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2018

Brad Rickard
Associate Professor
Ruth and William Morgan Associate Professor in Applied Economics and Management
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

 Karina Gallardo 
Associate Professor Extension Specialist
School of Economic Sciences
Washington State University
Co-Director of the IMPACT Center

TAGS: Rickard, Cornell University, Gallardo, Washington State University, varieties, supply chain, cultivators, apple, sweet cherry, VitisGen2, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Cornell and Washington State University Team Up On New Research Interactive Presentation At New York Produce Show Gives Industry Buyers A Chance To Weigh In On What They Prefer  Cornell’s Brad Rickard is veteran of The New York Produce show and conference and our overseas events. This time he brings with him a colleague from Washington State University and they double team the issue of what the developers of new varieties ought to be looking for. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects editor, Mira Slott, to get a “sneak preview” of what they will be presenting at this year’s edition of The New York Produce Show and Conference. 12/11/2018
John Bovay
Assistant Professor and Extension Economist
Dept. of Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of Connecticut

TAGS: University of Connecticut, Bovay, EPA, USDA, United Nations, food waste, university dining, economics, food sharing, date labeling, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Getting Down And Dirty On Food Waste: UConn Professor John Bovey Unveils New Research At New York Produce Show And Conference John Bovay has been wowing audiences at The New York Produce Show and Conference for the past two years. He always has a way of researching the hot topics of the day – this year it is Food Waste. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 12/11/2018
Mayda Sotomayor-Kirk
CEO
Seald Sweet/Greenyard USA
Vero Beach, FL

TAGS: Seald Sweet/Greenyard USA, Sotomayor-Kirk, Nogales, Apeel, protocol, NAFTA, import, Deprez, women, Cuba, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Matthew Ogg

An Intertwined Tale: Seald Sweet CEO Mayda Sotomayor-Kirk Tells Her Story And What She Has Seen… And Expects To See In The World Of Global Trade Mayda Sotomayor-Kirk is a global icon of the industry. Many can talk about international trade, but few can tie it in with a personal story of redemption like Mayda. We asked Matthew Ogg, Contributing Editor to Pundit sister publication, PRODUCE BUSINESS, to see what Mayda has in store for attendees at the Global Trade Symposium co-located with The New York Produce Show and Conference. 12/8/2018
Stephan Weist
Director Category Management:
Fruit, Vegetables, Flowers & Plants
REWE Group
Cologne, Germany

Paricia Brunn
Category Director
Fruit and Vegetables
Flowers & Plants at Penny
Cologne, Germany

TAGS: Weist, REWE Group, Brunn, Penny, misfits, wonky, Bio-Helden, Junior-Helden, Germany, Online Marktplatz, Food Fulfillment Center 2.0, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Matthew Ogg

Wonky Fruit, Regionality, Omni-Channel, Sustainable Packaging… All Come To The Fore In Presentation At Global Trade Symposium By Stephan Weist Of REWE Group And Patricia Brunn Of Penny Market Consumers expect dramatically different prices between “perfect” and “wonky” produce. So, as a result, most of these efforts are introduced with great fanfare only to disappear quietly. Even successful innovations, like organics, struggle sometimes because industry realities make transitional product a big financial loser – and many aimers to go organic can’t take the losses. Now, however, there is innovation from Germany that addresses both of these challenges. 12/8/2018
Lisa Helfman
Founder
Brighter Bites
Houston, Texas

Shreela Sharma
Co Founder
Brighter Bites
Houston, Texas

TAGS: Helfman, Sharma, Brighter Bites, subsidized, children, multivariate analyses, mushrooms, D’Arrigo Bros. of New York, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott 

EXCLUSIVE PRESENTATION AT NEW YORK PRODUCE SHOW Non-Profit Brighter Bites Takes Scientific Approach To Increase Produce Consumption And Create Long Term Consumers Brighter Bites is a nonprofit that both delivers fresh produce into the hands of needy children and families while also educating the families on how to utilize the fresh produce. Perhaps most importantly, they have done this in a controlled way that is put under the scrutiny of real peer reviewed research. This year, Brighter Bites is holding its board meeting in conjunction with The New York Produce Show and Conference. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 12/8/2018
John Vena
John Vena Inc.
Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

