After the show, Silbermann said the industry has the opportunity to grow demand like never before.
“We are finally turning the corner and understanding that creating demand is even more important than fulfilling demand,” he said Oct. 23.
Exhibitors reported high foot traffic on Oct. 19, the expo’s first day, but cited fewer floor visitors on the final day on Oct. 20.
“This show is very good and we’re meeting a lot of people and seeing some new things as well as some innovations,” said Joseph Bunting, produce category manager for United Supermarkets in Lubbock, Texas. “The food in this city is outstanding. It’s a fun atmosphere.
The show marked the first decade of PMA’s Foundation for Industry Talent Pack Family Career Pathways program, which helps recruit young people into the produce industry.
“I am impressed to see more young people than I’ve seen in the past attending workshops and walking the show floor,” said Maureen Torrey, vice president of Torrey Farms Inc., Elba, N.Y. “The programs show young people the opportunities at all levels in the industry. This show is upbeat and this is a great city.”