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Higaki and Van Valkenburg honored at FPFC expo

ANAHEIM, CA — Longtime industry veterans Harry Higaki of Bay City Flower Co. Inc. in Half Moon Bay, CA, and Rich Van Valkenburg of Van Valkenburg & Associates in Capistrano Beach, CA, were honored with their respective industry’s top award at the Fresh Produce & Floral Council’s Southern California Expo, held here July 19 at the Disneyland Hotel.20-RichRich Van Valkenburg (right) of VVA was awarded the FPFC’s Norman H. (Buz) Bolstad Produce Award during the FPFC Southern California Expo. He is shown with Matt Christ of the Allen Lund Co. and Jason Paez of Cal Poly-Pomona.

Higaki is largely credited with opening up supermarkets to floral merchandising when he sold potted mums to Ralphs Grocery Co. in the 1950s. His son and past winner Harrison Higaki presented the FPFC Floral Achievement Award to his father, outlining his personal story and the vital role he played in transitioning the more than 100-year-old company from a cut-flower grower to a provider of potted blooming plants to the mass market.

When 95-year-old Harry Higaki strolled to the podium, he noted that he has been retired for 30 years and indicated that while the award was appreciated, he was a bit dumbfounded by its presentation at this point in his life. But he quickly revealed his continued interest in the floral industry, touting a technology currently being tested that will eliminate the wilting of roses. Higaki called it a “game changer.”14-HarryHarrison Higaki (right) of Bay City Flower Co., presented the 2016 FPFC Floral Achievement Award to his father, Harry.

Van Valkenburg received the Norman H. (Buz) Bolstad Produce Achievement Award, named after one of the founders of the FPPC, who was a longtime Southern California retailer. In fact, Bolstad was one of Van Valkenburg’s early mentors in the industry.

Besides a long career in produce retailing, Van Valkenburg has operated his own food brokerage business for the past decade. He has been a longtime supporter of the FPPC, first serving on the board and the Executive Committee in the 1980s. After increased workload required him to step down from the Executive Committee before serving as chairman in the late 1980s, Van Valkenburg continued to be a constant presence at FPFC events and once again made an appearance on that committee in 2012, serving as chairman of the council in 2014.

The one-day expo, which is the grandfather of the ever-expanding regional produce show movement, attracted 2,000 produce professionals to its location at the Disneyland Hotel Convention Center in Anaheim.

Chef Fabio Viviani gave the keynote speech at the opening breakfast, exhorting the crowd of many in-store produce and floral personnel to go way beyond the bare minimum in doing their jobs. He said that while everyone can’t and shouldn’t be an entrepreneur, everyone is the CEO of themselves and responsible for what they accomplish and how far they go in their careers and lives.

Viviani told of his inspiring career that began as an 11-year-old in a bakery in Florence, Italy. Forced to work at an early age because of a family financial crisis, he made the most of it and has emerged as a rock star in the restaurant business, owning many locations and being featured as a regular on many cooking shows.

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Over 50,000 attendees get a peek at a sci-fi future at Pack Expo International in Chicago

CHICAGO — With over 1.2 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 2,400 exhibitors, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies Pack Expo International 2014 drew record-breaking crowds of more than 50,000 for the Nov. 2-5 exhibition, here.

With next-level technology on ample display, the floor looked as much like the set of a futuristic science fiction movie as a trade show.PE-3Bob Harandi of Nestle/Dreyer’s and Jeff Grossman of International Paper.

Packing, filling, weighing and processing machines buzzed and whirred non-stop around the floor, while life-size servo motor powered robots battled it out in a Plexiglas boxing ring in one booth and attendees took turns behind the wheel of a hyper-realistic F1 racing simulator in another.

“You’ve got to be careful in that simulator,” said Robert Jenkins of Church and Dwight, owners of the Arm & Hammer brand. “If you spin out, you’ve got mud on your windshield and it’s there for the rest of the race.”

Amid the hubbub, attendees jockeyed for space in 143 educational sessions — and vied for prized tickets to a command performance by comedian and former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno at a reception benefiting the K9s for Warriors project and sponsored by International Paper, Bemis, DuPont and ProMach.

