Special PMA

Meet with Peruvian Asparagus Importers Association

The Peruvian Asparagus Importers Association (PAIA) will participate at PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando, Florida, October 18th-20th. “Peruvian asparagus importers and industry…

Expanded booth for software and technology company

Produce Pro Software has announced that it has expanded its presence at the upcoming PMA Fresh Summit Conference and Expo being held in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 18-20, 2018. The…

California greens grower debuting new packaging innovation

Chris Wada, Marketing Manager for North Shore Living said, “Put simply, the products we grow, pack & ship are truly unique because everything we deliver is quite literally still living with the roots connected for freshness. This means any changes – to packaging, for example – challenge us to create…

Sliced apple producer to launch multiple products

Crunch Pak®, a producer of sliced apples, will unveil multiple new products along with a refreshed package design in booth #1783 at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh…

Vegetable producer to highlight legacy

Duda Farm Fresh Foods is encouraging Fresh Summit attendees to join them in celebrating over ninety years of business and six generations of legacy-building. By sharing…

Greenhouse pepper production moving south for the winter

Now that cooler weather has arrived in the major Canadian greenhouse growing areas, a large portion of production is starting to move south towards Mexico over the next month.…

Innovative packaging to keep blueberries fresh through supply chain

Functional packaging reduces waste and cuts costs

StePac L.A. Ltd. is launching XflowTM, a patented, functional, flowpack solution for blueberries as a cost-saving alternative to traditional pre-formed bulk packaging. Xflow meets market trends to reduce waste through the supply chain, save labor costs, and use leaner plastic packaging. The product will…

Reusable packaging company unveils new-look booths

Polymer Logistics is unveiling a new trade show presence at the 2018 PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Expo. The company says the exhibit features bold graphics and an open…

Greenhouse tomato grower to introduce new vegetable products

NatureSweet® Tomatoes will debut its new product line of branded cucumbers, peppers and large tomatoes along with new additions to the Brighthouse Organics® line at the upcoming Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Summit Convention and Expo held in Orlando from October 18-20, 2018. This November, NatureSweet® will…

Center for Growing Talent’s mentors, mentees to meet at Fresh Summit

Mentors and mentees who participate in Center for Growing Talent’s (CGT) Mentoring Initiative will meet up at Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit later this month. “Long-distance mentoring is great, and sometimes it’s the only option in an industry where our connections are spread across the globe. That said,…

New on-the-go breakfast meal kits

Mann Packing Company will highlight the newest additions to its award-winning Nourish Bowls® line – Nourish Bowls® Breakfast – at PMA Fresh Summit October 19-20 in Orlando, FL. Nourish Bowls® Breakfast comes in two flavors: Denver Scramble and Fiesta Scramble. To prepare them, you add 1-2 eggs and microwave for 4…

Juice company to showcase two new and two seasonal juices

Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company will showcase its new Cucumber Jalapeno and Organic Orange Juices, as well as seasonal Pumpkin Apple Spice and Orange Cranberry, at the…

Greenhouse vegetable grower to launch seven products at PMA

With the produce industry preparing to head to Orlando for PMA Fresh Summit, greenhouse vegetable grower Pure Flavor® is prepping for one of the biggest trade shows ever. Pure Flavor® said it will be launching 7 new items at the trade show. “We are bringing new products to market that will help our retail & foodservice…

Proprietary apple will be the highlight of Starr Ranch Growers' PMA booth

Starr Ranch Growers will be placing the focus on one of its newest proprietary apple varieties at PMA, the Juici™. Starr Ranch Marketing Director Scott Marboe said, “We have a new look for the company and an energetic and exciting new direction and focus.” And as the company nears its 85th anniversary in 2019, Marboe…

New proprietary grape variety to be officially launched

Sunview Marketing International is announcing the introduction of its new proprietary grape variety, Sweet Carnival™ at the PMA Fresh Summit Convention in Orlando taking place…

Corona-branded limes to be officially launched at PMA

After almost a year in the works, Earth Source Trading will be officially launching Corona-branded limes at PMA Fresh Summit next week in Orlando. The company recently announced plans to source and distribute the limes under an agreement brokered by The Joester-Loria Group and will oversee the…

Annual mango industry reception at PMA Fresh Summit

The National Mango Board (NMB), in conjunction with the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, will host the Annual Mango Industry Reception during PMA’s Fresh Summit International Convention & Expo in Orlando, FL. The reception will take place on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30…

Mushroom grower to unveil new packaging

Giorgio Fresh is celebrating its 90th anniversary by unveiling its new packaging at this year’s PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando, Fla. The company started with a packaging refresh, as they said it is the first interaction the consumer has with the brand. According to Giorgio, consumers are looking for clean, simple labels…

Self-assembly greenhouse to be launched in USA

“North America is looking for better solutions for local produce, so-called farm to table produce”, says TAP’s CEO, Avner Shohet. “People are looking for fresh products that leave less of a carbon footprint.” He says there is a lot of effort going into urban farming in that country. “The TAPKIT is…

