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2017

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

TAGS: Gomez, Cornell University, local, tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, lettuce, controlled environment agriculture, New York Produce Show, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Veteran Speaker At The New York Produce Show, Cornell’s Professor Miguel Gómez Speaks On The Promise Of Cold-Climate/Controlled Environment Agriculture Cornell’s Miguel Gómez is one of our charter speakers at The New York Produce Show and Conference. This year, Miguel has some important work on controlled environment agriculture (CEA), one of the hottest topics in the industry. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 12/13/2017

Andrew Freeman
Founder
af&co
San Francisco, CA

TAGS: Freeman, af&co, Ideation Fresh Foodservice Forum, Instagram, eat local, hospitality, trends, New York Produce Show, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Joyce Reingold

Ideation Fresh Foodservice Forum Headliner Andrew Freeman Talks About Impossible Burgers, Instagrammability And Innovation  Andrew Freeman is the founder of af&co., the celebrated hospitality and restaurant consulting and marketing firm based in San Francisco. Freeman will headline the Ideation Fresh Foodservice Forum Dec. 14 at the New York Hilton, offering his take on produce, food trends and attracting the consumers’ attention. On the eve of the release of af&co.’s influential 2018 Hospitality Trends Report, Freeman shared some highlights and perspective with Joyce Reingold, contributing writer for Pundit sister publication PRODUCE BUSINESS. 12/13/2017

John Vena
President
John Vena Inc.
Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market (PWPM)

TAGS: John Vena Inc., terminal market, buyers, merchants, Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market, New York Produce Show, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Jodean Robbins Duarte

John Vena Makes The Case For Travelling From New York City To The Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market we’ve visited the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market each year as an official tour of The New York Produce Show and Conference. As we prepared to head back down to Philadelphia, we asked Jodean Robbins Duarte, contributing writer for sister publication PRODUCE BUSINESS, to find out more. 12/13/2017

Chef Scott Uehlein
Vice President of Product Innovation and Development
Sonic Drive-in
Oklahoma City, OK

TAGS:  Uehlein, Sonic Drive-in, Ideation Fresh Foodservice Forum, Canyon Ranch, QSR, Escoffier, CIA, New York Produce Show, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Carol Bareuther

Sonic Drive-in Chef Scott Uehlein Gives Peek Into Process of Putting More Produce On The QSR Plate At New York Produce Show’s Ideation Fresh Foodservice Forum One of the great dilemmas in foodservice is not how to utilize more fresh produce but how to do so in a scalable way. Chef Scott Uehlein’s career has been a journey from a specialized spa to a large scale QSR operation. When we heard he was willing to participate in the Ideation Fresh Foodservice Forum, we asked Carol Bareuther, contributing writer for Pundit Sister Publication PRODUCE BUSINESS, to find out more about his journey. 12/13/2017

Vic Savanello
President, Eastern Produce Council
Senior Director of Produce and Floral
Allegiance Retail Services
Iselin, NJ

TAGS:  Savanello, Eastern Produce Council, Freshtown, D’Agostino, Market Fresh, Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace, New York Produce Show, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Carol Bareuther

EPC President And Longtime New York Regional Retailer Vic Savanello Talks About Treasure Hunt Opportunities on NYPS Bus Tours 12/13/2017 visiting a supermarket might seem like a boring chore. Instead, it offers a golden opportunity as part of the New York Produce Show’s annually anticipated industry bus tours on Thursday, December 14. We asked Carol Bareuther, contributing writer for Pundit sister publication PRODUCE BUSINESS, to speak with Vic Savanello, Senior Director of Produce and Floral at Allegiance Retail Services, and President of the Eastern Produce Council, to get a heads up on the opportunities available. 12/13/2017

Nitin Agrawal
Managing Director
Euro Fruits Pvt. Ltd.
Mumbai, India

TAGS: Agrawal, Euro Fruits Pvt. Ltd., India, Indian, grapes, export, packhouse, Legge, Amsterdam Produce Show, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Samina Virani

