The Produce Marketing Association unleashed the UnConference format at Fresh Connections Retail in Philadelphia April 6, turning the traditional workshop model upside down by allowing participants to determine session topics as well as guiding the individual conversations.
The sold-out event attracted approximately 180 attendees, with its focus on bringing together all parts of the supply chain to dig into industry issues. Fresh Connections Retail kicked off with a networking reception the night before the sessions.
Frank Manfredi, Adam Lewis and Jaclyn Basciani of Manfredi Cold Storage.
David Anderson of Summer Citrus from South Africa and Daniel Crouse of BrightFarms.
Abby Prior of BrightFarms and Tracy Lee of Sakata Seed America Inc.
Jerry Arne of Target Corp. with Tom Botelho of Tanimura & Antle.
Bill Brauchle of Wegmans, Andrew George of EarthFresh, Dayna Brown of West Pak Avocado and Dominic Gibbons of Yerecic Label Co.
Tad Comeau of Skogen's Festival Foods with Patrinka Crammond of Savor Fresh Farms LLC.
Tom Mutz of Horizon Stevedoring and Dominic O'Brien of Philadelphia Regional Port.
Mark Smith of Melissa’s and Greg Kurkjian of IFCO Systems.
Jim Provost of I Love Produce LLC with In-ho Kang of NH Trading.
Laura Sterling of Zespri International Ltd. and Paulette Satur of Satur Farms.
Bill Burr of John Vena Inc. and Sam Coombs of Tom Lange Co.
Ivan Luna of We Link LLC with Pat Ferrara and Alisha Albinder of Hudson River Fruit Distributors.