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WASHINGTON, D.C. - With the shift of the United Fresh Marketplace and FMI shows from Chicago to Las Vegas, for May 4-7, 2008, United said it will add a new Organic Produce Pavilion to the Marketplace show floor. Meanwhile, the All Things Organic show, which had co-located with United and FMI for the past four years, will remain in Chicago.
"It is clear that supermarket retail management and produce buyers will be looking for organic produce in Las Vegas at our produce marketing and merchandising event," said United Fresh president Tom Stenzel.
"Organic produce is bought by produce buyers and merchandised by produce teams rather than generic organic buyers of meats, packaged goods, and clothing," added Jerry Welcome, United Fresh's e.v.p.
In other news, United Fresh said it has accepted 12 new members in Produce Industry Leadership Program, now its 13th year. Presented through the United Fresh Research & Education Foundation and sponsored by a grant from DuPont Crop Protection, the program has graduated more than 140 program participants since its inception in 1995.
The new members of the 13th Produce Industry Leadership Class are:
Chris Ciruli, Ciruli Brothers/Amex Distributing Co., Inc., Tubac, Ariz.
Todd Eagan, Costco Wholesale, San Diego, Calif.
Amy Feldman, Pom Wonderful, LLC, Chicago, Ill.
Anthony Gallino, California Giant, Inc., Watsonville, CA
Phil Gilardi, Freshway Foods, Sidney, Ohio
Andy Hamilton, IFCO Systems N.A., Bentonville, Ark.
Erin Hanas Archey, A. Duda & Sons, Inc., Oviedo, Fla.
James Higham, Potandon Produce, LLC, Idaho Falls, Idaho
Ken Holthouse, Doug Walcher Farms, North Fairfield, Ohio
Jennifer Moss, Southern Specialties, Inc., Pompano Beach, Fla.
Gordon Smith, California Tree Fruit Agreement, Reedley, Calif.
Cali Tanguay, Apio, Inc., Guadalupe, Calif.
The class members will participate in a number of trips focused on the core goals of the program: leadership development; business relationships; government and public affairs; and media and public communications. Throughout the program, the class also will take part in customized field and facility tours, train with expert educators, and meet with key industry leaders and innovators.