PMMI Director of Member Communications Kate Achelpohl noted that the packaging industry grew by 6 percent from 2012 to 2013 and should make a similar leap this year.

“The Pack Expo shows are always tremendous, but the International show is just mind-boggling,” said Don Reggio of Norcross, GA-based RockTenn, which showed off its packaging capabilities and machinery in a booth that dwarfed the company’s display at PMA Fresh Summit just two weeks earlier. “Even better, it’s always a great return on investment.”

The next PMMI show will be the debut of Pack Expo East, scheduled for Feb. 16–18, 2015, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Expo Pack Guadalajara 2015 will be held March 10-12, 2015, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Expo Pack México 2015 will take place June 16-19 in Mexico City, Mexico, and Pack Expo Las Vegas is set for Sept. 28-20.

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Over 50,000 attendees get a peek at a sci-fi future at Pack Expo International in Chicago

CHICAGO — With over 1.2 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 2,400 exhibitors, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies Pack Expo International 2014 drew record-breaking crowds of more than 50,000 for the Nov. 2-5 exhibition, here.

With next-level technology on ample display, the floor looked as much like the set of a futuristic science fiction movie as a trade show.PE-3Bob Harandi of Nestle/Dreyer’s and Jeff Grossman of International Paper.

Packing, filling, weighing and processing machines buzzed and whirred non-stop around the floor, while life-size servo motor powered robots battled it out in a Plexiglas boxing ring in one booth and attendees took turns behind the wheel of a hyper-realistic F1 racing simulator in another.

“You’ve got to be careful in that simulator,” said Robert Jenkins of Church and Dwight, owners of the Arm & Hammer brand. “If you spin out, you’ve got mud on your windshield and it’s there for the rest of the race.”

Amid the hubbub, attendees jockeyed for space in 143 educational sessions — and vied for prized tickets to a command performance by comedian and former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno at a reception benefiting the K9s for Warriors project and sponsored by International Paper, Bemis, DuPont and ProMach.

PMMI Director of Member Communications Kate Achelpohl noted that the packaging industry grew by 6 percent from 2012 to 2013 and should make a similar leap this year.

“The Pack Expo shows are always tremendous, but the International show is just mind-boggling,” said Don Reggio of Norcross, GA-based RockTenn, which showed off its packaging capabilities and machinery in a booth that dwarfed the company’s display at PMA Fresh Summit just two weeks earlier. “Even better, it’s always a great return on investment.”

The next PMMI show will be the debut of Pack Expo East, scheduled for Feb. 16–18, 2015, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Expo Pack Guadalajara 2015 will be held March 10-12, 2015, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Expo Pack México 2015 will take place June 16-19 in Mexico City, Mexico, and Pack Expo Las Vegas is set for Sept. 28-20.

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Over 50,000 attendees get a peek at a sci-fi future at Pack Expo International in Chicago

CHICAGO — With over 1.2 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 2,400 exhibitors, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies Pack Expo International 2014 drew record-breaking crowds of more than 50,000 for the Nov. 2-5 exhibition, here.

With next-level technology on ample display, the floor looked as much like the set of a futuristic science fiction movie as a trade show.PE-3Bob Harandi of Nestle/Dreyer’s and Jeff Grossman of International Paper.

Packing, filling, weighing and processing machines buzzed and whirred non-stop around the floor, while life-size servo motor powered robots battled it out in a Plexiglas boxing ring in one booth and attendees took turns behind the wheel of a hyper-realistic F1 racing simulator in another.

“You’ve got to be careful in that simulator,” said Robert Jenkins of Church and Dwight, owners of the Arm & Hammer brand. “If you spin out, you’ve got mud on your windshield and it’s there for the rest of the race.”

Amid the hubbub, attendees jockeyed for space in 143 educational sessions — and vied for prized tickets to a command performance by comedian and former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno at a reception benefiting the K9s for Warriors project and sponsored by International Paper, Bemis, DuPont and ProMach.

PMMI Director of Member Communications Kate Achelpohl noted that the packaging industry grew by 6 percent from 2012 to 2013 and should make a similar leap this year.

