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2015

Rick Stein
Vice President, Fresh Foods
Food Marketing Institute
Arlington, VA


Anne-Marie Roerink
Principal and Founder
210 Analytics Company
Lakeland, FL


Sherry Frey
Senior Vice President
Nielsen Perishables Group
Chicago, IL

TAGS: Stein, Roerink, Frey, Nielsen Perishables Group, 210 Analytics Company, Food Marketing Institute, FMI, Fresh Executive Council, Wegmans, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

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, PhD
Cooperative Extension Marketing Economist
Department of Agricultural and
Resource Economics
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA

TAGS: Cook, University of California, Davis, Trans-Pacific Partnership, TPP, consumer demand, trade barriers, GATT, NAFTA, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Julie Cook Ramirez

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

John Dique
Group Managing Director
Capespan Group
South Africa

TAGS: Dique, Capespan Group, South Africa, export, import, port, harbor, Vanguard, deregulation, counter-seasonal, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Tommy Leighton

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

Richard Thompson
Director
Gilbert Thompson (Leeds) Ltd
Yorkshire, Great Britain

TAGS: Thompson, Gilbert Thompson, Fresh Produce Consortium, Yorkshire Produce Centre, wholesale, GT Prep, Sharrocks, Booths, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Tommy Leighton

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
Owner
Alishan Organic Center
Komahongo, Japan

TAGS: Bayles, Alishan Organic Center, Japan, Trans-Pacific Partnership, TPP, Second Harvest Japan, Woody Allen, stomach, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

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

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

TAGS: Gómez, Cornell University, gleaning, Foundational Excellence, harvest, food banks, donation, food waste, comparative advantage, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Keith Loria

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

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

TAGS: Rickard, Cornell University, Hawkes, Foundational Excellence, GMOs, functional MRI, Cosmic Crisp, papaya, apples, advertising, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Keith Loria

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

John Bernard, Ph.D Professor, Applied Economics and Statistics
College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of Delaware
Newark, DE

TAGS: Bernard, University of Delaware, Farmers Market, Supermarkets, Supercenters, organic, FSMA, food safety, grape tomatoes, taste, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

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

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

TAGS: Gómez, Cornell University, trade patterns, imports, exports, Peru, local, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Foundational Excellence, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Julie Cook Ramirez

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

Jennifer Shukaitis, MPH
Senior Program Coordinator
Department of Family and Community Health Services Rutgers Cooperative Extension
New Brunswick, NJ
Co-host Site Supervisor
FoodCorps

TAGS: Shukaitis, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, FoodCorps, schools, kids, consumption, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Carol Bareuther

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

Steve Gabrick
Manager – Complex Account Group
Souring North Region
Robinson Fresh
Eden Prairie, MN

TAGS: Gabrick, Robinson Fresh, supply chain, logistics, shippers, receivers, carriers, less-than-truckload, LTL, Global Trade Symposium, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Carol Bareuther

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

Michele Antonio Fino
Associate Professor of Ancient Roman Law and Fundamentals of European Law
University of Gastronomic Sciences
Pollenzo, Italy

TAGS: Fino, University of Gastronomic Sciences, food waste, cosmetic standards, The Pig Idea, WHO, packaging, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Gill McShane

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

Kenesha Reynolds-Allie
Agricultural Agent
New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Rutgers University

TAGS: Reynolds-Allie, Rutgers University, local, Ideation Fresh Foodservice Forum, Alabama Restaurant Association, independent, Ludwig, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Carol Bareuther

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

Diogo Monjardino de Souza Monteiro
Director of Newcastle University’s Agribusiness Programme
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

TAGS: Monjardino de Souza Monteiro, Newcastle University, students, recruiting, UK, Fresh Careers Fair, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Tommy Leighton

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

Simon Martin
Sales and Marketing Director
QV Foods Group
and Vice President
Fresh Produce Consortium

TAGS: Martin, QV Foods Group, Fresh Produce Consortium, NY Produce Show, Global Trade Symposium, retailers, discount, suppliers, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Tommy Leighton

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

Nic Jooste
Marketing Director
Cool Fresh International
Ridderkerk, The Netherlands

