Southern Exposure 2020

Matching colors at the Starr Ranch booth. The company proudly presents its new boxes for Organic Fuji. The boxes replace apples in clamshell.
Matching colors at the Starr Ranch booth. The company proudly presents its new boxes for Organic Fuji. The boxes replace apples in clamshell.
Showing a variety of products from Mucci Farms are Troy Gage and Shawna Pelletier.     
Showing a variety of products from Mucci Farms are Troy Gage and Shawna Pelletier.     
The Giumarra team!
The Giumarra team!
Matt Quiring and Conor Chilvers with Nature Fresh Farms proudly show tomatoes in premium black label packaging. Matt shows tomatoes-in-the vine while Conor shows a medley, a new product.
Matt Quiring and Conor Chilvers with Nature Fresh Farms proudly show tomatoes in premium black label packaging. Matt shows tomatoes-in-the vine while Conor shows a medley, a new product.
Randy Scott with Sprouts Farmers Market flanked by Tom Smith and Brian Deese with California Giant Berry Farms.
Randy Scott with Sprouts Farmers Market flanked by Tom Smith and Brian Deese with California Giant Berry Farms.
Allison Myers and Karen Brux with the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association. The Chilean produce season is gaining up to speed.
Allison Myers and Karen Brux with the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association. The Chilean produce season is gaining up to speed.
John Caragliano, Tara Saldana and John Carter with Limoneira show pink lemons and a pouch bag with a lemon trio.
John Caragliano, Tara Saldana and John Carter with Limoneira show pink lemons and a pouch bag with a lemon trio.
Pink lemons on display at the Limoneira booth: https://www.freshplaza.com/article/9194315/pink-lemons-bring-the-color-to-the-lemon-category/
 

Pink lemons on display at the Limoneira booth: https://www.freshplaza.com/article/9194315/pink-lemons-bring-the-color-to-the-lemon-category/

 

The Red Sun Farms team in good spirit. From left to right Kyle Moynahan, Rob Jackson, Ray Mason, Jim D’Amato and Kevin Pedreira.
The Red Sun Farms team in good spirit. From left to right Kyle Moynahan, Rob Jackson, Ray Mason, Jim D’Amato and Kevin Pedreira.
Paul Newstead and Cat Gipe-Stewart with Domex Superfresh Growers.
Paul Newstead and Cat Gipe-Stewart with Domex Superfresh Growers.
The theme at this year’s Southern Exposure was Mardi Gras with a happy mascot greeting show attendees.
The theme at this year’s Southern Exposure was Mardi Gras with a happy mascot greeting show attendees.
Mario Cervantes and Pat Flynn with Hazel Technologies are ready to walk the floor.
Mario Cervantes and Pat Flynn with Hazel Technologies are ready to walk the floor.
Maria Montalvo and Karen Hearn with the California Table Grape Commission.
Maria Montalvo and Karen Hearn with the California Table Grape Commission.
A happy Rainier Fruit team!
A happy Rainier Fruit team!
Johnna Johnson, Jim Grabowski and Alison Allwine representing Well Pict berries.
Johnna Johnson, Jim Grabowski and Alison Allwine representing Well Pict berries.
The Oppy team: Caitlin Gerstenberger, Lou Sierra, Jon Vagelatos and Michael Schaefer.
The Oppy team: Caitlin Gerstenberger, Lou Sierra, Jon Vagelatos and Michael Schaefer.
Ryan Lockman and Aaron Hunter with North Bay Produce. The chocolate covered strawberries in the North Bay booth were delicious.
Ryan Lockman and Aaron Hunter with North Bay Produce. The chocolate covered strawberries in the North Bay booth were delicious.
Peppe Bonfiglio with Sunset/Mastronardi in the booth with buyers from Food Lion who tried the company’s Honey Bomb tomatoes.
Peppe Bonfiglio with Sunset/Mastronardi in the booth with buyers from Food Lion who tried the company’s Honey Bomb tomatoes.
Timothy Beerup and Meg Buchsbaum with the National Mango Board.
Timothy Beerup and Meg Buchsbaum with the National Mango Board.
Leona Neill with Red Sun Farms proudly shows the new Yoom tomato to show attendees.
Leona Neill with Red Sun Farms proudly shows the new Yoom tomato to show attendees.
Winner of the Innovation award at Fruit Logistica Berlin is the Yoom tomato. Red Sun Farms is the first grower-shipper in North America to offer the new variety. Two other greenhouse growers in North America also have the right to sell the variety. 
Winner of the Innovation award at Fruit Logistica Berlin is the Yoom tomato. Red Sun Farms is the first grower-shipper in North America to offer the new variety. Two other greenhouse growers in North America also have the right to sell the variety. 
Janis McIntosh and Dustin Hahn with Naturipe Farms.
