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At New York Produce Show’s Global Trade Symposium: Fourth Generation British Produce Luminary, Laurence Olins, Explains A Unique Business Model And How Berries Have Become The Number One Category In UK Supermarkets finds it is hard to overstate the influence of Laurence Olins. So when we heard that a man of such repute had a story to tell about the rise of the berry industry in the UK, with notes of caution on what impact Brexit and, even Donald Trump, might have on the future of the industry, we said yes fast. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 11/14/2016

Seminal Study On Organic Perceptions Based On Outlet And Food Safety Requirements Shows Bias Toward Farmers Market And Against Supermarkets And Supercenters asks, do considerations such as food safety also affect value perception? It is a fascinating question and when we learned of some intriguing research going on at the University of Delaware, we fought hard to get a presentation at The New York Produce Show and Conference. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 11/30/2015

How To Capitalize On An Age Of Global Trade: Miguel Gómez Of Cornell University At The Foundational Excellence Program feels Cornell’s Miguel Gómez has a unique way of bonding with his audience — a reality we have experienced many times in both New York and London. Now he has joined the faculty at the Foundational Excellence program. Knowing that Professor Gómez will offer the global-trade perspective for the program, we asked Julie Cook Ramirez, Contributing Editor to Pundit sister publication, PRODUCE BUSINESS, to find out more: 11/30/2015

Education, Engagement And Access Are The Pillars Of Getting School Kids To Eat More Produce, Says Rutgers/Foodcorps’ Shukaitis shares how Rutgers is one of the Charter Members of the University Interchange Program at The New York Produce Show and Conference, so we were especially excited to learn that Rutgers is deeply involved with an initiative designed to boost produce consumption. We asked Carol Bareuther, contributing editor to sister publication PRODUCE BUSINESS to find out more.11/30/2015

CH Robinson And Iowa State Research IT’S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL: As Consumers Swarm To Smaller ‘Spends,’ Produce In LTL Deliveries Becomes The Norm And Brings More Stress On Operators reports that it is easy to identify changes in consumer behavior. It is harder to know how these consumer behavioral changes impact the produce supply chain, especially logistics. When we heard that C.H. Robinson was investing in top-quality research to help clarify these matters, we reached out and asked the company to find someone to present some of this research at The New York Produce Show and Conference. They agreed, and we asked Carol Bareuther, Contributing Editor at Pundit sister publication, PRODUCE BUSINESS, to find out more. 11/30/2015

Solution To Food Waste? Italian Professor Proposes Getting Consumers And Retailers To Disregard Cosmetic Standards When Selecting Produce points out how The University of Gastronomic Sciences has been a member of our University Interchange Program in New York since 2012. The unique perspective of this Italian university’s emphasis has led to some of the most thought-provoking presentations at the events in both New York and London. Knowing that Professor Michele Antonio Fino was thinking deeply regarding the area of food waste, we were intrigued to have him share his thoughts. We asked Gill McShane from Pundit sister publication PRODUCE BUSINESS UK to find out more. 11/30/2015

Do Alabama's Restaurant Preferences For Local Translate To Other States, Especially The Garden State? points out the Ideation Fresh Foodservice Forum has become an important part of the New York Produce show and Conference with operators, distributors, producers all joining together to find ways to boost produce consumption and bring us closer to the USDA goal of half the plate being accounted for by fruits and vegetables. So when we heard that a new hire at Rutgers had brought with her some research tying together produce farmers and independent restaurants we signed her up quick and we asked Carol Bareuther, Contributing Editor at Pundit sister publication PRODUCE BUSINESS to find out more. 11/30/2015

UK University Researcher Surveys Students To Determine Future Pathways Into Produce Industry reminds how last year, we invited a British university to join our University Interchange Program, and the professor gave a fantastic presentation. Now we’ve invited him back for Round Two, and we asked Tommy Leighton, the Managing Director for the Pundit’s sister company in the UK, to find out more from Diogo Monjardino de Souza Monteiro, Director of Newcastle University’s agribusiness programme, who will be talking at The New York Produce Show about a project he is leading, aimed at matching skill-sets of students with the management requirements of businesses in the fresh produce industry. 11/30/2015

Industry Veterans And Rising Stars Volunteer To Lead University Interchange Mentorship Program reports that each year we recognize those who have agreed to help educate and inspire young people. We have a special culinary program that is mentored by professional chefs at both Le Cordon Blue of Chicago and Johnson & Wales. Plus our University Interchange Program introduces the produce industry to students and faculty at Cornell University, Rutgers University St. Joseph’s University, University of Connecticut, University of Delaware, Newcastle University from the UK and the University of Gastronomic Sciences from Italy. New this year is the Foundational Excellence program, which helps people of any age with less than five years’ experience in the produce industry. Both programs contain special industry panels, and we would like to salute the people who are making this all happen: 11/30/2015

We’ve Come A Long Way points out how we’ve produced many videos since the opening of The New York Produce Show and Conference, but our favorite remains the first -- The brief chronicle of the rise of a dream on the island of Manhattan. The show is bigger now, the content richer, the attendees more diverse, but, this little video captures the core of how the industry gets together to do business, to learn and to network. 11/30/2015

HONORING JOHN McALEAVEY Industry Thought Leaders Share Ideas And So Pay Homage To John’s Commitment To Build A Better Industry... High Level Discussion Then March Forward To The Floor Of The New York Produce Show expresses how companies change, people change positions, but this year has brought more change than most, for this is the year we lost John McAleavey. The longtime chief executive of the Eastern Produce Council, whose commitment to make the industry better, was the animating factor that allowed us to create The New York Produce Show and Conference. The first job we did when we started was a brainstorming session with John as to whom should sit on the “thought leaders” panel, which has always highlighted The New York Produce Show and Conference. John is not here, but on behalf of the example John inspired, it is our privilege and pleasure to announce the Perishable Pundit’s Thought-Leader Panel for 2015. 11/22/2015

FMI’s Deep Dive Into The Power of Produce: Research On Consumer Behavior Before, During And After Purchase To Be Discussed At New York Produce Show reports that almost all studies that involve the produce consumer suffer from a tragic flaw: they tell us what consumers WANT to say. The Food Marketing Institute has made an enormous contribution to the industry by squaring that circle. They have combined direct consumer research with the data coming off register rings to address what consumers say and what consumers do. It is a powerful combination to which they add analytic capabilities. Presented here is Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott’s three-part Q&A for the micro session at The New York Produce Show on FMI’s consumer-centric study with Rick Stein of FMI, Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics and Sherry Frey of Nielsen Perishables Group. 11/22/2015

ROBERTA COOK OF UC DAVIS SPEAKS OUT: Lower Trade Barriers Create New Opportunities But Also More Competition... How Much Will The TPP Matter? shares how Dr. Roberta Cook’s data-dense presentations are consistently among the most anticipated at The New York Produce Show and Conference. When the Trans-Pacific Partnership was announced, we knew that Dr. Cook would help make it all make sense. We asked Julie Cook Ramirez, Contributing Editor at Pundit sister publication, PRODUCE BUSINESS, to find out more. 11/22/2015

BEYOND SURVIVAL: HOW TO TURN DISRUPTIONS INTO OPPORTUNITIES
Capespan’s Johan Dique Discusses Disintermediation And Defines A Path Forward 
mentions how each year The New York Produce Show and Conference invites a special guest from outside of the USA to inform and inspire the attendees. Johan Dique has been Group Managing Director of the South Africa based Capespan Group since January 2011.
Johan will address the Global Trade Symposium, during The New York Produce Show and Conference, on Capespan’s response to the various disruptive challenges it has faced since the South African fruit export business was deregulated in the late 1990s. We asked Tommy Leighton, Managing Director of the Pundit’s sister operation in the UK, to reach out and speak to a leader whose organization has not merely endured, but prospered in the face of extraordinary change. 11/22/2015

Opportunity Alert: It’s Not your Father’s Wholesale Industry Anymore! UK Wholesaler Richard Thompson Addresses Global Trade Symposium... How Disruptive Forces Make Wholesalers An Effective Portal For Market Access finds that last year we were pleased to have two London wholesalers to add context to The New York Produce Show program. This year we are delighted to have a wholesaler from Leeds, a bit over 150 miles north of London, join us. He is representative of a new, younger generation, both in the innovation he has shown in transforming his long established family business and in his assumption of industry leadership as he recently joined the board of the Fresh Produce Consortium. We asked Tommy Leighton, Managing Director of the Pundit’s sister company in the United Kingdom, to find out more. 11/22/2015

JOHN BAYLES — AN AMERICAN IN TOKYO: Food Safety, Trust, Patience, Avoiding Change And Doing What You Say You Are Going To Do; Seizing Opportunities As The TPP Shifts The Focus To The Japanese Market reports that when the Trans-Pacific Partnership was announced, we thought we would reach out to Jack Bayles, an American who has long made Japan his home, with the hope of gaining an American’s perspective on doing business in Japan. One of the big breakthroughs for America is that the TPP would result in more liberal access to the Japanese market. But how does one translate this theoretical gain into an actual gain? We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 11/22/2015

UNIVERSITY HEAVYWEIGHT PUTS SCIENCE BEHIND OPTIMIZED GLEANING SCHEDULES: Cornell’s Miguel Gómez Talks About How The Produce Industry Can Put Itself On The Side Of The Angels By Reducing Food Waste While Helping The Hungry explains that Cornell Professor Miguel Gómez searches for ways the industry can do well by also doing good.  So it was no surprise to learn he had turned his formidable intellect to the subject of gleaning. We asked Keith Loria, Contributing Editor at Pundit sister publication, PRODUCE BUSINESS, to find out what he is focused on for this year’s New York Produce Show and Conference. 11/22/2015

 

Marketing Produce To Consumers, New Varieties And GMOs Wrapped Into One Seminar By Cornell’s Brad Rickard At The Foundational Excellence Program comments that Brad Rickard is a superstar, and his research is always interesting and carefully done. He has presented in both our New York and London shows and provided scintillating talks. Now that he is part of the Foundational Excellence faculty, he has a specific role to play in bringing out the best in the attendees. We asked Keith Loria, Contributing Editor at Pundit sister publication PRODUCE BUSINESS, to get the low-down on Brad’s involvement. 11/22/2015