A Quarter Century of Progress In A Unique Conversation With The Pundit, Learn How Nitin Agrawal -- The 'George Washington' Of The Indian Grape Industry -- And Euro Fruits Have Built An Industry And Changed The World… Learn The Ethical Basis Of Leadership All At The Amsterdam Produce Show And Conference We received a simple document, titled Euro Fruits Impact Report 2017 that reminded us that it was the 25th anniversary of Nitin Agrawal’s founding of Euro Fruits and thus of the Indian grape export industry. We knew instantly what had to be done and we soon were granted a great honor, as Nitin Agrawal has agreed to come to come to The Amsterdam Produce show and Conference and engage in an exclusive conversation with yours truly, to discuss the incredible story of the development of this industry from nothing to an industry that now regularly exports 187 million metric tons in a year. 11/14/2017

 

Achiel De Witte
CEO and founder

Stijn Vermoere,
Marketing Manager

TAGS: A. De Witte, Vermoere, Delhaize, Brussels, wholesale, Belgium, Luxembourg, Mabru, Bruges, Amsterdam Produce Show, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Reaching Across The BeNeLux: A First-Hand Look At Brussels Wholesale Markets And An Interview With Powerhouse Group A. De Witte Stijn Vermoere, Marketing Manager, To Share Insight On Wholesale Panel At The Amsterdam Produce Show And Conference We thought we would start exploring the broader ecosystem surrounding The Amsterdam event. In the US, this task takes us to cities such as Philadelphia where we offer tours, and we thought we would ask Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to go to nearby Brussels and see what she could learn on the market there. 11/14/2017
Jelger de Vriend
Co-Founder
Innovative Fresh
Heemskerk, The Netherlands

TAGS: de Vriend, Innovative Fresh, consumers, retail, avocados, marketing, ready to eat, Amsterdam Produce Show, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Samina Virani

Amsterdam Produce Show Speaker Jelger de Vriend Will Examine What Is Necessary To Be ‘Best in Fresh’ When we first headed out to the Netherlands to start talking to people in the produce trade, Jelger’s name came up over and over. It seemed to us he was among the most well-connected people in produce. So, we were thrilled when we had the opportunity to have him present here at The Amsterdam Produce Show and Conference. 11/14/2017
Maarten van der Weijden
Olympic Gold Medalist
Cancer Survivor

TAGS: van der Weijden, Stovicek, cycling, cancer, Olympics, gold, swimming, luck, immune, Amsterdam Produce Show, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Samina Virani

‘A Man Believes What He Wants To Believe’ Dutch Olympic Gold Medal-Winning Swimmer — And Cancer Survivor — Maarten van der Wiejden Will Talk About Diet Variation, Vegetables And A Vision Of Belief At The Amsterdam Produce Show When we had the opportunity to have Maarten van der Wiejden, winner of the Gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, speak to our industry about his battle with cancer and how he lives his life today, we leapt to have him be part of our event. 11/14/2017

 

Tim De Vries
Paralympic Hand Cyclist

TAGS: De Vries Paralympic, cycling, nutrition, dietician, performance, Amsterdam Produce Show, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Samina Virani

‘Believe In Your Strength And Focus On Your Goals’ Dutch Paralympic Hand Cyclist Tim De Vries Teaches Us To Find That ‘One Spark Of Positivity’ At The Amsterdam Produce Show And Conference When an individual has had some bad luck, yet has not allowed himself or herself to accept this misfortune as a justification for failing to achieve, we all get the benefit of realizing that our problems are often petty and that, we too, can rise above our difficulties and achieve the things we value in our lives. Self-pity can be a very destructive emotion, so we found a very inspiring person to meet with attendees and sign autographs while inspiring us to be all we can be. We asked Samina Virani, contributing editor to Pundit sister publication ProduceBusinessUK.com, to help us better understand Tim De Vries' story. 11/14/2017
Saskia van den Ouden
Para-triathlete

TAGS: van den Ouden, triathlete, wheelchair sports, triathlon, prosthetic, Bananas, Avocados, Broccoli, Amsterdam Produce Show, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Never Give Up: With No Lower Left Leg, Mother Of Three Saskia van den Ouden Keeps Winning Medals And Providing Inspiration At The Amsterdam Produce Show What is your advice for aspiring athletes? What is something you can give as a message to people? "Never give up. I really love the feeling of running. It’s amazing the feeling. It’s everything for me. The feeling of my body when I run. I feel full. When I run, I feel complete again. I’m feeling free. I’m so happy when I do that. I have a prosthetic leg and then when I run, I feel normal. I’m just like you." 11/14/2017

 

Roberta Cook, PhD
Founder, Fresh Produce Marketing Consulting,
Dixon, California,
Cooperative Extension Marketing Economist Emerita
Department of Agricultural and

