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United Fresh Honors Steffanie Smith

Jim Prevor’s Perishable Pundit, April 22, 2008

Also at United Fresh this year:

Featured Speaker:
Steffanie Smith, CEO of River Point Farms, LLC
2008 Reception Honoring Women in Produce
United Fresh, Las Vegas

We are proud to announce that Steffanie Smith, CEO of River Point Farms LLC, in Hermiston, Oregon, will be the featured speaker at the 2008 Reception Honoring Women in Produce, during the United Fresh convention May 4-7 in Las Vegas.

This annual reception honors all women working in the produce industry, and pays special tribute to one outstanding female industry leader — this year being Smith.

Reception Honoring Women in Produce
Monday, May 5, 5:00 pm — 6:00 pm
Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Islander Rooms A-F
Las Vegas, NV
Co-sponsored by Driscoll’s and D’Arrigo Brothers Company of New York, Inc.

It wasn’t long ago that we were discussing the fact that Steffanie had assumed a new position with River Point Farms.

Her appearance at United is timed perfectly… turns out that River Point, which was the product of a merger, has just celebrated its one-year anniversary:

River Point Farms, America’s largest onion producer, today announces the celebration of its one-year anniversary. Formed in April 2007 as the result of the American Onion and Rivergate Farms merger, River Point Farms will produce over 490 million pounds of onions in 2008, a 23 percent increase in production over last year.

You can read the press release here.

Steffanie will be speaking in Las Vegas, but it will be something of a homecoming for her. Although from an ag family, she launched her career into the produce world as a staffer for the old United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association.

Break a leg, Steffanie!

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