Son and father, Mikee and Miguel Suarez of Mas Melons & Grapes
Grapes, melons and asparagus on display at the Mas Melons & Grapes booth
Greg Akins with Catalytic Generators walks the show
Kristina Lorusso and Gary Caloroso with Giumarra are happy to be at Viva Fresh
Danny Elias, Steve Zaccardi, Ajit Saxena and Joe Spano with Mucci Farms. Ajit and Joe proudly show the award- winning Veggies To Go in the category Most Innovative Vegetable Packaging. Danny and Steve show Naked Leaf lettuce and Smuccies.
Dan Harrington with Domex Superfresh Growers shows Two Bite Cherries while Robert Dresker shows a pouch bag of Autumn Glory apples. Robert works with Domex’ transportation division, called DSG Logistics.
The team of SunFed Perfect Produce from left to right: David Salinas, Andres Escobar, Matt Mandel, Frank Camera and Craig Slate.
SunFed recently added onions to its line of products They are available from Mexico right now and as of early May, local Texas onions will be available.
The team of Tom Lange! Tony Trapp, Vincent Mark, Stephanie Hilton, Cindy Barrios, John Benedyk and Giovanni Romero.
Chip Wujek and John Cameron with Sunset Mastronardi show Aloha peppers. The product was a finalist in the category of most innovative new vegetable products. Between them is a display of You Make Me pasta kits, which is a winning product in the Value-added Solution category.
Ben Ferreira with HEB is visiting the Oppy booth with Joe Padilla in the middle and David Reyes on the right.
Bright colors in the booth of the National Mango Board. From left to right: Tim Beerup, Dennis Kihistadius, Tammy Wiard and Wendy McManus
Stephen Sheldon with Limoneira Citrus, showing the Limoneira lemon trio
Erin Meder of Capespan North America and Suhanra Conradie of Summer Citrus From South Africa.
The team of Vision Import Group. From left to right: Ronnie Cohen, George Uribe, Alan Napolitano and Raul Millan
Lyra Vance and Carlos Flores with Village Farms. Lyra shows a 2 lb. True Rebel pack. Increasingly, grocery stores are promoting large volume packs, she said. Carlos shows the company’s Lorabella Blossom tomatoes.
Mark Malatras with Macro Plastics shows a bin to show attendees.
David Karwacki, John Lambiris and Ernesto Maldonado with Star Produce. John shows lettuce from the company's Inspired Greens line and Ernesto shows greenhouse-grown Avalantino tomatoes.
Alfredo Díaz Belmontes with AMHPAC
Rob Jackson, Ray Mason and Harold Paivarinta in the booth of Red Sun Farms
Derrick Salinas, Darwin Dodd and Luke Antonelli with Sunrise Produce, company of the Chula brand.
Carlos and Frank Sanchez with Blue Book Services
John Pandol with Pandol is ready to talk about grapes and blueberries
The Love Beets team proudly presents its award-winning Honey & Vinegar Golden beets in the category Most Innovative New Vegetable product. From left to right George Shropshire, Chris Horrell and Hollie Johnson. Chris also shows a new addition to the company's beet line; ready-to-eat potatoes.
Juan Carrillo and Luis Lopez with Altar Produce show a new product; a 2 lb. bag of green asparagus.
Ashley Perryman with Dade Service Corporation
California-based Pro Citrus Network has a lot of different citrus varieties on display. From left to right are Jacquie Ediger, Allan Dodge and Wendi Smith. Second from the right is Marieke Hemmes with FreshPlaza.
Minneolas from Pro Citrus Network are a popular export product to the Netherlands at the moment.
Andres Thomas and Phillip Cuccerre with LeBest Banana Supply. Phillip mentioned that the banana market is back to normal.
Kathryn Ault with NatureSweet proudly showing organic grape tomatoes from the Brighthouse Organics line.
Brighthouse Organics; a full line of organically grown greenhouse products from NatureSweet.
Eclipses used to be available in limited distribution, but are now going national.
Jorge Sosa, Erika Gonzalez and Kevin Roberts with Wonderful Citrus. The company won an award with the Halos Tree and Tractor in the category of Most Innovative POS Solution.
John Toner with United Fresh and Greg Corrigan with Raley’s out of Sacramento, CA. Just last week, Greg was nominated as Chairman-Elect for the United Fresh Board of Directors.
The team of Sweet Seasons. From left to right: Bertha Banuelos, Marina Bernal, Yasmani Garcia, Jovanni Bernal and Jose Bernal.