Resource Economics
University of California, Davis

TAGS: Cook, University of California, Amsterdam Produce Show, berry, Peru, blueberries, Europe, Argentina, blackberries, Spain, Africa, data, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

a href="http://www.perishablepundit.com/index.php?article=3191">The Berry Category: Global Trade, Genetics, Branding And More: Roberta Cook Unveils Results Of In-Depth Data Dive At The Amsterdam Produce Show When we had the chance to get Roberta Cook to do an in-depth research project on fresh berries and reveal a European Perspective in Amsterdam and an American twist at The Global Trade Symposium in New York, we committed quickly. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out what Roberta had in store for us in Amsterdam. 11/7/2017
Jan Marc Schultz, Logistics / Dirk Schulz, Founder
SFI Rotterdam BV, 
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

TAGS: Schultz, SFI Rotterdam, Netherlands, reefer, retailers, ships, supermarkets, importer, Amsterdam Produce Show, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

As SFI Rotterdam Celebrates Its 40th Year, Owners Dirk And Jan Marc Schulz Talk Frankly About Changes In The Industry, Some Better Than Others SFI Rotterdam, owned by the Schulz family, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with a celebration at The Amsterdam Produce Show and Conference. What lessons could be drawn from an independent family-owned business that would be of interest to our broader industry readership and the notably astute senior level Amsterdam Produce Show attendees? We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to see what 40 years of business could teach the broader produce industry. 11/7/2017
Dr. John Stanton
Professor and Chairman
Food Marketing Department
Saint Joseph’s University
Philadelphia, PA

TAGS: Stanton, Saint Joseph’s University, convenience, marketing, millennials, technology, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, John Aiello

At The Amsterdam Produce Show, St. Joe’s Professor John Stanton Discusses The Great Trinity Fueling Modern Retailing: Millennials, Convenience And Technology We have been honored to have John Stanton address our events previously. So, when Pundit sister publication PRODUCE BUSINESS is running a cover story with a title The Great Retail Explosion of 2017 and Professor Stanton wanted to present on the convulsions going on in the retailing of produce, it was really no-brainer. We asked John Aiello, Contributing Editor at PRODUCE BUSINESS, to find out more. 11/7/2017
Dan Kass
International Consultant
Former Managing Director, International Sales
Wonderful Citrus
Newhall, CA

TAGS: Kass, Wonderful Citrus, global, retailers, grapefruit, Florida, China, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, John Aiello

Dan Kass, Former Managing Director/International Sales At Wonderful Citrus, Sheds Light On The Current State Of Global Citrus Trading At Amsterdam Produce Show Dan Kass has attended The London Produce Show and Conference and The Amsterdam Produce Show and Conference, so he knows well our high-level audience and, having just embarked on a freelance approach, he comes straight from industry battles. As soon as we heard he was available, we snapped him up. We asked John Aiello, Contributing Editor at Pundit sister publication PRODUCE BUSINESS, to find out more. 11/7/2017
Anne-Marie Roerink
Principal and Founder
210 Analytics Company
Lakeland, FL

TAGS: Roerink, 210 Analytics Company, Food Marketing Institute, organic, Amsterdam, shoppers, value-added, locally-grown, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

At Upcoming Amsterdam Produce Show, Power Of Produce Researcher Anne-Marie Roerink Shows Ways To 'Get Produce Right' To Win In The New Disruptive Retail Environment One mega-trend that has transformed produce retailing more than any other is the move to data from intuition and experience. To make that data actionable, we need to transform it into insight, and few have helped in this effort more directly than the US-based Food Marketing Institute, or FMI. We are pleased to help gain international exposure for this important work by giving them a speaking forum in Amsterdam. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to gain more insights by speaking with FMI’s analytics partner in this study. 10/31/2017
Gary York
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Robinson Fresh
Eden Prairie, MN

Robert Walsleben
Director European Business
Robinson Fresh
C.H. Robinson European Headquarters
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

TAGS: York, Walsleben, Robinson Fresh, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe, global, tour, headquarters, logistics, sweet potatoes, supply chain, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