Janis McIntosh and Dustin Hahn with Naturipe Farms.
Krysten DeGiglio and Helen Aquino with Village Farms show a clamshell with 6 ct. beefsteak tomatoes and a bag with sweet bell peppers.
Krysten DeGiglio and Helen Aquino with Village Farms show a clamshell with 6 ct. beefsteak tomatoes and a bag with sweet bell peppers.
Range of organic products on display at the Village Farms booth. The company’s exclusive and authentic tomato variety Heavenly villagio marzano is now also available in organic.
Range of organic products on display at the Village Farms booth. The company’s exclusive and authentic tomato variety Heavenly villagio marzano is now also available in organic.
The Chiquita team. From left to right Tom Randazzo, Jamie Postell, Rick Sullivan and Mike Vesely.
The Chiquita team. From left to right Tom Randazzo, Jamie Postell, Rick Sullivan and Mike Vesely.
The team of Tom Lange/Seven Seas!
The team of Tom Lange/Seven Seas!
Brenda Briggs with Rice Fruit Company shows a 2 lb. bag of Gala apples. Rice Fruit distributes along the East Coast and as far west at Mississippi.
Brenda Briggs with Rice Fruit Company shows a 2 lb. bag of Gala apples. Rice Fruit distributes along the East Coast and as far west at Mississippi.
Dariel Trottier and Chris Messent with the Star Group. They show the company’s latest product: Taste Buddies seedless & sweet peppers.
Dariel Trottier and Chris Messent with the Star Group. They show the company’s latest product: Taste Buddies seedless & sweet peppers.
Seedless sweet peppers, grown in shade houses in Mexico.
Seedless sweet peppers, grown in shade houses in Mexico.
Denise Quiroga and Pedro Balderrama with SunFed. Pedro shows organic mini cucumbers in a compostable and recyclable tray.
Denise Quiroga and Pedro Balderrama with SunFed. Pedro shows organic mini cucumbers in a compostable and recyclable tray.
Oscar Garcia and Anna Kirsch of Avocados From Mexico. AFM’s booth showed off innovative store displays to help retailers market their avocados to consumers.
Oscar Garcia and Anna Kirsch of Avocados From Mexico. AFM’s booth showed off innovative store displays to help retailers market their avocados to consumers.
The team of Schmieding Produce!
The team of Schmieding Produce!
Taylor Sokol just recently started with Apeel and is the company’s new Director of Foodservice. Taylor sees great opportunities for Apeel to expand in the foodservice space.
Taylor Sokol just recently started with Apeel and is the company’s new Director of Foodservice. Taylor sees great opportunities for Apeel to expand in the foodservice space.
Mardi Gras and smiles at the booth of Dave’s Specialty Imports. Alma Lorenzo, Leslie Simmons, Alex Molina and Mike Bowe.
Mardi Gras and smiles at the booth of Dave’s Specialty Imports. Alma Lorenzo, Leslie Simmons, Alex Molina and Mike Bowe.
Joe Dugo, Stephanie Cavallo and Donald Slot with AM FRESH North America. The company focuses on citrus and grape breeding and was previously called AMC Direct.
Joe Dugo, Stephanie Cavallo and Donald Slot with AM FRESH North America. The company focuses on citrus and grape breeding and was previously called AMC Direct.
Joe Nava and Joshua Estebana with West Pak proudly show the company’s avocados.
Joe Nava and Joshua Estebana with West Pak proudly show the company’s avocados.
Albert Perez, Robert Cabili and Jackie Obana with Continental Fresh.
Albert Perez, Robert Cabili and Jackie Obana with Continental Fresh.
New branding from Continental Fresh. The box and water drop label signify Continental Fresh’ investment in building water projects in South America.
New branding from Continental Fresh. The box and water drop label signify Continental Fresh’ investment in building water projects in South America.
Jeff Bruff, Pam Wooten and Bryan Thornton with Rock Garden.
Jeff Bruff, Pam Wooten and Bryan Thornton with Rock Garden.
New product on display at the Rock Garden booth. Sprouts including Baby Mung beans, Baby Sweet peas and Aduki beans.
New product on display at the Rock Garden booth. Sprouts including Baby Mung beans, Baby Sweet peas and Aduki beans.
Jon Esformes with Sunripe Certified Brands and Aris Pappas with Pete Pappas and Sons smile for the camera. Last week, the companies announced their partnership in Smoky Mountain Family Farms.
Jon Esformes with Sunripe Certified Brands and Aris Pappas with Pete Pappas and Sons smile for the camera. Last week, the companies announced their partnership in Smoky Mountain Family Farms.
Domenic Russo, Andreas Economou and Basile Kanaris with Tastyfrutti promote Chilean fruit.
Domenic Russo, Andreas Economou and Basile Kanaris with Tastyfrutti promote Chilean fruit.
