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Hillary Clinton coming to United Fresh

03/05/2014 01:42:00 PM
Mike Hornick

Hillary Rodham ClintonClintonFormer Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the keynote speaker June 10 at a joint general session of the United Fresh Produce Association and Food Marketing Institute in Chicago.

The keynote session is scheduled for 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Arie Crown Theater at McCormick Place.

Participation in the session is available only to attendees who are signed up for the FMI or United Fresh educational package. The program is expected to attract several thousand attendees, according to a news release.

Wonderful Brands is sponsoring the joint general session.

The United Fresh 2014 trade show runs June 10-13, concurrent with FMI Connect. Registration for the events is at www.unitedfreshshow.org and www.fmiconnect.net.

“We are honored to have Secretary Clinton as our keynote speaker for this very special event,” United Fresh President and chief executive officer Tom Stenzel said in the release.

“Secretary Clinton’s participation will bring a special energy to our general session and we are looking forwarding to hearing her insights,” said FMI president and chief executive officer Leslie Sarasin.

Clinton, a former First Lady and U.S. senator, was Secretary of State from 2009 until 2013.

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March, 06, 2014 at 08:53 AM

Hell No. Get politics out of the fresh industry.

ohio  |  March, 06, 2014 at 09:24 AM

Ha ha, that's funny...somebody thinks there's no politics in produce. She's just a professional, getting paid a lot. Everybody else are amateurs.

Washington state  |  March, 06, 2014 at 09:59 AM

You got to be kidding. Have the dem's really helped any farmers? Maybe it's a reason to boycott the event all together. Why would anyone want to listen to someone who is so out of touch with reality. I would rather hear her husband speak, at least he is real.

March, 06, 2014 at 03:39 PM

IF I had signed up, I would demand a refund!!!

Florida  |  March, 06, 2014 at 04:25 PM

What? You've got to be kidding? Just one word- Benghazi -. And you're ok with that? She should be on trial, not behind a podium to talk produce.

Texas  |  March, 06, 2014 at 07:00 PM

Seriously? Grotesquely polarizing, completely unfamiliar with the truth, and no friend of the food or fresh produce industry...Hey, let's have Hillary give the keynote... What bonehead thought THAT was a good idea?

James Mickey McCarthy    
Louisiana & Central America  |  March, 08, 2014 at 10:09 PM

This has to be the worst decision of any organization, to invite a person, who is responsible for the murder of four Americans in the line of duty. Who, as Secretary of State, we lost all of our allies worldwide, but specifically in Central America, where she embargoed Puerto Cortes, because the country of Honduras with 90% of their vote impeached their president, since he wanted Honduras to align with the dictator, Chavez of Venezuela. The embargo lasted 24 hours, because the embargoed port controls international trade for four Central American countries. Rescind the invite.

Homer Adams    
Sochi, Russian Federation  |  March, 09, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Is this a joke? Do they wish that no one shows up for the event?

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