole and chip snack pack at the PMA Fresh Summit.
Nakeisha Turk and Kayla Hendrix promoted onions from the Treasure Valley at the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee booth.
At the Itaueira Farms booth promoting their Brazilian melons were Carlos Prado, Giulia Prado, Rodrigo Lima, Marilena Prado, Tom Prado, Adriana Prado and Fred Tavares.
Kurt Schweitzer and Roberto Monge Vargas of Keystone.
Chef Roger Mooking conducted a culinary demo at the Mastronardi booth during the PMA Fresh Summit.
In the Fresh Farms booth at PMA were Roberto Hernandez, Juan Pablo Molina, Jerry Havel, Javier Molina and Marco Molina.
Steve Yubeta, vice president sales and marketing, for Farmer's Best International LLC.
Steve LeFevre and Ricardo Crisantes of Wholesum Family Farms Inc.
Elizabeth Brown from CSU Fresno and Aimee Darville with AG Association Management Services Inc. display some of the wide array of California-grown agricultural products at the 2015 PMA Fresh Summit.
Jose Cartamil and Suellen Lindsay from Carlson AirFlo Merchandising Systems display the company’s new floral display system at the 2015 PMA Fresh Summit.
Rodolfo Serrano and Ariadna Lopez from Wholesum Harvest visit with Nathalie Marin-Gest, supply chain manager at Fair Trade USA. Wholesum Family Farms is a Fair Trade Certified farm featuring organically, sustainably and responsibly grown food.
Derek Brown, Alan Ecker and Craig Graupe from SunRype Products display some of the company’s new products.
Haydee Fernandez and Cesar Flores from Tajin.
Meghan and George Thistle from Thermal Technologies Inc.
Paula Dodson, Larry Borchardt and Clyde Daniel from Schraad & Associates; Steve Repasky and Kathy Vargas from Waymouth Farms Inc.; Bill Schraad from Schraad & Associates; Nick Audette from Waymouth Farms; and Bill Charles and Joe Hafner from Schraad & Associates.
Oneonta’s Jill Morrison and Bruce Turner showed off the new Juici variety available in 2017.
King Fresh’s Adam Millburn, Rene Millburn, Keith Wilson and Rodrigo Baquedano joined the eat brighter! campaign this season and promoted their red and green seedless grapes and first of the season cherries.
Yakima Fresh’s Steve Smith and Steve Flashing promoted their new partnership with the American Institute of Cancer Research to raise awareness about the cancer-fighting properties of apples.
Wada Farms’ Eric Beck, Michele Peterson, Dave Barton and Kevin Stanger promoted the company’s organic line of potatoes.
Steve Zaccardi and Stephen Cowan of Mucci Farms promoted the company’s new Tomato X line, which will debut in November.
Ray Wowryk and Chris Veillon of NatureFresh Farms highlighted a number of innovative programs, including its greenhouse in Ohio.
David Nolte and Scott Simmons of Ocean Spray promoted the company’s fresh cranberries at the PMA Fresh Summit.
Michael DeGiglio, chief executive officer of Village Farms, with Alan Kleinman, who is retiring from his sales position after 25 years with the company.
Dayna Brown of West Pak Avocado.
Representing Apache Produce Imports LLC were Vanessa Valencia, George Duron, Charlie Everett, Miguel Cerezo and Pepe Pesqueira.
Erin Hanagan of Bard Valley Date Growers.
Martin Coleman, David Bain, Don Ladhoff and Leah Brakke of Black Gold Farms.
Roger Riehm, Tom Maszak, Gabe Pattison and Roger Smith of Blue Creek Produce.
Chuck and Chris Ciruli of Ciruli Bros.
Jimmy Connell, Brian Banach of Keith Connell Inc. and Joe Baer, representing Connell’s sister company in Stillwell, KS, Unlimited Logistics.
Ricardo Crisantes, Lourdes Crisantes, Theojary Crisantes Jr. and Theojary Crisantes Sr., the owners of Wholesum Family Farms Inc.
Fernando Ramos, Jimmy Munguia, Monique McLaws, Hector Sanchez, Javier Gonzalez, Denise Puchi, Diego Ley and Michael Lisitano of Del Campo Supreme Inc.
Alan Aguirre Sr. and Carlos Bon Jr. of Divine Flavor.
Roberto Hernandez, Juan Pablo Molina, Jerry Havel, Javier Molina and Marco Molina of Fresh Farms.
Terrill Bacon and Jay Alley of Wholly Guacamole.
Jim DiMenna of Red Sun Farms with Gord Love of North American Produce Buyers.
Al Finch of Florida Classic Growers.
Frank Paone of Procacci Bros. Sales Corp.
Lee Brown, Anthony Collella, Chris Cole, Patrick Bruno, Michael Townsend, John Stancati and Steve Russell of Railex.
Katalina Moreno, Natalia Moreno, Isabel Hurtado, Marc Holbik and Wes Wever of Ecoripe Tropicals.
