Minnesota, sometimes known as “The Bread and Butter State,” may be better known for its wheat, flour and dairy products than its fresh produce, but Twin Cities residents have a penchant for fruits and vegetables.
Long-time Twin City produce companies H. Brooks & Co. and its affiliates, and J&J Distributing are being acquired and consolidated into a new company, known as New Harvest Foods, helmed by industry veteran Ron Carkoski.
The Gateway to Innovation Awards at the Viva Fresh Expo is doing away with categories to accept submissions covering all aspects of the industry, including production, packing, packaging, technology and food safety.
AgriTalk Host Chip Flory brings in Jim Wiesemeyer to cover news from Washington, Greg Henderson and Pamela Riemenschneider cover online produce shopping, and Rhonda Brooks previews Farm Journal's Yield Tour.
Attendees of the Viva Fresh Produce Expo, April 5-7 in San Antonio, will once again have the chance to connect directly with students from Texas A&M University who are interested in careers in the produce industry.
Buyer speed meetings, innovation, enhanced networking opportunities and a little exercise added to the program help keep the 2018 Viva Fresh Expo from becoming “just another trade show” in a busy season of events.