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The NY Produce Show And Conference “The Relaunch”- 2021

The Eastern Produce Council and PRODUCE BUSINESS magazine present an exciting world-class event for the industry.

The four-day event includes networking opportunities, a one-day trade show of over 400 companies, retail “thought-leader” breakfast panel hosted by Perishable Pundit Jim Prevor, educational micro-sessions and tours of the region’s vibrant industry, including local retailers, wholesalers, foodservice distributors, urban farms and unique eateries.

The program also includes an outreach to students and faculty at regional universities as well as distinguished culinary schools, plus the “Connect with Fresh” media immersion, luncheon and show tour involving influential bloggers, consumer editors and those working with all forms of social media.

In addition to the 1-day Trade Show are three co-located conferences for those wishing to expand and enhance their visit to our one-of-a-kind produce industry experience.

Monday, the Foundational Excellence program – with Cornell professors offering one day of industry trends and take-aways for executives with less than 5 years in produce

Tuesday, the Global Trade Symposium offers attendees the latest insights on produce importing and exporting to and from the Northeast Region.

Wednesday, our 1-day Trade Show and Exposition, featuring ‘Perishable Pundit’ Jim Prevor’s Keynote Breakfast and Thought Leaders Panel, show floor educational Micro-Sessions, Chef’s Demonstrations, the Connect with Fresh Media Immersion, and an exciting day in NYC for our Spouse and Companion Program participants.

Thursday, the “Ideation Fresh” Foodservice Forum covers the role of produce in culinary innovation and foodservice profitability.

Following Bus tours took place: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Manhattan Retailers, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm ,New Jersey Retailers, AeroFarms Tour, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Brooklyn Retailers & Urban Agriculture, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm Hunts Point Market, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Philadelphia Produce Market & Wegmans. We at World Liberty have done all the tours since attending the New Produce show since it started 11 years ago. Our team went to Philadelphia Produce Market and Wegmans.

On Wednesday Myra Gordon, who worked at the Hunters Point Market for 35 years. Was honored with the lifetime Achievement Proclamation from The New York Governor’s Office Kathy Hochul for her 35 years of service in the produce sector and being a pioneering woman and opening many doors for woman who are working in the Produce Sector.

We want to congratulate Mr Jim Prevor, and Ken Whitacre in conjunction with the Eastern Produce Council, for bringing everyone together in person, alongside their staff members who did a wonderful job of putting on a Show and  Expo on this magnitude.

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9th Annual NY Produce Show and Conference -2018

BY: Liliana Rocio, Senior Editor For World Liberty TV When you have 5,000 attendees huddled in one headquarters hotel and one convention center, you have the makings for networking on a grand scale. Capped off with a 7-hour trade show on Wednesday, December 7, there are several additional opportunities to meet old friends and make...
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The NY Produce Show and Conference-2017

The Eastern Produce Council and PRODUCE BUSINESS magazine have once again joined forces to present an exciting world-class event for the industry.

The four-day event includes networking opportunities, a one-day trade show of over 400 companies, retail “thought-leader” breakfast panel hosted by Perishable Pundit Jim Prevor, educational micro-sessions and tours of the region’s vibrant industry, including local retailers, wholesalers, food service distributors, urban farms and unique eateries.

The program also includes an outreach to students and faculty at regional universities as well as distinguished culinary schools, plus the “Connect with Fresh” media immersion, luncheon and show tour involving influential bloggers, consumer editors and those working with all forms of social media.

Back by popular demand are three co-located conferences for those who wish to come early and/or stay later.

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NY Produce Show and Conference -2016

The Eastern Produce Council and PRODUCE BUSINESS magazine have once again joined forces to present an exciting world-class event for the industry. The four-day event includes networking opportunities, a one-day trade show of over 400 companies, retail “thought-leader” breakfast panel hosted by Perishable Pundit Jim Prevor, educational micro-sessions and tours of the region’s vibrant industry, including local retailers, wholesalers, foodservice distributors, urban farms and unique eateries.

The program also includes an outreach to students and faculty at regional universities as well as distinguished culinary schools, plus the “Connect with Fresh” media immersion, luncheon and show tour involving influential bloggers, consumer editors and those working with all forms of social media.

Back by popular demand are three co-located conferences for those who wish to come early and/or stay later:

Monday, December 5, the Foundational Excellence program with Cornell professors offering one day of industry trends and take-aways for executives with less than 5 years in produce;

Tuesday, December 6, the Global Trade Symposium offers attendees the latest insights on produce importing and exporting to and from the Northeast Region;

Thursday, December 8, the “Ideation Fresh” Foodservice Forum, covers the role of produce in culinary innovation and foodservice profitability.