Kathryn Ault is walking the floor.
Kathryn Ault is walking the floor.
Jim Graves and Cora Sue Rodriguez from Sol Group.
Jim Graves and Cora Sue Rodriguez from Sol Group.
Michael Carter with Southeastern Grocers flanked by Fred VandenBerg and Brian Schiro with Jac. VandenBerg.
Michael Carter with Southeastern Grocers flanked by Fred VandenBerg and Brian Schiro with Jac. VandenBerg.
Sunrays on display at the booth of Jac. VandenBerg. This is the company’s own brand.
Sunrays on display at the booth of Jac. VandenBerg. This is the company’s own brand.
Stonefruit, including lemon plums.
Stonefruit, including lemon plums.
Stephen Fink and Bryan Garibay with Mission Produce.
Stephen Fink and Bryan Garibay with Mission Produce.
Ken Sikes and Charlotte Vick with Vick Family Farms are promoting their North Carolina grown sweet potatoes.
Ken Sikes and Charlotte Vick with Vick Family Farms are promoting their North Carolina grown sweet potatoes.
Brandon Burrell, Danelle Huber and George Harter with CMI Orchards show pouch bags of Kiku apples, American Dream cherries and Envy apples.
Brandon Burrell, Danelle Huber and George Harter with CMI Orchards show pouch bags of Kiku apples, American Dream cherries and Envy apples.
The team of Crystal Valley Foods.
The team of Crystal Valley Foods.
Raina Nelson with Renassaince Food Group and Bryan Thornton with Coosemans Worldwide are walking the floor.
Raina Nelson with Renassaince Food Group and Bryan Thornton with Coosemans Worldwide are walking the floor.
Anthony Gallino with Bobalu Berries walks the show floor.
Anthony Gallino with Bobalu Berries walks the show floor.
Carl Mastronardi, Chris Badaoa and Ray Mastronardi with Del Fresco Pure.
Carl Mastronardi, Chris Badaoa and Ray Mastronardi with Del Fresco Pure.
A happy Greenyard / Seald Sweet team. From left to right: Helena Fernandez Irastorza, GT Parris, Mayda Sotomayor, Carlos Sotomayor and Gray Vinson.
A happy Greenyard / Seald Sweet team. From left to right: Helena Fernandez Irastorza, GT Parris, Mayda Sotomayor, Carlos Sotomayor and Gray Vinson.
Johnna Johnson with Marketing Plus and Marieke Hemmes with FreshPlaza are having fun with the Mardi Gras theme.
Johnna Johnson with Marketing Plus and Marieke Hemmes with FreshPlaza are having fun with the Mardi Gras theme.
The team of Coastline Family Farms: Carmen Placensia, Tami Gutierrez, Lani Salczynski and Alison Pilcher.
The team of Coastline Family Farms: Carmen Placensia, Tami Gutierrez, Lani Salczynski and Alison Pilcher.
Alexandra Cody and Claire Pollard with AC Foods (Suntreat) show Sumo Citrus. The distinct citrus variety is in season for the next few months.
Alexandra Cody and Claire Pollard with AC Foods (Suntreat) show Sumo Citrus. The distinct citrus variety is in season for the next few months.
Thomas Joyner and Thomas Webb with Nash Produce.
Thomas Joyner and Thomas Webb with Nash Produce.
Jim Fuller with Sarah’s HomeGrown has attendees try watermelon, mango and cherry frescas as well strawberry lemonade. The dispensed products are available at 23,000 Subway locations in the United States.
Jim Fuller with Sarah’s HomeGrown has attendees try watermelon, mango and cherry frescas as well strawberry lemonade. The dispensed products are available at 23,000 Subway locations in the United States.
Erik Musto, Lindsay Love, Angela Aronica and Bill Olvey with Vision Import Group. Erik and Bill are new hires.
Erik Musto, Lindsay Love, Angela Aronica and Bill Olvey with Vision Import Group. Erik and Bill are new hires.
Roger Riehm and Gabe Madison with Blue Creek Produce.
Roger Riehm and Gabe Madison with Blue Creek Produce.
Mac Riggan and Darrin Carpenter with Chelan Fresh show a pouch bag with Koru apples and a container of Rockit apples.
Mac Riggan and Darrin Carpenter with Chelan Fresh show a pouch bag with Koru apples and a container of Rockit apples.
Chris Dreier and Chris Downs with Taylor Farms show some of the company’s latest salad kits: a Tangerine Crunch salad and an Avocado Ranch salad.
Chris Dreier and Chris Downs with Taylor Farms show some of the company’s latest salad kits: a Tangerine Crunch salad and an Avocado Ranch salad.
Dale Milison and John Sheehan with Highline Mushrooms show mushroom sauté kits that will be launching soon.
