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Lemke to keynote Global Cold Chain Expo

Jim Lemke, president of Robinson Fresh, will be the keynote speaker at the Monday Opening General Session kicking off the inaugural Global Cold Chain Expo in Chicago, June 20-22. More than 200 cold chain industry leaders will gather for the opening general session at the Palmer House Hilton on Monday afternoon, June 20. Lemke’s remarks will focus on emerging business opportunities for cold chain solution providers and will address the trends driving growth in fresh food and the global…  » Read more

NPC, ag groups request meeting on FSMA

The National Potato Council (NPC) joined 21 agriculture and produce groups in a letter to FDA's Deputy Commissioner Mike Taylor and his successor Stephen Ostroff to discuss "ramifications of the FSMA legislation that need attention." The signers recognized that the Sept. 19 compliance deadline for enforcement of the Preventive Controls Rule for specific "off-farm" facilities is rapidly approaching and requested near term relief for those facilities, NPC said. The Produce Marketing Assocation, United Fresh Produce Assocation and other state and national…  » Read more

United Fresh 2016 connects produce industry, school nutrition leaders

For the second year, The United Fresh Start Foundation will host The Produce Forum for School Success, a program at United Fresh 2016 to connect produce companies with K-12 school foodservice buyers. The Produce Forum for School Success  supports the United Fresh Start Foundation’s mission to increase children’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables.  The Urban School Food Alliance, an organization representing foodservice administrators from the nation’s six largest school districts, will once again be present in Chicago…  » Read more

Potatoes USA chef nominee wins United Fresh award

Chef Oliver Plust, chef and part owner of Tender Greens restaurant, is the award winner of the 2016 Quick Service Restaurants category of the United Fresh Produce Excellence in Foodservice awards program, based on the nomination by Potatoes USA. Plust attended the board’s sponsored “Menu Innovation with Potatoes” chef training seminar at the Culinary Institute of America Greystone campus, last October. He has since been working on a number of innovative new potato dishes for use in his restaurant…  » Read more

BrandStorm set for Nov. 14-16

The United Fresh Produce Association has launched the second annual BrandStorm marketing event, which will take place Nov. 14-16 in San Francisco, California at the Hilton Financial District San Francisco. A project of the United Fresh Produce Marketing & Merchandising Council, BrandStorm has been developed to engage all levels of marketers in the produce industry looking for new and creative marketing solutions. “What started as an idea from the council to educate produce marketing professionals has blossomed into an incredible marketing conference,” said…  » Read more

FreshTech award open for nominations

The United Fresh Produce Association is now taking nominations for its first FreshTech Achievement Award, to be presented to a company or individual in recognition of outstanding technical achievement to advance the fresh produce industry. “The United FreshTech Expo has long been the place for innovative companies to showcase the tools, technologies, equipment, goods and services needed to advance our industry,” said United Fresh President & CEO Tom Stenzel. “As part of FreshTech, we’ve also been able to honor a number of outstanding…  » Read more

Nomination period open for Women in Produce honoree

Held each year in conjunction with the United Fresh convention and expo, the Reception Honoring Women in Produce recognizes the contributions of all women working in the produce industry, and selects one individual to share their personal experience of service. Nominations for the 2016 honoree are now being accepted. The featured speaker is selected from nominations submitted by United Fresh members across the industry and reviewed by a committee of her peers, including honorees from the past 19 years. The nomination period…  » Read more

United Fresh releases 2015 Year in Review

United Fresh Produce Association released the 2015 Year in Review edition of the FreshFacts on Retail report, which examines overall retail trends in produce for the past year. The report also offers insights into performance and consumer data for fresh produce. The FreshFacts on Retail report, produced in partnership with the Nielsen Perishables Group and sponsored by Del Monte Fresh Produce, measures retail price and sales trends for the top 10 fruit and vegetable commodities. Value-added, organic and other produce categories are…  » Read more

