United Fresh Live! Day One
Clockwise from top left: Northeast editor Amy Sowder, retail editor Ashley Nickle, editor-in-chief Tom Karst ( The Packer )

The Packer's Tom Karst, Ashley Nickle and Amy Sowder share their first impressions of the United Fresh Live! trade show, the first of its kind for the produce industry, after day one of the virtual event.

Check out their coverage of company booths, education sessions and more at the links below.

United Fresh LIVE! opens with everyone online — Starting with a video tribute to the essential workers that bring fresh produce from the farm to the fork, the 2020 United Fresh LIVE! grand opening session was an industry first.

How restaurant and retail chefs switched gears to survive — In today’s COVID-19 pandemic-filled business world, adapting is crucial, according to chefs who shape the menus of restaurants, retirement communities, school systems, hotels and quick-service restaurants.

Conversations at United — Leona Neill with Red Sun Farms — Heading into the industry’s first virtual trade show, prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Red Sun Farms adjusted its booth focus to spotlight its growing Sweets program.

COVID-19 redefines school foodservice — When COVID-19 arrived in March, the students and the salad bars in school cafeterias disappeared.