Dale Milison and John Sheehan with Highline Mushrooms show mushroom sauté kits that will be launching soon.
Chris Cockle and Larry Goens with the Wonderful Company talk about the company’s domestic Halo and seedless lemons seasons. Domestic seedless lemon supplies will be supplemented by South African supplies.
Chris Cockle and Larry Goens with the Wonderful Company talk about the company’s domestic Halo and seedless lemons seasons. Domestic seedless lemon supplies will be supplemented by South African supplies.
Walking on stilts and still smiling and waving.
Walking on stilts and still smiling and waving.
Anthony Stetson, Ethan Williams and Kirk Chance with Pretty Lady Vineyards.
Anthony Stetson, Ethan Williams and Kirk Chance with Pretty Lady Vineyards.
Ben Martin, Paul Mortanian and Luciano Fiszman with Gourmet Trading Company proudly show organic and conventional asparagus as well as conventional and organic blueberries.
Ben Martin, Paul Mortanian and Luciano Fiszman with Gourmet Trading Company proudly show organic and conventional asparagus as well as conventional and organic blueberries.
Brick Rooks and Vince Ferrante with Southern Belle show their new consumer brand: Carolina.
Brick Rooks and Vince Ferrante with Southern Belle show their new consumer brand: Carolina.
Andrea Lopez-Zavala, Elisha Cope and Heather Fuller with Braga Fresh showing salad kits and broccoli florets.
Andrea Lopez-Zavala, Elisha Cope and Heather Fuller with Braga Fresh showing salad kits and broccoli florets.
Ben Backus and Russell Kiger with DLF International.
Ben Backus and Russell Kiger with DLF International.
Brenda Oglesby, Dewey Scott and Stephanie Williams with Scott Farms.
Brenda Oglesby, Dewey Scott and Stephanie Williams with Scott Farms.
Andrew Horn and Duncan Marriott with Kings River Packing show California grown Gold Nugget mandarins and Raspberry Oranges.
Andrew Horn and Duncan Marriott with Kings River Packing show California grown Gold Nugget mandarins and Raspberry Oranges.
Linda Cunningham with Classic Harvest.
Linda Cunningham with Classic Harvest.
The Frieda’s team served stokes purple sweet potato dark chocolate coconut cups to show attendees. Many attendees couldn’t get enough of it.
The Frieda’s team served stokes purple sweet potato dark chocolate coconut cups to show attendees. Many attendees couldn’t get enough of it.
Todd DeWaard and Jordan Vande Guchte with Michigan-based Superior Sales proudly show celery and asparagus.
Todd DeWaard and Jordan Vande Guchte with Michigan-based Superior Sales proudly show celery and asparagus.
Ally Nesci and Lisa McNeese with Grimmway Farms.
Ally Nesci and Lisa McNeese with Grimmway Farms.
Showing brand-new packaging for SunGold kiwis are John Kang, Debbie Rogers, Karen Caruso and Shawn Wen with Zespri.
Showing brand-new packaging for SunGold kiwis are John Kang, Debbie Rogers, Karen Caruso and Shawn Wen with Zespri.
New 1 lb. pound packaging for Zespri’s SunGold kiwis. This packaging was just launched and only availble in the North American market. 
New 1 lb. pound packaging for Zespri’s SunGold kiwis. This packaging was just launched and only availble in the North American market. 
Tim Colln, Chuck Sinks jr., Kevin Steiner and Ryan Easter with Sage Fruit Company. These were the last few minutes of the trade show, but still smiling for a photo.
Tim Colln, Chuck Sinks jr., Kevin Steiner and Ryan Easter with Sage Fruit Company. These were the last few minutes of the trade show, but still smiling for a photo.
Jose Roggiero and Ricardo Roggiero of Freshway Produce. The company is working on expanding their dragon fruit program to supply the US year-round. They are currently importing from Ecuador but will begin source from other origins such as Mexico, Nicaragua, Vietnam, and South Florida to supplement the program throughout the year.
Jose Roggiero and Ricardo Roggiero of Freshway Produce. The company is working on expanding their dragon fruit program to supply the US year-round. They are currently importing from Ecuador but will begin source from other origins such as Mexico, Nicaragua, Vietnam, and South Florida to supplement the program throughout the year.
Bob Catinella (East Coast Marketing Manager) and Bryan Roberts (Regional Marketing Manager) for USA Pears.
Bob Catinella (East Coast Marketing Manager) and Bryan Roberts (Regional Marketing Manager) for USA Pears.
Ramon Chavarria, Shannon Barthel, and Brad Edmonds of CAPCO, Central American Produce. The company is at the tail end of their Peruvian mango import season and will be switching to Guatemala soon.
Ramon Chavarria, Shannon Barthel, and Brad Edmonds of CAPCO, Central American Produce. The company is at the tail end of their Peruvian mango import season and will be switching to Guatemala soon.