“The Pack Expo shows are always tremendous, but the International show is just mind-boggling,” said Don Reggio of Norcross, GA-based RockTenn, which showed off its packaging capabilities and machinery in a booth that dwarfed the company’s display at PMA Fresh Summit just two weeks earlier. “Even better, it’s always a great return on investment.”

The next PMMI show will be the debut of Pack Expo East, scheduled for Feb. 16–18, 2015, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Expo Pack Guadalajara 2015 will be held March 10-12, 2015, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Expo Pack México 2015 will take place June 16-19 in Mexico City, Mexico, and Pack Expo Las Vegas is set for Sept. 28-20.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Over 50,000 attendees get a peek at a sci-fi future at Pack Expo International in Chicago

CHICAGO — With over 1.2 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 2,400 exhibitors, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies Pack Expo International 2014 drew record-breaking crowds of more than 50,000 for the Nov. 2-5 exhibition, here.

With next-level technology on ample display, the floor looked as much like the set of a futuristic science fiction movie as a trade show.PE-3Bob Harandi of Nestle/Dreyer’s and Jeff Grossman of International Paper.

Packing, filling, weighing and processing machines buzzed and whirred non-stop around the floor, while life-size servo motor powered robots battled it out in a Plexiglas boxing ring in one booth and attendees took turns behind the wheel of a hyper-realistic F1 racing simulator in another.

“You’ve got to be careful in that simulator,” said Robert Jenkins of Church and Dwight, owners of the Arm & Hammer brand. “If you spin out, you’ve got mud on your windshield and it’s there for the rest of the race.”

Amid the hubbub, attendees jockeyed for space in 143 educational sessions — and vied for prized tickets to a command performance by comedian and former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno at a reception benefiting the K9s for Warriors project and sponsored by International Paper, Bemis, DuPont and ProMach.

PMMI Director of Member Communications Kate Achelpohl noted that the packaging industry grew by 6 percent from 2012 to 2013 and should make a similar leap this year.

“The Pack Expo shows are always tremendous, but the International show is just mind-boggling,” said Don Reggio of Norcross, GA-based RockTenn, which showed off its packaging capabilities and machinery in a booth that dwarfed the company’s display at PMA Fresh Summit just two weeks earlier. “Even better, it’s always a great return on investment.”

The next PMMI show will be the debut of Pack Expo East, scheduled for Feb. 16–18, 2015, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Expo Pack Guadalajara 2015 will be held March 10-12, 2015, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Expo Pack México 2015 will take place June 16-19 in Mexico City, Mexico, and Pack Expo Las Vegas is set for Sept. 28-20.

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Getting in the game at Expo East

My trip to Expo East this year — maybe yours, too — was highlighted in part by a gorgeous Wednesday night visiting the Baltimore Convention Center’s neighbors over at Camden Yards.

The Orioles, baseball fans know, clinched the title of the American League East just the night before, and so were warmly supported by an appreciative crowd that hadn’t seen their Birds win a division in 17 years — and waited 45 years for a clincher at home. Behind two Steve Pearce home runs, they made easy work of the visiting Toronto Blue Jays, 6-1.

In other sports news from Expo East, products marketed for athletes’ performance and those with a more general health-and-wellness appeal tended to come together on the exhibit floor.

The phenomenon was clearly evident at a booth where brothers Mark and Jon Sider were introducing Greater Than, a beverage combining the electrolyte content and bright flavors of the traditional sports drink with the healthier properties and trend of coconut water. “We wanted to make something better than Gatorade,” Jon told me, serving orange/mango, tropical fruit and pomegranite/berry flavors.

Pre-workout food was getting a similar treatment at a booth showcasing Perfect Fuel, dark chocolate squares infused with gingseng marketed as a sports energy snack. Miles Masci, whose business card calls him the brand’s “director of chocologistics” explained the product was founded by a triathlete who snacked on chocolate for the energy and gingseng to improve endurance.

The bite-sized squares can be merchandised at checkout asiles and with nutrition bars.

Other sports bar makers could be seen bringing their equity to additional categories. Quest Nutrition, which grew through protein bars marketed to bodybuilders, was showcasing new “protein chips” — whey and milk baked chips in sea salt, BBQ and cheddar flavors. Quest reps said the expansion spoke to the overarching protein trend providing an opportunity to move “beyond the bar.” 

