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New York Produce Show 2017
Grapes from Peru, labeled under the Vanguard Fresh brand.
Also grown on Vanguard's Challampampa ranch in Peru, but labeled as Pampa Fresh.
Gene Coughlin, Dirk Winkelmann, Denise Smith and Shawn Caldwell with Vanguard Direct. Vanguard Direct acts as the sales arm for the company's ranches in Peru as well as some third-party growers.
RJ Hassler and his father Rick Hassler show the newest technology when it comes to freshness. The Food Freshness Card keeps produce fresh longer and cuts spoilage in half. Just put it in your refrigerator!
John Heffernan, Joe Dugo, Jill Overdorf and Rodrigo Torres proudly show the Joe Nucci award that Naturipe Farms won for its snack line. This is an annual innovation award, named after Joe Nucci.
Naturipe snack packs
Michael Ryshouwer and Jeff Trickett with Bejo Seeds
Mary Ostlund with Brooks Tropicals.
It's busy at the Baldor booth. The freshly prepared food is popular.
Stephen Cowan with Mucci shows a clamshell of Smuccies. The company recently announced expansion of its greenhouse strawberry acreage.
Red Sun Farms is represented by Harold Paivarinta, Ray Mason and Jim D'Amato.
The team of Village Farms was one of the ten finalists of the Joe Nucci Award for their Lorabella tomato. From left to right proudly showing Lorabella tomatoes as well as the finalist award are: Michael Minerva, Helen Aquino, Michael DeGiglio and his daughter Krysten DeGiglio.
Close-up of the finalist award and lorabella tomatoes.
Jose Flores, Jared Donabedian and Kelsey Rose with John Vena, Inc, which is based in the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market.
Emily Woodard with United Fresh Produce Association.
Colin O'Brien, Tina Delmonte and Joe Rosa with the International Fruit Company.
Erika Camera and Frank Camera with SunFed. Erika shows a 2-piece tray of organic zucchini as well as yellow squash, both in microperm bags. The zucchinis are packed on a compost tray while the yellow squash pack contains a clear tray.
Audee Rios Canobbio with Colima
Alfredo Castro and his son Hugo Castro with Ginafruit from Ecuador.
Marianela Ubilla with Agzulasa promotes bananas from Ecuador and is looking to expand business in the US.
Tiffany Sabelli and Matt Mastronardi with Pure Flavor.
Megan Berenbach and Bryan Garibay of Mission Produce
Bernie's box: a newly designed mango box from Amazon Produce Network. It holds three times as many mangos as the traditional mango boxes do.
Traditional mango box
Greg Golden and Javier Leon with Amazon Produce Network
The team of Coosemans New York
Leandra Abreu, Garland Perkins, TJ Wilson, Eric Ziegenfuss and Steve Gissler with Oppy.
George Shropshire and Chris Horrell with Love Beets. George proudly shows the finalist innovation award for the company's marinated on-the-go snacking beets.
Scott Ross with West Pak Avocados
Happy team of I Love Produce!
Carlos Sanchez and Frank Sanchez with Blue Book Services had a busy day showing the Blue Book System to show attendees.
Official opening of the New York Produce Trade Show on December 13, 2017.
Lyle Bagley and Carlos Blanco with Sunripe Certified Brands.
Diana Ramirez with Farm Fresh Produce
Lucy Sexton and Michael D'Amato are making show attendees happy with samples of Natalie's Orchid Island juice.
Mike DeCramer and his daughter Maddie with Truly Good Foods
Erik Lee and Deidre Smyrnos with Viva Tierra Organic proudly show pouch bags with organic kiwi fruit from Italy and Pink Lady apples from Washington state.
Jill Hughey and Brenda Briggs with Rice Fruit Company. Brenda shows Kiku apples, grown in Pennsylvania.
Karen Brux and Allison Myers with Fruit from Chile show Chilean blueberries. Promotable volumes should be available in the next two months.
Chad Amaral, Claudia Villalobos and Dave Martinez with D'Arrigo Bros. of California.
Also exhibiting is sister company D'Arrigo Bros. of New York. From left to right: Gabriela D'Arrigo, Brian D'Arrigo, Matthew D'Ariggo and Kevin D'Arrigo. Matthew proudly shows the Chandler Copps award he received at the NY Produce Show.
Peter Creager and Lee Ruden with Robinson Fresh
Joseph Jauregui and Donny Lucy with Del Rey Avocado Company.
Scott Pickup, Daniel Klausner and Matthew Bernat with Apio show a kale-vegetable blend, a time-saving green bean saute as well as a brand-new avocado ranch Salad Shake up.
Jordan Kniaziew with Zing! Healthy Foods is walking the trade floor.
Proudly showing its new water melon mixes are Tony Phillips, Hilary Long, Emily Brookman, Renee Goodwin and John Frey with Frey Farms.
Two new varieties: watermelon & coconut water as well as watermelon & blueberry. The juice is sold under the Tsamma brand.
Tom Muller with Schur Systems sells both the equipment and packaging of the products that Tom is showing in the picture.