Tuesday’s Opening Cocktail Reception and Wednesday’s events were  free to representatives of buying organizations, including retailers, wholesalers, and procurement executives at restaurants and other foodservice operators.

Supply-side business types in the industry can purchase admission to the trade show and enjoy our Opening Night Cocktail Reception and Keynote Breakfast.

“Celebrating Fresh” is the theme of our conference, and there’s no better way to start celebrating than to be in New York City , The Event Capital of the World.

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The 14th annual New York Produce Show and Conference (NYPS)-2023

The 14th annual New York Produce Show and Conference (NYPS) opened Dec. 5, with GRATITUDE as the overall theme. The show had a record audience of more than 5,000 executives attending the one-day trade show and three co-located events.

There were 350-plus exhibiting companies and a record of 41 sponsors. The New York Produce Show is organized by Produce Business and the Eastern Produce Council.

“Feeling grateful and showing our gratitude can be our choice as we endeavor to change forever how we experience the challenges and blessings presented by our vibrant and vital produce industry,” says Ken Whitacre, chief executive/publisher, Produce Business.

The conference opened Tuesday with the Global Trade Symposium at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.

The symposium provided an intensive look into global trade from the perspective of produce moving in and out of the East Coast via land and sea.

Session topics included global trends; export and import challenges and opportunities; land port updates; and updates on avocados, citrus, grapes and mangos.

Mark your calendar for next year’s New York Produce Show and Conference: Dec. 10–12, 2024.

Connect with Fresh Media and Influencer Lunch at the New York Produce Show, Wednesday, December 6 at 11am at the Javits Center in New York City.

This complimentary lunch and program is a lunch workshop for qualified media only, including influential business journalists, writers, registered dietitians, lifestyle bloggers, and food and culinary experts.

Speaker’s Included: Dan Parker from Veg Power to talk about consumption promotion. Veg Power is a not-for-profit alliance of government, business, community and celebrities founded to turn around vegetable consumption in the UK. It uses advertising and communications to inspire kids to eat vegetables and create life-long good food habits that they will, in turn, share with their children. Their multi-award winning “Eat Them to Defeat Them” program has millions of children eating more vegetables.

Presenter Envy Apples and Chef Abbie Gellman, who shared some delicious flavors and recipes.

Live healthy Cooking demonstrations took place at the luncheon, close to 50 media from the culinary world were in attendance, enjoying speakers, cooking demonstrations, while enjoying lunch same time.

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We want to thank Jodean Robbins Duarte, Coordinator, NYPS Consumer Media and Influencer Lunch Contributing Editor, Produce Business magazine, for inviting us annually.

It was our 14th Appearance covering the 14th annual New York Produce Show and Conference NYC-2023, it always gets bigger and better every year. We want to give Condolences to the family of Mrs. Santos, the late Marianne Santo, three-time president of Eastern Produce Council and senior category manager of produce and floral at Wakefern Food Corp., was honored with a video tribute, who passed away earlier this year.

I truly enjoyed meeting Mrs. Santos annually for the past five years, a wonderful warm kind loving personality, made you feel special when she spoke to you. You will be deeply missed but never forgotten RIP.

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14th annual New York Produce Show and Conference NYC-2023

BY: Liliana Rocio, Senior Editor for World Liberty TV The 14th annual New York Produce Show and Conference (NYPS) opened Dec. 5, with GRATITUDE as the overall theme. The show had a record audience of more than 5,000 executives attending the one-day trade show and three co-located events. There were 350-plus exhibiting companies and a...
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The New York Produce Show and Conference at NY Javit Center and Hilton Hotel -2014

The Eastern Produce Council and PRODUCE BUSINESS magazine have once again joined forces to present an exciting world-class event for the industry. The three-day event includes networking opportunities, a trade show of over 400 companies, retail “thought-leader” panel hosted by Perishable Pundit Jim Prevor, educational micro-sessions and tours of the region’s vibrant industry, including the local retailers, wholesalers, foodservice distributors and urban farms and unique eateries.

The program also includes an outreach to students and faculty at regional universities as well as distinguished culinary schools; a media immersion program involving print, radio, TV and online outlets, plus a “Consumer Influencer” luncheon and show tour reaching out to bloggers, consumer editors and those working with all forms of social media.