The ‘Big Squeeze’ in the UK Market Simon Martin Of QV Foods Group And The FPC Speaks Out: Getting Past Selling Below The Cost Of Production finds UK retailers are being squeezed as the government requires higher pay for employees and real estate taxes on commercial properties are rising — while retailers perceive themselves to have no flexibility in raising prices due to the growth of discount concepts. Not shockingly, retailers thus turn to suppliers to bail them out. Should they? Will they? Can they? We asked Tommy Leighton, the Managing Director of the Pundit’s sister operation in the UK, to find out more from Simon Martin will be presenting at the upcoming New York Produce Show’s Global Trade Symposium about the disruptive influences shaking up the UK marketplace. 11/16/2015

The Disruption Of Established Markets: How Four Strategies Can Help Transcend Today’s Dilemmas Can Retailers Show A Little Love For Produce Marketing? Dutch Marketer Nic Jooste Will Share His Thoughts On Swimming Upstream At The Global Trade Symposium recalls that a few months ago over at Pundit sister publication ProduceBusinessUK.com, Kathy Hammond wrote a piece that was published with the title, “Treating CSR As A Collective Asset Can Lead To Tangible Gains.” It was natural to see if we could get the article’s chief CSR protagonist, Nic Jooste of Cool Fresh International, to come to New York for our Global Trade Symposium and expand beyond CSR into the broader question of how the overall produce business is changing and how firms can capitalize on that change. We asked ProduceBusinessUK.com Contributing Editor Tony Leighton to find out more. 11/16/2015

Setting Producers Free — Production Agriculture And The Regulatory Burden: Can States Help Northeast Production Thrive? Are They Inclined To Do So? reports that UCONN Assistant Professor and Economist Ben Campbell has consistently demonstrated that interesting work relevant to the produce trade is being done in places many don’t realize. When we heard he was hard at work on a research project that implies agriculture in the northeast is burdened by regulations heavier than those in other parts of the country, we asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 11/16/2015

In Great Turmoil Is Hidden Great Opportunity Is Now The Time To Invest In Puerto Rico’s Agricultural Sector? Gualberto Rodriguez Of Caribbean Produce Exchange Tells Us Why He’s ‘All In’ At The Global Trade Symposium shares how the Pundit has had a connection with Puerto Rico since birth. So when we saw so many news reports advising that Puerto Rico was unable to pay its debts and that people were leaving the Island, we found ourselves thinking of our many good times on the Island and thinking of friends we left behind. So in search of the opportunities today’s tumult in Puerto Rico can present for those in the produce trade — buying, selling and investing — we invited a super smart scion of an old Puerto Rican produce family, whose family are longtime friends, to lay out the situation and the opportunity at hand. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 11/12/2015

What’s in A Word? Sell By, Use By, Best By And Fresh By.. Can A Word Alter Food Waste Significantly? Cornell’s Brad Rickard Speaks Out reports that Cornell Associate Professor Brad Rickard has been a long time contributor to both The New York Produce show and Conference and The London Produce Show and Conference. Brad has a genuine enthusiasm for his work and a passion to advance the state of knowledge. When he said he wanted to come back and discuss a new issue, we were thrilled. We asked Keith Loria, Contributing editor at Pundit sister publication, PRODUCE BUSINESS, to find out more. 11/12/2015

The Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market: Young Faces Building A Modern Market A Tour At The New York Produce Show mentions that a highlight of The New York Produce Show and Conference is always a visit to the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market. The show has grown up with the new Philly market… the first year we actually did a sneak preview of the new facility before it was open. It is the merchants of the market that make the tour both educational and fun. We asked Contributing Editor Keith Loria of Pundit sister publication, PRODUCE BUSINESS, to find out more. 11/12/2015

Bringing Produce To New Markets: Opportunities And Obstacles In The New Retail Environment... St. Joseph Food Marketing Guru John Stanton Gives Featured Presentation At The New York Produce Show And Conference remarks how it was the inaugural year of The NY Produce Show & Conference, and we had put together a unique exchange program, where we invited students from premier universities to gain contacts and consider careers in the industry, while also allowing professors at these same universities to reach out and disseminate the results of their research throughout the trade. We wondered whether industry members would be receptive to these high-end presentations. Well, we ran a piece profiling what Professor John Stanton of St. Joseph’s University would present, It was just a few minutes later that the first letter of praise arrived. So when the good professor said he had a broad and important topic to speak on this year, we quickly asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 11/4/2015

A Farmer’s Daughter Speaks Out: Amy Myrdal Miller Dishes On How Menu Planning May Be The Key To Upping Produce Usage In Foodservice reports how retailers can sell anything, but a foodservice operator only sells what is on its menu. So the challenge is for produce companies to engage in menu development so they can persuade operators to integrate their items into the menu. These issues and more are on the table at this year’s edition of the Ideation Fresh Foodservice Forum, and we asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to get us a sneak preview. 11/4/2015

Regional Tours At The New York Produce Show And Conference — Hunts Point Stands Out! finds it would be a shame, and probably a sin, to come to New York and never go out of a hotel ballroom or a convention center, so, at The New York Produce Show and Conference, we are proud to provide a panoply of regional tours — retail, wholesale, foodservice, urban agriculture and more. Hunts Point Produce Market is always a star on the tour circuit. We asked Keith Loria, Contributing Editor at Pundit sister publication PRODUCE BUSINESS to find out what is in store for this year’s tour. 11/4/2015

Preview Of Foundational Excellence Program: Cornell’s Ed McLaughlin Leads Blockbuster Academic Cast To Elevate Knowledge Base Of New Produce Industry Professionals details how The New York Produce Show and Conference provides an incredibly intense 24-hour commercial opportunity for the produce trade. The event, though, is much more than 24 hours. This year, there is a new program held on the Monday before the show that extends the event further, which we’ve titled, Foundational Excellence. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to speak to Cornell Professor Ed McLaughlin to get a sneak preview of his presentation and the larger program. 10/27/2015

Olympic Meal Planner To Discuss Menu Development For Athletes At IDEATION FRESH Foodservice Forum At The New York Produce Show And Conference: Can The Industry Leverage Elite Athletes And Their Belief In Eating Fresh To Build Demand? reports how some customers are low volume but high prestige, and so feeding America’s elite Olympic athletes is a big win for individual shippers and the produce industry as a whole. When we had the opportunity to bring a key player in making this happen to the “IDEATION FRESH” Foodservice Forum, co-located with The New York Produce Show and Conference, we asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to get a sneak preview about what she will discuss as part of the panel. 10/21/2015

A New Industry Institution Is Born: Produce Professionals With Less Than Five Years’ Experience — Gain Foundational Excellence In NYC On November 30th finds the produce industry has loads of professional development programs, and most are excellent. What has been missing, though, is a program for people with less than five years’ professional experience or at least less than five years of produce industry experience. So, sounds the horns… let the drums roll… We hereby announce the birth of a new industry institution. 10/6/2015

Chef Gerry Ludwig Will Keynote December’s IDEATION FRESH Foodservice Forum At The New York Produce Show And Conference: As Veg-centric Menus Take Hold, Produce Will Be The Star, No Longer The Supporting Act  explains how the IDEATION FRESH Foodservice Forum, held the day after the trade show at The New York Produce Show and Conference, is specifically dedicated to help the foodservice industry find a way to increase produce consumption. When we learned about a chef working for a mainstream foodservice distributor who is focused on researching and understanding the trends driving foodservice, we were thrilled that he was willing to come to New York and speak at the event. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to get a ”sneak preview” of what Chef Garry Ludwig would talk about in New York. 10/6/2015

Jam-Packed Days Of Business And Learning In New York City Promised At The New York Produce Show and Conference finds it has been a half decade now since we started, with the Eastern Produce Council and PRODUCE BUSINESS magazine joining hands to create something exceptional — an event in the heart of New York City, in the capital of the world, that provides world-class education and extraordinary opportunities to make and build relationships with thought leaders from around the world. The New York Produce Show and Conference is about to begin. 12/1/2014

Anthony Sattler Of C&S Completes The Pundit’s Thought-Leader Panel At The New York Produce Show And Conference Keynote Breakfast remarks how it has been our practice to always hold off on announcing the final member of the Keynote Breakfast panel until just before the show. Call it one for good luck or, as the final panel member is always from a company that has not been on the panel before, we save a special surprise for last. On behalf of the Eastern Produce Council and PRODUCE BUSINESS magazine, it is our pleasure to announce the completion of the 2014 “Thought Leader” Panel with the addition of Anthony Sattler, VP of Produce Procurement for C&S Wholesale Grocers, headquartered in Keene, NH. 12/1/2014

Theresa Nolan To Receive The Second Annual EPC Woman Of Distinction Award reports how last year, the Eastern Produce Council established a Women’s Leadership Committee, and in conjunction with that we established a Women’s Leadership Reception at The New York Produce Show and Conference. PRODUCE BUSINESS magazine also commenced an annual tradition of presenting an award to a woman whose life story inspires others and leads to a more successful industry. This year’s honoree has a special connection to The New York Produce Show and Conference. 12/1/2014

Spouses/Companions Can Take In The Holiday “Magic” At New York Produce Show And Conference reminds how The New York Produce Show and Conference is all business – but business is about building relationships and that is often best done with your significant other. So, since its founding we have run a terrific Spouse/Companion Program hosted by Mrs. Pundit. So come and capitalize on the business opportunities at The New York Produce Show and Conference and bring your spouse or companion along to build deeper relationships and to enjoy the magic of the Holidays in New York. 12/1/2014

Rooftop Greenhouse, Gotham Greens, Highlights Brooklyn Retail/Urban Ag Tour At New York Produce Show mentions how each year at The New York Produce Show and Conference, we run a series of industry tours. On this year’s Brooklyn Tour, the highlight is the cutting-edge Gotham Greens facility sitting atop the Whole Foods Store in Gowanus, Brooklyn. It is a fascinating project and we asked Pundit Contributing Editor Mark Hamstra to find out more from Viraj Puri, Cofounder and CEO of Gotham Greens. 12/1/2014