The team of PPC Farms (Plantation Produce Company)
Tonya Hill and Jonathan Smith with Amazon Produce Network, proudly showing a larger box of mangos.
Amazon Produce Network is transitioning away from smaller mango boxes. This is the new specialty pack that allows for better ripening.
Bill Wilber and Peter Shore with Calavo Growers
Mani Skaria and Cheri Abraham with US Citrus. The company says it grows the world’s fastest growing citrus trees via micro-budding, its proprietary and all-natural grafting technique.
The team of London Fruit: Monica Izaguirre, Jorge Hernandez, Cindy Swanberg Schwing and Michael Stewart. Cindy proudly shows the new premium black label box that was just launched.
Jackfruit from London Fruit presented in a big-size black label box
Vince Ferrante, Leslie Simmons and Mike Bowe with Dave’s Specialty Imports. Leslie shows pomegranate arils. They were brought to market last year and complement the company’s berry program. Peruvian arils are available from February until June while Indian supply is available year-round.
John Hausman, Ernesto and Ernesto Maurer with Tabafresh and Diego Morales of Don Limon America on the right.
The team of Fresco Produce from left to right: Rebecca Garcia, Mayra Romero, Antonio Espinosa and Hugo Rodgriguez.
The team of Cabefruit Produce won the Most Innovative Fruit Product award for its Marvelous Jackfruit as Meat Substitute product.
Antonio Gudino, Mayra Garcia, Annabel Banda and Erika Anguiano with Colimex
The products of Jade Produce are presented in bright pink boxes. From left to right: Ryan, Cecilia and Rudy Uresti
Marcus Dunning and Uriel Jimenez with Rehrig Pacific Company
The team of SicarFarms. Julissa Luna, Miguel Rivera and Cynthia Hernandez
Matt Garber and Sherrill Garber proudly show a mix- color tray of sweet potatoes as well as a bag of steamers.
Brent Erenwert with Brother’s Produce visits with John Berger, Lisa Dias and Ernst van Eeghen of Church Brothers.
Matt Bates and Ernesto Maldonado with Star Produce
The team of GM Produce Sales, representing the Marathon Mangos brand.
Baby mangos in the booth of GM Produce Sales.
Drake Alford, Kenny Alford and Jesus Falcon with Fresh Tex Produce have a lot of different produce items on display with limes being one of the company’s main items.
Kim Matthews and Jaylie Matthews with Matthews Ridgeview Farms, grower/packer/shipper of Arkansas sweet potatoes.
Chris Hoffman, Lance Peterson and Mert Gumus with Super Starr International. They had papaya on display for show attendees to taste.
Henry Avocado is represented by Jon Ullrich, Mario Gomez and Billie Jo Dziewit.
Rich Rice with Volm Companies flanked by Chris Fasano and James Rocco Fasano of J.R. Supply Company. J.R. Supply Company handles the distribution for Volm Companies in South Texas.
Justin Henkel and Mario Testani with Lakeside Produce
Todd Henry and Mark Huggett with the Michigan Cranberry Company.
Urbano Magana with PureFresh Sales
Gretchen Kreidler Austin and Mark Cassius are walking the floor
Chris Eddy and Gustavo Serrano with Texas-based Lone Star Citrus Growers
The teams of Robinson Fresh and C.H. Robinson
Gerry Lozano, Texas Watermelon Queen Hannah Crisp and Barbara Duda with the Texas Watermelon Association.
Scott Ross and Susie Rea with West Pak Avocado
Gabriela Perez (left) with Mediterranean Shipping Company and Ricardo Arias (right) with the Port of Houston are visiting Suhandra Conradie in the booth of Summer Citrus From South Africa.
Patrick Dueire, Tami Dean and Tom Mueller with Dayka Hackett
The team of Coast Tropical
Justin Heffernan with Fyffes North America
Julio Podesta, Guillermo Martinez and David Lundstrom with Wilson Produce. Second from the right is Rachelle Schulken with Renaissance Food Group.
Cliff Wiebusch, Frank Schuster and Jeff Holton with ValVerde Vegetable Company
Mark Morales with Rio Produce
Shawn Hartley and Robert Alven of Onions 52 showing Sunions - tearless sweet onions.
Enjoying a beer after the trade show are Carlos Santos with Santos International as well as Scott Fletcher, David Leal and Ozzy Montoya with Allen Lund Company.