Back by popular demand are two mini conferences for those who wish to come early and/or stay later. On Tuesday, December 2, the Global Trade Symposium will offer attendees the latest insights on produce importing and exporting to and from the Northeast Region. On Thursday, December 4, the Foodservice Forum “Ideation Fresh” will cover the role of produce in culinary innovation.

Tuesday’s Opening Cocktail Reception and Wednesday’s events are free to representatives of buying organizations, including retailers, wholesalers, and chefs, menu-planners and procurement executives at restaurants and other foodservice operators.

Other business types in the industry can purchase admission to the trade show and enjoy our Opening Night Cocktail Reception and Keynote Breakfast .

“Celebrating Fresh” is the theme of our conference, and there’s no better way to start celebrating than to be in New York City on December 2-4, 2014.

New Queens Pride Parade , Queens NY-2024

BY: Adal Hussain, Chief Editor,  Queens Pride Parade 37th Ave Jackson Heights Queens NY  , June 2nd 2024

The parade was founded by Daniel Dromm and co-chaired by Maritza Martinez to raise the visibility of the LGBTQ community in Queens and memorialize Jackson Heights resident Julio Rivera.

Queens also serves as the largest transgender hub in the Western hemisphere and is the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world.

The Queens Pride Parade formed in response to Rivera’s murder and, more directly, to the 1992 homophobic outcry over the inclusion of gay and lesbian content in the Children of the Rainbow curriculum, which was designed to teach children tolerance of all of New York City’s diverse communities.

As a result, former NYC Council Finance Chair Daniel Dromm, who was then a public school teacher in the borough’s Community School District 24 (where the controversy was centered).

Came out as openly gay and decided to counter the ensuing propaganda with a family-friendly celebratory parade that would promote LGBT visibility and pride, and be based in a neighborhood where many closeted gay people lived.

Daniel Dromm, Queens Lesbian & Gay Pride Committee co-chair, 1999.

On November 22, 1992, the initial planning meeting was held in Dromm’s Flushing apartment, and the formation of the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee (QLGPC) followed soon after at a meeting of Queens Gays and Lesbians United (Q-GLU).

Co-chaired by Dromm and Cuban-born LGBT rights activist Maritza Martinez, QLGPC canvassed neighborhood gay bars for donations and support. Dromm later recalled that some bar owners were resistant, “It was a very quiet lesbian and gay community — a large one but not a very visible one. People were worried that if they became visible, they would pay a price.”

The first Queens Pride Parade and Multicultural Festival took place on Sunday, June 6, 1993, and an estimated 10,000 people attended.

The parade route ran from 89th to 75th Streets along 37th Avenue, which was painted with a lavender line.

The accompanying stage show featured drag queen and transgender performers, who were also pivotal beforehand in helping to raise money and promote the parade at the gay bars where they regularly entertained. Martinez gave a bilingual speech, with the following spoken in Spanish.

This year’s Grand Marshall’s were: Leroy Comrie New York State Senator Leroy Comrie was elected to represent the 14th Senatorial District of Queens (encompassing portions of Jamaica, Cambria Heights, Queens Village, Hollis, St. Albans, Laurelton, Jamaica Estates, Briarwood, Hillcrest and Kew Gardens) in November 2014, officially taking office January 1, 2015.

Billy Green, New York State’s Teacher of the Year Billy Green is a veteran of multiple city schools, current teacher at A. Philip Randolph Campus High School in Manhattan and dedicated community servant both in his native Harlem and in Africa.

Amber Ferrer: Community Advocate, Amber ‘s profound pride in her community extends beyond her honor as a Grand Marshal. Under her leadership, Jackson Heights’ own Friend’s Tavern and Viva La Heights celebrate individuality, inclusivity, and empowerment, providing a safe and uplifting space for all 365 days a year.

Live entertainment was headed by, Carlos Basquiat now has loved the art of dance for as far back as he can remember., Jonte’ Moaning, Who collaborates with Beyoncé, Janet Jackson and BLACKPINK, has immaculate dance technique, flawless fashion serves, and pioneering androgynous vibes in heels, Julius Ferreira better known to the world of nightlife as Julius Caeser was born and raised in Queens, New York. Since young he has always been a social butterfly and so many more entertainers, performing at the stage.

Thousands marched at the 2024, New Queens Pride Parade, other dignitaries in attendance included, New York State Attorney General Letitia James, Queens Borough President, Richard Donovan, Michael Gianaris Senate Deputy Leader. ( D, WF ) 12th Senate District , Jessica Ramos, New York State Senator for District 13, Catalina Cruz, New York’s 39th State Assembly district, Lynn C. Shulman , District 29 – Council Member, Tiffany Caban, Council Member for the 22nd District in Queens and More Politicians in attendance. 

