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FPFC's faux virtual luncheon

Jan DeLyser — or so we're told — of the California Avocado Commission virtually walked all the way to the luncheon. Dave Howald of Pear Bureau Northwest was the official luncheon spokes-man. Paul Villa of Great West Produce provided the musical entertainment. Vanessa Lawrence of Cool Pak brought a guest, Paso, who surprised many by talking. Gary Caloroso of The Giumarra Cos. and son, Dash, said it was a luncheon they’d never fore-get. Many believed Nancy Hamilton of Advantage Fresh had the luncheon’s best idea. Dan McGrath of Robinson Fresh and his best buddy, Jackson (who was feeling his oats), said they appreciated the stable environment of the virtual luncheon as they trotted out. Dan Acevedo of GreenFruit Avocados successfully extolled the virtue of his favorite produce item. The always dapper and debonair Steven Muro of Fusion Marketing Zoomed into the luncheon. Rex Lawrence of Joe Produce and his top four-legged assistant, Koti, took a snuggle break. Jeff Oberman of Pro*Act and son, Hudson, took extra safety precautions to participate. Emily Fragoso of MIXTEC Group bounced some ideas off kids Hazel and Dean in her new trampoline office. Debi Orrin of Edge Sales & Marketing had no problem staying awake throughout the entire luncheon. Rachelle Schulken of Renaissance Food Group said her best friend Myles loved the blueberries at the luncheon. Roger Schroeder, who retired from Stater Bros., and Patty Knoll of Packaging Systems decided to dress up for the occasion. Marvin Quebec of Quebec Distributing Co. mixed business with pleasure during the luncheon. Surprisingly, there was no basketball hoop in sight. Kyla Oberman (with son Hudson) of California Giant and daughter Harper Rose had their hands full while having a fun time. Brian Cook of Pete’s and 2020 FPFC chairman of the board utilized his butter lettuce faux headphones for the faux virtual luncheon. Wes Liefer of Pura Vida Farms shared his honeydew list. The nattily attired Jeffrey McLellan of Credit Consulting looked like someone directly out of a Dashiell Hammett novel.

Produce professionals will be unable to attend the June Fresh Produce & Floral Council Membership Luncheon at the Sheraton Cerritos Hotel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, a number of FPFC members took to the internet for a virtual get-together, sharing some favorite photos — all the while social distancing, and some even wearing masks. Afterward, the diligent members immediately walked to their respective sinks and washed their hands, singing “Happy Birthday To You” — twice, of course.

The next FPFC membership luncheon is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 5, while the FPFC Southern California Golf Tournament is set to tee off Aug. 19.

 

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