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Wednesday, October 17

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12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Retail Produce Tour*
Offers an insider's look at what's new in merchandising, packaging, technology and fruit and vegetables. After visiting Fresco Y Mas, Freshfields Farm and Lucky's Markets, expect to walk away with plenty of innovative ideas and strategies that can be applied to your own business. 

*Separate registration required and limited space available. Register today.

Thursday, October 18

Time  Event 
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Fresh Ideas Showcase
Here's an opportunity to take a closer look at the exciting new ideas from organizations across the supply chain. Inside every Fresh Ideas Showcase are opportunities with ideas growing year after year. In addition to the main showcase, there are sections highlighting popular industry trends. Check them out before, during and after exposition hours:

  • Just 4 Kids Showcase: innovative products and services geared toward children
  • On-The-Go Showcase: products/services that make it easier for consumers to eat healthy while on the go or in the kitchen
  • Certified Organic Showcase: innovative, certified organic products
  • Floral Showcase: innovative floral products/services 
8:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Forum for the Future - State of the Industry

Big Voice: 
Cathy Burns
, CEO, Produce Marketing Association
 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Experience Extension - Connect with peers, join industry leaders in informal conversations about hot topics, or just take a break. Gain insight. Share perspectives.
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Forum for the Future - Stay tuned for more information!

 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Experience Extension - Connect with peers, join industry leaders in informal conversations about hot topics, or just take a break. Gain insight. Share perspectives.
1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.  Emerging Leaders Program Capstone and Graduation (Invitation only)
Center for Growing Talent wraps up this year's program with a capstone course and graduation ceremony for our industry's next generation leaders who will join an elite group of rising stars making a difference in our industry. 
2:15 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.  Forum for the Future - Stay tuned for more information!
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Young Professionals Reception (Complimentary ticket required)
Center of Growing Talent invites young professionals under 35 years of age to mix and mingle at this high-energy reception and grow their professional network. 

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  VIP Invitational Reception (Ticket required)
An invitational gathering of produce and floral industry leaders and association supporters, including Retailers, the PMA and Center for Growing Talent Board of Directors, PMA Committee Chairs and Platinum and Gold Sponsors. 
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Welcoming Reception
On the cusp of the 7th decade of Fresh Summit, meet and mingle with the talented members of our industry while enjoying music, mixed drinks, and a must-eat menu at the Welcome Reception. Enjoy the rest of your evening, the way you like.(May require separate registration.) 

Friday, October 19

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7:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.  5K Race for Talent
Join Center for Growing Talent for their annual 5K Race for Talent and get a great start to your morning with a 3.1-mile walk/run. Race is limited to 1,000 participants. You do not need to be registered for Fresh Summit; family and friends are welcome to participate. 

Separate registration required. Register as individuals or sign up your team here.
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Fresh Ideas Showcase
8:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Forum for the Future

Big Voice:
Peyton Manning,
Two-time Super Bowl champion and five-time NFL MVP

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Exposition
Inside the Fresh Summit Expo, you'll find everyone from this dynamic industry--seed companies& growers, exporters & importers, wholesalers & retailers, and the packing, transporting & technology companies which support them. This diverse marketplace of more than 1,200 exhibitors, over 3,200 buyers and 21,000 attendees from 60+ countries means endless opportunities for connections, collaborations, considerations and communications. 
 6:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

Floral "Flamingle" Reception
Let loose and have fun as we celebrate our Floral Community. Enjoy delicious hors d'oevres & fruity cocktails while we announce the 2018 Floral Marketer of the Year. Mingle with movers and shakers in floral and congratulate the 2018 winner.

Saturday, October 20

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8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.  Women's Fresh Perspectives Leadership Breakfast
Center for Growing Talent is hosting this leadership breakfast providing industry members with an opportunity to build meaningful relationships and gain career insights from our inspirational guest speakers.

Separate registration required and seating is limited.

 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fresh Ideas Showcase
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Exposition
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