Susan Atwater, Craig Kelly, and Allie Brake of IFCO.
Susan Atwater, Craig Kelly, and Allie Brake of IFCO.
Brian Cook, Kyle Griffith and Baltazar Garcia of Pete’s.
Brian Cook, Kyle Griffith and Baltazar Garcia of Pete’s.
Pete’s is launching new ready-to-eat kits called “Butter Stuffers” which will be able on the US west coast around the middle of March.
Pete’s is launching new ready-to-eat kits called “Butter Stuffers” which will be able on the US west coast around the middle of March.
Phil Kooy and Aaron Bailey of Bolthouse Farms. In their juice category they have released health shots and a line of protein keto shakes.
Phil Kooy and Aaron Bailey of Bolthouse Farms. In their juice category they have released health shots and a line of protein keto shakes.
Aaron Miller and Tracy Jones of Booths Ranches and Aaron McNeese of Sobeys. Booth’s Ranches is currently in their California oranges program.
Aaron Miller and Tracy Jones of Booths Ranches and Aaron McNeese of Sobeys. Booth’s Ranches is currently in their California oranges program.
Traci Sensenig and Wayne Hendrickson of Four Seasons Produce, a full-service wholesaler, with sister import and logistics companies called Earthsource Trading and Sunrise Logistics, respectively.
Traci Sensenig and Wayne Hendrickson of Four Seasons Produce, a full-service wholesaler, with sister import and logistics companies called Earthsource Trading and Sunrise Logistics, respectively.
Kevin Stanger, President of Wada Farms. The company is currently supplying North Carolina sweet potatoes and will be starting a watermelon program from North Carolina this summer.
Kevin Stanger, President of Wada Farms. The company is currently supplying North Carolina sweet potatoes and will be starting a watermelon program from North Carolina this summer.
Caroline Hopkins, Charles Harden, Mike Owens, Stewart Mann and Jon Browder of Pioneer Growers.  The company’s newest product is hydroponically grown lettuce which will be available year-round.
Caroline Hopkins, Charles Harden, Mike Owens, Stewart Mann and Jon Browder of Pioneer Growers.  The company’s newest product is hydroponically grown lettuce which will be available year-round.
Guy Opie, Maria Vasquez, Joe Feldman of Awe Sum Organics. The company is expecting to see good pear volumes coming out of Argentina in about three weeks and are currently importing table grapes from Peru.
Guy Opie, Maria Vasquez, Joe Feldman of Awe Sum Organics. The company is expecting to see good pear volumes coming out of Argentina in about three weeks and are currently importing table grapes from Peru.
Glen Reynolds of Potandon Produce. The company is showing their shelf-stable seasoned microwavable mini potatoes.
Glen Reynolds of Potandon Produce. The company is showing their shelf-stable seasoned microwavable mini potatoes.
The potato mixes come in different seasoning flavors and are ready to eat in six minutes.
The potato mixes come in different seasoning flavors and are ready to eat in six minutes.
Patrick O’Brien, the fruit carving ninja, working in the SMP Marketing Booth to create a beautiful display out of watermelons.
Patrick O’Brien, the fruit carving ninja, working in the SMP Marketing Booth to create a beautiful display out of watermelons.
Matt Solana, Michelle Jacobs, Yesenia Forbes and John Michael Wooten of Jackson Farming Company, whose products are all domestic grown. Their multi-state melon program will kick off at the end of April.
Matt Solana, Michelle Jacobs, Yesenia Forbes and John Michael Wooten of Jackson Farming Company, whose products are all domestic grown. Their multi-state melon program will kick off at the end of April.
Tom Salisbury and Jeff Olsen of The Chuck Olsen Company. The company works with citrus and table grapes, which they supply year-round through domestic and import programs. Currently, they are importing their table grapes from Chile.
Tom Salisbury and Jeff Olsen of The Chuck Olsen Company. The company works with citrus and table grapes, which they supply year-round through domestic and import programs. Currently, they are importing their table grapes from Chile.
Zach Swanson and April Garcia of Nature Sweet Tomatoes.
Zach Swanson and April Garcia of Nature Sweet Tomatoes.
The Comets are yellow snack tomatoes which are ‘out of this world sweet.’
The Comets are yellow snack tomatoes which are ‘out of this world sweet.’
Tim Percival, Larry Olson, Patti Garcia, Phil Rindone and Scott Reade. The company works with table grapes and blueberries and are currently importing their blueberries from Peru but will be switching to Mexico and Florida in a month.
Tim Percival, Larry Olson, Patti Garcia, Phil Rindone and Scott Reade. The company works with table grapes and blueberries and are currently importing their blueberries from Peru but will be switching to Mexico and Florida in a month.