The Intersection Of Technology And Trade: At Global Trade Symposium Roberta Cook Of UC Davis Talks About Mexico’s Broadening Role In A Diversified Global Market feels no speaker at The New York Produce Show and Conference has won more consistent praise than Roberta Cook, Cooperative Extension Marketing Economist in the Dept. of Agriculture and Resource Economics at UC Davis. This year, in line with the Global Trade Symposium’s theme of “disruption,” she has prepared a thought-provoking portrait of Mexico, analyzing how a confluence of technology – such as shade houses for tomatoes -- and new markets, such as the Asian market for berries, is transformative in the place Mexico occupies in the produce world. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slot to find out more. 12/1/2014

A Vision Of Prosperity And Democracy: Tinashe Kapuya Speaks Out On Citrus, The Africa Opportunity Act And Opportunities For Trade reports that South Africans have done what no one else in Africa has done -- create a multi-racial democratic society. And as the world’s great arsenal of democracy, it is in the USA’s interest to do all we can to help South Africa prosper. In the produce industry, our bit is to help create employment and help South Africa’s valuable foreign currency by buying some of South Africa’s world-class exported produce. We found a thoughtful expert who could paint the way, and we asked Keith Loria, Pundit Contributing Editor, to find out more. 12/1/2014

‘Most Influential’ Food-Wine Critic John Mariani To Address Other Influential Journalists At New York Produce Show’s ‘Connect With Fresh’ Luncheon shares how The New York Produce Show and Conference serves the interests of the trade by running a substantial media outreach program. The umbrella under which these media/consumer influencer programs function is called “Connect with Fresh.” At the center of the program is a Media Luncheon. This year, we are honored to host the noted author, John Mariani. By a fortuitous circumstance, pundit sister publication PRODUCE BUSINESS has a Contributing Editor by the name of Paul Frumkin. Paul is a CIA-trained chef and has known John for many years and so we asked him to fill us in about Mr. Mariani and talk to him about his take on today’s New York food scene. 12/1/2014

Is There An Organic Option? Professor Ramu Govindasamy Returns To New York Produce Show With New Info On Produce Grown Specifically For Ethnic Households notes that Professor Ramu Govindasamy has been a fan favorite at The New York Produce Show and Conference in the past. His work is at the intersection of two big issues: how to grow the produce that will serve ethnic communities as the population makeup changes, and how to set up a system so that consumers can access that produce through retail and other channels. When we heard that Professor Govindasamy had now thrown a third industry interest – organic – into the mix, we quickly asked him if he would update the show attendees and, when he said yes, we asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor, Mira Slott, to find out more. 12/1/2014

Connecticut Professor Ben Campbell Comes Back To The New York Produce Show With Seminal Work On Consumer Reaction To The Marketing Of Locally Grown Produce  highlights Ben Campbell, Assistant Professor and Extension Economist in the Dept. of Agricultural and Resource Economics of the University of Connecticut. The involvement of UCONN with The New York Produce Show and Conference is almost wholly due to Dr. Campbell’s personal willingness. His research has always been intriguing, and we have discussed his previous work here. This year Professor Campbell is pushing the research to the next level. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 12/1/2014

David Szanto, An Italian/Canadian Professor Working In A Developing Field, Discusses The Art And Science Of Produce At New York Produce Show reveals that at The New York Produce Show and Conference we have a commitment to seek out the unusual and to find people doing things that will make you think differently. When we learned David Szanto Director of the Masters Program in Representation, Meaning & Media from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy was attempting to create a new food-related field of study, we were intrigued and asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 12/1/2014

Evolution To Revolution: Seizing Opportunity Amidst Disruptive Forces In The New Convenience Economy: Veteran Industry Leader, Jeff Jackson, To Keynote Global Trade Symposium At The New York Produce Show And Conference reports that for the last seven years Jeff Jackson was CEO of the Moraitis Group in Australia. He has broad experience, an incisive mind and a clear message to stand as the keynote speaker for the Global Trade Symposium: There is disruption in the fresh food industry; it involves many factors, and there are many responses required by businesses that hope to remain competitive or gain an advantage. We asked Pundit UK Editor Gill McShane to get the low-down. 11/23/2014

Alistair Stone, Buying Exec From ‘Experiential’ Retailer Waitrose, Explains The UK’s Increasingly Polarized Retail Environment And The Opportunities The Transformation Creates At The Global Trade Symposium Of The New York Produce Show And Conference shares how each year at The New York Produce Show & Conference, we bring in a retailer from outside of the country, whose role is to provide a perspective different from that of US retailers at the show. This year, we are fortunate to have a UK retailer living at the vortex of incredible change. Alistair Stone of Waitrose will be appearing on our “Thought Leaders” Panel at the Keynote Breakfast and give an important presentation on UK retailing at The Global Trade Symposium, as well as providing counsel to the students participating in the University Interchange Program. We asked Pundit UK Editor Gill McShane to find out the agenda. 11/23/2014

A LEAP ACROSS THE POND Newcastle University Welcomed As First British School To Join University Interchange Program At New York Produce Show and Conference; Professor To Present On The Intersection Of Food, Technology And The Consumer with the launch of our sister show, The London Produce Show and Conference, we are pleased to announce the expansion of the New York Produce Show and Conference University Interchange Program to incorporate a great school from the United Kingdom. The School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development at Newcastle University will be bringing students and the head of the undergraduate business program and a Senior Lecturer in the Agribusiness Management program, Diogo Souza Monteiro, who will present some of his latest research. We asked Pundit Contributing Editor, Keith Loria, to find out more. 11/23/2014

An Industry Transformed: At The New York Produce Show And Conference, Global Trade Symposium Speaker Tony Reynolds To Illuminate The Rapid Growth Of Unrecognized Opportunities For The Produce Trade In The UK Foodservice Sector reveals that we are very pleased Tony Reynolds is joining us from the United Kingdom. His company is right at the epicenter of issues concerning foodservice and fresh produce. He will be participating on the “Thought Leaders” panel and in our “Ideation Fresh” Foodservice Forum, but he will kick off his time in New York with a presentation at The Global Trade Symposium, which will point to the transformational UK foodservice/catering scene as a portal for entry into a UK market that is now presenting significant opportunities. We asked Pundit UK editor Gill McShane to find out more. 11/23/2014

Industry Leaders To Share Knowledge And Ideas At New York Produce Show Thought-Leadership Panel Keynote Breakfast announces the New York Produce Show & Conference Keynote Breakfast, which highlights a selection of buy-side thought-leaders from across the region, interacting with buy-side executives with far different perspectives from across the nation and oceans. Yours truly will engage these thought-leaders from retail, wholesale and foodservice in an invigorating discussion on the state of the industry and how we can work together to enhance our mutual success. 11/18/2014

Kantar Worldpanel Execs Present Produce Case Studies Demonstrating Power Of Data At Global Trade Symposium Co-Located With The New York Produce Show And Conference  writes it is not hard to realize how important Kantar is in the UK. Its market share reports have the power to move the stock market, and countless business strategies are adjusted based on Kantar data. Less well known is how closely Kantar works with individual suppliers to help them develop strategies that will lead to success. We were very fortunate that Kantar Worldpanel UK and some its most important clients were prepared to share case studies related to important produce items. We asked Pundit Contributing Editor Keith Loria to find out more. 11/18/2014

Constantly Changing Hunts Point Produce Market Opens Its Doors To Visitors Attending The New York Produce Show And Conference describes how we’ve made an annual pilgrimage to this temple of produce commerce a part of The New York Produce Show and Conference since its inception. This year, the Hunts Point Market will be buzzing as the Christmas season shifts to high gear just as The New York Produce Show and Conference gets underway. We asked Pundit Contributing Editor Keith Loria to let us know what we have in store on this year’s tour. 11/18/2014

Eastern Produce Council President Paul Kneeland Makes The Case For New Jersey Retail Tour At The New York Produce Show And Conference reports how this year, the New Jersey Retail Tour was laid out especially by Paul Kneeland, Vice President of Produce & Floral for Kings Food Markets and President of the Eastern Produce Council. We asked Pundit Contributing Editor Keith Loria to catch up with Paul and let us know what the tour had in store. 11/18/2014

Before Taking Center Stage At New York Produce Show, Celebrity Chef Dave Pasternack Advises The Industry To 'Make It Simple' thanks to a grant from Earthbound Farms, The New York Produce Show and Conference will be presenting Chef Dave Pasternack, a super important culinary trendsetter. He will be cooking on the Central Park Celebrity Chef Stage, and he will be doing work that is near to his heart. Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott recently met up with Chef Pasternack at his Esca restaurant in between the lunch and dinner shifts to learn more about the man, his cooking and his plans for The New York Produce Show and Conference. 11/18/2014

Professor Miguel Gómez Returns To The New York Produce Show And Conference To Unveil A New Study That Points Out A Path For Getting More Produce Into Hospitals  feels there is no hotter subject in America than health care, and when we heard Professor Gómez was working at the intersection of the produce system and the health care delivery system, and wanted to present on the topic at The New York Produce Show and Conference, we eagerly said yes. Then we asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to give us a ”sneak preview” of what Professor Gómez will talk about in New York. 11/13/2014

At the 'Ideation Fresh' Foodservice Forum Of The New York Produce Show And Conference: As 400-store Taco John’s Heads East With Its First Restaurant On Long Island, Chef Bob Karisny Talks Bluntly About The Challenges And Opportunities For Produce In High Volume Foodservice reports that Bob Karisny has a reputation as a top chef, but he innovated greatly at Boston Market, and, now, working for Taco John’s, he remains in a position to directly influence the way many people eat and to set an example that others in the mass market foodservice arena will pay attention. So we were thrilled when he agreed to join us at the “IDEATION FRESH” Foodservice Forum co-located with The New York Produce Show and Conference. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to help us gain insight into what he will talk about in New York: 11/13/2014