TAGS: Jooste, Cool Fresh International, CSR, NY Produce Show, Global Trade Symposium, import, export, marketing, private label, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Tommy Leighton

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

Ben Campbell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Extension Economist,
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics,
University of Connecticu
t

TAGS: Campbell, University of Connecticut, regulations, policy, labor, NY Produce Show environmental, business taxes, labor, land use, transportation, food safety, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

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

Gualberto Rodriguez
President
Caribbean Produce Exchange
San Juan, Puerto Rico

TAGS: Rodriguez, Caribbean Produce Exchange, Puerto Rico, Global Trade Symposium, NY Produce Show, island, VivaFresh, Cacique Jayuya, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

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

Brad Rickard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Applied Economics and Management
Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

TAGS: Rickard, Cornell University, NY Produce Show, food waste, consumer preferences, carbon emissions, Stiglitz, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Keith Loria

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 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

John Vena
President
John Vena, Inc.
Philadelphia, PA
Treasurer
Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market

TAGS: Vena, Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market, merchants, NY Produce Show, wholesalers, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Keith Loria

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

Dr. John Stanton
Professor and Chairman
Food Marketing Department
Saint Joseph’s University
Philadelphia, PA

TAGS: Stanton, Saint Joseph’s University, NY Produce Show & Conference, university, retail, distribution, supermarket, marketing, vending, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

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 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

Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND
Founder and President
Farmer’s Daughter Consulting, LLC
Carmichael, CA

TAGS: Miller, Farmer’s Daughter Consulting, Suvir Saran, NY Produce Show & Conference, foodservice, Ideation Fresh, menu, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

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

Joel Fierman
Co-Owner
Fierman Produce Exchange
Chairman of Hunts Point PR Committee
Bronx, NY

TAGS: Fierman, Fierman Produce Exchange, NY Produce Show & Conference, Hunts Point Produce Market, terminal, growers, tour, Bronx, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Keith Loria

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

Ed McLaughlin
Robert G. Tobin Professor of Marketing
Director of the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management's Undergraduate Program
Director of the Food Industry Management Program
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

TAGS: McLaughlin, New York Produce Show Foundational Excellence, The New York Produce Show and Conference, buyer, retailer, wholesaler, terminal market, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

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

Bonnie Riggs
Restaurant Industry Analyst
NPD Group
Port Washington, NY

TAGS: Riggs, NPD Group, foodservice, kids, children, restaurant, consumption, menu, pricing, healthy, National Restaurant Association, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Parents Say They Want Healthy Restaurant Meals For Their Children, But Low Order Incidence Raises Doubts; Is There An Opportunity For Selling More Produce? describes how the produce industry is focused on the idea of marketing to kids — and thus, hopefully, building a growing adult consumer base as the children get older. What about foodservice? Is there a possibility of using restaurant offers to children as a way to grow produce consumption? NPD, a global market research and business solutions company, has released a study focused on the question of what drives families with children to frequent restaurants. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 10/27/2015

Terri Moreman, FMP
Associate Director Food and Nutrition Services
United States Olympic Committee (USOC),
Colorado Springs, CO

TAGS: Moreman, United States Olympic Committee, IDEATION FRESH, New York Produce Show and Conference, traceability, athletes, foodservice, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

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

Amy Wolfe
President/CEO
AgSafe
Modesto, CA

TAGS: McCartney, AgSafe, Wolfe, farm, labor, workers, Mexico, California, growers, education, training, Los Angeles Times, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Understanding The Complexities Of Farm Labor Culture Gives Better Understanding Of What’s Happening In Mexico finds one advantage of being the Pundit is that the smartest people in the industry often tip us off to productive angles to help further the industry discussion on key issues. In this case, Michael McCartney, sent us this brief note suggesting we reach out to Amy Wolfe who heads up AgSafe. Michael has never guided us incorrectly before, so we asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 10/21/2015

Gerry Ludwig
Corporate Consulting Chef
Gordon Food Service
Wyoming, MI

TAGS: Ludwig, Gordon Food Service, IDEATION FRESH Foodservice Forum, New York Produce Show and Conference, consumption, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