CH Robinson/Robinson Fresh Offers Insights On Consumers And Global Produce Distribution While Providing Amsterdam Produce Show Visitors An Exclusive Insider Tour Opportunities for learning at global produce events are often serendipitous. Last year at the launch of The Amsterdam Produce Show and Conference, we had the good fortune to offer a tour that included the Robinson Fresh European headquarters in Amsterdam. We are returning this year with some new twists, including Robinson Fresh flying in Gina Garvin, their Director of Consumer Insights, to help elevate the tour further. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out what lies ahead for the lucky attendees this year. 10/31/2017

Michiel van Zanten
Senior Sourcing Manager
Strategic Sourcing Fresh
Albert Heijn/Ahold Delhaize
Zaandam, NL

TAGS: Zanten, Albert Heijn, Ahold, Delhaize, Amsterdam Produce Show, Netherlands, procurement, Aldi, Chiquita, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Michiel van Zanten On Produce Procurement: Insights From Albert Heijn/Ahold Delhaize Prelude To Amsterdam Produce Show's Thought-Leader Panel We are fortunate to have such wonderful people (and companies that support them) who are willing to share their knowledge, experience and insight to make the whole industry better. The whole Thought Leader Panel is extraordinary, and in advance of the event, we wanted to explore the rich intelligence being laid out at the show. 10/17/2017

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

TAGS: Stein, Food Marketing Institute, FMI, consumers, research, Amsterdam Produce Show, Netherlands, organic, local, farmers, value-added, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Unique In Approach, FMI Research Answers Questions For Retailers And Producers With New Disclosures At Amsterdam Produce Show And Conference The Food Marketing Institute happens to do some of the most intriguing research relevant to fresh produce on the face of the globe. What makes this research compelling? Most research is done by surveying consumers, which tell us what answers people want to give to questions when asked – not what they actually do. Some research is drawn off shopper spending data, which tells us what consumers actually do – but not why they do it. FMI, almost uniquely, does research that combines both. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to get a sneak preview of what revelations the FMI research provides for attendees at The Amsterdam Produce Show and Conference. 10/17/2017

Ed McLaughlin
Robert G. Tobin Professor of Marketing
Director, Food Industry Management Program
Former Dean, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
Cornell College of Ag. and Life Sciences
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

TAGS: McLaughlin, Cornell University, Amsterdam Produce Show & Conference, Whole Foods, Amazon, discounters, conventional, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Cornell’s Ed McLaughlin — Leading Authority On Global Retailing — To Keynote Amsterdam Produce Show And Conference: ‘DISRUPTION AT RETAIL’ … What Whole Foods, Amazon, Lidl, Aldi And Wal-Mart Mean For The Produce Industry In a year when Lidl began its American invasion and Amazon bought Whole Foods, retail is the nexus of concern in the industry – and Cornell’s Ed McLaughlin is recognized as the world’s single most prominent expert on the evolution of retail as it connects to the food industry. There is simply no one on earth who so seamlessly combines an understanding of global retailing, the produce industry and who thinks so profoundly about the future. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott, to get a sneak preview of Amsterdam Produce Show and Conference  keynote speaker Professor McLaughlin’s presentation. 10/3/2017

Nic Jooste
Partner and Director of Marketing,
Corporate Communications
Cool Fresh International
Ridderkerk, The Netherlands

TAGS: Jooste, Cool Fresh International, marketing, generation, social media, consumption, campaigns, children, advertising, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Making Produce Marketing Everything It’s Not: Creative, Innovative, In-your-face, Non-conventional, Digitally Driven, Attitude- And Adventure-oriented… Nic Jooste Of Cool Fresh Guides The Trade On How To Capture Gen Z And, Next, Gen Alpha! Nic Jooste is a marketing magician. Particularly focused on the young adults in society, his research points to a need to market produce in a way different than it has been marketed before. We asked Mira Slott to find out what he has in store for attendees at The London Produce Show and Conference. 6/6/2017

Bradley Rickard
Associate Professor of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
Currently a visiting scholar at KEDGE Business School
Bordeaux, France

TAGS: Rickard, Cornell University, KEDGE Business School, packaged, diversity, consumers, segment, household, Nielsen, bulk, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Jodean Robbins

Cornell Professor Brad Rickard Returns To London To Unveil New Study: QUANTITY, VALUE AND DIVERSITY — The 10-Year Evolution Of Consumer Purchase Preferences For Packaged Produce  Cornell's Brad Rickard is among the brightest young scholars in the world of food and agriculture writing, researching and teaching today, so when we heard he was doing his sabbatical in France, it was an easy decision to try to woo him to The London Produce Show and Conference. To find out what he has in store for us in London we asked Jodean Robbins, Contributing Editor at Pundit sister publication, PRODUCE BUSINESS to find out more. 6/6/2017

