Kick off of Southern Exposure. The theme of this year's show is Produce is King.
Team Mucci Farms in their Greenhouse Rock booth, designed by Mucci's marketing team. Mucci won first place in the booth contest.
Mucci Farms is featuring its Veggies to Go. Just last week, the company won the PAC Award for this product and its packaging.
Joseph Casey, Elvis aka Gary Caloroso and Carlos Marquez with Giumarra Companies have fun with the Produce is King theme.
Keith Brown with Cranford's and Dan Wohlford with Oneonta Starr Ranch show a pouch bag of organic Fuji apples.
Oneonta Starr Ranch introduced a larger PLU sticker for organic produce. This larger sticker should clearly differentiate organic produce from conventional produce at the register and prevent cashiers from checking out organic produce as conventional produce.
Duncan McSweeney and Chad Martin with Sunset/Mastronardi. The company launched a number of varieties to its pasta kit.
Sunset/Mastronardi now offers a cold pasta salad, a Classic Italian past kit as well as a Creamy Parmesan and a Spicy Arrabbiata kit.
Jim Grabowski with Well Pict shows Florida strawberries
Andy Tudor and Aaron DeHerrera with Rainier Fruit
Welcome gift from Rainier Fruit for show attendees.
Karen Hearn with the California Table Grape Commission and Keith Cox with Food City.
The team of California Giant: Morgan Maitoza, Tom Smith, JT Tipton, Brian Deese and Nick Chappell.
Robb Myers, Danelle Huber and George Harter with CMI Orchards show Kiku, Ambrosia and Organic Galas in pouch bags.
Envy Apples on display at the CMI Orchards booth
Smiles in the booth of the National Mango Board. From left to right: Valda Coryat, Dennis Kihistadius, Tammy Wiard and Wendy McManus.
Jim Schneider, Peter Cole, Carl Immenhausen, Audrey Desnoyers and TJ Wilson with Oppy. Audrey and TJ proudly show US grown Jazz apples.
Wayne Beck, Joe Nava, Sandy Eason and Peter Shore with Calavo Growers. On the far right is John Caragliano with Limoneira.
Elvis, Karen Caruso and Debbie Rogers with Zespri are promoting kiwi fruit.
Ronnie Cohen, Allan Napolitano, Lindsay Love and George Uribe with Vision Import Group are ready to talk about lemons, limes and mangos to their customers.
Miles Fraser-Jones, Matt Kastensmidt, Stephanie Hilton, Phil Mattingly and Tracy Wood with Tom Lange / Seven Seas.
Paige Stewart, Steve Poklemba and Krysten DeGiglio with Village Farms show a clam shell of Lorabella blossom tomatoes as well as a pouch bag with heavenly villagio marzano tomatoes.
Archie Taylor, Jerry Moran and Joe Dugo with Naturipe proudly show blueberries, Florida strawberries and avocados.
Shawn Loudon and Jay Short with Domex Superfresh Growers show a 4 lbs. pouch bag with Autumn Glory apples. The larger pouch bag has been designed for large-size apples.
Craig Slate, Frank Camera and Pedro Balderrama with SunFed proudly show SunFed's new products: avocados, limes and onions.
The team of Awe Sum Organics shows organic grapes. From left to right: Brad Stark, Jodi Carkner and Kirk Crane.
Allison Myers with the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association
Bob Koehler and Walter Johanson with USA Pears
Just this past week, Red Sun Farms announced the expansion into avocados and they are on display at the booth. The team from left to right: Ray Mason, Ugo DiCarlo, Jim DiMenna, Harold Paivarinta and Kyle Moynahan.
Richie Keirouz with NatureFresh Farms shows TOVs and cherry tomatoes, both grown in Ohio. The tomato crop in Ohio will continue through June and start back up in October. Having production in Ohio in addition to Ontario allow for year-round supplies.
The team of Sunripe Certified Brands is getting ready for its spring tomato season. From left to right: Lyle Bagley, Jon Esformes, Carlos Blanco and Robert Meade.
Don Goforth and Parker Anderson with Family Tree Farms talk to customers about blueberries as well as stone fruit.
Grape tomatoes are now available from NatureSweet's Brighthouse Organics line. Olivia Storvik proudly shows the new product.
Jeff Bruff with Rock Garden proudly shows the company's Chef Shots. A single-serve shot that adds flavor and taste to any meal.
Chef Shots, a new product from Rock Garden/Coosemans Worldwide are available in basil/walnut, cilantro, rosemary/garlic/sage and herbs en provence.
Many different (exotic) fruit varieties on display at the Coosemans booth.
Ken Paglione with Pure Flavor. The company is going through a re-brand with the result shown on the pouch bag with mini peppers. The company is currently building a high-tech greenhouse in Georgia as can be seen on the backdrop.
Nick Fisfis and Sonny Caram with AMC North America have Chilean grapes on display at the booth.
The work of a true artist at the Melon 1 booth
Tom Hall with Freska Produce mentions how the Peruvian mango season is finishing up and production is moving to Mexico.
California avocados sold by Freska
Darrell Genthner, Scott Chodnoff and Bruce Letchworth with CarbAmericas
Matt Wentzel and William Ison with Earth Source Trading enjoy a Corono beer with limes in their beach chairs. In the US, Earth Source Trading has the exclusive rights to distribute limes under the Corona brand.
