2017 Schedule

Wednesday, October 18

Time  Event 
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. 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 19

Time  Event 
7:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.  Women's Fresh Perspectives Leadership Breakfast*
Center for Growing Talent by PMA is hosting this leadership breakfast providing industry members with an opportunity to build meaningful relationships and gain career insights from our inspirational guest speaker.

*Separate registration required and seating is limited. Register using the Fresh Summit registration form or by calling +1 (302) 738-7100 to purchase tickets.
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Innovation@work
Get a glimpse of what tomorrow holds in the Innovation@work area — the destination for the freshest ideas, the newest products and services and the boldest flavors. Featured in this area:

Fresh Ideas Showcase
Bold new products and services on display before, during and after exposition hours. The showcase will have the following sections highlighting popular industry trends:
  • 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 

Sensory Experience Contest Finalists and Winners
Bold, fresh and innovative produce-centric recipes are put to the test by key buyers and local children.

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.  Workshop Series I
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Brunch General Session
12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.  Workshop Series II
2:35 p.m. - 4:05 p.m.  Workshop Series III
3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Emerging Leaders Program Capstone and Graduation
Center for Growing Talent by PMA 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. 
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Fresh Ideas in Action Reception
Connect with other attendees following the education sessions to exchange ideas and sample recipes from the top 10 finalists in the Sensory Experience Contest. 
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Young Professionals Reception (Complimentary ticket required)
Center of Growing Talent by PMA invites young professionals under 35 years of age to mix and mingle at this high-energy reception and grow their professional network. 
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  President's Invitational Reception (Ticket required)

A private gathering of produce and floral industry leaders, including PMA and Center for Growing Talent by PMA Board of Directors and campaign donors, Gold Circle contributors, new members and new member sponsors. 
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Welcoming Reception*

Attendees and exhibitors enjoy good company and great conversation while connecting with the people and personalities that compose this dynamic industry. (May require separate registration.) 

Friday, October 20

Time  Event 
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.  5K - Race for Talent
Join Center for Growing Talent by PMA 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.
 7:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Floral Buyer Roundtables
Similar to speed-dating, this unique opportunity matches floral suppliers and retailers according to criteria provided in pre-meeting applications. If selected, suppliers will meet for ten (10) minutes with at least six (6) different floral buyer companies. This program is limited to 30 floral supplier companies, and spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Separate registration required.
 7:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Breakfast General Session 
8:00 .am. - 5:00 p.m.  Innovation@work 
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Exposition
With more than 19,500 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors from 60+ countries, the Fresh Summit exposition is where contacts are formed, trends are revealed, ideas are exchanged and careers are made. Feel the electricity as you are on the show floor to experience the energy, the flavors and the conversations that will fuel new and profitable opportunities for your business. 
5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.  New PMA Member Reception (Invitation Only) 
The PMA Membership Committee hosts this reception to help new members connect with other members and understand how to get the most from their membership.
5:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Floral Networking Reception
Industry leaders, innovators and new shining stars all converge for networking, story sharing and business building. Plus, see who is chosen as the 2017 Floral Marketer of the Year Award winner for demonstrating superior leadership in improving and advancing our industry.
5:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Global Connections Reception
Designed to foster business relationships that transcend borders, this reception attracts attendees from throughout the global supply chain. 
5:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Industry Talent Reception
Stop in and learn how Center for Growing Talent by PMA, a charitable organization, is attracting bright new talent, developing the leadership skills in our professionals, and helping companies sustain a competitive workforce. We’ve got your year round talent management solutions to grow your business.
5:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Science & Technology Reception
Exchange ideas and insight into the latest food safety issues and technological advances that are reshaping the industry and impacting all segments of the supply chain. 

Saturday, October 21

Time  Event 
7:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.  Breakfast General Session
 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Innovation@work
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Exposition