Christopher Gordon, Julie DeWolf, Kimberly Mangum, Gini Richards, and Matthew Shekoyan of Sunkist Growers, who are currently in the peak of their domestic citrus season.
Christopher Gordon, Julie DeWolf, Kimberly Mangum, Gini Richards, and Matthew Shekoyan of Sunkist Growers, who are currently in the peak of their domestic citrus season.
Mike Gianatti and Daniel Mosquera of MamaMia Produce.
Mike Gianatti and Daniel Mosquera of MamaMia Produce.
MamaMia Produce is presenting their newly re-packaged organic cucumbers, which are grown in Mexico and Canada.
MamaMia Produce is presenting their newly re-packaged organic cucumbers, which are grown in Mexico and Canada.
Mike Porter and Kirby Johnson of Flavor 1st Packers and Growers. The company is working on releasing tomatoes packed with resealable tops this year.
Mike Porter and Kirby Johnson of Flavor 1st Packers and Growers. The company is working on releasing tomatoes packed with resealable tops this year.
Andy Martin and Maria Elena Alvarez of A&A Organic Farms, who attended the show as visitors.
Andy Martin and Maria Elena Alvarez of A&A Organic Farms, who attended the show as visitors.
Mike Krage and Kent Beesley of the Idaho Potato Commission.
Mike Krage and Kent Beesley of the Idaho Potato Commission.
The Idaho Potato Commission has a new marketing campaign which highlights the health-benefits of potatoes.
The Idaho Potato Commission has a new marketing campaign which highlights the health-benefits of potatoes.
Mark Danza (Sbrocco International), Randy Scott (Sprouts), John Sbrocco (Sbrocco International) and Maclaren Oglesby (Sbrocco International). The company’s citrus import season from Chile and Peru is coming up soon.
Mark Danza (Sbrocco International), Randy Scott (Sprouts), John Sbrocco (Sbrocco International) and Maclaren Oglesby (Sbrocco International). The company’s citrus import season from Chile and Peru is coming up soon.
Zachary Raab, Ryan Sugrue, Travis Phelps and Tyler Hiriak of Robinson Fresh. The company works with stage-ripened avocados, which make it easier for consumers to eat avocados every day.
Zachary Raab, Ryan Sugrue, Travis Phelps and Tyler Hiriak of Robinson Fresh. The company works with stage-ripened avocados, which make it easier for consumers to eat avocados every day.
“Get your Daily ‘dos of avocados.”
“Get your Daily ‘dos of avocados.”
Chris Elmer, Chris Henry, Gabe Romero and Scott Ross of Del Monte. The company presented their ‘Better Break Bowls,’ which are plant-based, microwavable, healthy meal solutions.
Chris Elmer, Chris Henry, Gabe Romero and Scott Ross of Del Monte. The company presented their ‘Better Break Bowls,’ which are plant-based, microwavable, healthy meal solutions.
Spencer Smith, Peter Shore, Lorraine Ong and Juan Magdaleno of Calavo. The company recently released smaller ‘single serve’ avocados in bags as well as halved and diced IQF avocado.
Spencer Smith, Peter Shore, Lorraine Ong and Juan Magdaleno of Calavo. The company recently released smaller ‘single serve’ avocados in bags as well as halved and diced IQF avocado.
Bruce Klein and Josh Auerbach of Maurice A, Auerbach, Inc. The company is currently in their Argentine garlic import season.
Bruce Klein and Josh Auerbach of Maurice A, Auerbach, Inc. The company is currently in their Argentine garlic import season.
Tariq Malik and Justin Henkel of Lakeside Produce.
Tariq Malik and Justin Henkel of Lakeside Produce.
Lakeside Produce is releasing new 100% recyclable packaging, which will be available in Canada in April and in the US in the fall.
Lakeside Produce is releasing new 100% recyclable packaging, which will be available in Canada in April and in the US in the fall.
Brock Snyder and Dave Masser of Fresh Solutions Network.
Brock Snyder and Dave Masser of Fresh Solutions Network.
Kyle Tisdale of the South Carolina Peach Council.
Kyle Tisdale of the South Carolina Peach Council.
Jarrod Snider, Lloyd Richter, Kevin Rogers, Rachel McLeod and Benji Richter of Richter and Company. The company is seeing a great Florida onion season and are expecting a great southern peach season.
Jarrod Snider, Lloyd Richter, Kevin Rogers, Rachel McLeod and Benji Richter of Richter and Company. The company is seeing a great Florida onion season and are expecting a great southern peach season.
Carl Ream, Jessica Arias, Bob Jajkowski, Dervis Manizade and Kohl Brown of J&J Family of Farms. This year is the first year the company will have leafy greens, which are available now through March, and will start up again in September.