A cooler with 6-packs of limes, a new product from Earth Source Trading.
Urbano Magana and Brenda Gomez with Pure Fresh
Team Turek Farms/ SM Jones
Greg Golden with Amazon Produce Network walks the show and stops by the mango booth.
Steve Carey and Chip Manuel with Giro Pack show the comany's new handle bag.
Brian Busey and Tom Fleming with Yakima Fresh show strawberry cherries that have a light flesh and the rougher skin of a strawberry.
Maggie Travis and Brenda Briggs with Rice Fruit Company show the company's new snack pack that includes four apples.
Mark Greenberg and Erin Meder with Capespan North America.
Brian Lapin and Nick Cappelluti with Catania Worldwide are walking the show.
The team of Dulcinea/Pacific Trellis
Anthony Stetson, Ryan Debuskey, Nick Dulcich and George Galloway with Sunlight International.
Bonnie Lundblad and Alexsandra Uerkvitz with Sunny Valley International & Ashleigh and Matt Forrest with Dixie Belle, a South Carolina peach grower.
Dariel Trottier, Chris Messent and Lorie Lubyk with Consolidated Fruit Packers / The Star Group.
Alex Jackson Berkley and Karen Caplan with Frieda's give show attendees an opportunity to taste white dragon fruit from Ecuador and red dragon fruit from Israel.
Brano Popovac, Melissa Heinrich and Brian Campos with SunPacific, showing Cara Cara oranges, Vintage Sweets, Air Chief grapes and Mighties kiwi fruit.
Mark Weese with Amco Produce shows the company's garden pack and Kurvin Soobrayen shows a new tomato chutney.
Luis Cintron, Jessie Capote and Adrian Capote with J&C Tropicals
Many exotic fruit and vegetable varieties on display at the J&C booth
Brian Gadwah, Travis Pasternak, Kurt Vetter and Michael Celani with the Wonderful Company show a variety of Wonderful products including Halos, pistachios and POM Wonderful juice.
Peach man is flanked by Will McGehee and Lynn Kilroy with Genuine Georgia
Elvis Crocodile and Georgia peach taking a photo opportunity.
Charlotte Vick and Ken Sikes with Vick Family Farms show the sweet potato steamer bag that was launched in the fall of last year.
Display with Carolina Steamables from Vick Family Farms
Roberto Rojas and Brittany Vetter with Good Foods take care of show attendees by sampling avocado salsa, and guacamole and chips.
John Stutt and Shawna Dalrymple with Suntastic Fresh.
The team of Crystal Valley Foods
Steve Knoll and Merritt Bruce with Grower's Express proudly show the new burrito and fried rice bowls that will be available in stores at the end of the month.
Grower's Express introduced six different noodle meals at the show. The Fried Rice Bowl and the Burrito Bowl are the first ones to hit the market by the end of this month.
A team of Schmieding Produce walks the show. From left to right Scott McDulin, Patterson McDulin, Josh Thorne and Adam Chernow.
Brian Cook with Pete's Living Greens
Victor Arriagada with Summit Produce and Andreas Economou with Tastyfrutti
Dino Dilaudo and Tony Cappelli with Westmoreland- TopLine Farms show organic TOVs and fried green tomatoes.
Fried green tomatoes, a new product from Westmoreland- TopLine Farms
Leslie Simmons with Dave's Specialty Imports shows strawberries from the company's own farm in Florida.
Miguel Rivera, Luis Gudino and Dan Edmeier with SiCar Farms.
Ryan Lockman, Nick Osmulski, Sharon Robb and Brian Klumpp Jr. with North Bay Produce.
North Bay Produce is in its second year of offering green beans as well as snow peas and sugar snaps from Guatemala.
Figs in clam shells are a new product as well. The figs are grown in Peru.
The team of Sage Fruit
Emily Bartosik and Joe Kaslin with Bengard Ranch
Team Chelan Fresh
Rob Spinelli with Anthony Vineyards talks to a buyer
John Frey and Hilary Long with Frey Farms promote Tsamma watermelon juice.
New York Apple Sales represented by Jim Allen, John Cushing and Michael Harwood. Second from left is Dennis MacPherson with Scotian Gold.
John Toner with United Fresh
Coastline Family Farms is represented by Alison Pilcher and Tami Gutierrez.
The team of Wiers Farm includes Hunter Wiers, Ben Wiers, Kellen Copeland and Luke Wiers.
Phil Tripoli with Emerson
Craig Underhill, Stephen Oakley, Nancy Ramirez and Kyle Gashaw with Clear Springs Farms out of Florida.
Dallin Klingler and Coleman Oswald prepared potatoes for show attendees.
Hope Wright, Will Kornegay and Duane Norton with Ham Farms show pumpkin flour, sweet potato wodka and sweet potato steamers.
Paul Mortanian with Gourmet Trading Company shows organic asparagus, a new product for the company.
Megan Ichimoto and Megan Stallings with San Miguel Produce
Tami Long with Nash Produce
Craig Padover with Jac. Vandenberg, Inc.
Jody Okamoto and Eb Bernazard with Melissa's.
A new product from Melissa's: flowering cauliflower
View from the Tampa Convention Center