Members of the Eastern Produce Council’s Leadership Program recently visited the Giamarese Farm & Orchard in East Brunswick, N.J. ( Courtesy Eastern Produce Council )

Fourteen members of the Eastern Produce Council’s Leadership Program recently visited an East Brunswick, N.J., apple orchard for hands-on learning.

The trip to the Giamarese Farm & Orchard on Sept. 12 fulfills part of the EPC leadership program’s mission of bringing future leaders in the industry into contact with different facets of the business.

The group has visited The Gloucester Port Terminal and Greenyard Logistics, Swedesboro, N.J., and future plans include a Food Safety Modernization Act training seminar and a Foundation Excellence conference during the annual New York Produce Show in December, according to a news release.

After visiting the orchard, the leadership group visited the Holly House and gardens at Rutgers University in East Brunswick for an educational session.

“The networking for these ‘students’ is a fantastic opportunity,” Wakefern Food Corp.’s Marianne Santo, EPC president, said in the release. “We are also hoping they will continue in the industry and become a succession plan for the future of the EPC board.”

 
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