BOSTON — The New England Produce Council kicked off its annual Produce, Floral & Foodservice Expo Wednesday evening, Sept. 18, with the opening cocktail reception, held at the Top of the Hub. The venue, 50 stories high, offered spectacular views of the city and a gorgeous sunset.
The reception was part of the annual event for the NEPC, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The keynote breakfast and expo were set to take place Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Hynes Convention Center.
Mark, Maria and Michael DeFrancesco, Jamie Divola and Peter Resteghini of 4M Fruit Distributors.
Jon Reardon of C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. with Marybeth March and Jim Rondini of Giorgio Fresh.
Jamie Divola of 4M Fruit Distributors With Anthony Sattler of C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc.
Tom Mara of Bozzuto's Inc., Bob Koehler of USA Pears, Bob McGowan of Northeast Produce Sales and Matt Holt of Coast to Coast Produce.
Raquel Mello of Fresh from the Start/Hapco Farms, Beth McGuire of JOH, Annie Finstein of Organicgirl and Laura Sullivan of NEPC.
Lynn Perry of Stop & Shop with Bonnie Lundblad of Sunny Valley International.
Quentin J. Roe and Dan Arnold of Noble Worldwide.
Danny Elias of Mucci Farms with Eric Nadel of Paterson Pickle Co.
Juan Magdaleno and Leighanne Thomsen of Calavo Growers with Melanie Daigle of Hannaford.
Darren Thompson, Don Martin and Jamie Unglesbee of Pete Pappas & Sons.
John Heffernan and Joe Dugo of Naturipe Farms.
Juliemar Rosado and CeCe Krumrine of the National Watermelon Promotion Board.
Paige Stewart (center) of Village Farms, flanked by Greg Sagan and Doug Stewart of Giorgio Fresh.
Joe Atchison and Tom Beaver of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
Dave Patnuade of Coast to Coast Produce with Peter Resteghini of 4M Fruit Distributors.
Brian Macguire of JOH and Bruce Klein of Maurice A. Auerbach Inc.
Liz Short of the Center for Growing Talent and Maya Atlas of St. Joseph’s College of Maine.
Shannon Day of the University of New Hampshire with Kristine Laing of JOH and Annie Finstein of Organicgirl.
Melanie Daigle of Hannaford with Brian Gadwah of Wondeful Sales LLC.
Michael Strock of S. Strock & Co. Inc. with Danielle Thurston of Alberts Fresh Produce.
Jen Verdelli Hurter and Alexandra Nesci of Grimmway.
David Lush of Fresh Point CT with Scott Casciano of Taylor Farms Maryland and Robert Hence of Fresh Point CT.
Henry Kreinces of International Fruit Co. with Michael Blume of Keystone Fruit Marketing and Norman Barao of International Fruit Co.
Luke Palizay and Patrick Dueire of Dayka & Hackett.
Kristen Connelly of Expo 2019 with Deanna Dunbar of Rhode Island Mushroom Co.
Rick San Pedro of HannaFord with Peter Resteghini of 4M Fruit Distributors.
Steve Zaccardi of Mucci International Marketing with Gregg Kosofsky of Always Fresh.
Andrew Ogden and Alex Papadakis of The University of New Hampshire with Cheryle Schondek of Greater Boston Food Bank.
Peter Jessup of Hampton Farms with Ian Zimmerman and Bruce Klein of Maurice A. Auerbach Inc.