Molly Connors, Mike Connors and Bart Connors managed to keep the peace despite their in-state college football rivalry. They promoted new Roastables with red potatoes, yellow potatoes and mixed with new Montana Mex seasoning.
Weston Crapo of Sun-Glo and Rachel Schoffstall of Sterman Masser check the college football scores on Saturday.
Stemilt’s Roger Pepperl highlighted Stemilt’s Fresh Blenders and Lil Snappers.
Domex’s Howard Nager and Ashley Filliol show off the company’s new Autumn Glory and eat brighter! packaging.
Tom Verbitski, Lace Greene-Cordts, Camille Lombardo, Kellie Weaver, Marcial Hernandez Manzano, Brian Sanders, Steve Dabich of Dulcinea/Pacific Trellis.
Julie Myhre and Nicole Brandt of Robinson Fresh.
Driscoll's Bill Cotton talked to buyers about Driscoll’s new nine-ounce and 18-ounce raspberries.
Ryan Miller, Tracie Levin and Mark Levin of M. Kevin & Co. with John Pandol of Pandol Bros.
Ed Avalos, under secretary with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, flanked by Molly Zingler and Jim Allen of the New York Apple Association.
Patrick Knowles, Jonny Etheredge and Stephen Shapiro of Girard's FoodService Dressings
Michael Hiltz, Greg Kennedy and Ernesto Maldonado of Star Group with Javier Usabiaga, secretary of agriculture for the state of Guanajuato.
Denny Malone, Verne Powell and John Battle of Great Lakes International Trading.
Jorge Mayendia and Judith Suarez of JC Brokerage.
Paty Lugo of Caraveo Papayas and Miguel Jimenez of S. Katzman Produce with Edgar Millan, Eden Caraveo, Camila Caraveo and Rosalino Flores of Caraveo Papayas.
Fernando Azevedo of DeLallo SaladSavors.
Brian Kastick, Ted Copeland, Mark Breimeister and Chris Kiehm of Oso Sweet.
Greg Veneziano and Randy Levine of Bozzuto's with Dan Weis and Rich Conger of King Kullen Supermarket and Dominick Petrocelli of Bozzuto's.
CMI’s Cole Jessup, Katharine Grove and Shane Marston.
Pacific AgPak’s Kyle Baum promoted packaging solutions for all types of fruits and vegetables.
GloriAnn Farms’ Katie Veenstra, Mary Bacchetti, Mark Bacchetti and Shaina Lovitt showed off GloriAnn Farms’ varied packaging for corn on the cob.
Sunlight International’s Nick Dulcich.
Well-Pict’s Julie Lucido and Jim Grawbowski gave a sneak peak of Well-Pict’s new 2016 label, celebrating 50 years of business.
JAB Produce's Mark Poremba with J.D. Poole and Bryan Biederman of Scotlynn Sweet Pac Growers.
Brian Keever, Bob Peterson, Kristen Lindner and Sabrina Mak of Go Veggie.
Elmer Molina, Luis Centron, Jessie Capote and Adrian Capote of J&C Tropicals.
Dino DiLaudo and Jimmy Coppola of Westmoreland/Topline Farms.
Bobby Robertson and Jill Lenz of Muzzi Family Farms.
Brenda Oglesby, Ivan Willis, Madeline Massey and Kelley Precythe of Southern Produce Distributors Inc.
Emidio Cappussi, Jeremy Stockwell, Chris Mastronardi, Benji Mastronardi, Paul Sabelli and Craig Klingbyle of Double Diamond Farms.
Luis Alday of Alday’s Produce with Alejandro Carrillo, Eduardo Duarte, Grecia Marine and Edgar Duarte of Higueral Produce.
Walking the Fresh Summit floor representing J&K Fresh are Robert Lee-Hoy, Lynnette Keffer, Raymond Keffer, John Ercolani, Larry Antonucci, John Antonucci, Maura Miceli and Evan Moss.
Kanzi specialty apple promoter Urs Luder, GKE N.V., with Scott Swindeman of All Fresh GPS LLC.
Juan Batista and Marty Zaninovich of MJ Fresh LLC with Peter Hayes and Gonzalo Avila of Malena Produce Inc.
Gretchen Mensing and Diane Smith of the Michigan Apple Committee.
Ed Fitzgerald, Jeremy Zurawski, Michael Hughes, Todd Jones, Katie Criste and Chris Ryan of OHL International.
Marc Hatfield and David Donat of Produce Pro.
Russell Compori, Tom Curtis, Trish Taylor, Mitch Brinks, Kari Soldaat and Don Armock of Riveridge Produce Marketing Inc.
Rob Williams, president of Sev-Rend Corp.
Tim Worden, Randy Shell, Amanda Robinson, Joey Elenterio, Norman Nicholas, Ross Verner, David Hagar and David Phillips of RPE Produce Inc.
Representing the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association from E. Grand Forks, MN, are Steve Tweten and Mike Rerick, with visitors Dan Chin and Ken Rutledge from Wong Potatoes.
