BOSTON — The New England Produce Council kicked off its 18th annual Produce, Floral & Foodservice Expo Tuesday evening, Sept. 12, with the opening cocktail reception at The State Room, here, sponsored by 4M Fruit Distributors.
The reception was part of the NEPC annual event, themed this year "Sailing Up to Boston," held Sept. 12-14. Other highlights included the keynote breakfast, workshops and the expo.
A beautiful ice sculpture of 4M Fruit Distributors, which sponsored the opening cocktail reception Tuesday evening, Sept. 12, at the New England Produce Council's annual expo, held Sept. 12-14 in Boston.
Tim Harrington of Stemilt Growers with Sean Murdock of Coast to Coast Produce.
Bob Catinella of USA Pears, Josh Padilla of Alpha 1 Marketing and Tom Mara of Bozzuto's Inc.
John Cushing (center) of New York Apple Sales, flanked by Bonnie Lundblad and Alex Uerkvitz of Sunny Valley International.
Theresa Nolan of The Nolan Network with Rodrigo Nogueroles, a student at Bryant University.
Jim Allen of New York Apple Sales with David McClurg of the New York Apple Association.
Allison D'Onofrio, a student at the University of Delaware, with Bob McGowan of Northeast Produce Sales and Michael Ryshouwer of Bejo Seeds Inc.
Doug Stewart of Giorgio Fresh, Paul Sellew of Little Leaf Farms and Joe Parziale of Freshpoint.
Mark Leone of Giorgio Fresh with Dennis Shannon of Calbee-Harvest Snaps.
Bruce Klein of Maurice A. Auerbach Inc., Tim Harrington of Stemilt Growers and Tom (Cags) Cagnassola of Del Monte Fresh Produce.
Bill Litvin of Giorgia Fresh with Joe Atchison of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
Dina Boyce and Glen Reynolds of Potandon Produce.
Joe Sferrazza of MamaMia Produce with Joe Russo of Bozzuto's Inc.
Diane Szawlowski Mullins and Christopher Mullins of Szawlowski Potato Farms.
CeCe Krumrine and Katie Manetti of the National Mango Board with Susan Hughes of the National Watermelon Promotion Board.
NEPC President Anthony Sattler welcomed attendees to the keynote breakfast Wednesday morning, Sept. 13.
Brian Numainville, a principal at the Retail Feedback Group, led a consumer panel during the keynote breakfast Wednesday morning, Sept. 13.
Dennis Jackson of Firstfruits Marketing.
From Wonderful Sales LLC were Michael Osborne, Bill Macdonald, Peter Fatse and Brian Gadwah.
Gary Baribeau of Market Basket with Allison Myers of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association.
CeCe Krumrine and Katie Manetti of the National Mango Board.
Susan Hughes of the National Watermelon Promotion Board with a retail media kit.
Shayne Gordon of Duda Farm Fresh displayed a package of sleeved celery.
Bob Steele of Market Basket with Mike Accetturo of Rainier Fruit Co.
Suzanne Wolter of Evans Fruit Co.
Alan Marcelli and Lucky Lee of Lucky's Real Tomatoes with Michael Ryshouwer of Bejo Seeds.
Tony Tannucilli of Dole Fresh Fruit, Neil Kessler of Dole Fresh Vegetables and Bob McGowan of Northeast Produce Sales.
Debbie Rogers of Zespri International with T.J. Wilson of Oppy.
David McClurg and Susan McAleavey Sarlund of the New York Apple Association.
Tyler Weinbender and Dan Harrington of Domex Superfresh Growers.
Julianna St. Geme and Brooke Franklin of Mission Produce.
From State Garden/Olivia's Organics were (kneeling) Kevin Keough, Paul Tosto and Chris Dugan, and (standing) Ken Reagan, Mark DeMichaelis, Anthony Bordieri and Michele Bordieri.
Tim Harrington of Stemilt Growers with a two-pound package of 'Lil Snappers' organic Bartlett pears.
Nikki Ford (center) of Whole Foods Market, flanked by Eric Gardos and Joe Sferrazza of MamaMia Produce.
NEPC Executive Director Laura Sullivan with Jason Varitek, a retired catcher with the Boston Red Sox, who signed autographs for attendees at the expo.
NEPC President Anthony Sattler chatting with Bonnie Lundblad of Sunny Valley International during the expo.
Anna Kirsch and Oscar Garcia of Avocados From Mexico.
Sue Hartnett, Lee Hodge and Paul Bellacero of Aurora Products.
Laureen Mordasky of Vermont Hydroponic.
Joe Atchison and Tom Beaver of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
Scott Simmons of Blue Water Farms.
Sam Hughes, John Stancati and Chris Cole of Union Pacific Cold Connect.
Mike Gianatti and Kyle Moynahan of Red Sun Farms.
Curt Rice, Samantha McCaul and Leslie Nardi of Concord Foods.
Allyn Brown and Tate Tomis of Connecticut Gourmet.
Jim Blair and Crystal Berry of Wholly Guacamole.
Dave Mill of Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Co.
Don Sparks, Tami Long and Thomas Webb of Nash Produce.
Ann Ittoop and Camille Jackson of Freshline Produce.
Alisha Albinder of Hudson River Fruit Distributors.
Dave Rhodes and Ken Tubman of the Idaho Potato Commission.
Kim Coker of PMA, Keri Sloan and Keith Sloan of Sloan Sales, and Lois Giovacchini and Siobhan May of PMA.
Mark Glanville, Bryan Pascal and Bruce Barker of Hannaford.
Mark Sawyer of Hannaford with Heather Stratford and Peter Goulet of Gourmet Garden.
David McClurg of New York Apple Association and Paola Gonzalez of DRC.
Yvonne Damato, Maureen Quinn, Raquel Mello and Victoria Shannon of Hapco Farms.
Tom Hall of Freska Produce International, Lianna Colarusso of Bryant University and Mary Velasquez of Freska Produce International.