Ribbon cutting ceremony signifies the opening of the Viva Fresh Trade Show. Holding the scissors are Dante Galeazzi, President-Elect of the Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) and Bret Erickson, President & CEO of TIPA.
Brenda Necic and Peppe Bonfiglio with Sunset/Mastronardi showing the company’s pasta kit. The kit includes Minzano tomatoes and offers a meal within 15 minutes.
Mikee Suarez and Miky Suarez with Mas Melons & Grapes. The company's table grape season out of Sonora will start in about three weeks.
Valda Coryat, Angela Serna and Manuel Michel with the National Mango Board have been promoting mangos all weekend.
Dino Lacovino and Luis Lopez with Master’s Touch, showing the new packaging for organic and conventional grape tomatoes.
The team of Pure Flavor
Pure Flavor offers six different lettuce varieties. This is the first year the product is available in clamshells. In the past, the lettuce came in a sleeve.
Rob Medcalf and Nick Allen with Mucci Farms proudly show the company’s Naked Leaf Lettuce and Cherto tomatoes.
Hannah Radley and Jeff Walker with Oppy
Jose Garcia with Rene Produce and Mark Cassius with SunFed.
Raul Millan with Vision Import Group
Alfredo Diaz with AMHPAC
Andres Thomas, Mary Stivalet-Thomas and Phillip Cuccerre with Le Best Banana Supply.
Steve Poklemba, Rob Jackson and Carlos Flores with Village Farms
Selection of tomatoes from Village Farms. From cabernet estate reserve, to lip smackn' grapes, true rebel and cherry no. 9.
And there is the complete team of Village Farms. From left to right: Carlos Flores, Doug Kling, Steve Poklemba, Rob Jackson and and Lyra Vance.
Mike Joergensen and Olivia Storvik with NatureSweet Tomatoes
David Anderson and Suhanra Conradie with Summer Citrus from South Africa are promoting South Africa's citrus varieties.
Mark Malatras with MacroPlastics
David Morgan and Kimberley St. George with Mann Packing
Dan Harrington, Jeff Ritts and David Roby with Domex Superfresh Growers, showing pouch bags with different apple varieties. Jeff shows the latest product: organic apples in pouch.
The team of Bayer Vegetable Seeds had different melon varieties on display. From left to right: Joe Chapa, Enrique Rodriguez, Matthew DeCeault and Jose Rodriguez.
Ken Green and Dino DiLaudo with Westmoreland-TopLine Farms showing tomatoes of the company's organic line.
Frank Sanchez with Blue Book Services
Jose Rodriguez and Mary Velasquez with Freska Produce International
Antonio Gudino and Erika Anguiano with Colimex Tropical Fruit
The team of Star Produce
Paul Schulz and Silvia Franco with Market Source. Franco joined Market Source 5 months ago and is the General Manager of the company’s McAllen, TX location.
James Fasano with J. R. Supply Company and Rich Rice and Jordan Mach with Volm Companies
Arnoldo Curiel with Chula Brand and Ramon Mery and Andrew Zoppo with Lakeway Foods
Damon Green, Willard Shay and Steve Emmons with Sinclair Systems International
Larry Schwing and John Kloninger with Pasco Foods. The company recently expanded into the foodservice segment.
Hearts of Palm from Pasco Foods: a relatively new product that comes from Costa Rica.
George Wooten and Tim Nealy with Wayne E. Bailey Produce
Michel Reed and Pedro Reed with Babia
Paola Gonzalez and Jaime Bustamante with the Fruit & Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation
Kurt Schuster, Israel Canche and Jeff Holton with ValVerde Vegetable Co.
Michael Prather, Bradley Corlew and Rachel Evans with Handy Candy, proudly showing tomato cups.
Mark Crossgrove, Laura Hastie and Doug Classen with Foxy/ The Nunes Company
Jerry Joye, Zak Laffite and Mark Hanks with Wonderful Citrus present the many different citrus varieties in Wonderful's program.
Scott Ross on the left just joined West Pak Avocado. In the middle George Henderson and Susie Rea on the right, who proudly show the “I love Avocado” mesh bags.
