The Packer’s inaugural Global Organic Produce Expo features legendary football coach and Super Bowl winner Dick Vermeil as keynote speaker for its event Jan. 25-27 in Hollywood, Fla.

In addition to his successful football coaching career, Vermeil turned his wine-making hobby into a professional venture, producing 5,000 cases a year of Calistoga Napa Valley wine, so expect some insight into the agriculture business.

“Dick Vermeil is an amazing speaker with quite a professional resume,” said Shannon Shuman, vice president and publisher for produce. 

“We think he’s the perfect person to bring some fun and inspiration to our dynamic organic event.”

The Global Organic Produce Expo provides a forum to meet the changing needs of people who grow, distribute, pack and market organic produce. 

This international trade show and conference offers networking, category research and education, consumer trends from The Packer’s annual proprietary Fresh Trends, and 50,000 square feet of exhibition space.

“We listened to the market, as we did with our other successful events, such as the West Coast Produce Expo, and heard the strong demand for an event like GOPEX,” Shuman said. 

“We look forward to providing an event for the face-to-face meetings critical to the produce industry, and we’ll do it in a fun South Florida destination.”

All event activities will be held at the Diplomat Beach Resort just north of Miami.

At the conclusion of the organic education program Friday, Jan. 26, Vermeil gives the keynote address. 

After a successful college football coaching start, Vermeil spent seven seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, taking them from the depths of the NFL to Super Bowl XV in 1981. He then left the sidelines and began a 14-year broadcasting career covering college and NFL football.

In 1997, he returned to NFL coaching with the St. Louis Rams, eventually leading them to a win in Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000. After a short retirement, he returned again to coaching, leading the Kansas City Chiefs for five seasons before retiring from football for good in 2006.

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Submitted by Louis Estiverne on Fri, 11/17/2017 - 20:01

Presentation of

Center for Storage and Processing of Agricultural Products

CETPA (“Centre de Stockage et de Transformation des Produits Agricoles” in French) is a private company working in cooperation with 39 small agricultural producers in Haiti’s Lower Central Plateau. It grows, markets and processes vegetables and fruits, including the Mango Francisque, for local and international markets. In all its production and processing activities, CETPA works to build the capacity of small peasant farmers and grassroots organizations in its region.

CETPA is completing construction of its center for the treatment of fruits and vegetables (a building of 510 square meters, divided into 12 rooms). The Center is located next to CETPA’s headquarters and storage depot, in Bellanger, Gascogne, in the commune of Mirebalais, on the Lascahobas road.

Short-term business goals

ü CETPA has started to process:
§ Palma-christi/castor into oil;
§ Coffee beans into powder coffee;
§ And sugar cane into cane syrup.
To enlarge its capacities, CETPA must invest in grinding mills, grills, and industrial sorters.

ü CETPA is ready to furnish, in season, 10 containers of mango Francisque, 20 drums of castor oil, and considerable quantities of yams, peppers and sweet potatoes.

ü CETPA wants to increase its export of mangos to the United States and Canada. The company is seeking to increase its mango Francisque orchards from the current 11 to 25 hectares.

ü CETPA is working to improve its tracking system for mango Francisque.

ü CETPA wants to put in place better systems for treatment and protection of its mango trees to decrease losses.

ü CETPA is seeking partners to expand its commercial links.

ü CETPA is ready to develop business agreements around one or several of its products.

Technical and financial support needs

ü CETPA has a group of young technicians researching new markets and looking for innovations that can help the company and its strategic development; they would benefit from mentoring and supervision.

ü CETPA lacks investment capital.

ü CETPA needs technical training for its administrative personnel, its agricultural technicians, and its workers in the field and on the machines. For example training in administration and marketing; management of product stocks; conditioning of mangos, cacao and coffee; processing of mangos, coffee, Palma-christi, etc.

ü Internships for CETPA employees with other institutions developing in the same domain to enable them to become more dynamic.

ü CETPA would like to attract investment, commercial agreements and/or direct assistance to develop its various activities