Carl Ream, Jessica Arias, Bob Jajkowski, Dervis Manizade and Kohl Brown of J&J Family of Farms. This year is the first year the company will have leafy greens, which are available now through March, and will start up again in September.
Lee Timmerman, Yolanda Montelongo and Veronica Rivas of Santa Sweets, a daughter company of Procacci Brothers. Santa Sweets are east-coast growers and have recently welcomed Lee Timmerman as their new President.
Lee Timmerman, Yolanda Montelongo and Veronica Rivas of Santa Sweets, a daughter company of Procacci Brothers. Santa Sweets are east-coast growers and have recently welcomed Lee Timmerman as their new President.
Joe Gibbons, Tricia Brown and Elizabeth Yerecic of Yerecic Label. The company is putting a great focus on sustainability, and Elizabeth Yerecic was a panelist at the Plight of Plastics Educational Session.
Joe Gibbons, Tricia Brown and Elizabeth Yerecic of Yerecic Label. The company is putting a great focus on sustainability, and Elizabeth Yerecic was a panelist at the Plight of Plastics Educational Session.
Peter Leifermann, Deanna Obana and Mary Ostlund of Brooks Tropicals.
Peter Leifermann, Deanna Obana and Mary Ostlund of Brooks Tropicals.
Paul Marier, Eric Jones and Erin Meder of Capespan North America, who will begin with their citrus import season from Peru in late April/early May, and in with South African citrus imports in June.
Paul Marier, Eric Jones and Erin Meder of Capespan North America, who will begin with their citrus import season from Peru in late April/early May, and in with South African citrus imports in June.
Michael Daroshefski, Dallin Klinger and Joe Ange of Eagle Eye Produce.
Michael Daroshefski, Dallin Klinger and Joe Ange of Eagle Eye Produce.
Eagle Eye Produce presented their Fresh Blends line, which are microwavable vegetable medleys.
Eagle Eye Produce presented their Fresh Blends line, which are microwavable vegetable medleys.
Cole Patterson of Giro Pack.
Cole Patterson of Giro Pack.
Giro Pack is presenting their 100% compostable bag for produce, which is available now.
Giro Pack is presenting their 100% compostable bag for produce, which is available now.
Barbara Baker, Scott Deyoe, Timothee Sallin and Sydney Allison of IMG Citrus, whose samples of their heirloom white grapefruit pieces and juice were very popular with visitors.
Barbara Baker, Scott Deyoe, Timothee Sallin and Sydney Allison of IMG Citrus, whose samples of their heirloom white grapefruit pieces and juice were very popular with visitors.
Mike Hacker, Tim Horvath, Austin Fowler and Mike Sharp of Fowler Farms. The company’s new Honeycrisp box has proven very popular with customers.
Mike Hacker, Tim Horvath, Austin Fowler and Mike Sharp of Fowler Farms. The company’s new Honeycrisp box has proven very popular with customers.
Tom Hall of Freska Produce International. The company is wrapping up their Peruvian mango imports and their Mexico mangos will be in full gear in April. The company has also been working with dehydrated mangoes recently.
Tom Hall of Freska Produce International. The company is wrapping up their Peruvian mango imports and their Mexico mangos will be in full gear in April. The company has also been working with dehydrated mangoes recently.
Matt Sumner, Lindsay Garcia and Jack Cain of Always Fresh Farms. The company is working with various new proprietary berry varieties: Malu, a new raspberry variety in production next year; Amelali, a new blackberry variety in production next year; and Evita, a new raspberry variety which is in production now.
Matt Sumner, Lindsay Garcia and Jack Cain of Always Fresh Farms. The company is working with various new proprietary berry varieties: Malu, a new raspberry variety in production next year; Amelali, a new blackberry variety in production next year; and Evita, a new raspberry variety which is in production now.
Jeffrey Noble of Bella Sun Luci. The company had an Innovation Station to show their new plant-based tomato jerky, available in three varieties which will launch in stores nationwide in three weeks.
Jeffrey Noble of Bella Sun Luci. The company had an Innovation Station to show their new plant-based tomato jerky, available in three varieties which will launch in stores nationwide in three weeks.
Tyler Tucker and Don Roper of Honeybear Brands, showing of new, soon-to-be-released apple varieties such as First Kiss.
Tyler Tucker and Don Roper of Honeybear Brands, showing of new, soon-to-be-released apple varieties such as First Kiss.
Willy Pardo, Desiree Pardo Morales, Wilson Domiguez, Karen Nardozza (Moxxy Marketing) and Christopher Gonzales of WP Produce. WP Produce has found great success marketing their greenskin avocados as tropical avocados, but also work with many other tropical fruits such as the apple banana, a banana which tastes like an apple.
