CERRITOS, CA — Nearly 300 produce professionals packed the ballroom at the Sheraton Cerritos hotel for the Fresh Produce & Floral Council Membership Luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Luncheon emcee Paul Kneeland, senior vice president of produce and floral for Gelson’s Markets, introduced guest speaker Cathy Burns, chief executive officer of the Produce Marketing Association. Her talk ranged from futuristic innovations on the horizon for produce to retail and foodservice trends that will change the way people shop and eat to the importance of Millennials and Generation Z in helping to shape the future of the produce industry.
Emcee Paul Kneeland of Gelson’s Markets, featured speaker Cathy Burns of the Produce Marketing Association and FPFC Chairman Alfonso Cano of Lucky Stores.
Rachelle Schulken of Renaissance Food Group and Kristen Reid of MIXTEC Group.
Mareya Ibrahim of Eat Cleaner/Grow Greens Industries with Patrick Sutton of TCR Industries.
Audrey Dunne and Glenn Wells of Apio/Eat Smart.
Lara Xavier and Morgan Givis of HAKS.
Jin Ju Wilder of LA & SF Specialty with John Famini of Interfresh.
Yadira Gonzales of Interfresh, Nancy Betancourt of Vision Produce Co. and Susie Rea of West Pak Avocado.
Jim Leach of Oppy and Daniel Bell of Grocery Outlet.
Sophie Senarath, Robin Osterhues and Terri Fletcher of Harvest Sensations.
Jeffrey McLellan of QSI and Maryam Nikkah of Pete’s Living Greens.
Kate Reeb of Veg-Fresh Farms and Virginia Morrison of Litehouse Foods.
Ruben Ayala of Frieda’s, Ruben Marquez and Hector Mejia of Fresh Packing, and Frank Abbate of Frieda’s.
Jack Gyben of Progressive Produce, Connie Stukenberg of the California Avocado Commission and Raul Gallegos of Melissa’s Produce.
Paul Kneeland (center) of Gelson’s Markets with Mark Munger and Kyle Lane of 4EARTH FARMS.
Dave Howald of the Pear Bureau Northwest with Sarah Burns and Dave Moore of Earthbound Farms.
Dan McGrath of Robinson Fresh and Lisa Cabuto of Coliman Produce.
Steven Muro and Matt Schraut of Fusion Marketing with Phil Henry of Henry Avocado.
Craig Keating, Leah Kalvin and Rafael Gomez of Bing Beverages.
Fernando Azevedo of Gourmet Garden with Alex Corsaro of CMC Sales & Marketing.