Potato industry teams with United Fresh Start Foundation

Inspired by the United Fresh Start Foundation’s efforts to get the produce industry involved in the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative, the CEO of the  United States Potato Board (USPB), Blair Richardson, challenged the potato industry to donate salad bars to 300  schools each year, as part of the program. The USPB leadership approved using assessment funds to match every salad bar donated by the potato industry starting in July 2015. Through February 2016, the…  » Read more

H-E-B’s Craig Boyen to deliver United Fresh Keynote

Craig Boyan, president and chief operating officer for H-E-B will deliver the keynote address on June 21 at the United Fresh 2016 Opening Breakfast General Session at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. H-E-B, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, currently operates more than 370 stores in the U.S. and Mexico and has over 86,000 employees. In addition to his current role as president and COO, Boyan is also a member of the H-E-B Board and a trustee of the H-E-B Investment Retirement Plan. He joined…  » Read more

United Fresh opens application period for leadership program

The application period is now open for the 22nd class of the United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program. Each year, 12 fellows are selected to participate in the program, which is developed around four fundamental goals: leadership development; business relationships; government and public affairs; and media and public relations. During the yearlong fellowship, participants will take part in a series of customized trips including face-to-face meetings, hands-on training with industry experts and educators, interactive experiences with…  » Read more

United Fresh announces food safety training courses

United Fresh is launching a new training program to assist produce industry members in complying with the Produce Safety Rule and Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act. United Fresh will deliver FDA-approved training for growers and fresh-cut processors using curricula from the Produce Safety Alliance(PSA) and the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) to address the two different regulations. United Fresh has scheduled three FSPCA training sessions to train what are known as “Preventive…  » Read more

United Fresh, PMA react to USDA Dietary Guidelines

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services recently released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The recommendations focus on five overarching guidelines and what foods to consume more or less of. Here are reactions from around the produce industry: United Fresh Produce Association – Tom Stenzel, president and CEO: “The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans strongly recommends that all Americans significantly increase their consumption of vegetables and fruit to improve their health. For the first…  » Read more

United Fresh 2016 Expo registration opens

Registration for United Fresh 2016 is now open. The event will be hosted June 20-22 at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. United Fresh will feature new produce innovations and fresh food trends, tools and technology, business-to-business meeting suites, an expert consultation center, produce innovation awards and education programs. New this year is Fresh Foods: The Retail Revolution, being held on June 20. Speakers will explore the trends, innovations and visions for how fresh produce…  » Read more

Produce groups to host webinars on FSMA final rules

Industry members will have an opportunity to interact with FDA and ask questions about three final Food Safety Modernization Act rules and their implementation requirements via two free webinars. Each of the 90-minute webinars is hosted by Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and United Fresh Produce Association, in partnership with regional produce associations. Registration is now available online. The webinar covering the produce safety rule will be Dec. 11 at 1:30 p.m. EST. The webinar covering the…  » Read more

United Fresh Grassroots Action Network gets new look

United Fresh has launched a redesign of its Grassroots Action Network website, allowing the produce industry a more robust platform to connect with elected officials in Washington, D.C. Open to all members of the fresh produce industry, as well as industry partners and critical stakeholders, the Grassroots Action Network website will mobilize the power of fresh produce through strategic grassroots efforts, according to United. For the remainder of 2015, United Fresh is targeting several key…  » Read more

United Fresh offers free listeria guide

Two recent outbreaks have demonstrated the vulnerability of some fresh and fresh-cut operations to listeria harborage leading to product contamination. Some customers and supplier operations have implemented listeria testing programs without a good understanding of their scientific validity. While the processed foods industry and FDA have long had guidance for listeria monitoring and control, guidance applicable to the unique conditions of fresh produce handling operations has been lacking, according to the United Fresh Produce Association.…  » Read more
Potato industry leaders participate in D.C. farm bill rally

Potato industry leaders participate in D.C. farm bill rally

Hundreds of agriculture industry allies rallied in Washington, D.C. today to urge Congress to pass a new Farm Bill before the current law expires Sept. 30, according to the United Fresh Produce Association. Organized by the Farm Bill Now Coalition, the event featured remarks from Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chairwoman of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee; Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.); Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), ranking member of the Committee on Agriculture; and Rep. Kristi…  » Read more