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Expo panel: New products face daunting journey to supermarkets

While new products are the lifeblood of the natural products industry, their journey from inspiration to distribution can be a long and difficult one. Those with any hope of succeeding on supermarket shelves need patience and capital in ready supply, and should arm themselves with knowledge of their category and their channel, according to a panel discussion at SN’s education track at Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore Wednesday.

Products also need to know themselves, argued Scott Silverman, VP of Growth Solutions at KeHE Distributors. He urged entrepreneurial manufacturers to come to market with a good brand story, an assembly of ingredients that speak to the product’s market niche, and a delivery system — unique or functional packaging — that ties it together. “The basics are critical,” he said.

Silverman said manufacturers need to maintain their focus as the market for new products is “intensely competitive.” KeHE, for example, currently has 1,900 active products in its salty snack range. A planogram of such items would be 314 feet long. “I’m saying that to underscore how competitive it is,” he said.

Mike Anderson, Acosta, and Scott Silverman, KeHE.Mike Anderson, president of natural and specialty sales at broker Acosta Sales and Marketing, said supermarkets have traditionally been difficult places to break in new items, noting that category managers in the channel are typically reluctant to swap out an item with a proven sales record for one that might not sell. However, he said, some retailers have more recently been willing to change.

“Used to be that you really had to prove yourself in a natural or specialty store to get recognized, but lately — in the last year or so — we’ve seen some supermarket retailers now willing to partner with early stage brands,” Anderson said. “They’re still pretty selective about what they do, but we’ve seen Target looking at early stage brands where they never have before. And Kroger has a number of stores where they’re willing to look at early stage brands, so there are more options today than there used to be.”

According to Silverman, reluctance is receding as retailers see opportunities to “leapfrog” one another as a means of differentiating themselves. Introducing new products tends to be more difficult when the category itself is new or when the product itself requires explanation. The sudden popularity of coconut water, for example, took most supermarket retailers by surprise, in part because the product didn’t easily click into an existing category.

These types of items — Anderson noted that raw food is a current example — tend to have more successful launches in the natural or specialty channels. Emerging brands often make the mistake of being too easily satisfied by reaching growth plateaus and need to continually invest in their growth to succeed in large channels, the panelists said.


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Similarly, success in a local market is no guarantee for geographic expansion. Anderson said local brands “need to be knocking it out of the park” locally to have a chance for success further afield. Emerging products should also increasingly look toward virtual channels of trade, noting that competition is growing at a time when store sizes and SKU counts are shrinking. Younger consumers, he added, have no problem adapting to that channel of trade.

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Keynote breakfast a highlight of NEPC expo

NEWPORT, RI — The keynote breakfast Thursday morning, Sept. 11, was just one of the many highlights at the New England Produce Council’s 2014 Produce & Floral Expo.

NEPC President Bob McGowan of Northeast Produce Sales welcomed everyone to the breakfast, beginning with a moment of silence in remembrance of the terrorist attacks on the United States back on Sept. 11, 2001.

He noted that 2014 represents “our 15th annual NEPC expo,” adding,nepc1535Krista Neher “We really appreciate the support of all our sponsors.”

Krista Neher, author, social media pioneer and chief executive officer of Boot Camp Digital, delivered the keynote address, focusing on the role of social media and how businesses can utilize this expanding phenomenon.

Social media “is about the people you want to connect with,” she said, and retailers “can use social media as well.” There is an “inherent trust in brands [that] people have heard of,” so “get in front of them,” she said. “We like people and products the more we see them.”

nepc1547CeCe Krumrine was honored at the NEPC 2014 Produce & Floral Expo as the New England Person of the Year. Shown with her were her husband, Mike (right); her daughter and son-in-law, Nicci and Chris Rheault; and her granddaughter, Chase. (Photo by Gordon M. Hochberg)She said that a key to success is getting out a message that is really useful and creative, not simply a static one.

Following the keynote address, CeCe Krumrine was announced as the New England Person of the Year. Krumrine has been a merchandiser for a number of commodity boards during her career, and she co-founded the New England Produce Council back in 1995.