Jimmy Munguia, Luis Galaviz and Diego Ley with Del Campo Supreme, Inc.
Bryan Garibay, Brent Scattini, Patrick Cortes and Stephen Fink with Mission Produce.
Megan McKenna with the National Watermelon Promotion Board and the National Watermelon Queen.
Robert Guenther and Allison Nepveux with United Fresh
Rachelle Schulken with Renaissance Food Group and Danny Kennemur with Calavo Growers.
Emily Woodard with United Fresh
Jose Herrera with Kingsburg Orchards and Adnan Awnallah with Cali Fresh Produce proudly show California's first harvest of stone fruit for this season.
California's first stone fruit was harvested on Friday and shipped overnight to the Viva Fresh Expo. On the left are Snow Angel white peaches. To the right is the Honey May nectarine variety.
Greg Golden, Javier Leon, David Ponce and Ken Boone with Amazon Produce Network.
Mark Santos with Santos International
Roberto Fantini with Hi-Line Cold Storage, Luis Bazan with Pharr International Bridge and Gustavo Rodriguez with Hi-Line Cold Storage.
Ernesto Escudero, Luis Elizondo and Ramon Campuzano with International Paper
Lois Kim, Patricia Garza and Anwar Garza with PPC Farms
The team of London Fruit
Gilberto Munguia and Kristina Lorusso with Giumarra
Brett Johnson, Zoe Maas and Liz Erickson Monson with Robinson Fresh
Kyle Moynahan with RedSun Farms shows cherry tomatoes on the vine.
Justin Henkel, Mario Testani and Chris Servini with Lakeside Produce
Erick Coronado and Maggie Bezart Hall proudly present Avocados From Mexico
The team of SiCar Farms!
Wendi Smith and Allan Dodge with Pro Citrus Network and in the middle Marieke Hemmes with FreshPlaza.
Mario Cardenas, Tom Eggleston and Eddie Solis with JBT Corporation.
Tony Incaviglia with GR Fresh
Vince Ferrante, Leslie Simmons and Mike Bowe with Dave's Specialty Imports. Leslie shows pomegranate arils.
Kristi Hocutt, daughter Tristian and Joey Hocutt with Triple J Produce.
Rick Hill, Raul Acevedo, Jacob Fox and Aaron Fox with Fox Packaging.
The proud team of Rio Fresh
Danny Carosilva, Mari Danielson and Alfred Nunez with GreenPoint Distributing.
Mert Gumus and Lance Peterson with Super Starr International. The company just launched its new website.
Johnny White and Susannah Lanier with Shuman Produce
Eli Nunez, Valeska Esquivel and Javier Hernandez with Fresh Kampo. Lots of berries on display at the Fresh Kampo booth.
From left to right: Mike Miles, Mitch Furlonger, Craig Overholt, Shawna Dalrymple, Jose Cardenas and Dan Edmeier with Suntastic/Huron Produce.
Octavio Garcia, Cindy Delgado, Heriberto Vlaminck, Armando Alvarado and Alicia Garza with Triple H Produce.
Jon Ullrich, Mario Gomez and Billie Dziewit with Henry Avocado
Juan Hernandez and Denise Garcia with Chula Brand
Karl Kolb with Ceres Certifications, International
Rebecca Garcia and Antonio Espinosa, accompanied by the lime woman.
Luz Moreno, Carlos Zambito and Fernando Narvaez with San Antonio Wholesale Produce Market
Chris Nelson, Wes Hudson and Blake LaGrange with Tomato Management Corporation
Anish Sheth and Jessica Kezar with Veggie Noodle Co.
Guillermo Martinez, Marcelo Gonzalez, Brent Schwarz and Alberto Gonzalez with Kingdom Fresh Farms.
Dante Galeazzi, President-Elect and CEO with the Texas International Produce Association, who will start his new position on May 1.
Baltazar Garcia with Hollandia Produce and his wife Patty are walking the show.
Heidi McIntyre, Alison Edgar and Melinda Goodman with Full Tilt Marketing, organizers of the Viva Fresh Expo.
Emma Rodriguez and Jose Ochoa with Manos Creativas
Luis Garcia and Gerardo Gonzalez with Syntranet