TAGS: John Vena, Philadelphia, PWPM, Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market, cold chain, SQF Level II, merchant, ripening, FOB, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Carol M. Bareuther

Third-Generation Wholesaler Tells Why NYPS Bus Tour To Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market Is A ‘Must-Do’ Located less than a two-hour drive south of New York City and five miles north of the Philadelphia International Airport, many people don’t realize that the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market is the largest fully enclosed, fully refrigerated wholesale produce terminals in the world. That’s what makes it a ‘hidden’ gem and a must-do NYPS bus tour. Carol M. Bareuther, Contributing Editor of sister publication, PRODUCE BUSINESS, spoke with Vena about what attendees can expect to see and experience. 12/8/2018
Miguel Gómez
Associate Professor
Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
Faculty Fellow
David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
Cornell University Affiliate Faculty
School of Management Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota

TAGS: Gómez, Cornell University, international trade, tariffs, import, export, China, trade war, Brexit, Africa, NAFTA, McKinsey Global Institute, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

New York Produce Show Veteran Speaker And Cornell Professor, Miguel Gómez, To Give Insights And Analysis On International Trade At Global Trade Symposium Miguel Gómez has been wowing the produce industry since the very launch of The New York Produce Show and Conference. He has been on stage with us in New York, London and Amsterdam. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out what he has in store for the Global Trade Symposium this year. 12/8/2018
Juan Camilo Barrera
Agribusiness Executive Director
ProColombia USA
Miami, Florida

TAGS: Barrera, ProColombia USA, Down, Echenique, Schwartz, Weyland, Berry People, Last Land Farms, JAL Agro, 7 Seas Fruit, Yentzen, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Matthew Ogg

Rock Star Panel At Global Trade Symposium ProColombia’s Juan Camilo Barrera Highlights A Growing Future As Opportunities Boom in Colombia Organized by Gustavo Yentzen, GM of FreshFruitPortal.com and its Spanish Language sister PortalFruticola.com, and who manages our Latin American operations out of Santiago, Chile, the panel this year consists of five produce industry rock stars. Because Colombia has been the focus of a lot of attention as a new supply source for avocados, we asked Matthew Ogg, Contributing Editor for pundit sister publication PRODUCE BUSINESS, to get a little preview of the kinds of issues Juan Camilo Barrera will be discussing in New York. 12/8/2018
Paul Takhistov, PhD
Associate Professor
Director of Professional Master (MBS)
Program in Food Science
Department of Food Science
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, New Jersey

TAGS: Takhistov, Rutgers, Intelligent Packaging, food safety, HARCP, producers, processors, logistics, retailers, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Linda Brockman

At New York Produce Show Micro-Session, Rutgers Professor Paul Takhistov Makes A Case for Intelligent Packaging With the Romaine Crisis just now receding, issues of the role packaging could play in enhancing produce safety is top of mind. Professor Paul Takhistov of Rutgers University’s Food Science Department, one of this Wednesday's Educational Micro-session speakers at The New York Produce Show and Conference, will explain the concept of intelligent packaging — along with his Rutgers colleague, Kit Yam. We asked Linda Brockman, Contributing Editor to Pundit sister publication, PRODUCE BUSINESS, to look deeper into this new technology and get a sneak preview of what Professor Takhistoy will present. 12/8/2018
Maria Wieloch
Senior Category Manager:
Fruit, Vegetables and Flowers
ICA Gruppen
Sweden

TAGS: Wieloch ICA Gruppen, London, Sweden, Stockholm, Amsterdam, organic, Euro, Crown, flexitarians, Halloween, Christmas, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Matthew Ogg

