Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson, editor of The Packer, was on hand to cover the United Fresh Start Foundation annual conference and gala dinner Jan. 16-18 in San Diego. 

Mac Riggan (from left), Chelan Fresh; Greg Zelei, New Star Fresh Foods; Bob Meek, Onions 52; Greg Corrigan, Raley’s Family of Fine Foods; and Jeff Church, Church Brothers Farms, enjoy a sunny winter San Diego day Jan. 16 at United Fresh's midwinter meeting.

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson, editor of The Packer, was on hand to cover the United Fresh Start Foundation annual conference and gala dinner Jan. 16-18 in San Diego. 

Hugh Topper, the recently retired group vice president of fresh foods of H-E-B Grocery Co., was honored with United Fresh’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award, Jan. 16 in San Diego at United Fresh’s midwinter meeting. Read the story here.

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson, editor of The Packer, was on hand to cover the United Fresh Start Foundation annual conference and gala dinner Jan. 16-18 in San Diego. 

Tom Stenzel (left), along with United Fresh chairwoman Susan Reimer-Sifford, presents the 2018 United Fresh Lifetime Achievement Award to H-E-B’s Hugh Topper.

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson, editor of The Packer, was on hand to cover the United Fresh Start Foundation annual conference and gala dinner Jan. 16-18 in San Diego. 

Lifetime Achievement Award winner H-E-B’s Hugh Topper (left) gets congratulation from Paul Mastronardi, president and CEO of Mastronardi Produce.

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson, editor of The Packer, was on hand to cover the United Fresh Start Foundation annual conference and gala dinner Jan. 16-18 in San Diego. 

Dan'l Mackey Almy, CEO of DMA Solutions, was the highest bidder for a Jason Aldean signed guitar at the Jan. 16 fundraiser for the United Fresh Start Foundation. The silent and live auction raised $95,000 that night, United Fresh said.

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson, editor of The Packer, was on hand to cover the United Fresh Start Foundation annual conference and gala dinner Jan. 16-18 in San Diego. 

Alexander Justice Moore, with DC Central Kitchens, talks about the success of bringing fresh produce to corner stores in low income neighborhoods, in order to give residents access to healthier foods. He’s joined by Kate Olender, United Fresh’s senior director of health and wellness.

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson, editor of The Packer, was on hand to cover the United Fresh Start Foundation annual conference and gala dinner Jan. 16-18 in San Diego. 

Retailers have had some success turning kids who have new access to fruits and vegetables into consumers. Telling some of those stories are Kate Olender (from left), United Fresh; Mike Orf, Hyvee; Jeff Cady, Tops Markets and Punam Ohri-Vachaspati, professor at Arizona State University. Read the story here.

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson, editor of The Packer, was on hand to cover the United Fresh Start Foundation annual conference and gala dinner Jan. 16-18 in San Diego. 

Andrew Marshall (from left), director, foundation programs and partnerships for the United Fresh Produce Association, talks with Chef Ype Von Hengst of Silver Diner and Gary Petill, director of food and nutrition for the San Diego Unified School District, about the keys to getting kids to each more fresh produce, such as letting them choose the options.

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson, editor of The Packer, was on hand to cover the United Fresh Start Foundation annual conference and gala dinner Jan. 16-18 in San Diego. 

Phil Muir (left), president and CEO of Muir Copper Canyon Farms and chairman of the United Fresh Start Foundation, catches up with John Pandol, director of special projects at Pandol Bros. Inc.