“I love this industry,” said Krumrine, who was moved to tears by the award, especially as members of her family gathered around her. “You have all been mentors to me. Wow.”

The trade show, set up outside under tents, followed the keynote breakfast.

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Keynote breakfast a highlight of NEPC expo

NEWPORT, RI — The keynote breakfast Thursday morning, Sept. 11, was just one of the many highlights at the New England Produce Council’s 2014 Produce & Floral Expo.

NEPC President Bob McGowan of Northeast Produce Sales welcomed everyone to the breakfast, beginning with a moment of silence in remembrance of the terrorist attacks on the United States back on Sept. 11, 2001.

He noted that 2014 represents “our 15th annual NEPC expo,” adding,nepc1535Krista Neher “We really appreciate the support of all our sponsors.”

Krista Neher, author, social media pioneer and chief executive officer of Boot Camp Digital, delivered the keynote address, focusing on the role of social media and how businesses can utilize this expanding phenomenon.

Social media “is about the people you want to connect with,” she said, and retailers “can use social media as well.” There is an “inherent trust in brands [that] people have heard of,” so “get in front of them,” she said. “We like people and products the more we see them.”

nepc1547CeCe Krumrine was honored at the NEPC 2014 Produce & Floral Expo as the New England Person of the Year. Shown with her were her husband, Mike (right); her daughter and son-in-law, Nicci and Chris Rheault; and her granddaughter, Chase. (Photo by Gordon M. Hochberg)She said that a key to success is getting out a message that is really useful and creative, not simply a static one.

Following the keynote address, CeCe Krumrine was announced as the New England Person of the Year. Krumrine has been a merchandiser for a number of commodity boards during her career, and she co-founded the New England Produce Council back in 1995.

“I love this industry,” said Krumrine, who was moved to tears by the award, especially as members of her family gathered around her. “You have all been mentors to me. Wow.”

The trade show, set up outside under tents, followed the keynote breakfast.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Keynote breakfast a highlight of NEPC expo

NEWPORT, RI — The keynote breakfast Thursday morning, Sept. 11, was just one of the many highlights at the New England Produce Council’s 2014 Produce & Floral Expo.

NEPC President Bob McGowan of Northeast Produce Sales welcomed everyone to the breakfast, beginning with a moment of silence in remembrance of the terrorist attacks on the United States back on Sept. 11, 2001.

He noted that 2014 represents “our 15th annual NEPC expo,” adding,nepc1535Krista Neher “We really appreciate the support of all our sponsors.”

Krista Neher, author, social media pioneer and chief executive officer of Boot Camp Digital, delivered the keynote address, focusing on the role of social media and how businesses can utilize this expanding phenomenon.

Social media “is about the people you want to connect with,” she said, and retailers “can use social media as well.” There is an “inherent trust in brands [that] people have heard of,” so “get in front of them,” she said. “We like people and products the more we see them.”

nepc1547CeCe Krumrine was honored at the NEPC 2014 Produce & Floral Expo as the New England Person of the Year. Shown with her were her husband, Mike (right); her daughter and son-in-law, Nicci and Chris Rheault; and her granddaughter, Chase. (Photo by Gordon M. Hochberg)She said that a key to success is getting out a message that is really useful and creative, not simply a static one.

Following the keynote address, CeCe Krumrine was announced as the New England Person of the Year. Krumrine has been a merchandiser for a number of commodity boards during her career, and she co-founded the New England Produce Council back in 1995.

“I love this industry,” said Krumrine, who was moved to tears by the award, especially as members of her family gathered around her. “You have all been mentors to me. Wow.”

The trade show, set up outside under tents, followed the keynote breakfast.

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2014 Expo East: ShopRite to highlight SN event

Representatives of Wakefern Food Corp. and its ShopRite retailers will be on hand in Baltimore this month to receive the 2014 SN Whole Health Enterprise Award as part of an educational track hosted by SN at Natural Products Expo East.

SN’s executive director David Orgel will present Wakefern with the Enterprise Award as part of the event, titled “Driving Health and Wellness at Supermarkets,” scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center.