Clive Black
Head of Research
Shore Capital Group Limited
London

TAGS: Black, Shore Capital Group Limited, online, consumer, Brexit, politics, British, brick-and-mortar, currency, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Carol Bareuther

Clive Black, Esteemed Stock Analyst, Gives London Produce Show And Conference Attendees Insight Into How Online Shopping, Consumer Price-consciousness And Brexit Will Impact The Industry Clive Black, Head of Research at Shore Capital Group Limited, will be one of our panelists at the London Produce Show’s Retail Panel Discussion: The Future of the Retail Environment. The panel will be moderated by Claire Powell, former Retail Operations Manager of fresh produce at Sainsbury’s, one of the UK’s leading retailers. To give Pundit readers a preview, Carol Bareuther, RD, contributing editor of the Pundit’s sister publication, Produce Business, talked with Black about his research. 6/6/2017

Chris Cowan
Consumer Insight Director
Kantar Worldpanel UK<

TAGS: Cowan, Kantar Worldpanel UK, categories, demand, retailers, avocados, supply, suppliers, pricing, inflation, data, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor

Chris Cowan Of Kantar Worldpanel UK Shares His Data-Strong Insights On The Future Of Produce Retailing At The London Produce Show And Conference Chris Cowan admits he doesn’t have a green thumb. However, he does enjoy dining on farm fresh produce and mining data to translate consumer purchase behavior into a competitive advantage for his clients. Cowan will be one of our panelists at the London Produce Show’s Retail Panel Discussion: The Future of the Retail Environment. The panel will be moderated by Claire Powell, former Retail Operations Manager of fresh produce at Sainsbury’s, one of the UK’s leading retailers. 6/6/2017

Roberta Cook, PhD
Founder, Fresh Produce Marketing Consulting,
in Dixon, CA and retired Cooperative Extension Marketing Economist
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of California, Davis

TAGS: Cook, University of California Davis, Fresh Produce Marketing Consulting, Mexico, NAFTA, hothouse, tomatoes, Canada, North America, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor

Superstar Roberta Cook Guides London Produce Show Attendees On NAFTA, The Impact Of Trade And The Perils That Lie Ahead Dr. Roberta Cook, on the slate for the London Produce Show, is among the foremost authorities on produce trends around the globe. We spent some time with her to find out what’s been happening since her last interview and to get a sneak preview of what she’ll share in London. To have the opportunity to hear Roberta Cook speak is a treat! 6/6/2017

Gertrude Zeinstra
Scientist
Consumer Science
Wageningen, The Netherlands

TAGS: Zeinstra, Consumer Science, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, children, consumption, parents, behavior, exposure, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

Can Children Be Wooed To Eat Bitter Vegetables? Wageningen University’s Gertrude Zeinstra Presents New Research: Is Repetition The Key To Healthy Habits? Insight Shared At The London Produce Show And Conference There is near unanimity on the desirability of children eating more produce. The problem, of course, is that many of the healthiest elements of produce consumption come about through consuming more vegetables. When we learned of a researcher focused on this area, we dove in and were thrilled when Gertrude Zeinstra of Consumer Science agreed to share her research at The London Produce Show and Conference. We asked Pundit Pundit Investigator and Special Project Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 6/6/2017

Gerry Ludwig
Corporate Consulting Chef
Gordon Food Service
Wyoming, Michigan

TAGS: Ludwig, Gordon Food Service, The London Produce Show and Conference, foodservice, vegetablecentricity, vegcentric, bagna cauda, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Mira Slott

London Produce Show Preview: Chef Gerry Ludwig Talks About Veg-Centricity At Foodservice Forum shares how one of the great benefits of The London Produce Show and Conference is that we gather intelligence from all over the world. Chef Ludwig of Gordon Food Service conducts an annual tour de force of research, as he and his team visit new restaurants in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles -- all with the goal of identifying new trends and new menu options for the customers of Gordon Food Service. We are bringing him to the Foodservice Forum at The London Produce Show and Conference to give attendees insight into what is hot and happening with fresh produce in the USA. We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. 5/11/2017

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