Seeing The Future Of Wholesale Markets: The Philadelphia Story A Regional Tour Of The New York Produce Show And Conference shares how from the very beginning of The New York Produce Show and Conference, we have closed the event with a series of regional tours. One of the perennial favorites is the tour down to the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market, where we have watched this market, the most modern in America, grow and mature. We asked Pundit Contributing Editor Keith Loria to find out what is in store for us on the Philadelphia Market this year. 11/13/2014

Riding The Vegan Wave: ‘Spork’ Sisters Jenny Engel And Heather Goldberg Bring Vegan Cooking Ideas To The New York Produce Show And Conference asks how ought the produce industry address Veganism? For the most part, mainstream produce promotional groups and companies have shied away from addressing this segment. Still, it is a trend that is worth watching, and so we were pleased to accept the “Spork” sisters to come and do a vegan demo on the main floor Celebrity Chef Stage at The New York Produce Show and Conference. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more about these two Vegan superstars. 11/13/2014

Cornell’s Brad Rickard Returns To The New York Produce Show And Conference: Will 'GMO Free' Be The New Organic? finds that, for the most part, the war over GMOs is at a resting place. Now Cornell’s Professor Brad Rickard is coming to The New York Produce Show and Conference to unveil new research assessing consumer attitudes toward GMOs and the prospects for consumer acceptance of GMO produce. Brad’s research is always insightful, and he has provided real value to the industry. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 11/3/2014

Industry Veteran Dawn Gray To Speak About Transparency At Global Trade Symposium  last year she wowed the audience with a presentation we previewed in a piece titled Industry Veteran Dawn Gray To Discuss The Concept Of “Glocal” At Global Trade Symposium. Now she proposes we do business, well, naked. We asked Keith Loria, a well-dressed Contributing Editor at Pundit sister publication PRODUCE BUSINESS to give us a sneak preview of her talk at The Global Trade Symposium, co-located with the New York Produce Show and Conference. 12/10/2013

Fresh Produce Marketing: The Real Deal introduces global marketing guru Lisa Cork, an American girl who adopted New Zealand as her home, who has said the growing trend to package produce creates a billboard for companies and the industry to sell produce and she wants to make sure the trade uses this asset. We asked Liz O’Keefe, a well-established journalist who works with The London Produce Show and Conference to find out more. 12/10/2013

Dr. Roberta Cook Will Talk About Increasing Produce Consumption At Global Trade Symposium  remembers that when Roberta Cook addressed the inaugural assemblage of The Global Trade Symposium, co-located with The New York Produce Show and Conference we titled the preview piece on her talk: Riding The Roller Coaster: Roberta Cook Of UC Davis Explains How Economic Fluctuations Create Marketing Opportunities. Now, in a sense, with a new talk titled Global Trade in Fresh Produce and Consumer Demand: Strategies for Increasing Consumption, she squares the circle and takes us through the Great Recession to show how we come out the other end with strategies for building demand and increasing produce consumption. We asked Keith Loria, Contributing editor at Pundits sister publication PRODUCE BUSINESS to find out more. 12/10/2013

Capespan International's Hazel Akehurst Talks About UK Retailing At The Global Trade Symposium mentions how each year we invite a special delegate from outside the US to participate in The New York Produce Show and Conference. For 2013, our distinguished delegate is Hazel Akehurst. Hazel will be on our main panel on Wednesday morning and will be addressing our student program. She will also be giving a presentation to the Global Trade Symposium, so we asked Tommy Leighton, a distinguished British journalist in the produce industry and the man spearheading the launch of New York’s sister event, The London Produce Show and Conference to find out more. 12/10/2013

Andrew Sharp To Address Global Trade Symposium On The Moral Dilemma Of Food Security describes how one of the reasons we count ourselves lucky is that in our line of work we have the opportunity to meet so many people who are passionate and engaged. Andrew Sharp is exemplary in these qualities. So when he offered to come to America and speak about sustainability and food security we counted ourselves lucky. We asked Keith Contributing Editor at Pundit sister publication, PRODUCE BUSINESS to learn a bit more about the subject of Andrew’s passion. 12/10/2013

Former Sobeys And Wal-Mart Executive Wayne McKnight Will Speak About The Promises and Pitfalls of Global Procurement Operations. feels that lots of people have jobs of all sorts, but only a select few do their work and live their lives in such a way that they draw insight from all they do. One of these rarities is Wayne McKnight. Sure he has had important jobs, as when he was at Sobeys in Canada and he headed the Global Sourcing for Wal-Mart, but he did something else. He was put in positions to see things…and he saw. Not just the literal occurrence but the significance and implications of what was ongoing. We consider ourselves most fortunate that Wayne has agreed to share his insight with the industry. We asked Keith Loria a Contributing Editor at Pundit sister publication, PRODUCE BUSINESS, to find out more. 12/10/2013

New York Delegates To Receive An Education In Ethnobotany From Eminent Italian Professor Last year at the New York Produce Show and Conference, we invited students and professors from the University of Pollenzo, in Italy, to join our student exchange program. Their input was fascinating and of course, we’ve invited them back for a second bite. This time around, Andrea Pieroni will address our audience with a presentation on “Ethnobotany: new perspectives for neglected vegetables and fruits?”To find out more and give you a preview of what you’ll hear in New York next week, I asked Andrea a few questions. 12/10/2013

Not Too Late To Register For The New York Produce Show And Conference marks this as the fourth iteration of The New York Produce Show and Conference, and there will be more exhibitors, more attendees, more learning, more networking, more sharing, more business getting done -- while people have more fun -- than ever before. We decided to devote this whole Pundit edition to a preview of what the show has to offer. To those attending, this will help you in planning. 12/9/2013

Thought-Leaders Panel To Kick Off New York Produce Show And Conference’s Trade Show Day describes a special highlight of The New York Produce Show And Conference which is the opening Perishable Pundit “Thought Leaders” Breakfast. The center of the event is a no-holds-barred panel, featuring top thought leaders drawn from the powerhouse retailers of the region, combined with a twist -- key players from the foodservice industry, a wholesaler representing the customers from terminal markets, and an experienced global player who can offer a completely different perspective. It is unscripted discussion with people who make a difference every day. And there is nothing quite like anywhere else. 12/9/2013

Theresa Lowden Receives First Annual EPC Woman Of Distinction Award details how each year at The New York Produce Show and Conference, we begin something new. This year the Eastern Produce Council established a Women’s Leadership Committee and in conjunction with that we have established a Women’s Leadership Reception. At the reception, PRODUCE BUSINESS magazine will commence an annual tradition of presenting an award to a woman who has exemplified the qualities of leadership that can both inspire other women and lead to a more successful industry. For this, our inaugural award, there was little question that the award should go to Theresa Lowden, Executive Vice President at JOH. 12/9/2013

Spouses Are Welcome (And Treated Royally) At New York Produce Show And Conference mentions that since its founding The New York Produce Show and Conference has offered a terrific Spouse/Companion program. One can participate in any or all of the program’s events. Come and join the New York Produce Show’s Spouse/Companion Program to make new friends and tour the City during the holidays. You will see New York City at its finest! 12/9/2013

Expand Your Industry Experience With A Regional Industry Tour At The New York Produce Show And Conference feels it would be a shame to come to The New York Produce Show and Conference and spend the entire time in a convention hall or hotel. It is a big region - the biggest buying center in the United States and a font of innovation. We encourage people to come early and stay late and visit clients and suppliers. We also run 5 industry tours, and here are the options. 12/9/2013

Global Trade Symposium Brings Thought-Leaders From Around The World explains that one of the purposes of The New York Produce Show and Conference is to encourage the exchange of ideas between industry thought-leaders around the world. Retailers and foodservice operators may buy from US vendors, but an awful lot of product comes from overseas. Recognizing this, we co-locate The New York Produce Show and Conference with the Global Trade Symposium. Now, we are proud to announce The Global Trade Symposium agenda for 2013. 12/9/2013

University Interchange Program And Educational Micro-sessions To Feature Professors, Retailer-Mentors And Cutting-Edge Information one of the joys of The New York Produce Show and Conference is the University Interchange Program. Through this program, we bring in faculty members and students from food marketing and agriculture or applied economics programs. The faculty present their cutting-edge research and thus serve their goal of outreach to industry, while the students learn about the industry, network and, in time, get internships and jobs. The academic presentations are intriguing, and we are most proud to unveil the 2013 Educational Micro-session Program. 12/9/2013

“IDEATION FRESH” Foodservice Forum At New York Produce Show And Conference To Tackle Produce Procurement ‘Disconnects’ the “IDEATION FRESH” Foodservice Forum, now in its third year, keeps growing because it’s a serious effort to address the issues that block foodservice from using produce to meet USDA goals of a half-plate of produce. It also looks to remove barriers that prevent produce from playing the role it could in reducing obesity. This year, we are looking at hardcore “nuts and bolts” issues, such as the disjunctions and disconnects in the supply chain that serve as barriers that keep produce consumption down. We are proud to unveil the “IDEATION FRESH” Foodservice Forum 2013 program here. 12/9/2013

Lots A-Cookin’ At Culinary Innovation Stations And Celebrity Chef Stage Of The New York Produce Show And Conference finds the idea of students coming to get jobs in the industry fantastic. But we also value students who are in culinary schools, and we want them to become great chefs and include produce generously in all their recipes. To help make this happen, we bring in students and faculty from culinary schools. The students forage the trade show floor for ingredients while the faculty and students continuously prepare some great plant-based dishes to give to attendees. We run special lecture programs for the students, and we also bring in a whole group of celebrity chefs. Here is the 2013 chef schedule. 12/9/2013

Right People, Right Place, Right Time explains that there are always a million things to do, but the biggest obstacle to success in produce is that so many of us spend all of our time working in our business, and we neglect to work on our business. This week there is no place more likely to give you an opportunity to meet the right people, to learn important information, to open your mind to new opportunities and new ways to do business than The New York Produce Show and Conference. Just look at these round-up videos from the last three years. 12/9/2013