SunFed Produce LLC created a sturdy, artistic and transportable booth through the modification of a dry shipping container. Outside the display were Mark Cassius and Brett Burdsal.
At the booth of Tricar Sales Inc. were Daniel Cardenas, Jorge Bon, Ramon Lopez, Rod Sbragia, Scott Kosnik, Arturo Cardenas, Jose Munoz and Ricardo Morales.
Rafael Roiz and Christian Reyna of TruFresh.
As a tequila tasting party presented by Wholesum Family Farms Inc. are Wholesum’s Ricardo Crisantes with Ernesto Maldonado of Star Produce U.S. LP and David Karwacki, owner of Star Produce Ltd.
Representing the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association, with a guest from California, were Jerry Bushman, Barbara Bushman, Dana Rady, Dale Grudnowski of Fresh Approach Sales & Marketing, and Michael Gatz.
Borton & Sons’ Darrin Carpenter discussed the Rockit Apple with Tom Hassenbein of Boskovich.
Curry & Co.’s Dominic Etchaberria, Boris Manz, Sandra White, Darren Sinn, Jacob Mayfield and Matt Curry.
Chelan Fresh’s Bob Grandy and Kathryn Grandy met with buyers and promoted Chelan Fresh’s Organic Bosc pears in new two-pound pouch bags and Rockit Apples.
Naturipe’s Jesse Curtis boasted their Impact Award for the washed and ready to eat Blueberry Snack Blends and new Naturipe’s two-pound Selections Cranberry Fresh & Go bag.
Potandon’s Steve Ottum, Ralph Schwartz, Steve Elfering and Glen Reynolds promoted Potandon’s Klondike Royale national rollout.
Pear Bureau Northwest’s Kevin Moffett and Jeff Correa showed international buyers their wheel that helped select pears, wines and cheeses.
Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, a native of Warner Robins, GA, with Adam Brady of Shuman Produce in the Shuman booth at PMA. Cantrell spent Saturday in the booth spreading the word about childhood nutrition.
Stephen Cygan and David McClurg of Appeeling Fruit.
Marisela and Dick Peixoto of Lakeside Organic Gardens.
Marliese Ward and Chris Miele of Jacobs Farm Del Cabo.
Rick Butera with Maglio & Co. and John Berger with Market Source.
Larry White, Joseph Setton and Elise Silvester of Setton Farms.
Emil Serafino, Anthony Serafino, Emil Serafino Jr. and Fraymil Rodriguez of Exp Group LLC.
Boris Vaynshteyn of Re Dalla Inc. with Tom Linaris and Stefanie Katzman of S. Katzman Produce.
Angel Punin of Sabrostar, Michael Stamatis of Red Hook Terminals and Edmundo Uribe of Tropical Fruit Export SA.
David Santucci, Ed Leo, Laura Matar, Bob Besix, Lisa Mace and Kirk Wilson of Country Fresh Mushroom.
Tim Nealy, George Wooten, Alice Wooten, Candace Fleming, Yesenia Forbes, Michelle Jacobs, Ronnie Mercer and Kendall Hill of Wayne E. Bailey.
Eric Maxwell and Marlene Majarian of Kingsburg Orchards.
Greg Ganzerla of Image Plastics & Packaging/Peakfresh USA.
Dennis Moleta, Leandro Martelletti, Rafael Goldberg and Brandon Rankin of Taste Me, Do Good.
Lauren Clifton, Marshall Sherman, Robert Clifton and Christine Jackson from South Carolina greens and veg specialists W.P. Rawl in the company’s booth at Fresh Summit.
Ed Bertaud, Tate Strickland and Jason Adlam in the CHEP booth at Fresh Summit.
Delbert Bland and son Troy Bland showed off Bland Farms sweet onions and sweet potatoes — as well as their subsidiary Vidalia Brands line — at PMA.
Nickey and Cheryl of the Nickey Gregory Co. welcomed visitors to their hometown for PMA Fresh Summit.
The Glennville, GA, sweet onion Ray Farms family of Danny Ray, Savannah Ray, Keith Groover, Whitney Ray Groover, Nicholas Groover, Rhonda Ray and Gary Ray.
Vidalia onion specialists Ronny and Tina Collins of Plantation Sweets.
Greg Leger, Jordan Carter, Chelsea Walls and Will Hinson of Georgia watermelon specialists Leger & Son.
Walmart Vice President of Produce and Floral Dorn Wenninger and IFCO CEO Dan Walsh.
The BBC Technologies teams of Geoff Furniss, Paul Birchall, Hamish Kay and Chip Manuel.
International Paper’s Ana Leyva and Doug Rethlake with Clio Award-winning illustrator Shirley Chapman (center) who has painted IP’s annual PMA commemorative poster for the last 13 years.
Former NFL greats and Super Bowl winners Mark Carlson and Fred Stokes are both in the food business now; Carlson works with Interstate Container, and Stokes operates Fred Stokes Foods.
Atlas Produce’s Ben Antogiavanni and Robert Dobrzanski.