The Eastern Produce Council and PRODUCE BUSINESS magazine once again joined forces to present an exciting world-class event for the industry. The three-day event included 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 included 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 were two mini conferences for those who wish to come early and/or stay later. On Tuesday, December 10, the Global Trade Symposium offered attendees the latest insights on produce importing and exporting to and from the Northeast Region. On Thursday, December 12, the Foodservice Forum “Ideation Fresh” covered the role of produce in culinary innovation.
Tuesday’s Opening Cocktail Reception and Wednesday’s events were free to representatives of buying organizations, including retailers, wholesalers, and chefs, menu-planners and procurement executives at restaurants and other foodservice operators.
World Liberty TV’s Food & Wine Team was on hand to cover the 3 day event, see it all in our World Liberty TV., Food and wine channel.