Global Trade Symposium Welcomes Maria Wieloch, Who Will Give Insights On Produce Category Management At ICA Sweden When the Pundit was cutting his eye teeth in the produce business, one of his customers was ICA Gruppen in Sweden, so we have a special connection when we have Maria Wieloch of Ica participate in our events. At the Global Trade Symposium, co-located with The New York Produce Show and Conference on December 11, Maria will be focusing on how special promotions can boost sales of produce and move the needle on consumption. We asked Matthew Ogg, Contributing Editor at Pundit sister publication, PRODUCE BUSINESS, to find out more. 12/5/2018

Jelger de Vriend
Co-Founder
Innovative Fresh

TAGS: Vriend, Innovative Fresh, data, Royal Ahold, Albert Heijn, avocados, tomatoes, branding, waterbombs, GFK, flavor, InQuality, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Matthew Ogg

Meet Jelger de Vriend At New York Produce Show’s Global Trade Symposium And Learn How To Use Data To Answer The Question: “Are We Exceeding Consumer Expectations Around Quality?” We were fortunate to have Jelger de Vriend present at our event in Amsterdam a year ago. It was a very well received presentation. No surprise for someone who was Senior Sourcing Manager at Royal Ahold/Albert Heijn and has, more recently, devoted his efforts to finding ways to create systemic change in a way that is designed to help retailers deliver the kind of quality that will increase sales and boost consumption. We asked Matt Ogg, Contributing Editor at Pundit sister publication, PRODUCE BUSINESS, to find out more. 12/5/2018
 
Nic Jooste
Partner and Director of Corporate Communications, Marketing & CSR
Cool Fresh International
The Netherlands

TAGS: Cool Fresh International, Jooste, London, Amsterdam, Market Match, garlic, Rotterdam, generation Z, gorilla video, Corporate Social Investment, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Matthew Ogg

Preparing For Tomorrow’s Consumers: Cool Fresh’s Nic Jooste Returns To New York’s Global Trade Symposium With Ideas Garnered From His Unique ‘Market Match’ Challenge  Nic Jooste has taken on the difficult task of trying to understand the future and the way the produce industry can conduct itself to take advantage of what the future holds. We asked Matt Ogg, Contributing Editor at Pundit sister publication PRODUCE BUSINESS to get into Nic’s head and engage in a wide-ranging discussion as to the ideas that will inform Nic’s presentation at the Global trade Symposium in New York. 12/5/2018<\p>
Maarten van Hamburg
General Manager
Bakker Barendrecht
Ridderkerk, The Netherlands

TAGS: Hamburg, Netherlands, Amsterdam, omni-channel, Albert Heijn, Bakker Barendrecht, growers, direct sourcing, distribution, automation, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Bakker Berendrecht’s Maarten Van Hamburg Shares Rare Insights On Procurement For Albert Heijn; Offers Glimpse Of Future Omni-Channel Challenges At Amsterdam Produce Summit We’ve been fortunate to have the engagement of the largest food retailer in the Netherlands, Albert Heijn, ever since the launch of our Amsterdam event. This year, we are excited to have the chair filled by Maarten van Hamburg, the General Manager of Albert Heijn’s service provider, Bakker Barendrecht, the strategic partner for getting fresh produce through the supply chain and onto the shelves. We asked Mira Slott, Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor, to find out what kind of insights Maarten might share at the event. 11/11/2018

 

Gary York
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Robinson Fresh
Eden Prairie, Minnesota

TAGS: York, Robinson Fresh, omni-channel, supply chain, logistics, brands, value, retail, global, verfrut, Europe, online, category management, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Robinson Fresh To Offer Fresh Intelligence And Hands-on Knowledge About Omni-Channel Consumers During Special Tour To Its Amsterdam HQ As part of The Amsterdam Produce Summit, we will offer a tour of the European headquarters of CH Robinson and Robinson Fresh. Executives of these two companies have done us a special favor in doing an important research report on the nexus of produce and omni-channel. We are most grateful that they will be unveiling the results of their latest Omni-Channel study in Amsterdam. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to get us a sneak preview of what those on the tour to Robinson Fresh’s European Headquarters will learn while in Amsterdam. 11/9/2018

