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United Fresh produce outlook panel

Produce outlook panel to kick off United Fresh 2019

A diverse group of industry leaders are set to forecast the future at the Produce Outlook Roundtable Luncheon, which kicks off the United Fresh 2019 Convention & Expo on June 10 in Chicago IL.

“There is no one better to highlight the disruptors and innovations that are driving our industry into the future than those business leaders living it every day,” said Tom Stenzel, United Fresh president and CEO.

Stenzel will moderate the panel, which includes the following industry leaders:

  • Paul Lightfoot, CEO, BrightFarms
  • Mary Thompson, CEO, Bonduelle Fresh Americas/Ready Pac Foods
  • James Rogers, CEO, Apeel Sciences
  • Jose Antonio Gomez, CEO, Camposol Fresh USA
  • Melissa Melshenker Ackerman, president, Produce Alliance
  • Rich Gonzales, vice president, Global Produce Sourcing, Walmart Stores

“Each of these individuals bring a unique leadership perspective to our industry, from innovative production techniques and product development, to breakthrough technologies, to next stage global business strategy,” Stenzel said. “I’m excited to interview these innovators, and I invite industry members to send me their questions for the panel.”

United Fresh produce outlook panel

Added Greg Corrigan, United Fresh chairman and senior director of produce and floral for Raley’s Family of Fine Stores: “The new Produce Outlook Roundtable is one of the many new events we’ve added this year to create an enhanced business experience for the fresh produce industry. From new B2B, one-on-one matchmaking sessions, to new networking events bringing potential business partners together, to opportunities to connect with colleagues who share mutual interests, United Fresh 2019 will offer unprecedented value to our industry.”

For more information about this year’s event and to register, visit unitedfreshshow.org.

Industry members who want to ask a question of the Produce Outlook Roundtable panel can send their questions to Amanda Griffin, United Fresh’s senior director of education and member programs, at [email protected].

Attendees must have an All-Access Package for United Fresh 2019 Convention & Expo to attend Monday’s Produce Outlook General Session. In addition, attendees will enjoy three days of enhanced networking, B2B partner meetings and education June 10-12 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center.

“The events will deliver unprecedented value and access to the latest industry innovations,” United Fresh said.

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