Facing The Global Challenge in three decades of hard work we never worked harder than the ten days we spent in South Africa when Danie Kievet arranged our schedule. We learned so much and met so many intriguing people, not least of all getting closer to Danie and his wife and family. So we were thrilled when Danie was willing to speak out on a controversial and serious issue at The Global Trade Symposium. We asked Liz O’Keefe to find out more. 12/10/2013

White House Chef Tells Industry To Try Harder; But He Needs To Check His Facts writes how Chef Sam Kass, the Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor for White House’s Nutrition Policy, was piped in by telephone during one of the general sessions at Fresh Summit and explained that if only the produce industry would try harder, it could easily increase consumption of produce among children. Last year at The New York Produce Show and Conference, we brought in Gabriella Morini, Assistant Professor, Taste and Food Sciences at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy to speak to this topic. Her work is a serious attempt to wrestle with the difficult issues involved in getting children to eat healthier and, specifically, to eat more vegetables. We are bringing her back for an encore presentation. 10/28/2013

Nominations Sought For The Joe Nucci Award For Product Innovation Joe Nucci was talented in many ways, and he was a friend not just to this Pundit but to this industry. To provide a perpetual living memorial to Joe, we established The Joe Nucci Award for Product Innovation. The award is presented each year at a general session of The New York Produce Show and Conference. Now we are soliciting nominations for this year’s award. Does your company have a product that represents the best in innovation that will lead to increased produce consumption? Do you know of a vendor or a customer that is on the forefront of such innovation? If so, please submit a nomination right here. 10/28/2013

Registration Now Open For The New York Produce Show And Conference exclaims that it is amazing but true… the 4th annual edition of The New York Produce Show and Conference is coming up December 10-12, 2013. Presented by the Eastern Produce Council and Pundit sister publication, PRODUCE BUSINESS magazine, the event will, once again, set a record this year with four years of double-digit growth. 9/26/2013

The Disconnect Between Marketing Of Local And Sales Of Local And The Necessity For Promoting What We Actually Sell received this letter from Craig Padover, Account and Category Manager at Jac. Vandenberg Inc., who wrote to say that he strongly disagreed “with your lengthy discussion and conclusions during the Perishable Pundit Thought Leaders Opening Breakfast Symposium about the growing trend of “locally grown” items in the produce department. This is simply incorrect.” We may need to distinguish between procurement or sales trends and marketing trends. And, are retailers doing enough to communicate how proud they are of their non-local produce? 1/22/2013

Booth Babes: Al Jolson, The Supreme Court, Self-Promotion And How Context Can Make All The Difference mentions that we’ve run five pieces so far on the subject of “Booth Babes,” and the broader issue of PMA policy, and the subject persists. The question, however, is precisely what will “offend people,” and it is not easy to write out that definition in a way that PMA or anyone else could enforce. There is a time and a place for everything. The challenge is to get them in sync. 1/22/2013

In Their Own Words: Attend The New York Produce Show And Break Out Of One’s Silo - Seize The Moment – Become All You Can Be writes that we have been able to observe a lot of produce people and, for the most part, they work extremely hard. They are passionate about their products and they do, for the most part, a pretty incredible job of bringing the fruit of the earth to the people of the world. Yet we have consistently found that the people who come to know the greatest success are those who are willing to invest the time to gain knowledge and experience outside of the parameters of whatever they happen to be doing. The New York Produce Show and Conference is most definitely one of those opportunities. 12/2/2012

Marks And Spencer Buying Manager, Zeina Orfali, Brings New Perspective To The New York Produce Show And Conference describes how one way in which The New York Produce Show and Conference attempts to add value is by bringing to the local produce community new ideas, varied experiences and new people. How exciting it is, therefore, that one of the world’s most exceptional retailers, Marks & Spencer, will be represented on the program at this year’s edition of The New York Produce Show and Conference. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to get a sense of what Zeina Orfali, Buying Manager — Fruit for Marks & Spencer, might share during her journey to America. 12/2/2012

Three Cheers For Produce! Three Cheers For Students! Three Cheers For Tomorrow! Peterson, Griffin and Spezzano Lead Student Mentorship Program At The New York Produce Show And Conference explains that with the New York Produce Show & Conference, we wanted to do more than just run a trade show; we wanted to make a difference. One of the ways we decided to do that was to launch various student programs. One is a program that serves ag marketing, business and food marketing students. We always seek out important people to chair the program.  We asked Meredith Auerbach, a Contributing Editor at Pundit sister publication PRODUCE BUSINESS, to find out more from this year’s chairs about their path to success in produce. 12/2/2012

Culinary Extravaganza At The New York Produce Show: Ritz-Carlton’s Executive Chef Mark Arnao Among Super Chefs To Appear On Stage  on the New York Produce Show & Conference show floor — in a centralized area that resembles Central Park — we are pleased to host an assortment of superstar chefs on the Celebrity Chef Stage. This year’s line-up will be Executive Chef Mark Arnao from the Ritz-Carlton Central Park, Top Chef Master Kerry Heffernan, Executive Chef Ben Pollinger from Oceania and Executive Chef, Iron Chef and Chopped participant Michael Giletto from Bayonne Golf Club. The Pundit has enjoyed a few nights at The Ritz-Carlton on Central Park South, so we were especially enthused that this new superstar chef was going to mount the Celebrity Chef Stage. We asked Carol Bareuther, Contributing Editor at Pundit sister publication, PRODUCE BUSINESS, to find out more. 12/2/2012

AeroFarms, EcoSPACES and St. Phillip’s Academy Offer A Glimpse Of The Future On The New Jersey Retail Tour Of The New York Produce Show And Conference one of the highlights of The New York Produce Show and Conference is the extensive tour schedule. This year it boasts six incredible tours, and those signing up for the New Jersey retail tour also get a little treat. They will get exposed to a cutting edge urban agriculture system that does not depend on sun or soil. It was such an interesting concept we asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Manager Mira Slott to go visit the operation and find out more. 12/2/2012

On The Streets Of New York… Banners To Raise Awareness Of Produce And Encourage Consumers And Media To Join The Industry in Celebrating Fresh!! reports that just in time to catch the Thanksgiving crowds, the Celebrating Fresh! banners, harkening the imminent arrival of The New York Produce Show and Conference, have been raised in midtown Manhattan! The Eastern Produce Council and PRODUCE BUSINESS magazine believe that just as it is important to have a world-class industry event, it is vitally important to raise the profile of the industry in the media capital of the world that one day, citizens all across the country, will also step up and help us Celebrate Fresh! Now we hope that you will decide to join us at The New York Produce Show and Conference. 11/27/2012

Amanda Cohen, Vegetable Chef And Owner Of Dirt Candy, To Cook With Her Favorite Foods At IDEATION FRESH Foodservice Forum reports that the program for the inaugural edition of the “Ideation Fresh” Foodservice Forum really was quite extraordinary. This year, we are ramping things up a notch, saluting Culinary “Evolution and Revolution,” as we use produce staples and specialties to create the menus of tomorrow. In one of our two chef demos at the Foodservice Forum, we will turn to a New York chef whose work is legend when it comes to elevating vegetables into culinary masterpieces. We asked Pundit Assistant Investigator, Michael Femia, to find out more. 11/27/2012

INNOVATION AS A BUSINESS DRIVER: A Global Produce Industry Perspective Part II Tali Grapes From Israel Speaks On A Panel With Sun World And Marks And Spencer At Global Trade Symposium. Big Innovation In A Small Country Helps Creates A Vital Supply Chain notes how the other day we pointed out an important supply chain program being held at The Global Trade Symposium, co-located with The New York Produce Show and Conference. It was an important piece because it combined so many of the keys to business success in the years to come. That interview was conducted with David Marguleas, Executive Vice President at Sun World. He will be appearing on the panel with DuDu Ivri of Tali Grapes and Zeina Orfali of Marks & Spencer, so we most anxiously wanted to extend this conversation. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to see if she could find out more. 11/27/2012

Industry Veteran Dawn Gray To Discuss The Concept Of “Glocal” At Global Trade Symposium mentions how we last caught up with Dawn Gray when she was living in New Zealand and was working for ENZAPundit Pulse of The Industry: Enza’s Dawn Gray. We heard that in Dawn’s work, she was increasingly wrestling with the question of how in an age of global trade, producers and marketers could relate to the trending interest in where one’s food comes from. We were thrilled when Dawn accepted our invitation to address The Global Trade Symposium at The New York Produce Show and Conference. We wanted a sneak preview of what Dawn would be presenting and asked Jodean Robbins Duarte one of our senior contributing editors at Pundit sister publication, PRODUCE BUSINESS, to find out more. 11/27/2012

Get An Inside Look At The New Philadelphia Produce Wholesale Market By Taking A Tour During The New York Produce Show And Conference describes how ever since the founding of The New York Produce Show and Conference, we have had a tour bus head down to Philadelphia on the day after the trade show to see the brand new Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market, the newest design in the country. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out what is new and exciting down in Philadelphia from John Vena who is on the Board of Directors of PWPM. 11/26/2012

INNOVATION AS A BUSINESS DRIVER: A Global Produce Industry Perspective Part I Sun World, Tali Grapes And Marks & Spencer Explore A Globally Aligned Supply Chain At The Global Trade Symposium During The New York Produce Show And Conference highlights David Marguleas, Executive Vice President at Sun World, who has lived his career at the locus of many trends — high-tech breeding programs, proprietary varieties, brand-building, global outreach and more — so when he offered to put together a panel that would provide a kind of case study as to how to do business effectively on a global scale, utilizing modern tools, we leapt at the opportunity. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 11/26/2012

What Makes Consumers Willing To Pay More? University Of Delaware’s Kent Messer To Unveil A Unique Synthesis Of Multiple Studies At The New York Produce Show And Conference mentions how when we learned about some really intriguing research being done at the University of Delaware, we knew we had to reach out to Kent Messer, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. We are thrilled he accepted the opportunity to make a presentation to the industry in New York. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor, Mira Slott, to find out more. 11/16/2012

