Members of the Board of Directors for the Texas International Produce Association attend the official opening of the Viva Fresh 2019 tradeshow. Dante Galeazzi and Jimmy Garza cut the ribbon.
Kellee Harris, Miguel Beltran, Carlos Marquez and Kristina Lorusso with Giumarra.
Giumarra introduces lemonade apples from New Zealand. They are very crispy and will also become available from Washington State.
Mikee Suarez and José Vásquez Jr. with MAS Melons & Grapes are ready for the watermelon season from Mexico to start.
The team of Red Sun Farms: Carlos Visconti, Harold Paivarinta, Rob Jackson, Ray Mason and Mark Wehby.
Mike Levis and Rich Rice of Volm Companies in the booth together with Chris Fasano and Matt Lackey from Texas distributing partner J.R. Supply Company.
Steve Zaccardi, Rob Medcalf and Majid Radam with Mucci Farms show cucumber poppers and snackable sweet peppers.
3 oz. cucumber poppers on display at the booth of Mucci Farms. This size was developed for the Viva Fresh show.
All smiles in the SunFed booth. From left to right Craig Slate, Frank Camera, Josh Acuña, Gretchen Kreidler Austin, Matt Mandel and Eduardo Herbst.
Suhanra Conradie with Summer Citrus from South Africa. South Africa’s citrus exports to the US will begin next month.
The team of London Fruit. From left to right: Michael Stewart, Tonya Hill, Dalith Gonzalez, Mario Cardenas and Cindy Swanberg Schwing.
Brenda Necic and Peppe Bonfiglio of Sunset/Mastronardi proudly show Aloha peppers.
Ian Smetona with Limoneira smiles for the picture with Megan Stallings of Calavo Growers and Rachelle Schulken of Renaissance Food Group.
Karina Reyes and Oscar Woltman with AMHPAC are promoting AMHPAC’s 12th annual conference titled “Taking Challenges and Heading Towards Consolidating Our Industry.”
The Oppy team!
Diego Morales with Don Limon shows a 1 lb. mesh bag with organic limes.
Joseph Bunting with The United Family of supermarkets and Tammy Wiard with the National Mango Board proudly show how Joseph was Retail Mango Partner of the Month March.
Representing Tom Lange are Mason Laughridge, Brent Scattini, Paul Bertrand, Brandon Whitby and Paul Foster.
Jamin O’Connell with Reasor’s Food smiles for a picture with Allison Myers of Fruits From Chile.
Jeff Ritts with Superfresh Growers shows a pouch bag of organic Autumn Glory apples.
Ernesto Maldonado, Jarrett Little and Matt Bates with The Star Group show Roma tomatoes, a Greenhouse Greens lettuce blend and Inspired Greens lettuce. The lettuce is grown in the company’s greenhouses in Coaldale, Alberta.
The team of Vision Import Group: Marcos Gonzalez, Ronnie Cohen, Tony Mitchell, Angela Aronica and Allan Napolitano.
Frank Sanchez with Blue Book Services is talking to a customer and explaining more about the company’s database that provides credit and marketing information.
Roger Lucero of Villita Avocados and Luis Orrantia of Tropical Specialists who walked the show.
Smiles in the booth of Fresco Produce. From left to right: Mauricio Lopez, Antonio Espinosa, Mayra Romero, Rebecca Garcia and Hugo Rodriguez.
The team of Bebo Distributing.
Carlos Acuña, Patrick Eubanks and José Herrera with Kingsburg Orchards.
The first California stone fruit was harvested this past week and on display at the Kingsburg Orchards booth.
The team of Stella Farms proudly shows watermelon and pineapple. From left to right are Austin Mackey, Michael Martori and Chloe Albright.
The team of Eagle Eye Produce has many convenient potato products on display. From left to right are Dallin Klingler, Lance Poole and Luis Parra.
Sweet Seasons has a lot of exotic produce varieties on display. Pictured from left to right are: Yasmani Garcia, Bertha Bañuelos, Marina Bernal, Jose Bernal and Jovanni Bernal. Next week, the company’s lychee program starts, followed by rambutan and dragon fruit.
The Maurer Family team of Tabafresh. From left to right Ernesto, Ernesto Jr., Daniela and Graciela.
The team of Wonderful Citrus.
Alberto Diaz, Eduardo González and César Diaz with Spring Valley Fruits served fresh-cut guava in the booth. The company specializes in guava.
Trey Boyette and Jeff Axelberg with SMP Southeast Marketing, Inc. talk to customers about Mississippi-grown sweet potatoes.