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

Edward Archer, Ph.D., MS
Obesity Theorist and Computational Physiologist
Nutrition and Obesity Research Center & Office of Energetics
University of Alabama at Birmingham

TAGS: Archer, University of Alabama, dietary guidelines, obesity, nutrition, consumption, diabetes, nongenetic, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

You Really Aren’t What You Eat: Are Our Dietary Guidelines Based On 50 Years Of Flawed Science? And What Would It Mean For Efforts To Boost Produce Consumption If This Is So? writes that, for decades now, we have reviewed all kinds of dietary research. Some seemed interesting and some meaningless, but one point has often struck us: Researchers make very little effort to tie in consumer reports of purchase and consumption with actual evidence of purchase and consumption. This always struck us as more than a little problematic. When we heard of a researcher questioning the use of uncorroborated self-reporting by consumers, we asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 8/25/2015

Sumit Saran
CEO-Fresh Business
Head of International Foods
Future Group
Gurgaon, India

TAGS: Saran, Future Group, India, London Produce Show & Conference, developing markets, export, import, international, retailers, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

THE RISE OF INDIA An Opportunity For Producers As Retailers Will Compete For The Best Produce Future Group's Sumit Saran Presents At The London Produce Show And Conference describes how there have been countless efforts to increase consumption of fresh produce. For those whose primary interest is commercial, the lack of effectiveness of these consumption-boosting programs leads them to look for new markets. But how real is the opportunity in developing markets? One man is expert in both how to market into these markets and how to retail and promote the product once it gets there. When we heard that Sumit Saran wanted to present at The London Produce Show and Conference, we snapped him up and asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 6/3/2015

Dr. Roberta Cook, PhD
Cooperative Extension Marketing Economist Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA

TAGS: University of California, global, trends, import, export, developing world, food waste, retail, Europe, markets, China, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Will Amazon Outgrow Tesco And Carrefour? Dr. Roberta Cook Will Present Comprehensive Data And Analyze Worldwide Retail And Produce Trends All At The London Produce Show And Conference  finds that, in the produce world, Roberta Cook is among the most celebrated agricultural economists of her generation. She is a constant star at The New York Produce Show and Conference, with the industry applauding her always well-researched and data-intense sessions. When we heard she was willing to take a deep dive into some important issues to present at The London Produce Show and Conference, there was no hesitation, “sign her up.” Then we asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 5/29/2015

Mary, PhD
Director, Leadership & Organization Development
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ

TAGS: Powers Nikola, Rutgers University, Kouzes, Posner, leadership, management, organizational development, London Produce Show & Conference, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Are Leaders Born Or Made? Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Leader? Find Out At The London Produce Show And Conference As Rutgers University Expert On Leadership, Management And Organizational Development, Mary Nikola, Leads An Interactive Workshop when we learned that Mary Nikola, who we have worked with for years in arranging the student group from Rutgers for The New York Produce Show and Conference, was available to come to London, shepherd a student, and speak in her area of expertise — Leadership, Management and Organizational Development — we were thrilled. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 5/27/2015

Tenley Allen
Marketing Manager
FreshDirect
Long Island City, NY

TAGS: Allen, FreshDirect, London Produce Show And Conference, social media, marketing, Instagram, millennials, retailers, online, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

On The Cutting Edge: FreshDirect’s Tenley Allen To Showcase How Social Media, Partnerships And Social Programming Can Win Over The Millennials And More At The London Produce Show And Conference fins so many important issues are raised by how the industry deals with this space. What are the opportunities for producers to develop their own brands through social media? Can retailers that are not online still use these tools in a way that will keep them competitive with online services and, as online food-ordering services proliferate, can such tools differentiate one company from another? We were pleased to learn a FreshDirect executive would be able to present at The London Produce Show and Conference. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more: 5/25/2015

Dr. John Stanton
Professor and Chairman
Food Marketing Department
Saint Joseph’s University
Philadelphia, PA

TAGS: Stanton, Saint Joseph’s University, marketing, in-store, branding, shopper, consumer, London Produce Show, Vitamin, mushrooms, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Branding And In-Store Marketing: Perfect Together... St. Joseph’s Superstar Professor John Stanton To Present At London Produce Show And Conference  reveals that we have persuaded Dr. Stanton to join the faculty at The London Produce Show and Conference. Professor’s Stanton research and the thoughts that have grown out of it are intriguing and the ideas can impact the industry at all levels. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 5/18/2015

