Additionally, students from eight leading Northeastern universities are planning to participate in the show, more than last year, said John McAleavey, the Short Hills, N.J.-based council’s executive director.
The students plan to walk the show floor with a council director and meet with different produce companies, he said.
Kneeland said the two student programs, which cover the produce and culinary industries, provide opportunities for young people to interact with industry leaders during the convention’s panels.
The programs also offer guidance on produce industry careers.
“They learn the industry’s not very small like a lot of people see it from the retail side,” he said.
“By seeing how large this industry really is, these students gain a lot of knowledge and see how they can really find their niche in it.”
Convention organizers are also scheduling a spouse/companion program.
The event allows participants to spend more time with their families enjoying New York during the holiday season, Kneeland said.