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Duda Farm Fresh Foods looking forward to PMA Fresh Summit

Nichole Towell, director of marketing for Duda Farm Fresh Foods Inc., headquartered in Oviedo, FL, said that the company, a leading national grower, marketer and shipper of vegetables and fruits, including citrus, would be exhibiting at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit in New Orleans Oct. 18-20.

“This will be our 24th year exhibiting at the PMA Fresh Summit,” said Towell. “We’re very excited to be in New Orleans this year. It’s a great town with a fun vibe that fits perfectly with our playful theme.”

That “playful theme” will be played out at the company’s booth (No. 1229), which will be decked out in a colorful jungle safari motif, so it’ll be hard for visitors to miss, according to Towell.

“Stop by for a quick chat and don’t forget to pick up a Mardi Gras necklace that you can redeem for a drink on us at a casual gathering we’re hosting in the French Quarter on Saturday night,” Towell extended to visitors at the event.

Duda Farm Fresh Foods will have numerous company representatives on hand at the booth to meet and greet existing and new customers, including Dan Duda, president and chief executive officer; Sammy Duda, vice president of western operations; Rick Alcocer, senior vice president of fresh sales; Mark Bassetti, senior vice president; Susan Noritake, director of fresh-cut sales; Paul Huckabay, Rich Uchida and Jason Bedsole, sales office managers; Tim Ross and Bob Sloate, regional sales managers; and Elena Hernandez and Towell, from the marketing department.

“We would love for all visitors to stop by and say hello, and to have a sneak peek at Duda Farm Fresh Foods’ new celery and radish products,” said Towell. “We’re also encouraging companies to email us (sales@duda.com) prior to the show if they would like to request a private meeting with us. ‘Hungry for an Adventure!’ is our rallying cry this year. We’ve been working with Sony Pictures Animation and other leading produce growers to help solve hunger by donating thousands of pounds of fresh produce to food banks all across America, and by encouraging our consumers to donate what they can.”

She added that the company is particularly excited to exhibit its “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” celery and lettuce packaging at the PMA Fresh Summit.

“This will be our first opportunity to display this new packaging, which has been chosen as a finalist for the PMA Packaging Impact Award,” said Towell. “And it will be featured in the kids-only section of the New Products Showcase. Our team has been energized by how positive the consumer and trade response has been to our co-promotion with Sony, and we’re hungry for our next adventure.”

Duda Farm Fresh Foods is also excited to announce that it is now able to supply its retail and foodservice partners with Meyer lemons year round.

“Our consumers were clamoring for them both in and out of season, and with demand that high, we knew we had to find a workable solution,” said Towell. “We’re happy to announce that we have.”

She added that everyone’s favorite Duda Farm Fresh Foods’ celery character, Crunchetta, so named by its social media fan base, will be at the company’s booth posing for photos.

“Barry the Berry and the Pickle from ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,’ in keeping with our movie theme, will also be there serving edible versions of some of the animated ‘foodimal’ characters from the film,” said Towell. “We invite all to stop by to try a sample of our shrimp tacodiles, fruit cockatiel cake, Swallow Falls boats (aka stuffed celery) or jungle juice.”