Loren Zhao
Co-Founder
Fruitday Co., Ltd., Shanghai
China

TAGS: Zhao, Fruitday Co., China, omni-channel, online, offline, retail, supply chain, ecommerce, data, overseas, domestic, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

EXCLUSIVE PRESENTATION AT AMSTERDAM PRODUCE SUMMIT: Chinese Entrepreneur And Practice-Leader Loren Zhao Talks About His Company, FruitDay, And Shares Real-World Knowledge On Selling Fruit To Consumers Via E-Commerce While Previewing The Omni-Channel Future One simply cannot discuss the intersection of the produce business and omni-channel without talking about China. We are fortunate to have a superstar entrepreneur from China to guide us in understanding and learning from his Chinese experience. Loren Zhao is the single most important person in China when it comes to the intersection of produce and the omni-channel future. We are honored and grateful that he is traveling so far to share his knowledge and engage with us in Amsterdam. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out what he has in store for us at the event. 10/30/2018

Rand Waddoups
Senior Director Omnichannel
Walmart Inc.
Bentonville, AR

TAGS: Waddoups, Omnichannel, Walmart, digital, Cornershop, Flipkart, supply chain, Mexico, Chile, Jet.com, online, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

ONLY IN AMSTERDAM… Walmart’s Senior Director Of Omnichannel Rand Waddoups To Talk About Ways To Build E-commerce Synergies With Produce In the Omni-Channel space, there is no practitioner more important than Walmart, the world’s largest buyer of produce. So, we were thrilled when we learned that Rand Waddoups, who holds the title of Senior Director Omnichannel for Walmart, was willing to share his thoughts with us in Amsterdam. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to get us a “sneak preview” of what Rand intends to discuss in Amsterdam. 10/22/2018

Stéphane Roger
Global Shopper and Retail Director
Kantar Worldpanel
Barcelona, Spain

TAGS: Roger, Kantar Worldpanel, ecommerce, CPG, omnichannel, local, private label, hypermarkets, Flipkart, global, FMCG, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Kantar Worldpanel Interview Part II - 10 DATA-RICH INGREDIENTS TO OMNI-CHANNEL SUCCESS 'E-Commerce Is A Must-Have, And Fresh Produce Will Be The Next Playing Ground.' In Part I of our interview with Stéphane Roger, he used Kantar’s data to lay out the big picture of what is happening with omni-channel today. In Part II, Mira Slott, Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor, explores Stéphane’s views on the significance of produce to retailers’ omni-channel efforts and the meaning of omni-channel to the produce supply chain. 10/22/2018

Jorg Snoeck
Founder
RetailDetail
Antwerpen, Belgium

TAGS: Snoeck, Neerman, RetailDetail, omnichannel, delivery, Amazon, offline, convenience, technology, brands, millennial, Internet of things, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

‘CAPTAIN OF RETAIL’ JORG SNOECK SPEAKS AT AMSTERDAM PRODUCE SUMMIT: How To Navigate The Omni-Channel Revolution — New Consumers, New Technology, New Outlets For Shopping the most renowned speaker in the Benelux on retail issues is Jorg Snoeck. When we heard that Jorg, founder of RetailDetail, working with Pauline Neerman, editor at RetailDetail, had published a new book, titled The Future of Shopping, we knew that we had to have Jorg at The Amsterdam Produce summit, which this year is headlined, Retail Strategies: Seizing Success in the Omni-Channel Future. How do we deal with the Yin and Yang of produce and omni-channel? We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 10/14/2018

Tim York
President
Markon Cooperative, Inc.
Salinas, CA

TAGS: York, Markon Cooperative, foodservice, omnichannel, National Restaurant Association, Starbucks, meal kit, delivery, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Markon’s Tim York To Speak In Amsterdam: How To Profit From Omni-Channel Proficiency… Foodservice, Retail And The Produce Supply Chain In the foodservice sector, Tim York gets direct feedback from a diverse group of distributors. Since Markon is a cooperative, part of Tim’s job is to make sure that the members are positioned for success, so it is no surprise that he is thinking deeply about omni-channel. Is it really omni-channel if the fries just don’t taste the same at home as they do in the restaurant? How will consumers learn of new products if buying off a telephone screen? Will restaurants become the sampling channel for retail sales? It is to wrestle with questions such as these that Tim is coming to Amsterdam. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 10/11/2018

