Utilizing Disney’s California Adventure theme park as a drawing card for a preliminary event the night before, the Fresh Produce & Floral Council’s Southern California Expo on Tuesday, July 17, brought out a record crowd of about 1,600 attendees. The booth count topped 175 as a plethora of buyers and in-store produce and foodservice personnel navigated the confines of the Disneyland Hotel Convention Center during the five hours of floor time.
Melissa Martene, Sonia Sigur and Danelle Zapien of Melissa’s/World Variety Produce.
Bob Besix of Country Fresh Mushroom presented Kent Kuwata of Smart & Final with a check donated to the City of Hope.
Kraig Loomis and Dan Acevedo of GreenFruit Avocados flank Kristyn Lawson and Kelsey McAneny of Good Foods Group.
Rachelle Schulken of Renaissance Food Group visited with keynote speaker Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, at the Idaho Potato Commission booth, which sponsored Zimmern.
Darrin Wadman, Dan Lawton and Donald Souther of Vision Produce Co.
Gahl Crane, Erika Cota, Andy Hamilton and Steve Taft of Eco Farms.
Audrey Dunne of Apio/Eat Smart.
Andrew Bianchi of Kern Ridge Growers.
Ken Vida, Tom Finnerty, John Famini and Brian Petratuona of Interfresh.
Darryl Bollack of Mariani Nut Co.
Brian Cook and Baltazar Garcia of Pete’s Living Greens flank Leo Covarrubias of Smart & Final.
George Henderson, Susie Rea and Josh Estebane of West Pak Avocado.
Lindsay Martinez of Calavo Growers with Jeff Oberman of Pro*Act.
Fernando Azevedo of Gourmet Garden.
Dave Schoonmaker and Melina Leija Stevens of Bolthouse Farms flank Melissa Watkins of Cal Poly Pomona.
Sammy Perricone of Perricone Farms/Perricone Juices and Dick Spezzano of Spezzano Consulting Services.
Stewart Thompson and Natalie Machado of FreshSource.
Karen Brux and Steve Hattendorf of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association.
Lynn Parker, Roberta Davis Lewis and Clif Cherry show off some of ICD/Davis Lewis Orchards’ delectable holiday treats.
Nancy Hamilton of Advantage Fresh visited with keynote speaker Andrew Zimmern at the Idaho Potato Commission booth.
Jaymee McInerney, Todd Plaxton, Monica Houweling and Hugo Acevedo of Houweling’s Tomatoes.
Evan Pybas and Steve Adlesh of Beachside Produce.
Leo Overgaag, Tony Overgaag and Suzette Overgaag of North Shore Living.
Mike Casazza of FreshSource, Kristine Gatlin and Virginia Morrison of Litehouse Foods, and Doug Urbach of Christopher Ranch.
Jeff Miller and Bill Brooks of Westlake Distributors.
Matt Modena of Windset Farms.