A dietitian at the Morristown ShopRite coordinates community outreach efforts and helps to influence sales with monthly selections of better-for-you items.Following the presentation, Natalie Menza, manager of health and wellness for Wakefern, and Perry Blatt, director of ShopRite retailer Village Super Markets, will discuss how an emphasis on health and wellness at the corporate and store levels has transformed the company. In other sessions scheduled for the event, representatives of broker Acosta Sales and Marketing and distributor KeHe will discuss their perspectives on the potential for natural and organics in supermarkets, and what brands need to know to partner with retailers and succeed.

“Supermarket Guru” Phil Lempert will discuss the results of an exclusive survey detailing consumer attitudes about health and wellness at supermarkets. Lempert, a contributing editor to SN, will outline survey results and address how shoppers feel about the selection, service and prices of natural and better-for-you items at their local supermarkets, as well as speak to what retailers are doing right and which areas need improvement.

Executives of Food Essentials and New Hope Natural Media will review hot-selling items in health and wellness and provide a forecast for emerging trends, drawing on unique insight tools.

Additional details of the event are available at the Expo East website. Those interested need to complete Expo East registration and can attend SN‘s event with their Expo badge. Seating is limited so early arrival is encouraged.

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2014 Expo East: ShopRite to highlight SN event

Representatives of Wakefern Food Corp. and its ShopRite retailers will be on hand in Baltimore this month to receive the 2014 SN Whole Health Enterprise Award as part of an educational track hosted by SN at Natural Products Expo East.

SN’s executive director David Orgel will present Wakefern with the Enterprise Award as part of the event, titled “Driving Health and Wellness at Supermarkets,” scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center.

A dietitian at the Morristown ShopRite coordinates community outreach efforts and helps to influence sales with monthly selections of better-for-you items.Following the presentation, Natalie Menza, manager of health and wellness for Wakefern, and Perry Blatt, director of ShopRite retailer Village Super Markets, will discuss how an emphasis on health and wellness at the corporate and store levels has transformed the company. In other sessions scheduled for the event, representatives of broker Acosta Sales and Marketing and distributor KeHe will discuss their perspectives on the potential for natural and organics in supermarkets, and what brands need to know to partner with retailers and succeed.

“Supermarket Guru” Phil Lempert will discuss the results of an exclusive survey detailing consumer attitudes about health and wellness at supermarkets. Lempert, a contributing editor to SN, will outline survey results and address how shoppers feel about the selection, service and prices of natural and better-for-you items at their local supermarkets, as well as speak to what retailers are doing right and which areas need improvement.

Executives of Food Essentials and New Hope Natural Media will review hot-selling items in health and wellness and provide a forecast for emerging trends, drawing on unique insight tools.

Additional details of the event are available at the Expo East website. Those interested need to complete Expo East registration and can attend SN‘s event with their Expo badge. Seating is limited so early arrival is encouraged.

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2014 Expo East: ShopRite to highlight SN event

Representatives of Wakefern Food Corp. and its ShopRite retailers will be on hand in Baltimore this month to receive the 2014 SN Whole Health Enterprise Award as part of an educational track hosted by SN at Natural Products Expo East.

SN’s executive director David Orgel will present Wakefern with the Enterprise Award as part of the event, titled “Driving Health and Wellness at Supermarkets,” scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center.

A dietitian at the Morristown ShopRite coordinates community outreach efforts and helps to influence sales with monthly selections of better-for-you items.Following the presentation, Natalie Menza, manager of health and wellness for Wakefern, and Perry Blatt, director of ShopRite retailer Village Super Markets, will discuss how an emphasis on health and wellness at the corporate and store levels has transformed the company. In other sessions scheduled for the event, representatives of broker Acosta Sales and Marketing and distributor KeHe will discuss their perspectives on the potential for natural and organics in supermarkets, and what brands need to know to partner with retailers and succeed.

“Supermarket Guru” Phil Lempert will discuss the results of an exclusive survey detailing consumer attitudes about health and wellness at supermarkets. Lempert, a contributing editor to SN, will outline survey results and address how shoppers feel about the selection, service and prices of natural and better-for-you items at their local supermarkets, as well as speak to what retailers are doing right and which areas need improvement.