A smiling Davis family. From left to right are Marvin, Kristen, Mike Jr., Kimberley, Mike and Claudia with Tex-Mex Sales, LLC.
Dino Iacovino with Altar Produce.
The team of Pro Citrus Network is getting ready for its summer citrus program. Pictured are Hector Gonzalez, Stevy Mandaro, Kim Flores and Christine Raymer.
The team of NatureSweet Tomatoes.
Comets from NatureSweet replace the Sunburst tomatoes.
Mario Gomez, Jon Ullrich and Phil Henry with Henry Avocado.
Luke Antonelli, Denise Garcia, Juan Hernandez and Emilio Garcia with Chula Brand. The company’s main items are pineapples, limes and papayas.
Lyra Vance, Brandon Jamison and Carlos Flores with Village Farms. Lyra shows chameleon tomato packaging. Brandon and Carlos show Texas-grown tomatoes with the packaging emphasizing the company’s Texas program.
New; the chameleon collection from Village Farms. The package includes different colors of tomatoes to 'suit your mood'.
The team of Triple H Produce won the Best of Show Award from the Innovation Showcase with its Triple H grower app.
Tami Dean and Brett Burdsal with Dayka Hackett show grapes as well as avocados in a new label.
Mani Skaria, PhD and Veronica Reyna with US Citrus. The company uses micro-budding to grow citrus trees. The trees grow in less than half the time compared to the traditional way. US Citrus has its own nursery, fields and packing house.
US Citrus mentioned it's the largest Persian lime grower in the United States.
Anthony Otto with MagicSun.
Michel Veyan Reed with Babia shows broccoli florets that are available in organic as well as conventional.
Dominic Garnazzo with Wada Farms is talking with a show attendee.
Adam Aguilar and Lee Crenshaw with Melissa’s.
John Pandol with Pandol Brothers shows green Sugar Crunch grapes.
The team of Lone Star Citrus from left to right: Gustavo Serrano, Trent Bishop and Chris Eddy.
The team of SiCar Farms
Clark Golden, Glauber Silva and Greg Golden with Amazon Produce Network with lots of mangos on display in the booth.
Last year, the company introduced a bigger size box for mangos to make it easier for retailers.
Fair Trade Certified mangos.
The team of J&D Produce.
Alexus Nunez, Claudia Bernal Murry, Martin Garcia and Ryan Valenti with Meridian Fine Foods promote Fresh Kampo berries.
Edgar Millan, Patricia Lugo and Tadeo Better with Caraveo Papayas smile for the photo.
Beautiful display of Maradol papayas at the Caraveo booth.
Matt Mastronardi and Chris Veillon of Pure Flavor show peppers and tomatoes from the company’s new Craft House line. This line inspires consumers to get creative in the kitchen and make cooking an experience.
Elizabeth Elizabeth Chang with Amerifresh walks the show.
The Farmer’s Best team: Nicanor Garza, Hugo Martinez, Leonardo Tarriba and Steve Yubeta.
Rachel Donnan with GoodFarms and Kevin Boyle & Rebecca Chavez with Equitable Food Initiative.
At 2:30 pm it was Happy Hour at the Summer Citrus from South Africa booth. Suhanra Conradie gave a speech and toasted to the organization’s anniversary: 20 years of citrus exports from South Africa to the US. Cheers!
Kim Smith, Rob Lynch and Juan Torres of Robinson Fresh are joined by Jeff Stachelek of Albert Bartlett USA.
The team of Fox Packaging. From left to right Raul Acevedo, Jacob Fox, Victoria Lopez and Aaron Fox.
Stephan Fink, Jenna Rose Lee and Santiago Peña with Mission Produce.
The team of Santis Produce.
Alfonso Delgado and Stephanie Bazan with Avocados From Mexico, joined by Jorge Hernandez with Mevi Avocados.
Erika Anguiano and Antonio Gudiño with Colimex Tropical Fruit.
Javier Gonzalez and Diego Ley with Del Campo Supreme.
Steve Schwager with Fyffes North America.
Susie Rea and Scott Ross with West Pak Avocado.
The team of GM Produce Sales promoting Marathon mangos.
Mary Flores, Isabel Freeland and Mary Velasquez with Coast Tropical.
Lucia Baumbach and Cesar Garcia with New Mundo Export not only have mangos on display, but even mango trees.
Proceeds of the Viva Fresh golf tournament went to a newly created scholarship fund to get younger generations into produce. $30,000 was raised.
Dan’l Mackey Almy with DMA Solutions introduces the students from the Aggies for Fresh program to trade show attendees. These students from Texas A&M University pursue a career in fresh produce.