Global Trade Symposium Keynote Speaker, Professor Tom Reardon, Will Discuss The Rapid Transformation, And Increasing Opportunities, Of Produce Markets In Emerging Countries explains that we knew that bringing Professor Thomas Reardon, Ph.D., to New York was a guarantee that we could deliver on our commitment to run world-class programming and deliver on our promise to help industry members to think bigger than they had before. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor, Mira Slott, to give us a sneak preview of what this gentleman and scholar would unveil at The Global Trade Symposium on December 4, 2012, in New York. 11/14/2012

A Special Announcement Regarding The Spouse/Companion Program At The New York Produce Show And Conference From Mrs. Pundit Herself hopes you’ll join the New York Produce Show’s Spouse/Companion Program high atop the Sheraton New York Hotel’s Duplex Penthouse Suite for breakfast and enjoy meeting new friends, make-up applications, chair massages and mini-manicures. Then hop on board our private luxurious (and heated!) tour bus to see the holiday lights and decorations of New York City. One can participate in any or all of the program’s events. Come and join the New York Produce Show’s Spouse/Companion Program to make new friends and tour the City during the holidays — you will see New York City at its finest! 11/14/2012

Pundit’s Mailbag — A Closer Look At Immigration And How Visas Work our piece, Immigration, One Of The Hottest Post-Election Issues, Will Be Brought To the Floor Of The New York Produce Show and Conference, highlighted this upcoming industry discussion as perfectly timed for a new national debate on immigration. We were pleased to receive a thoughtful inquiry on the immigration issue from Dan Cohen of Maccabee Seed Company. As Dan points out, not everyone wants every lifestyle, but compensation – broadly considered including vacation time, etc. — powerfully persuades people to look at various options more seriously. 11/14/2012

A Cornell Study On New York Wines Raises A Fresh Question: What Do We Mean When We Ask About Local? describes how each year The New York Produce Show and Conference features our University Exchange Program, where we bring in students, provide them with a special education program and expose them to the industry. Simultaneously, faculty members from the same universities provide presentations of their most cutting-edge research so they can fulfill their mission of disseminating knowledge. One of the most popular presenters is returning for the fourth consecutive year and we asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Manager Mira Slott to get us a sneak preview. 11/12/2013

Meet The Gastronomes — And Learn About Their Mission To Increase Produce Consumption — At The New York Produce Show And Conference shares how in a recent piece we highlighted two truly fascinating presentations that are being given by Professor Gabriella Morini at the upcoming edition of The New York Produce Show and Conference and the co-located “Ideation Fresh” Foodservice Forum. Professor Morini works for the Universita Degli Studi Di Scienze Gastronomiche in Italy, which is a new member of the University Exchange Program that is a key component of The New York Produce Show and Conference. We wanted to know more about the milieu of this university that is producing such interesting research, so we asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor, Mira Slott, to find out more. 11/12/2012

Immigration, One Of The Hottest Post-Election Issues, Will Be Brought To The Floor Of The New York Produce Show And Conference finds that with the election behind us, the immigration issue is likely going to come to the forefront. It is also an issue where the produce industry has interests. We got wind that a triumvirate of Cornell’s finest were working on an immigration project, so we signed them up to present at The New York Produce Show and Conference. Then we sent Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor, Mira Slott, to find out more and to get a kind of “sneak preview” of their presentation. 11/12/2012

Food “To Die For” May Do Just That… Seminal Study Encouraging The Eating Of Bitter Vegetables For Health To Be Unveiled At New York Produce Show And Conference describes how at this year’s New York Produce Show & Conference we have expanded our University Exchange Program across the Atlantic to a most extraordinary Italian University, and the Professor the school is sending over is doing extraordinarily interesting research. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 11/5/2012

Perceptions & Misperceptions: Consumer Attitudes On Organic & Local — University Of Connecticut Study To Be Unveiled At New York Produce Show & Conference learned that Professor Benjamin Campbell of the University of Connecticut was doing most interesting work regarding organic and local. We were thrilled to expand the New York Produce Show and Conference’s University Exchange Program to include both him and students from UConn this year. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to gain some insight as to what Professor Campbell will be presenting in New York on December 5. 10/25/2012

Cornell Professor Miguel Gomez To Speak At New York Produce Show And Conference On Fruit & Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation writes that the vision of a unified global market sometimes runs into resistance from those who win or lose based on various trade rules. The lack of institutions for international trade reduces its volume because it increases transaction costs. The Fruit & Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corp. is specifically designed to address these issues among NAFTA countries. When we learned that Miguel Gomez had done important research in this area, we invited him to do a presentation at the Global Trade Symposium, an event co-located with The New York Produce Show & Conference and asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 10/15/2012

Unprecedented Panel Of Retailers Will Keynote General Session Of New York Produce Show And Conference mentions that at the founding of The New York Produce Show and Conference we established a tradition, and we will continue it this year with the announcement of our Retail “Thought Leaders” Panel. The industry owes a note of thanks to the industry leaders who have volunteered to participate in this panel. Their willingness to share their insight is a gift which makes this industry better, year after year. We thank, in advance, the members of the 2012 Retail “Thought Leaders” Panel at The New York Produce Show and Conference. 9/20/2012

Now Accepting Nominations For Joe Nucci Award For Product Innovation writes that again this year, at The New York Produce Show and Conference, presented by the Eastern Produce Council and PRODUCE BUSINESS magazine, we will continue a tradition we started last year of honoring Joe Nucci and his creative spirit by presenting The Joe Nucci Award for Product Innovation in Service of Expanding Consumption of Fresh Fruits & Vegetables. Does your company have a product that represents the best in innovation that will lead to increased produce consumption? Do you know of a vendor or a customer that is on the forefront of such innovation? 9/6/2012

Support Grows For Vitamin D Enhanced Mushroom our piece — Vitamin D Enhancement In Mushrooms: Can This Be A Portal For The Produce Department Into Functional Foods? Professor Neal Hooker Of St. Joseph’s University Unveils The Latest Research At New York Produce Show And Conference — dealt with the mushroom industry’s efforts to produce and market mushrooms that are rich in Vitamin D. Such efforts may become very important. Produce is generally a poor source of Vitamin D, and a lot of recent work is pointing to the importance of Vitamin D. 2/20/2012

Farmer Lee Jones To Keynote IDEATION FRESH Foodservice Forum At The New York Produce Show And Conference received a letter in response to our coverage of the cantaloupe crisis from Karl Kolb Ph.D., Chief Science Officer at The High Sierra Group, who is also food safety consultant to a small, but certainly not obscure, farm in Ohio that is known as The Chef’s Garden. The public face of this operation is Farmer Lee Jones, who speaks widely and frequently on topics related to farming, sustainability, chefs and similar topics. Now we are thrilled to announce that Farmer Lee Jones has agreed to keynote the IDEATION FRESH Foodservice Forum. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to meet with Farmer Jones and discover more in advance of his appearance. 10/27/2011

A FOCUS ON FLAVOR AND AN ALIGNED SUPPLY CHAIN The Cotton Candy Grape Makes Its American Debut At The New York Produce Show And Conference: How The Grapery, Mack Multiples And Sainsbury’s Delighted British Consumers And Boosted Sales With A Proprietary Program as we prepared for The New York Produce Show and Conference and the inaugural Global Trade Symposium, it is a special treat that we can highlight a supply chain that starts the Pandol farm and leads to the fat of a consumer in London. This presentation epitomizes what we are trying to promote — seamless supply chain integration — and illustrates the way aligned supply chains can produce value above and beyond commodity shipping. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. First Mira spoke to the American side of the deal: Jim Beagle, CEO of the Grapery. We then had Mira discuss the British side with Bruce McGlashan, Technical Manager with Mack Multiples. 10/27/2011

New York Knicks’ Charles Oakley Will Be Cooking Up A Storm At New York Produce Show And Conference even though the New York Produce Show and Conference is a serious event, just as in life, there are lots of opportunities to provide some fun. For this year’s show, we brought along a superstar athlete who turns out to be focused on cooking, and he is going to do a cooking demo with students from culinary schools serving as sous chefs, talk us all through recipes as he prepares them, offer up samples and then sign autographs and have his photo taken! What a treat. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more from retired New York Knick, and current Assistant Coach for the Charlotte Bobcats, Charles Oakley. 10/27/2011

Cantaloupe Crisis Discussion To Take Place At New York Produce Show And Conference feels that with all the benefits of technology, there is something about sitting down face to face that can make it easier to think through industry problems and move toward improving the situation.

So at the upcoming edition of The New York Produce Show and Conference, we are going to steal a page from our IDEATION FRESH Foodservice Forum and do some ideation about this cantaloupe situation and its broader meaning for food safety and the industry. 10/23/2011

Foodservice At The New York Produce Show And Conference: Amy Myrdal Miller Of The Culinary Institute Of America To Engage The Industry Toward MyPlate Solutions That Will Increase Sales, Consumption And Public Health our idea behind the IDEATION FRESH Foodservice Forum was to assemble an intimate group of industry players who would think hard about how to turn a government concept into a reality. After all, the world won’t change its eating habits on demand, the industry will have to make that happen. Fortunately we have a dynamic lady ready to instruct, inspire and encourage the effort to make the dream of increased produce consumption a reality — and to help us create a future that is not only healthy, but delicious as well. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to get a sense of what the effort in New York will actually be like from Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RD, Director of Programs and Culinary Nutrition Strategic Initiatives at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. 10/20/2011

Richard Bright, Editor Of Reefer Trends, To Speak Out At The Global Trade Symposium: Confluence Of Containerization, Direct Buying And Private Label Will Change The International Produce Trade mentions that you can’t really think about international trade without thinking about transport, and there was only one man we thought could combine an understanding of what is happening with transportation and logistics with an understanding of what might this might mean for the world of produce. That man is Richard Bright, Managing Director of Reefer Trends, and we have mentioned him before in the Pundit. He’s coming over from the United Kingdom, and we asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out what he would focus on in his presentation. 10/20/2011

Vitamin D Enhancement In Mushrooms: Can This Be A Portal For The Produce Department Into Functional Foods? Professor Neal Hooker Of St. Joseph’s University Unveils The Latest Research At New York Produce Show And Conference states that one of the beautiful facets of The New York Produce Show and Conference is that it draws on the great centers of learning in the region to create a workshop program that is both informative and useful. This year we have a St. Joseph’s faculty member working at the conflux of marketing, functional foods and public health. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more from Dr. Neal H. Hooker, CJ McNutt Professor of Food Marketing at Saint Joseph’s University. 10/20/2011