Berry marketer promotes virtual farm tour at Fresh Summit

Wish Farms, a year-round berry marketer, announced that attendees at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Expo this October will have the opportunity to go on a…

Wonderful pistachios to debut new flavors at PMA

Wonderful Pistachios No Shells will be previewing brand new flavors – Honey Roasted and Chili Roasted at PMA at The Wonderful Company booth #3443 beginning Oct. 19. Honey Roasted Wonderful Pistachios No Shells have an amount of sweet and hint of saltiness. Chili Roasted Wonderful Pistachios No Shells have flavors of…

Mushroom grower to showcase blended product and new packaging

Monterey Mushrooms will feature the product line, 'Let’s Blend' in booth #1732 at the PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando. Let's Blend are finely diced mushrooms ready to blend with ground meat, packaged in an 8-ounce bag available in three flavors: Classic, Mexican and Italian. The company will be serving Let’s Blend meatballs…

New flavors available for value-added potato products

Some companies are seeing the value-added potato segment continue to grow and are therefore keen to offer retail produce buyers new fresh potato items. Fresh Solutions Network…

New blueberry sorter at PMA as technology gains prominence

The cost of labor is a common theme for most growers in North America. And that's if you can find the labor to begin with. It's therefore not surprising to see labor-saving initiatives being vigorously researched and implemented wherever possible. The usage of robotics and automated machinery is…

Kiwi grower looking to continue last year's PMA booth theme

Zespri captured the “Best of Show” PMA Island Booth award last year for generating enthusiasm with a lively staff, displaying eye-catching booth graphics and featuring its…

Rebrand of lemon and lime juices

Concord Foods is celebrating 50 years of producing its signature lemon and lime juices with the launch of renovated branding that replaces the tags traditionally placed on the fruit-shaped bottles…

Personal coach launches women’s leadership program

Following a 17-year marketing career in the fresh produce industry, Wendy McManus embraced a new path, and is now helping others in the industry take a fresh look at their…

David Marguleas, PMA’s 2018/2019 Board Chair

“I look forward to connecting fresh produce companies around the world”

At this year’s PMA Fresh Summit, David Marguleas will be welcomed as PMA’s Board Chair. Marguleas has been involved in the produce industry for more than 30 years and currently oversees Sun World Innovations. “I am thankful for this opportunity,” he said. In the next 12 months, I look forward to bringing…

GO Real-Time carbon dioxide tracker launched

Emerson announced the release of its GO Real-Time CO2 Tracker. According to the company, this latest innovation is suitable for produce shippers who manage and monitor carbon…

Importer of Peruvian sweet onions exhibits at PMA for the first time

The Peruvian import season of sweet onions is well under way with steady supplies. “We are out of our Vidalias and domestic onions and we’re now importing Peruvian sweets. The Vidalia season…

Specialty grape grower announces year-round program

Arizona-based Divine Flavor is increasing the availability of its specialty grape varieties such as Cotton Candy, Gummyberries, Sweet Sapphire and others. The company has announced it has planted a new vineyard in Baja California in order to complement its existing program. At the moment, the company…

“Organic banana consumption is especially strong this time of year”

For the banana industry, 2018 started out rough with a prolonged period of supply shortage. “Back in May, the weather came around and Mother Nature finally started cooperating with us,” says Mayra Velazquez de León with Organics Unlimited. “In addition to Mexico, sourcing with organic farmers in Ecuador…

CAC celebrates 40-year anniversary at PMA Fresh Summit

The California Avocado Commission (CAC) has a special reason to exhibit at the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Summit event this year: the organization is celebrating the start of its 40-year anniversary. Fresh Summit will take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida…

Fresh Summit adds Leslie Odom Jr., Experience Extensions to agenda

The Fresh Summit agenda is adding award-winning actor and musician Leslie Odom, Jr.’s big voice on a big topic and new Experience Extensions to the schedule Oct. 18-20 in…

Lindsey Vonn to keynote leadership breakfast on October 20

Lindsey Vonn, who has overcome adversity to become a successful female alpine ski racer, will keynote Center for Growing Talent’s (CGT) 2018 Women’s Fresh Perspectives…

New variety of persimmon featured at PMA Fresh Summit

The Giumarra Companies announced it will offer a new, proprietary persimmon variety, Sugar & Spice™, this fall. The persimmon is shaped like a traditional Hachiya persimmon but has a ready-to-eat texture like a Fuyu. “We sampled Sugar & Spice last fall with a select group of customers, and the…

Innovation the theme at this year's PMA Fresh Summit

Innovation will take center stage at Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) 2018 Fresh Summit Convention and Expo when it convenes Oct. 18-20 in Orlando, Florida, USA.…

Northwest apples will be larger this year

Apple growers in the Northwest say that sizes will be closer to the normal average this year. Last year's abundance of smaller sizes hurt the market so this year's situation will be improved. This is because excellent weather through spring and summer have provided ideal apple growing conditions.    "The warm spring in the Northwest resulted in…


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