Executives of Food Essentials and New Hope Natural Media will review hot-selling items in health and wellness and provide a forecast for emerging trends, drawing on unique insight tools.

Additional details of the event are available at the Expo East website. Those interested need to complete Expo East registration and can attend SN‘s event with their Expo badge. Seating is limited so early arrival is encouraged.

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2014 Expo East: ShopRite to highlight SN event

Representatives of Wakefern Food Corp. and its ShopRite retailers will be on hand in Baltimore this month to receive the 2014 SN Whole Health Enterprise Award as part of an educational track hosted by SN at Natural Products Expo East.

SN’s executive director David Orgel will present Wakefern with the Enterprise Award as part of the event, titled “Driving Health and Wellness at Supermarkets,” scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center.

A dietitian at the Morristown ShopRite coordinates community outreach efforts and helps to influence sales with monthly selections of better-for-you items.Following the presentation, Natalie Menza, manager of health and wellness for Wakefern, and Perry Blatt, director of ShopRite retailer Village Super Markets, will discuss how an emphasis on health and wellness at the corporate and store levels has transformed the company. In other sessions scheduled for the event, representatives of broker Acosta Sales and Marketing and distributor KeHe will discuss their perspectives on the potential for natural and organics in supermarkets, and what brands need to know to partner with retailers and succeed.

“Supermarket Guru” Phil Lempert will discuss the results of an exclusive survey detailing consumer attitudes about health and wellness at supermarkets. Lempert, a contributing editor to SN, will outline survey results and address how shoppers feel about the selection, service and prices of natural and better-for-you items at their local supermarkets, as well as speak to what retailers are doing right and which areas need improvement.

Executives of Food Essentials and New Hope Natural Media will review hot-selling items in health and wellness and provide a forecast for emerging trends, drawing on unique insight tools.

Additional details of the event are available at the Expo East website. Those interested need to complete Expo East registration and can attend SN‘s event with their Expo badge. Seating is limited so early arrival is encouraged.

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International Production & Processing Expo

January 27th – 29th, 2015 • Atlanta, GA

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International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo, and International Meat Expo integrated their tradeshows in 2013, under the International Production & Processing Expo. The 2015 IPPE will bring together more than 1,100 exhibitors and over 25,000 attendees in Atlanta from January 27 – 29, 2015. We look forward to seeing you there! Registration for IPPE includes entrance to the trade show exhibits and select education programs.

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89th CDMA Trade Expo

January 27th – 29th, 2015 • Tampa, FL

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The Chain Drug Marketing Association presents its 89th Trade Expo in Atlanta.

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SuperValu’s inaugural national sales expo

SuperValu Inc., one of the nation’s leading grocery distributors, will welcome more than 3,900 grocery industry professionals to St. Paul, MN, this week for the company’s first-ever national sales expo, a three-day trade event. The expo will feature more than 20 educational sessions and over 330 expo booths, providing independent grocery retailers from over 1,250 stores the opportunity to gain valuable insights, innovative merchandising ideas and best-in-class grocery retail solutions from industry experts.

The expo, themed Sales 4 All Seasons, began Aug. 12 and runs through Aug. 14. The event will be held at the RiverCentre convention center in downtown St. Paul.

“We are thrilled to invite many of the grocery retail industry’s finest to our inaugural national sales expo,” Janel Haugarth, SuperValu’s executive vice president and president of independent business and supply chain services, said in a press release. “The Sales 4 All Seasons event was created specifically for our independent grocery retailers. Along with unprecedented opportunities to network and share best practices with their peers, the expo will offer our retailers a one-stop resource to drive sales, build loyalty and grow their businesses.”

Sales 4 All Seasons will be the company’s largest, most comprehensive selling expo to date and will feature 330-plus vendor booths staffed by category experts on everything from fresh produce, meat and seafood to center store, frozen, bakery and deli. Seasonal merchandise offerings, consumer packaged goods suppliers and service providers from across the country will offer diverse solutions for SuperValu’s expansive independent retailer base. Expo guests will also have exclusive access to new products and SuperValu’s innovative private brand lines, as well as limited-time promotional buying opportunities.

