More than 200 industry members from the Pro*Act foodservice supply chain gathered at the Monterey, Calif.-based company’s annual Procurement and Sales Conference in Phoenix.

Pro*Act conference draws more than 200

Courtesy Pro*Act

From left, Mark Derby, director of procurement for Sacramento, Calif.-based General Produce; Rick Bravo, director of national accounts/foodservice for Dole Fresh Vegetables, Westlake Village, Calif.; Andy Kamenitzer, tropical sales manager for Dole Fresh Fruit, and Debra Cole, senior account executive for Dole Fresh Vegetables, talk on the expo floor at Monterey, Calif.-based Pro*Act’s annual Procurement and Sales Conference March 8-11 in Phoenix.

The conference, in its 12th year, brings together industry members from all points, including produce suppliers, Pro*Act distributors and foodservice operators from the independent and institutional sectors.

On the agenda at the conference, March 8-11, were workshops and sessions on Pro*Act’s strategic plan, its new food safety guidelines for small local farms, improving buying capability and competitiveness, client services and a speech from United Fresh Produce Association president Tom Stenzel.

“We feel it’s vital for all our trading partners to have a clear sense of what were doing, where we’re going and how we plan to get there,” said Steve Grinstead, president and chief executive officer of Pro*Act, in a news release.

The 36 suppliers in attendance, including Dole and Rainier Fruit Co., exhibited products and were able to talk about their products with distributors and foodservice operators.