Stéphane Roger
Global Shopper and Retail Director
Kantar Worldpanel
Barcelona, Spain

TAGS: Roger, Kantar Worldpanel, ecommerce, omnichannel, China, discounters, hypermarkets, global, FMCG, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

10 DATA-RICH INGREDIENTS TO OMNI-CHANNEL SUCCESS
Kantar Worldwide To Highlight Fresh Data At Amsterdam Produce Summit
 We have been fortunate to have experts from Kantar share their insights into many subjects.  These presentations are always data-rich and, we’re fortunate that Kantar recently revealed a new study. We are especially delighted to have Stéphane Roger, Global Shopper & Retail Director at Kantar Worldpanel, join us in Amsterdam to explain the study findings. In Part I of Special Projects Editor Mira Slott’s conversation with Stéphane he details ten key findings from the research. Part II will lay out more specifics in the data mix that has led Stéphane to these conclusions. 10/5/2018

Lisa Cork Owner
Fresh Produce Marketing
Auckland, New Zealand

TAGS: Amsterdam Produce Summit, Cork, Fresh Produce Marketing, grapes, omni-channel, retailing, branding, packaging, cuties, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

AMSTERDAM PRODUCE SUMMIT PREVIEW (PART II) More From Packaging Expert Lisa Cork:  Omni-channel Retailing Opens Floodgates Of Produce Marketing Opportunities (And Challenges)  Part I focused on big picture issues regarding Omni-Channel retailing and the produce supply chain. You can, and should, read the whole thing here: AMSTERDAM PRODUCE SUMMIT PREVIEW PART I: Branding and Packaging Expert Lisa Cork Takes Deep Dive Into Omni-Channel Retailing And The Prospects For Fresh Now, in Part II of this “sneak preview” piece, Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott and Lisa have a deep-dive discussion into the real issues, practical problems and enormous opportunities that lay ahead. 10/1/2018

Lisa Cork
Owner
Fresh Produce Marketing
Auckland, New Zealand

TAGS: Amsterdam Produce Summit, Cork, Fresh Produce Marketing, omni-channel, retailing, branding, packaging, cuties, Amazon, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

AMSTERDAM PRODUCE SUMMIT PREVIEW PART I: Branding and Packaging Expert Lisa Cork Takes Deep Dive Into Omni-Channel Retailing And The Prospects For Fresh how can shippers and retailers avoid an undifferentiated, low profit, pure commodity future?

This was a clear issue we wanted to deal with at The Amsterdam Produce Summit, and we knew just the person to help. Lisa Cork has been doing a major deep-dive into omni-channel retailing and is traveling halfway around the world to share her findings with us. As a preview to the Amsterdam Produce Summit, we asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out what Lisa is planning for Amsterdam. Her presentation is so CHOCK FULL OF VALUE that one “sneak-preview” piece won’t suffice! So, we’ve broken it up into Two Parts. Here is Part I of our preview of what will be a "must see" presentation. 9/26/2018

Miguel Gómez
Associate Professor
Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

TAGS: Gómez, Cornell University, online, Amazon, omnichannel, mobile, brick and mortar, Tesco, global, Amsterdam Produce Summit, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Cornell Professor Miguel Gómez Reveals How Omni-Channel Retailing Creates Challenges And Opportunities For The Produce Supply Chain. Exclusive Presentation At The Amsterdam Produce Summit This November this year The Amsterdam Produce Summit is calling for a new generation of visionaries — thought- and practice-leaders both — who are able to look beyond the short term and, instead, position themselves, their organizations and their businesses for success in the brave new world of an omni-channel future. One of the presenters at the Summit, on November 13, will bring the substantial research resources of Cornell University to Amsterdam. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to get us a “sneak preview” of professor Miguel Gómez’s presentation. 9/16/2018

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