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

TAGS: Gómez, Charles H. Dyson School, Cornell University, London Produce Show & Conference, local, wholesale, locally grown, labor, urban, distribution, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

The Renaissance Of The Wholesale Sector — Why Those Who Support 'Locally Grown' Should Support Investment In Market Intermediaries. Cornell University Professor Miguel Gómez Reveals Research Findings At The London Produce Show And Conference reports that this year at the 2nd edition of the London Produce Show & Conference we are expanding our cooperation with Cornell and will have two separate presentations by two well-respected faculty members. We are honored to have Professor Miguel Gómez join us in London. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out what Professor Gómez has in store for us in London. 5/13/2015

Brad Rickard, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Applied Economics and Management
Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

TAGS: Rickard, Cornell University, London Produce Show and Conference, food waste, GMO, biotech, consumers, Europe, labeling, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Will Reducing Food Waste Be Sufficient Reason To Embrace GMO Produce? Cornell Professor Brad Rickard To Guide A Controversial Session At The London Produce Show And Conference  highlights Brad Rickard, who is a rising star on the Cornell faculty, and who consistently delivers world-class presentations that take knowledge developed through intensive academic research and disseminates that knowledge to the industry where it can alter professional practices. Now the good professor has agreed to join the visiting faculty of the London Produce Show and Conference. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 5/12/2015

Bruce Peterson
President
Peterson Insights
Former Senior Vice President and
General Merchandise Manager of 
Perishables for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

TAGS: Peterson Insights, Wal-Mart, London Produce Show & Conference, UK, buyers, retailers, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Bruce Peterson, Founder Of Wal-Mart Produce Program, Will Urge Industry To Rage Against Mediocrity, Value Experience Over Education, And Merchandise To Wow The Consumer At The London Produce Show And Conference reports that Bruce Peterson sent over notice as to what he wanted to present this June at The London Produce Show and Conference. Bruce was for a time the largest buyer of produce on earth, but he never forgot the basics he learned on the Detroit Market and at store level. Most retail buyers today won’t have to worry about forgetting, for they never knew. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to get us a “sneak preview” of Bruce’s presentation in London. 4/7/2015

Michael Wilde
Manager Communications and Sustainability
Nature & More
Waddinxveen, The Netherlands


Dr. Steve Savage
Agricultural Scientist
San Diego, CA

TAGS: Wilde, Nature & More, Savage, Sustainability, Organic, conventional, soil, Europe, UC Berkeley, consumer, transparency, growers, yield, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Consumers Want To Know But Do They Know What They Want? And How Much Do They Care About Lunch? Michael Wilde And Steve Savage Speak Out reports that recently we received notice about a Dutch apple grower who consumers can learn about via a new code and website scheme. Certainly many believe that consumers want to know more about the production of their food, thus Wal-Mart’s full size cut-outs of local farmers. It is very nice that people can enter a grower code on a web site and learn about a farm or a farmer. But what percentage of consumers is interested in doing this for hundreds of food items they may buy? And even if they did it, how could they evaluate meaningfully the information available? We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 2/25/2015

Mike Cavallero
Retired President of
North American Tropical Fresh Fruit
Dole Fresh Fruit Company
Westlake Village, CA

TAGS: Cavallero, Dole Fresh Fruit Company, United Fresh Produce Association, Salinas, salad, vending, retail, bananas, contract pricing, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

A Humble Mike Cavallero Discusses Four Decades Of Leadership At Dole finds the Pundit was supposed  to join in the festivities to honor Mike Cavallero as he receives the United Fresh Produce Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. A sudden need for a dental implant waylaid that plan. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects editor Mira Slott to talk with Mike. Mira caught up with him as he headed to La Quinta to play in the United Fresh midwinter golf tournament as well as to be honored. He reflects on transformational moments in his tenure and shares well-honed insight amassed during his distinguished career at Dole, spanning four decades. 1/13/2015

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