PMA gives kudos to best Fresh Summit booths

10/20/2011 06:50:00 AM
Doug Ohlmeier

ATLANTA — The Produce Marketing Association recognized exhibitors displaying the most creative and appealing booths at the Fresh Summit 2011 expo.

“Best of Show” awards went to six categories; judges walked the show floor Oct. 15-16 rating the booths on their overall effectiveness, product service presentation and staff performance, according to a news release.

Winners are:

  • North Shore Greenhouses Inc., Thermal, Calif., best in-line booth;
  • NatureSweet Ltd., San Antonio, best island booth;
  • Ranch Fresh Foods LLC, Salinas, Calif., best new product launch (River Ranch Heritage Blend);
  • Orchard Bar, Cashmere, Wash., best first-time exhibitor;
  • Duda Farm Fresh Foods Inc., People’s Choice award; and
  • California Avocado Commission, Irvine, Sensory Experience award for roasted pork tenderloin with bok choy, pickled tomatoes, and avocados recipe.

“These companies demonstrated excellence in every area and serve as examples of the type of ingenuity necessary in capturing the most interest, especially among busy produce buyers,” Bryan Silbermann, PMA’s president and chief executive officer, said in the release.

Attendees voted for the People’s Choice award by texting.

The Packer sponsored the awards.



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Seth Pemsler    
eagle, Idaho  |  October, 20, 2011 at 09:06 AM

what did those of you who had pictures taken with our 7 superheros think of our booth. PMA always votes us down for attracting crowds and blocking the isles. But were we memorable? Did you have fun? Do you remember the Gilligan's Island crew, Barbara Eden of IDream Of Genie, Danceheads or our stuffed bull? We never won then either.

Dan McGrath    
Oxnard, CA  |  October, 21, 2011 at 09:45 AM

I stopped by your booth on Sun and had my picture taken, both by your staff photog and my phone. I posted the pic on my Facebook wall. Since then I've received many comments and compliments from all kinds of family and friends as a result. My response is always, "Those guys from the Idaho Potato Commission do something fun every year. Take a look at their site". Kudos to you for your marketing efforts!

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