VANCOUVER — The first day of the 2018 Canadian Produce Marketing Association trade show, here, got off to a good start as close to 300 exhibitors brought out their best to showcase to the trade.
CPMA executives and board members opened the trade show with a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Kurt and Cindy Zuhlke of Kurt Zuhlke & Associates.
Crystal Berry of Fresherized Foods/Wholly Guacamole served guac dogs to CPMA attendees.
Joan Wickham of Sunkist featured the company’s Ruby grapefruit during the CPMA trade show.
Stephen Cowan of Mucci Farms spoke about the company’s offerings with Jeff Fowler of Sobey’s.
At the Mission Produce booth were Robb Bertels, Monica Robles, Janett Orosco, Megan Berenbach and Fernando Garcia.
At the Nash Produce booth were Don Sparks and Hunter Gibbs.
Surrey, BC-based wholesaler City Wide Produce was represented by Kajol Singla and owners Fazleen and Gopal Gupta.
At the National Watermelon Promotion Board booth were Juliemar Rosado and Cece Krumrine.
Brett Burdsal of Suntreat gets ready to rumble with four-time Sumo wrestling champion Byamba at the Suntreat booth during the CPMA convention.
Seth Pemsler and Kent Beesley of the Idaho Potato Commission offered samples of Idaho potato chips to attendees of the 2018 CPMA convention.
Al Voll of Fresh Farms in Nogales, AZ, featured the company’s Cotton Candy grapes, which just hit the market for the season.
Gustavo Hernandez and Olga Boiar promoted Mexican-grown Black Mission and Brown Turkey figs offered by Tetela Del Volcan.
Kevin Crossgrove and Laura Hastie of Foxy.
At the Twist Ease booth were Jeff Helseth, Jim Helseth and Dave Oman.
Surrounding a display of Wonderful Halos at the CPMA trade show were Jonathan Popham, Anna Lisa Farina, Lindsey Abrahams and James Renshaw.
Jim Carr and Frank Sanchez of Blue Book.
Champs Mushrooms was represented by Andrew Marchand and Michael Richmond.
Stewart Lang and Mac Riggan of Chelan Fresh promoted their Koru apples and display bin.
Representing the Ottawa-based Dispute Resolution Corp. were Paola Gonzalez, Fred Webber and Anne Fowlie.
Johnna Johnson and Jim Grabowski of Well Pict.
John Toner and Courtney Doby of the United Fresh Produce Association.
Christa Schuck and Jesse Lopez of Tanimura & Antle.
Greg White, Ben Harmon and Jay Stover of Anthony Vineyards.
Bill Purewall and Harpreet Purewall of Purefresh Sales Inc.
Patrick Paulmeier, Russ Mikolasy, Bill Wilber, Jaime Padilla and Peter Shore of Calavo Growers Inc.
Archie Taylor, Marissa Ritter, Jaqueline Padilla and Joe Dugo of Naturipe Farms.
Emily Ross, John Corsaro, Jeannine Martin, Gary Caloroso, Alan Abe, Greg Atkinson and Kellee Harris of Giumarra Cos.
Penny DeSalvatore and Ernst Van Eeghen of Church Bros. Farms.
Tim Ross and Rich Uchida of Duda Farm Fresh Foods featured the company's tray packed sweet corn line.
Suzanne Wolter of Evans Fruit Co.
Jane Rhyno of Highline Mushroom Co. with a new top-seal pack the company was featuring at the CPMA trade show.
Bill Hartman, Kathy Hartman and Dallas Jensen represented the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee during the CPMA convention.
At the International Paper booth were Matt Rouleau, Virginia Palacio and Daniel Yao.
At the Little Potato Co. booth promoting their line of products were Janet Burton and Don Daintrey.
Nathalie Nobbs of Thomas Fresh showed off her slapshot at the Peak of the Market booth.
Larry and Shelley McIntosh of Peak of the Market, which won the Best Inline Booth Award at the CPMA convention.
Jacques Luteijn and Carolein Luteijn-Vervaet of Smart Snacking.
At the Veg Pro booth were Gerry Van Winden, Stephan Schmekel and Martin-Pierre Roussel.