• Workshops on FDA’s new food safety rules, changing healthcare regulations and immigration reform
• Produce Marketing & Management Conference to better understand consumer needs and opportunities to grow produce sales
• Annual Celebration Dinner featuring Retail Produce Manager and Excellence in Foodservice Awards to nationally acclaimed chefs
• Women in Produce Reception honoring Lisa McNeece of Grimmway Farms
Speaking of social media, it is exciting to see The Packer Market grow. Look for more integration of that site with The Packer’s news site in the weeks/months ahead. Check out a series of blog posts about some of my most valuable reporter-related web resources and a discussion about the potato antitrust case.
The potato antitrust case is drawing attention in the consumer media. Check out this ABC coverage here .
One evergreen examination of antitrust issues and agricultural cooperatives, and with mention of the issues of the potato case, can be found online.
More thoughts on potatoes in a later blog post. Also, I continue to be amazed with the growth of hort production in Peru, and I'll have more facts on that in a later post as well.