One of the highlights of the event is the Produce 101 competition, in which produce employees take their best guess at identifying unique and unusual produce items.
This year’s first- and second-place winners are with Commerce, Calif.-based Gelson’s/Mayfair markets. Thomas Wong, assistant produce manager at the chain’s Tarzana store, earned first place, and John Carriger, produce manager at the Santa Barbara store, came in second.
Expo committee chairman Brian Cook, sales manager at San Miguel Produce Inc., Oxnard, Calif., said the expo provides produce managers and buyers with an opportunity to interact in a relaxed environment.
“It allows (vendors) to show their products and educate produce managers so they can educate their consumers about the products they are carrying,” he said.