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2021

ED McLAUGHLIN
David J. Nolan Dean of Applied Economics and Management, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
Dean, Cornell-Japan Retail Executive Program
Director, Cornell’s Food Executive Program
Recipient, Cornell’s Outstanding Faculty Award 2020, Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Robert G. Tobin Professor of Marketing, Emeritus
Director of Food Industry Management Program, Emeritus
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

TAGS: McLaughlin, Cornell University, New York Produce Show and Conference, pandemic, students, delivery, e-commerce, retailers, store size, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor

New York Produce Show Discussions: Cornell’s Ed McLaughlin Gazes Into Crystal Ball, Sees Smaller Format Stores With Secondary Warehousing, JIT Delivery, Changes In Retail-Buyer Relationships, Just To Name A Few… One of the advantages of having done a virtual edition of The New York Produce Show and Conference was that we came out of it with an all-star collection of incredible industry insight. Today, we share with the broader Pundit audience a conversation with Ed McLaughlin of Cornell University. Ed is widely recognized as the world’s leading academic authority on the fresh produce industry and the broader food system. 3/22/2021

Joe Barsi
President
California Giant Berry Farms
Watsonville, CA

Dave Jackson
Co-Owner

Family Tree Farms

TAGS: California Giant Berry Farms, Barsi, Jackson, Family Tree Farms, Blueberries Blueberry Coalition for Progress and Health, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Newly Formed Blueberry Coalition Opposes Limitations On Imports: California Giant’s Joe Barsi And Family Tree’s Dave Jackson Make Their Case Speaking out on behalf of those who oppose limitations on imports of blueberries we have two of the giants of the industry. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor, Mira Slott, to help us understand their perspective. 2/10/2021

Jerome Crosby
Chairman of Executive Committee
American Blueberry Growers Alliance (ABGA)
Owner
Pineneedle Farms
Willacoochee, GA

TAGS: Crosby, Pineneedle Farms, imports, domestic, Mexican, American Blueberry Growers Alliance, blueberries, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

American Blueberry Growers Alliance Argues Import Restrictions are Essential To Preserve Shoulder Season of US Blueberry Industry Advocating on behalf of those who want to see the US government take steps to raise the price of blueberries during the shoulder seasons in order to maintain the viability of US farmers is a Georgia farmer spearheading this effort. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 2/10/2021

Michael Castagnetto
President, Robinson Fresh
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Sysco Corporation

TAGS: Castagnetto, Robinson Fresh, C.H. Robinson, tropicals, Garven, melons, New York Produce Show, packaging, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Under Michael Castagnetto’s Leadership, Robinson Fresh Launches Its Own Brand C.H. Robinson launched its Robinson Fresh unit at The London Produce Show and Conference back in 2014, so we can really say we were there at the beginning. Now, Robinson Fresh is adding a namesake brand to its corporate identity. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 1/19/2021

Renato Acuña Delcore
President of
Dole Fresh Fruit International
San Jose, Costa Rica

TAGS: Delcore, Dole Fresh Fruit International, bananas, hurricanes, Honduras, fusarium wilt TR4, Central America, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Dole’s Renato Acuña Delcore Speaks Out On Impact Of Hurricanes In Latin America On Banana Industry Sometimes buyers forget that in this industry there are no factories. We are dealing with live plants, real weather events and much more. Recently Central America, the heart of the banana industry for North America, has suffered severe damage from hurricanes. What does this mean for the banana industry? We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 1/19/2021

Ted Taylor
Head of New Ventures &Business Development
Taylor Farms
Salinas, California

TAGS: Taylor, Taylor Farms, New York Produce Show and Conference, lettuce, broccoli, spinach, pandemic, foodservice, organic, Salinas, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor

New York Produce Show Discussions: Up-and-comer Ted Taylor Of Taylor Farms Sees Optimism In Produce After Pandemic A highlight of the recently completed virtual edition of  The New York Produce Show and Conference was an all-star collection of industry insight. Here we share a conversation with Ted Taylor, Head of New Ventures & Business Development at Taylor Farms. We appreciate the willingness of Taylor Farms to help advance the industry by sharing Ted’s experience and insight. 1/19/2021

Juliet Olivarria
Vice President, Produce
Sysco Corporation

TAGS: Olivarria, New York Produce Show and Conference, Sysco, pack sizes, foodservice, pandemic, Salinas, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor

New York Produce Show Discussions: Sysco’s Juliet Olivarria Comes Through A Pandemic With Grace And Sees Strength In A New Future At the virtual edition of The New York Produce Show and Conference this past December we had an all-star collection of industry luminaries who were willing to share their knowledge and experience with the broader industry. We were fortunate that Juliet Olivarria, Vice President, Produce at Sysco, was willing and able to share the incredible experience. 1/10/2021

Gary Marshall
Chairman
Covent Garden Tenants Association
Managing Director
Bevington Salads

David Frankish
Chairman of CGT

Jason Tanner
Deputy Chairman of CGT

Amanda Cane
P&I Fruits

TAGS: Marshall, Frankish, Tanner, Cane, Covent Garden Tenants Association, P&I Fruits, terminal market, New Covent Garden Market, Blue Apron, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor

The Terminal Market Endures and Prevails: London’s New Covent Garden Market Achieves Historic Resolution After a lengthy dispute that resulted in legal action, the Covent Garden Tenants Association (CGTA) and the Covent Garden Market Authority (CGMA) have agreed to a set of proposed amendments to the original £200m redevelopment plan unveiled in 2018.  1/10/2021
 
Gina Garven
Vice President of Commercial Development and Analytics
C.H. Robinson
Eden Prairie, Minnesota

TAGS: Garven, C.H. Robinson, retail, online, foodservice, research, pandemic, omnichannel, Carol Bareuther, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor

CH Robinson’s Gina Garven Talks Trends In Supplying Fresh Produce At Retail For The New Year To help retailers and suppliers successfully navigate these changes and the unprecedented demand they represent, Carol Bareuther, RD, contributing editor with the Pundit’s sister publication, PRODUCE BUSINESS, talked with Gina Garven, Eden Prairie, MN-based C.H. Robinson’s vice president of commercial development and analytics. 1/10/2021
 
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