Other Dignitaries included: Kenneth Adams  president of LaGuardia Community College, Dennis M. Walcott  President and CEO of Queens Public Library.

The New Queens Pride and Festival is produced by the LGBT Network.The LGBT Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is a home and voice for LGBT people, their families, and support systems in Long Island and Queens.

Our three LGBT community centers help LGBT people to be themselves, stay healthy, and change the world.

Since 1993, we have been pioneering advocacy and social change to create safe space for LGBT people where they live, learn, work, play, and pray.

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New Queens Pride Parade and Multicultural Festival NY-2024

BY: Liliana Rocio Suarez Salcedo, Senior Editor.  37th Ave Jackson Heights Queens NY June 2nd 2024 The Queens Pride Parade and Multicultural Festival is the second oldest and second largest pride parade in New York City. Founded in 1993, it is held annually on the first Sunday in June, in the neighborhood of Jackson Heights. The...
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29th Annual Cielo Gala at Cipriani Wall St NYC-2024

The Latino Commission on AIDS will host its annual Cielo Gala on Friday, May 31, 2024, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, kicking off Pride month and celebrating its 29th year.

Those being honored are Dr. Mitchell Katz, president and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals; former White House Director of National AIDS Policy Harold Philips; screenwriter and producer Steven Canals; and community activist, Valerie Jimenez-Reyes.

This year’s gala will be held in memory of beloved trans advocate and pillar in the New York LGBTQ+ community, Ms. Cecilia Gentili.

“We are humbled and absolutely thrilled to be joined by amazing leaders and advocates in the fight against HIV and AIDS as we continue our mission for creating safe spaces where all Latinx people can access proper healthcare,” said Guillermo Chacon, president of the Latino Commission on AIDS.

“Latinos remain disproportionately affected by HIV, both in terms of new HIV diagnosis and the total number of HIV cases. We must resist the urge of complacency and continue education and prevention efforts in all communities until we eradicate the virus completely!”

The Cielo Gala is an important platform to recognize the work of those who support the Commission’s goals of ending HIV and AIDS and improving overall health outcomes and wellness for the Hispanic/Latinx community.

 Dr. Katz is the president and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest public healthcare system in the United States. Under his leadership, NYC Health + Hospitals has become a beacon of hope for those who have historically faced barriers to quality healthcare.

This year’s Esperanza Award celebrates Dr. Katz’s outstanding dedication to public health, particularly his unwavering commitment to serving underserved communities in New York City.

During his tenure as Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy from June 2021 to January 2024, Mr. Phillips played a pivotal role in shaping the Biden Administration’s domestic HIV/AIDS priorities.

His leadership was instrumental in monitoring and implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, ensuring that America’s response to the epidemic was comprehensive, accelerated, and inclusive of the experiences of those at risk of and living with HIV.

 Philips’ invaluable contributions have left a lasting impact on HIV/AIDS advocacy and policy. The Compañero Award serves as a testament to Mr. Phillips’ unwavering commitment, leadership and dedication to ending the HIV epidemic.

In a cultural landscape often marked by silence and stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS, Steven Canals emerged as a powerful voice for those affected by the epidemic.

Drawing inspiration from his own experiences and the stories of those within the LGBTQ+ community, Canals has dedicated himself to amplifying narratives that have long been marginalized. Beyond the screen, Canals has consistently leveraged his influence to effect real change.

Canals is being honored with the ILKA Award, named after the late actress and advocate Ilka Tanya Payán, for his tireless efforts in advocating for people living with HIV/AIDS, dismantling stigma, and expanding access to resources.

The award was presented by POSE actor, model, singer, and activist Laith Ashley.

The Denis Deleon Voz the Compromiso Award honors the selflessness and commitment of persons living with HIV and AIDS who dedicate themselves to enlighten the public about the disease and support others who are affected by it.

This year, the Latino Commission on AIDS is honoring Valerie Jimenez-Reyes due to her relentless organizing efforts with Housing Works and activism in the HIV and AIDS space.

After testing positive for HIV in 1989, Jimenez – Reyes has been a devoted advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as those suffering from homelessness, substance use, and mental health disorders in New York City.

The 2024 Cielo Gala was hosted by Dominic Colón, actor and producer.The night l also featured a fashion show by Brazilian designer and project runway alum, Layana Aguilar.