In addition to a chance to join their peers to discuss the state of grocery retail and what lies ahead for the industry, expo visitors had the opportunity to attend some of the more than 20 educational sessions during the Sales 4 All Seasons “Education Day” on Aug. 12. Sessions explored a range of diverse, on-trend topics — such as how to drive sales through gluten-free products and smarter snacking options, and the effects of new technologies on the retail industry.

Headlining the expo’s Education Day was keynote speaker and best-selling author Jason Dorsey. Known as The Gen Y Guy, Dorsey wrote his first best-selling book at 18 and has been featured on a variety of shows, including “60 Minutes,” “20/20,” “The Today Show,” “The View” and “The Early Show.” Dorsey will deliver unique insights and research on millennial shoppers, an increasingly important and unique demographic in grocery retailing.

Adding to the Sales 4 All Seasons experience, SuperValu has also launched a mobile app to assist attendees as they navigate the convention hall. The SuperValu Expo app, which is available for all iOS and Android-compatible devices, will provide an easy-to-use event map, a schedule of educational sessions and activities, articles related to topics discussed throughout the event and more.

Additionally, SuperValu will announce the winners of its 2014 Master Marketer Competition on Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. The competition recognizes and celebrates the top marketing campaigns led by the company’s independent retailers across the country.

“The Sales 4 All Season expo is not only an excellent opportunity to come together and  share the latest innovations in grocery retailing, it is also a chance to acknowledge and commend the industry’s best work from the past year,” said Haugarth. “The Master Marketer Competition is a way to acknowledge the exemplary work of our independent retailers, who go above and beyond each day to grow their business.”

A full agenda and details for SuperValu’s Sales 4 All Season expo can be found by visiting www.Sales4AllSeasons.com.

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Chilean Fresh Fruit Association wins Sensory Experience Contest at PMA Expo

A recipe entered by the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association won top honors at the Produce Marketing Association’s Sensory Experience Contest at this year’s PMA Foodservice Expo.

The recipe, created for CFFA by Executive Chef Don Cortes, is Chilean Fruit Medley Gazpacho with Grape, Bacon and Brie Melt, an innovative interpretation of the classic soup-and-sandwich combination. The winning recipe is described by the chef as “a duet that pleases with beautiful colors, contrasting/complimentary textures and temperatures, and delicious flavors.”

gaspChilean Fruit Medley Gazpacho with Grape, Bacon and Brie Melt.“The versatility, flavor and beauty of Chilean fruit joined with Chef Cortes’ skill and creativity to create this standout recipe,” Karen Brux, managing director of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association, said in a press release. “We are honored to be recognized by such an impressive panel of foodservice professionals and look forward to seeing what we can create for next year’s Expo.”

A panel of 11 foodservice professionals — comprised of representatives from Brinker, Darden, Culinary Sales Support, Produce Alliance, Brinker International, Pro*Act, Fresh Point, Wendy’s, Sysco, Southern Specialties and Chick-fil-A — selected CFFA’s entry from among 10 finalists. Recipes were judged on the following criteria: produce-centric, innovative, appearance and kid-friendly. Additional considerations included a recipe name that is descriptive, health value, taste, aroma and presentation.

As first-place winner, CFFA will receive second choice of booth location at the 2015 Foodservice Produce Expo; an announcement on the show floor; and recognition in PMA’s press outreach and on PMA’s website.

Chile is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest producer of fresh fruit and North America’s top source of fruit during the winter months. The Chilean Fresh Fruit Association directs all marketing and promotional activities for fresh Chilean fruit in the U.S. and Canada.

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Gallery: Candy trends from NCA Sweets & Snacks Expo

The 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo presented by the National Confections Association was held this week in Chicago, bringing together 650 manufacturers from around the world displaying their hottest new products and continuing favorites.

The following photo gallery highlights a few of the trends in the candy and sweets category.

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Captions and photos by Cora Weisenberger

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Gallery: Snack trends from NCA Sweets & Snacks Expo

The 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo presented by the National Confectioners Association was expected to bring together this week in Chicago 15,000 manufacturers, buyers and industry leaders. It is the largest Expo ever held by the association, said NCA.

The following photo gallery captures some of the snack trends seen on the floor of the expo.

Photos and captions by Cora Weisenberger

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