TUBAC, AZ — The 49th Produce Convention & Golf Tournament, presented by the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, was held Nov. 2-4 at the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa.
The keynote speaker of the Nov. 2 conference was Rick Stein, vice president of fresh foods at the Food Marketing Institute. The Nov. 3 program brought the second annual culinary showcase of top dishes out of Mexico’s top produce. Sponsored by FPAA and the Mexican Consulate of Nogales, AZ, the showcase sampled unique and tasty culinary creations from chefs and culinary teams, all featuring the wonderful flavors of Mexican produce.
The social events included a two-day golf tournament, helicopter rides over the rugged border terrain, a Nov. 2 cocktail party and a Nov. 3 gala dinner featuring the Pillars of the FPAA Awards Ceremony.
Lance Jungmeyer of FPAA flanked by TIPA executives Dante Galeazzi and Hector Garza.
Kiki Voukelatos and Mike Pitsikoules of Canadawide with Omar Losolla of GreenPoint.
David Del Grande of TF Logistics with Danny Mandel of SunFed and Jorge Ruiz of Agri Packing Supply Co.
Edgar Duarte and Carlos Villa of Higueral Produce.
Terri and Nate Stone of Ben B. Schwartz & Sons Inc.
Jaime Garcia of Kingdom Fresh Produce Inc. in Donna,TX.
Jorge Ruiz of Agri Packing Supply Co. with Omar Losolla of GreenPoint.
Marina and Miky Suarez of MAS Melons & Grapes LLC.
Sabrina Hallman of Sierra Seed Co. and Martin Ley of Fresh Evolution.
George Mendez of G. Mendez & Co., Juan Manuel Ibarra of Marengo Foods, Leonardo Tarriba of Farmer’s Best International, David Mendez of G. Mendez & Co., Jorge Ruiz of AgriPacking, Walter Palazuelos of Farmer’s Best International and Ricardo Crisantes of Wholesum Harvest.
Gonzalo Avila of Malena Produce Inc. and Juan Ibarra of Marengo Foods Co. LLC.
Brian Vandervoet of Santa Cruz Cold Storage.
Thomas Glassmire, Brian Bernauer and Dora Castro of Calavo Growers with Lance Jungmeyer of FPAA.
Marlene Lopez, Allison Moore and Georgina Felix of FPAA.
Part of the entertainment at the 49th annual FPAA meeting were helicopter rides over the Nogales area. These passengers were Francisco Orrantia of RP Distributing Co. Inc., Edgar Duarte of Higueral Produce Inc., George Mendez of G Mendez & Co. Inc. and two more Higueral executives, Eduardo Duarte and Carlos Villa.
Jason Kanis and Kyle McGrath of Tricar Sales, Scott Kosnik and Melcher Lopez of Seald Sweet Growers, and Bobby Astengo of Peppers Plus.
Alberto Sevilla of Bellflower Produce.
Barbara DiMena of Red Sun Farms, Kathy and Jim Cathey, Juan Ibarra and Hector Sanchez of Marengo Foods, Jim DiMena and Mark Wehby of Red Sun, and Luis Senties of SAGARPA.
Czarina and Bobby Astengo of Peppers Plus.
Jorge Maldonado of Arizona Mixers Fresh Produce LLC.
Luis Ramirez and Eric Meyer of Prime Time International.
Visiting Tubac from the Washington, DC, area are Luis Senties of SAGARPA, Rick Stein of the Food Marketing Institute and John Toner of the United Fresh Produce Association.
Mario Yubeta and Armando Taddei of Veg-Fresh Farms with Charlie Everette of Apache Produce and Lance Jungmeyer of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas.
Amado Manriquez of Century 21, Lance Jungmeyer of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, Josh Renteria of Agri Packing and Rick Stein of the Food Marketing Institute.
Representing Grant J. Hunt Co.-South at the FPAA Gala Dinner Nov. 3 were Bob Loyst, Liz Meek, Jerry Meek, Grant Hunt, Richard Cornelius, Rosie Cornelius, Karla Zuniga, John Meek and Ruben Zuniga.