Willy Pardo, Desiree Pardo Morales, Wilson Domiguez, Karen Nardozza (Moxxy Marketing) and Christopher Gonzales of WP Produce. WP Produce has found great success marketing their greenskin avocados as tropical avocados, but also work with many other tropical fruits such as the apple banana, a banana which tastes like an apple.
Angela Hernandez and Jeri Elsasser of Trinity Fruit Company.
Angela Hernandez and Jeri Elsasser of Trinity Fruit Company.
Trinity Fruit released 0.3 oz pouches of dried pomegranate seeds.
Trinity Fruit released 0.3 oz pouches of dried pomegranate seeds.
The J&C Tropicals team. The company has recently begun importing Ecuadorian golden berries into the US with very positive consumer response.
The J&C Tropicals team. The company has recently begun importing Ecuadorian golden berries into the US with very positive consumer response.
Jorge Leon, Vivian Caram, and Eddie Caram of Limeco. The company’s Florida greenskin program is finishing up now with great results. Powerful Harvest is the company’s non-GMO brand.
Jorge Leon, Vivian Caram, and Eddie Caram of Limeco. The company’s Florida greenskin program is finishing up now with great results. Powerful Harvest is the company’s non-GMO brand.
Cece Krumrine and Sheila Carden of the National Watermelon Promotion Board.
Cece Krumrine and Sheila Carden of the National Watermelon Promotion Board.
Blake Lee, John Zaninovich, and Mike Asdoorian of DLJ Produce showing their exclusive grape variety.
Blake Lee, John Zaninovich, and Mike Asdoorian of DLJ Produce showing their exclusive grape variety.
Andy Garcia of Altar Produce.
Andy Garcia of Altar Produce.
Dennis Jackson and Jason Fonfara of FirstFruits Marketing, with their broad apple range. The Opal is the company’s own apple variety, but they also work with other popular varieties such as the Cosmic Crisp.
Dennis Jackson and Jason Fonfara of FirstFruits Marketing, with their broad apple range. The Opal is the company’s own apple variety, but they also work with other popular varieties such as the Cosmic Crisp.
Eddy Navas and Carlos Granda of Chestnut Hill Farms, who grow their pineapples in Costa Rica.
Eddy Navas and Carlos Granda of Chestnut Hill Farms, who grow their pineapples in Costa Rica.
Chestnut Hill Farms presents their pineapples in three different boxes, allowing the retailers to choose the packaging style that they prefer.
Chestnut Hill Farms presents their pineapples in three different boxes, allowing the retailers to choose the packaging style that they prefer.
Max Mastronardi and Tony Capelli of Westmoreland Sales/Topline Farms who have recently released their new ‘snacking cukes.’
Max Mastronardi and Tony Capelli of Westmoreland Sales/Topline Farms who have recently released their new ‘snacking cukes.’
Stephen Flashing of Yakima Fresh. The company’s WA cherry season will start in late June or early July.
Stephen Flashing of Yakima Fresh. The company’s WA cherry season will start in late June or early July.
Neil Brassell and Alan Asbury of Bard Valley Date Growers. The company has recently released 100% recyclable packaging for their Arizona-grown Medjool dates.
Neil Brassell and Alan Asbury of Bard Valley Date Growers. The company has recently released 100% recyclable packaging for their Arizona-grown Medjool dates.
Michael Lacey of CarbAmericas. One of the company’s new products are plantain chips which have only three ingredients: plantains, salt, and oil. These chips have already found great success as a healthy-snacking item.
Michael Lacey of CarbAmericas. One of the company’s new products are plantain chips which have only three ingredients: plantains, salt, and oil. These chips have already found great success as a healthy-snacking item.
Maile Devers and Chad Nelsen of Fowler Packing. California will be supplying their Peelz program through May.
Maile Devers and Chad Nelsen of Fowler Packing. California will be supplying their Peelz program through May.
Rick Estess of RPE Organic Solutions who received SEPC’s Terry Vorhees Lifetime Achievement Award at the Keynote Luncheon on February 29th, 2020.
Rick Estess of RPE Organic Solutions who received SEPC’s Terry Vorhees Lifetime Achievement Award at the Keynote Luncheon on February 29th, 2020.
Ken Paglione, Tiffany Sabelli, Paul Murracas and Melissa Moore of Pure Flavor. The company recently expanded their Craft House line by adding Shishito peppers and eggplant to the assortment.
Ken Paglione, Tiffany Sabelli, Paul Murracas and Melissa Moore of Pure Flavor. The company recently expanded their Craft House line by adding Shishito peppers and eggplant to the assortment.
Charles Alter of Sunview Marketing International, who presented at Southern Exposure for the first time this year.
Charles Alter of Sunview Marketing International, who presented at Southern Exposure for the first time this year.
Wendy McManus, Leadership Coach with Connect 2 Potential
Wendy McManus, Leadership Coach with Connect 2 Potential

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