Lessons For Wal-Mart… The Rise And Fall Of A&P And The Future Of American Retailing:Marc Levinson To Present At The New York Produce Show And Conference at The New York Produce Show and Conference, we take pride in showcasing authors doing important work. This year we turn to Marc Levinson, author of “The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America,” a writer specializing in business and commerce but also one who seeks to draw bigger lessons from the history of discrete technologies and companies. With the future of NY metro retailing to be significantly affected by what happens to A&P, we asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to see if she could learn more about what Marc Levinson would present at the event. 10/12/2011

ETHNIC AMERICA: Opportunities For Growers, Wholesalers And Retailers In Ethnic Produce Items... Rutgers University’s Dr. Ramu Govindasamy Unveils New Research feels that one of the really wonderful facets of The New York Produce Show and Conference is that we reach out to the great centers of learning in the region and give these institutions an opportunity to reach out to the produce industry. We host faculty presentations and it is shocking how little the industry knows about the research going on at these same institutions. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to speak with a Professor from Rutgers, Dr. Ramu Govindasamy, who does work that is tightly targeted to the east coast and who is making his encore presentation at The New York Produce Show and Conference. 10/12/2011

What’s In A Name? Professor Brad Rickard Of Cornell Produces New Research That Indicates Shakespeare May Have Been In Error… On Apples At Least describes how the apple category is actually a fascinating one. It has shifted significantly to new varieties that combine higher margins with better flavor. It could be a model for much of the produce department. But beyond the mere development of new varieties, how they are named and marketed and how production is controlled, both to keep volume in line and insure they are grown in optimal places for quality, can make a great deal of difference. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to see if she could get us a sneak preview of what Professor Rickard of Cornell University will be presenting on this topic at the New York Produce Show and Conference. 10/4/2011

Ideation Fresh Foodservice Forum Unveiled: New Conference Will Tackle MyPlate Challenge At New York Produce Show describes how ‘ideation’ is all about the birth of new ideas. It is a crucial process for individuals, companies, industries, indeed all human advancement. If you stare long enough at the word, you realize that “eat” is right at the heart of it. So the concept of ideation was a natural to place at the center of a new conference to be held in conjunction with The New York Produce Show and Conference, the Ideation Fresh Foodservice Forum. New York is an extraordinary center in foodservice and this conference is focused on drawing on the resources of the city and broader region to engage in some ideation about how we can actually make the plate half fresh produce. 9/27/2011

Cornell Professors To Present At The New York Produce Show And Conference: New Ways of Thinking About Local: Can The East Coast Develop A Broccoli Industry? at The New York Produce Show & Conference, one of the goals is to encourage greater interaction between the great centers of learning in the region and the produce industry. Among the most intriguing intelligences out there is that of Miguel I. Gomez from Cornell, and he is going to introduce us and all of the attendees to his colleague, Thomas Bjorkman who is Associate Professor of Vegetable Physiology, Department of Horticultural Sciences at Cornell University. This dynamic duo is working on the development of an East Coast broccoli industry that the researchers believe might be able to account for as much as 10% of US production. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Manager Mira Slott to find out more from Professors Miguel I. Gomez Thomas and Bjorkman of Cornell University. 9/22/2011

The Wall Street Journal’s Mary Anastasia O’Grady To Keynote New Global Trade Symposium At The New York Produce Show… Proceeds To Benefit Research For The Cure Of Pancreatic Cancer describes how this year’s New York Produce Show and Conference is a significantly richer event in terms of the workshops and seminars. In homage to New York’s traditional role as a gateway to America, we have installed a one-day special event the day before the trade show dedicated to the global trade of produce. The program is terrific, but there are two really special components to this inaugural event. First, we have had the extraordinary good fortune to secure Mary Anastasia O’Grady as our Keynote speaker. Following both the strict conflict-of-interest policies of The Wall Street Journal and the generous proclivities of her own heart, Mary asked that in lieu of a fee, funds be donated toward the fight to cure pancreatic cancer. 9/12/2011

The New York Produce Show And Conference Announces Retail "Thought Leaders" Panel... Be In New York City November 7-9, 2011 recalls how over a year ago we began the establishment of a new industry institution with a simple announcement of the creation of The New York Produce Show And Conference. Of course, when confronted with the overwhelming success of the event, the leaders of the Eastern Produce Council and your friends at PRODUCE BUSINESS had only one reaction: A joint vow to make the 2011 event even better. We established a tradition last year and will continue it this year with the announcement of our Retail “Thought Leaders” Panel. These key retailers, a “Who’s Who” of the industry, help define what actually happens in this dynamic marketplace. The Pundit will personally question these insightful leaders at the Keynote Breakfast on Tuesday, November, 8, 2011. 9/7/2011

Never Tell Me The Odds: One Man, One Disease, One Battle writes that over the years, I have often shared important personal events through my writing. My father had been losing weight and experiencing gastro-intestinal distress of various kinds, so we did a scan and discovered a mass. It was biopsied locally in Boca Raton, Florida, and was diagnosed as pancreatic cancer. Just two months ago, my parents came to The New York Produce Show and Conference. I’m very glad my father got to see that, and I really hope he will get to see the next edition of The New York Produce Show and Conference later this year as well. I think we have to take things one year at a time. 1/6/2011

From New York To New England, Always Something Good To Do mentions that The New York Produce Show and Conference attracted many association executives, including Laura Sullivan, Executive Director of the New England Produce Council, who sent us this sweet note. The folks in New England are always doing something good. If you are in the region, note that Bryan Silbermann, President and CEO of the Produce Marketing Association, is the headliner for the NEPC’s first event of the new year a dinner on January 6. 12/24/2010

Where To Eat When It’s Too Late For Dinner And Too Early For Breakfast our explanations about the sleepless nights that led to planning The New York Produce Show and Conference brought a few kind words, including these from Gene Harris, Senior Purchasing Manager with Denny’s Corp. whose note reminds us of an experience the Pundit had with an injured Jr. Pundit who happily discovered that Denny’s will always be a place of incredible indulgence. 12/24/2010

Trying To make Your Holidays More Healthy And Delicious? Try Chef Camille Becerra’s Recipes Developed For The New York Produce Show And Conference with everyone cooking for the holidays, we thought it would be a good idea to let everyone know about some special recipes we had cooked up as part of the efforts of the Eastern Produce Council and PRODUCE BUSINESS magazine to boost produce consumption. At this year’s premier edition of The New York Produce Show and Conference, we worked with Top Chef Camille Becerra to cook up some truly delicious recipes for 6 fruits, 5 vegetables and 1 nut (chestnuts). It was best to be at the show and taste Chef Camille’s creations. Here, however, are easy downloads of each recipe. 12/24/2010

Magic In New York writes that New York is now getting ready for Christmas. It’s a magical time in an incredible place. Of course, the produce industry made its own magic in New York just last month as the trade gathered at The New York Produce Show and Conference, presented by The Eastern Produce Council and PRODUCE BUSINESS magazine. CNN superstar correspondent Louise Schiavone has been very busy doing a multitude of media projects plus helping young people by teaching at the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University. We knew Louise had a New York connection as well, as she has a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. So when we started working on The New York Produce Show and Conference, we asked Louise if she would head up our video production effort. We were very lucky she said yes. 12/9/2010

Inaugural New York Produce Show And Conference Exceeds All Expectations; Provides Forum For Business, Education, Service and Networking EPC and PRODUCE BUSINESS Vow Even Better Event In 2011 believes it is perhaps customary to play it cool when one has launched a successful new industry institution such as The New York Produce Show and Conference—make it seem as if we always knew that success was inevitable. This all happened because, as all success happens, opportunity met preparation. The community needed a place to gather and for a year a team of dedicated professionals worked day and night to build it. Of course we also had the enormous advantage that comes when you are doing work that comes from the heart. We promise to work twice as hard and, with a little experience under our belt, twice as smart — to make the 2011 version of the New York Produce Show and Conference twice as fantastic! 11/22/2010

The Produce Industry Is Flying High In New York City! describes how one of our goals when we launched PRODUCE BUSINESS 25 years ago was to help elevate the esteem in which the industry was held among policy makers, consumers, the media, academia and, indeed, the industry members themselves and their families. We doubled down on this goal when the Eastern Produce Council and PRODUCE BUSINESS joined hands to present The New York Produce Show and Conference. Now, with the show imminent, high above The Avenue of the America — that is 6th Avenue for the native New Yorkers reading — there are banners flying proclaiming the existence of a new industry institution — The New York Produce Show and Conference. 11/8/2010

Hunts Point Produce Market Unveils New Marketing/PR Campaign At The New York Produce Show And Conference explains that the Hunts Point Market is probably the most misunderstood institution in our industry. Retailers often think they save money by cutting out the middleman, but there is a great deal of doubt about that point. Shippers also sometimes misunderstand the value of Hunts Point to their business. The truth is that the market and the people on it don’t get the respect they deserve. Now, this colossus of produce marketing is stirring and about to do some marketing of its own, a kickoff of which is taking place at The New York Produce Show and Conference, which includes a special tour of the market. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more from Joel Fierman, President of Joseph Fierman & Son. 11/8/2010

Top Chef Camille Becerra To Cook Up Produce Dishes At The New York Produce Show And Conference in planning The New York Produce Show and Conference, we knew that we couldn’t be in a great restaurant town like New York and not do some cooking. Chef Camille Becerra will be with us at the New York Produce Show and Conference all day cooking, teaching, laughing and sampling. We were fortunate to find someone who shares our mission and who is willing to share the profits of a most interesting life. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to speak with Camille and find out more. 11/8/2010

