Four Forums for the Future With Big Voices Tackling Big Topics

Inspiring the Future. The State of the Industry posed future-facing challenges and real-world takeaways that can be applied today to optimize business outcomes in the future.

Transformative trends expert Greg Williams moderated a diverse panel of disruptive innovators. They challenged the status quo and made us think differently about our options moving forward.

The dynamic duo of Leslie Odom, Jr. and MorningNewsBeat’s Kevin Coupe had the audience intrigued. It's not easy to be original, tell compelling stories and draw your audience in. But these two gentlemen shared tangible tips that we can all put into practice, no matter what our product is.

Being in the presence of a man who can inspire others to greatness was mesmerizing. Peyton Manning was humble, humorous and connected his experience to our industry. The Salad Maker MVP, Bruce Taylor, helped bring the points home to give us something new we can all use in our business.


Best of Show Winners

Congratulations to the 2018 Best of Show winners:

  • Best Island Booth: Triple H Produce in booth #2633
  • Best Inline Booth: Snack It Forward in booth #2555
  • Best First-Time Exhibitor: Fresh Cravings, LLC in booth #1246
  • Best Overall Product Promo: Shenandoah Growers in booth #2247
  • Best Packaging Promo: Sambrailo Packaging in booth #1629

Robert L. Carey Award Winner

Congratulations to Joe Pezzini, president and CEO of Ocean Mist Farms, Castroville, California, for winning the 2018 Robert L. Carey Leadership Award.

Bryan E. Silbermann Award

Congratulations to Dave Corsi, vice president of produce and floral for Wegmans, Rochester, New York,  for winning the 2018 Bryan E. Silbermann Collaboration Award.

Floral Marketer of the Year Award

Congratulations to Carlos Oramas, CEO and co-founder of Gems Group, Inc., for receiving the 2018 Floral Marketer of the Year Award.

Convention Committee

Thank you to our Fresh Summit Committee for all their hard work in planning this year's event.


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