Southwest International Produce Expo spotlights women leaders in produce

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) is proud to announce a new educational speaker session at the Southwest International Produce Expo (SWIPE) from November 2-4, 2023.

Under the illuminating topic of “Woman Leaders in the Produce Industry,” attendees will gain insights from trailblazing women who have carved a niche for themselves in a competitive industry.

The panelists are:

  • Dania Guzman, sr. manager sourcing produce at Walmart Mexico: Guzman will provide a firsthand account of overseeing produce sourcing strategies for one of the largest retail giants.
  • Katie Calligaro, director of marketing and communications at the IFPA: This industry insider will dive deep into the world of marketing and communication strategies within the fresh produce realm.
  • Caitlin Tierney, sr. director of produce at Sprouts: Tierney will address the nuances and challenges of produce management for a leading supermarket chain.
  • Julie Olivarria, vice president of produce at Sysco: Olivarria will provide a rich perspective on leadership and strategies in selling, marketing and distributing food products.

Guiding the discussion will be the experienced Raquel Espinoza, director of sales marketing at Produce House, who will serve as the moderator, ensuring a lively and engaging conversation.

“This session represents a unique opportunity to learn from leading women in the industry. Their stories, experiences and insights will inspire and inform those who are passionate about the world of produce,” says Raquel Espinoza, who also is chair-elect of the FPAA.

Registration for SWIPE 2023, which will take place at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, can be found here. Expo booth spaces are limited, so register soon to secure a spot. For more on the show, the FPAA can also be contacted at

For more information:
Lance Jungmeyer
Fresh Produce Association of the Americas

Allison Moore
Fresh Produce Association of the Americas

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