New York Produce Show And Conference Ramps Up Effort To Reach Consumer Influencers Lewis & Neale Provides Added Firepower With A NY Presence explains that since The New York Produce Show and Conference only has a one-day trade show, we see the type of outreach first mentioned in our piece, New York Produce Show And Conference Retains DMA Solutions For Consumer-Influencer Outreach, as crucial to the event. Dan’l Mackey Almy of DMA Solutions and her team have simply been dynamos, and it became obvious that the potential for this outreach, not only to traditional media but also to influential bloggers, chefs and their organizations, health-care and health promotion groups and others in a position to influence consumers — had barely been approached. When the need for a New York-based team became obvious, there was only one choice—the doyen of food and beverage communications, Anita Fial of Lewis & Neal, a division of CRT/tanaka. 11/5/2010

Tour To New Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market Offers A Glimpse Into The Future Of Produce Wholesaling In America before we head off to see the newly named Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market on a Bus Tour scheduled to depart the Hilton New York Hotel at 8 am on Thursday, November 11, 2010, we asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor, Mira Slott, to speak with man heading up the effort to promote the new market and see if we could gain some insight as to what we will see from John Vena, President of John Vena, Inc. 11/5/2010

Dr. Johan Van Deventer Travels From South Africa To Join Thought Leaders Panel at The New York Produce Show And Conference as we began the planning for the program content of The New York Produce Show and Conference, we knew that rather than focusing on any one individual, we wanted the “keynote” to be a large panel representing the breadth and diversity of the region. So we are pleased to announce that completing our “Thought Leaders” panel is an industry leader who is traveling from the Southern Hemisphere to provide a completely different perspective to our panel. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more from Dr. Johan Van Deventer, Managing Director of Freshmark, Subsidiary of the Shoprite Group in Western Cape, South Africa. 11/5/2010

When In New York… Meet The Vegetable Butcher At Mario Batali’s Eataly explains that when we sat down to design The New York Produce Show and Conference, we knew that it would be a shame to bring so many people to the Big Apple and have them spend the whole time in a convention center. Thus was born a tour program running from Philadelphia to New York. It is not unusual that the most anticipated stop on the tour should be the newest food concept — Eataly. The store has incredible things for all departments, but for produce it has something unique, America’s first vegetable butcher, Jennifer Rubell, who turns food into art. Rubell masterminded the job of Vegetable Butcher at Eataly. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out what does this mean? 11/5/2010

Pundit Mailbag — Professor John Stanton’s Presentation At New York Produce Show And Conference ‘Worth The Registration Fee Alone’ our piece highlighting Professor John Stanton’s research into the local vs. organic issue, titled Research To Be Unveiled At The New York Produce Show And Conference Shows ‘Local’ Preference Versus Organic, brought this enthusiastic response from Jim Allen, President of the New York Apple Association. We appreciate Jim’s vote of confidence and, yes, the conference alone would be worth attending. Add in a trade show, cooking demos, networking events, general session and the historical nature of this event and we feel very good about how it is all coming together. 10/25/2010

New York Produce Show And Conference Retains DMA Solutions For Consumer-Influencer Outreach shares how Dan’l Almy of DMA Solutions has often contributed to the Pundit and recently, on her blog, The Core, Dan’l addressed an issue of how to make the third day of PMA’s trade show more productive. Dan’l is very focused on outreach to the consumer and has been speaking for years to lots of people in the industry about how we engage consumers by inviting ‘influencers’ to trade shows. At The New York Produce Show and Conference, both the Eastern Produce Council and PRODUCE BUSINESS have already been working on attracting many of these influencers, but Dan’l crystallized the idea in a fresh new way. 10/25/2010

PTI Voice Pick Code Solution May Propel Progress, While Presentation By Gary Fleming At New York Produce Show And Conference Offers Path For Fragmented New York Region Closer To Compliance with The New York Produce Show & Conference fast upon us, we wanted to deal with traceability from the angle of how this can all play out among smaller supply chain members. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more and called upon Gary Fleming, who now heads his own consultancy but had previously been Vice President of Industry Technology & Standards at the Produce Marketing Association, where he headed up PMA’s traceability efforts. 10/25/2010

Cornell’s Brad Rickard To Unveil Generic Produce Promotion Research Done By Cornell And Arizona State University At New York Produce Show And Conference finds the debate over the proposal for a mandatory assessment to support a generic produce promotion program is beginning to bear fruit for the industry and the world. Brad Rickard from Cornell is part of a team that has been working on a project that uses experimental economics to examine consumer response to commodity-specific media advertising and broad-based media advertising for fruits and vegetables. We invited Brad Rickard to unveil this important research at The New York Produce Show and Conference. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to get us a sneak preview. 10/25/2010

Exciting Spouse/Companion Program Highlighted At The New York Produce Show And Conference reports that The New York Produce Show and Conference is a serious, work-related event. Included are a top retail panel, many workshops and seminars, important networking events, informative tours and a sold-out trade show. It will certainly be pleasant, but the attendees are there to work. Spouses and companions, though, are sometimes free to simply enjoy the City. The New York Produce Show and Conference is helping to facilitate this by offering a wonderful spouse/companion program. 10/21/2010

Rooftop Farm Just Part Of The New York Experience writes how one of the great things about The New York Produce Show and Conference is that attendees have an opportunity to broaden their horizons — intellectually and physically — because, in addition to the trade show and conference, the event also includes community exploration in the form of incredible tours. Our fantastic New York City tour includes prominent and innovative retailers and a visit to a unique urban rooftop farm, the Brooklyn Grange. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to visit the farm and get us a little preview of what we can expect to see on the tour from Ben Flanner, Head Farmer at the Brooklyn Grange. 10/21/2010

Research To Be Unveiled At The New York Produce Show And Conference Shows ‘Local’ Preference Versus Organic among the things that those of us at the Eastern Produce Council and PRODUCE BUSINESS are most proud of regarding The New York Produce Show and Conference is how hard we’ve worked to draw on the intellectual activity of the region. One of the workshops will unveil important research on the theme of “Local vs. Organic,” utilizing apples as a case study. The ground-breaking research was conducted by Professor John Stanton, and Associate Professor Fred Wirth, both in the Department of Food Marketing at St. Joseph’s University, and D.R. Wiley, a specialist in choice theory. We asked Mira Slott, Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor, to learn more about the research John will present. 10/21/2010

Rutger’s Professor Ramu Govindasamy To Speak Out At The New York Produce Show And Conference…Research On Asian And Hispanic Produce Marketing On The East Coast Identifies A Profitable Opportunity explains that one of the goals of the New York Produce Show & Conference is to uncover the great diversity of work done in the region and about the region. A great part of this work is done at the region’s many fine universities. So we asked Pundit investigator and special projects editor Mira Slott to find out more from Dr. Ramu Govindasamy,

Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Food & Resource Economics, and Associate Director of Research for the Food Policy Institute at Rutgers University. 10/14/2010

A New Hypothesis On Local: To Boost Sales, Sell It Through Supermarkets... Cornell’s Miguel Gomez Previews His Upcoming Talk At The New York Produce Show And Conference reveals that a part of undertaking the New York Produce Show & Conference has involved an outreach to local centers of learning where we have sought out brilliant young scholars who are working hard to better understand issues of concern to the trade. Within this category is Miguel I. Gomez of Cornell University. Professor Gomez will be coming to Manhattan to discuss a research project on local supply chains. We asked Mira Slott, Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor, to see if she could give us a sneak preview as to what attendees would learn at The New York Produce Show and Conference. 10/1/2010

Famed Food Writer Joan Nathan To Speak At New York Produce Show And Conference mentions that we are pleased to have an opportunity to introduce to the industry a speaker who we are honored to feature at The New York Produce Show and Conference: Joan Nathan, a distinguished author, lecturer, curator and television host. As a kind of preview of the role that produce has played in her culinary and professional, we asked Mira Slott, Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor, to find out more. 8/30/2010

Retail “Thought Leaders” Panel Announced For The New York Produce Show And Conference explains that it is one amazing thing to watch the produce community of New York and the broader mid-Atlantic region join in support of The New York Produce Show and Conference. Attendees will see this support on Wednesday morning, when the keynote breakfast highlights a selection of retail thought-leaders from across the region. Yours truly will engage these retail thought-leaders in an invigorating discussion on the state of the industry and how we can work together to enhance our mutual success. The following leaders of the retail produce trade in the region are scheduled to participate in the Retail “Thought Leaders” Panel, the marquis presentation at the general session breakfast on the morning of November 10, 2010. 8/10/2010

New York Metro’s Economy Is 12th Largest In The World admits that when we announced the unveiling of The New York Produce Show And Conference, we were not prepared for the avalanche of support. Although much of it came from industry members looking to support the members and staff of the Eastern Produce Council and the team that puts out PRODUCE BUSINESS, PerishableNews.com and, of course, the “Pundit” — the business case for the show is overwhelming. A new report from The United States Conference of Mayors makes the case pretty dramatically. The report includes a chart that is titled, “If U.S. Metro Economies Were Nations.” We’ve excerpted the top 15 listings in the chart you see aside this article and it shows that only the New York metro area would rank as one of the top 15 economies in the world if metro areas were counted like countries. 1/28/2010

Pundit’s Mailbag — New York Produce Show And Conference ‘Endorsement’ received a note referencing our piece, New Event Planned for 2010: Eastern Produce Council and PRODUCE BUSINESS Announce The New York Produce Show And Conference, from Dick Spezzano, President of Spezzano Consulting Service, who congratulates us on our new endeavor. As a veteran of regional events like these, Dick has seen firsthand the complexity that putting together an event like this involves — of course he also saw how much the industry can gain from such an event. So his praise for the idea carries special weight. 1/18/2010

New Event Planned For 2010: Eastern Produce Council And PRODUCE BUSINESS Announce The New York Produce Show And Conference as national produce industry shows have thrived, we have also seen a plethora of interest in regional events. Not everyone in the industry can pick up and travel to an event. They don’t have the time, the budget is limited, etc. This creates an opportunity for these regional events to thrive. This Pundit’s roots run deep in the New York region and so we are just thrilled to announce that the Eastern Produce Council and PRODUCE BUSINESS magazine have joined forces to present a new, world-class event for the region: The New York Produce Show And Conference. 12/18/2009

 

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