Three-time Grammy-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra along with DJ Missy B will provide live entertainment during the event.

The event was well attended, close to 300 people were in attendance, people from all over the USA were in attendance at the iconic event space at Cipriani wall Street. See More great videos like these , in in our World Liberty TV, Latino Channels by clicking here.

The Latino Commission on AIDS’s annual Cielo Gala NYC-2024

BY: Liliana Rocio, Senior Editor for World Liberty TV Emmy Nominated Screenwriter and Producer Steven Canals, Former White House Director of National AIDS Policy Harold Philips, NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Dr. Mitchell Katz, and Community Activist Valerie Jimenez – Reyes to Be Honored by Latino Commission on AIDS at 2024 Cielo Gala...
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Baldor Specialty Foods BITE 2024 EVENT -NYC

Baldor Specialty Foods, the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic’s largest premium produce and specialty foods distributor, announces its biennial BITE celebration will be held on Wednesday, April 24th, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Pier 36’s Basketball City located at 299 South Street in NYC’s historic Seaport District.

BITE 2024 promises to be a dynamic meeting-of-the-minds that brings together top chefs, growers, producers, innovators, and visionaries to strengthen bonds across the entire supply chain and exchange ideas that will forge the future of food. Embracing the theme “Play with Your Food,” 200 Baldor food vendors across meat, seafood, grocery, dairy, and produce will provide a veritable culinary wonderland for the senses.

A highlight at this year’s BITE will be a special keynote conversation with celebrated speaker, restaurateur and the Founder & Executive Chairman of the Union Square Hospitality Group, Danny Meyer. In addition, there will also be several VIP panel discussions including:

Playing in the Dirt: Seeds as the Future of Farming with Dan Barber, Chef & Co-Owner of Blue Hill at Stone Barns & Blue Hill Family.

Sweet Talk: Top Dessert & Pastry Pros on Creating Delight with founders of café brand Maman and ice cream chain Salt & Straw.

Every Dish Has a Story: Chef Kwame Onwuachi of NYC’s Tatiana on Crafting a Meaningful Menu with Food Writer Jeff Gordinier.

Spice is Nice: How Global Flavors are Heating Up the Industry with Chef, Personality & Author JJ Johnson of Fieldtrip, Chef Chintan Pandya of Unapologetic Foods and many more.

“Baldor BITE is our chance to bring all partners of our business to one place at the same time in the most fun way possible,” explains Benjamin Walker, chief revenue officer, Baldor Specialty Foods. “With the vibe of a day party, including copious amounts of food and drink, we connect our end users with incredible farmers and producers who get to introduce them to new products and brainstorm solutions for tomorrow’s opportunities.”

“We recognize that being a chef is exhausting work,” says Margaret Magnarelli, VP of marketing & communications. “So, since creating BITE in 2013, Baldor has always endeavored to make the event as fun as possible.

This year, our theme of ‘Play with Your Food’ takes that intent a step further, to celebrate the fact that good food can be full of joy. We’ve woven the playfulness thread throughout the event with activations ranging from free tattoos to fun games to live tuna cutting to bigger-than-big photo moments.”

BITE attendees are invited to experience whimsical live activations such as a ball-pit shaped like a caviar container and a cheese grater “plinko” game. Guests can explore the Baldor “bodega” where they will discover select retail offerings.

They can purchase exclusive merch from a collaboration with an influential chef, or wander through the charming “farmers market” to support regional farmers. Visit the food tattoo artist for some fresh ink, grab a cocktail at one of many open bars, or recharge at the Partners coffee bar. Witness the artistry of live tuna cutting or venture to the outside food court boasting an array of gourmet food trucks.

About Baldor Specialty Foods : Baldor Specialty Foods is one of the largest distributors of premium fresh produce, specialty foods, dairy, meat and fish in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Beginning as Balducci’s fruit stand in Greenwich Village in 1946, Baldor maintains its original commitment to freshness, flavor, quality and service. Baldor Specialty Foods now services more than 13,000 food service, retail and corporate accounts from Portland, ME to Richmond, VA, and offers over 6,000 food items.

The company’s mission is to deliver quality ingredients, innovative solutions and seamless experiences that ensure the success of its partners.

It was truly a great experience attending, Baldor BITE 2024, Play with your food event NYC, thousands of people in attendance from all over the world, Buyers, lovers of food, suppliers and much more all packed in one event space at PIER 36 NYC.

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