The team of London Fruit, from left to right: Michael Stewart, Cindy Swanberg Schwing, Mario Cardenas and Monica Izaguirre.
Ernst van Eeghen with Church Brothers
Rick Chong and Tad Brusseau with Sutherland, S.A. The company is just getting started on a new California navel orange program.
Ready Pac's seasonal flavor: a smoked turkey salad.
Todd Root, David O'Toole, Jeff Herdeg and Patrick Larkin with Ready Pac Foods.
Jennifer Burgess with Capespan North America
Dan Harrington, Tyler Weinbender and Jason Fonfara with Domex Superfresh Growers. Tyler proudly shows a box of Autumn Glory apples.
Mitch Amicone and Nick Hanna with Amco Produce.
John Toner with United Fresh is prepared for the cold New York weather.
Carlos Valerio, Dan Acevedo and Brian Gomez with GreenFruit avocados show Hass avocados from Mexico.
Sweet cherries from Chile, marketed by Oppy
Divemex Mexican grown bell peppers, also marketed by Oppy for the US market. About half of Divemex' production is now organic.
Jose Juan Rodriguez with Freska Produce. Jose shows mangos from Ecuador. Peruvian mangos will arrive in two weeks.
Savannah Blake and Vanessa Hutchings with Enzed Exotics are bringing Kiwano fruit from New Zealand to the US. Kiwanos are about 3-4 weeks away from harvest.
The team of Exp Group LLC: Omar Duarte, Nicholas Sanchez, Erik Chikhani Carrillo, Jose Manuel Villacis (vendor of Bonita Bananas), Anthony Serafino and Santino Montalbano.
Ivan Hernandez and Jose Roggiero with Freshway Produce
Stephanie Williams and Jeff Thomas with Scott Farms are walking the show.
Rob Spinelli and DJ Ryan with Anthony Vineyards are promoting dates at the show, but the company also offers grapes.
A happy team at Chelan Fresh. The company's organic apple program has been growing due to new acreage that has come into production as well as the merger with Columbia Valley Fruit earlier this year.
Pink Lady apples promoted in Superbowl packaging.
Tami Long and Hunter Gibbs with Nash Produce
Tom Botelho, Christa Schuck, Ashley Pipkin and Kelsey Crusha with Tanimura & Antle
Cara Caras will be available in mesh bags as well as boxes.
This past Monday, Suntreat's first harvest of Cara Cara oranges started.
Brett Burdsal and Dan Kass with Suntreat
John Caragliano with Limoneira stands in front of the world map that shows Limoneira's citrus growing locations. The company's lime program starts in January.
Smiles in the booth of the National Mango Board. From left to right: Cece Krumrine, Angela Serna and Valda Coryat.
Leslie Simmons with Dave's Specialty Imports shows strawberries grown in Central Florida.
Strawberries grown in Central Florida
Babe Farms won the finalist innovation award for its CaliCabbage. It's a complete salad kit that includes honey cone cabbage, dressing, seasoning and croutons.
Rosie Munoz with Babe Farms proudly shows the company's finalist innovation award.
Carlos Marquez and Patrick Matthias with Giumarra
Volm Companies is distributor of Jasa equipment. The latest technology is the Jasa sleever that wraps a sleeve around the package.
Andrew Philpott, Nicholas Saphos, Wim van der Meulen (Jasa) and Michael Lewis with Volm Companies.
Jim Darroch, Duncan McSweeney and Peppe Bonfiglio with Sunset proudly show cocktail tomatoes, snacking tomatoes and a pasta kit. Special tomato packaging and displays have been designed for the upcoming Super Bowl.
Backyard Farms cocktail tomatoes on display in the Sunset booth. Backyard Farms was acquired by Sunset earlier this year.
Henry Kreinces and GT Parris with Seald Sweet/Greenyard. GT just started with Seald Sweet a few weeks ago.
Mike Accetturo with Rainier Fruit
Hallie Grossman with Hunts Point Produce Market
Bob Catinella with Pear Bureau Northwest cuts up pears for show attendees.
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month is Vision Import Group. From left to right: Allan Napolitano, Yen-Han Wuu, George Uribe, Angela Aronica, Ronnie Cohen and Raul Millan.
Patty Rodriguez and Katiana Valdes with Crystal Valley Foods. Katiana shows blueberries and blackberries that are available now.
Rubens Zylberkan and Michael Napolitano with HLB Specialties.
Murray Hilborne and Jack Lidiard with Marco
Tim Welsh, Danelle Huber and George Harter with CMI Orchards.
The team of Albert's Organics
Courtney Boyer and Patty Emmert with Duncan Family Farms
Urbano Magana, Harpreet Purewal and Bill Purewal with PureFresh.
Persimmons, also called kaki or Sharon Fruit, imported from Israel and available between November and February.
Gary Tozzo and his daughter Kaitlynn in the booth of MOR USA.
Scott McDulin with Schmieding Produce and Cole Hubka with the agribusiness division of Insurance Office of America.
Mario Masellis, Jose Guzman, Alejandra Cruz and Kurt Cappelluti with Catania Worldwide.
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