NEW YORK — The 2017 New York Produce Show kicked off Tuesday evening, Dec. 12, at the New York Hilton, here in Midtown Manhattan.
"Every year the show gets bigger, every year the show gets better," Eastern Produce Council President Vic Savanello told The Produce News during the opening reception. "The conferences have been filled to capacity so far."
The breakfast session will take place Wednesday morning, Dec. 13, during which the council will announce that it is launching a leadership program in conjunction with Rutgers University, said Savanello.
The trade show will open right after the breakfast session. Both events will take place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Manhattan's West Side.
Bruce Klein and Paul Auerbach of Maurice A. Auerbach Inc.
Doug Stewart and Bill Litvin of Giorgio Fresh with Wendell Hahn and Ginny Williams of Four Seasons Produce Inc.
Marina J. Suarez and Miguel A. Suarez of MAS Melons & Grapes LLC.
Josh Padilla of Alpha 1 Marketing/Krasdale Foods with Stephanie Katzman of Katzman Produce Inc.
Stephen Oroszlany and Marianne Santo of Wakefern Food Corp.
Brian Rayfield and Scott Wilkins of J&J Family of Farms.
Brandon Parker and Erin Waters of Shuman Produce Inc.
Jeanne Lemaire and Ron Lemaire of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association.
EPC President Vic Savanello of Allegiance Retail Services, Floyd Avillo of FreshPro Food Distributors, Dean Holmquist of Allegiance Retail Services and John Vasapoli of D'Agostino Supermarkets Inc.
Victor Joseph and Joey Joseph of Victor Joseph & Son Inc.
EPC Executive Director Susan McAleavey Sarlund; Joe Ventola and Carol Andrew, assistant deans at Rutgers University; Sophie Noone, Samantha Raineri, Nick Grieco and Matthew Igo, students at Rutgers; and EPC President Vic Savanello of Allegiance Retail Services.
CeCe Krumrine, Valda Coryat and Angela Serna of the National Mango Board.
Frank Sanchez of Blue Book Services with John Pandol of Pandol Bros.
Todd Penza of Pinto Brothers Inc., Jeff Taylor of Prime Time International and Dick Spezzano of Spezzano Consulting Service Inc.
Raina Nelson of Renaissance Food Group with Miriam Wolk and Jeff Oberman of United Fresh Produce Association.
Dan Vega of Country Fresh Mushroom, Daniel Klausner of Apio Inc. and Michael Gatz of Bushman's Inc.
Jim Allen of New York Apple Sales.
Rick Alcocer and Tim Ross of Duda Farm Fresh Foods.