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Maria Wieloch
Senior Category Manager
Fruit, Vegetables and Flowers
ICA Sverige AB
Helsingborg, Sweden

TAGS: Wieloch, ICA, produce consumption, Mira Slott, London Produce Show and Conference, Mira Slott, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor

An Important Discussion ICA Sweden’s Maria Wieloch Speaks Out: The Imperative Of Increasing Produce Consumption to 500 Grams Per Day Per Capita Does The Industry Have The Long Term Perspective That is Needed? ICA’s Maria Wieloch, as she is not only an exceptional industry leader, but a rare trifecta, having presented at our events in London, Amsterdam and New York.  Now, as the industry and the world open up, Maria joins us with word of an important and, indeed, extraordinary effort being made at ICA to help the health of its customers by increasing produce consumption. 2/28/2022

Rich Dachman
Brighter Bites
Houston, Texas

TAGS: Dachman, Brighter Bites, Helfman, Susan Crowell, produce consumption, London Produce Show and Conference, Mira Slott, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor

Rich Dachman to Speak at London Produce Show From Sysco to Brighter Bites: Getting People to Eat More Produce a Research Backed Approach and a Personal Journey Jim Prevor’s Perishable Pundit has written about Rich Dachman for a long time. He was also named as one of the 35 produce industry Vanguards on the occasion of the 35th Anniversary of PRODUCE BUSINESS magazine. This year he crosses the Atlantic to join us as a featured speaker at The London Produce Show and Conference. 2/28/2022

Philippe Binard
General Delegate
Freshfel Europe
Brussels, Belgium

TAGS: Binard, Freshfel Europe, Mira Slott, London Produce Show and Conference, Mira Slott, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor

FreshFel’s Philippe Binard Opportunities and Obstacles a Fierce Dedication to Increasing Produce Consumption in Europe With the whole world’s attention pivoting to Europe and with preparations underway to re-launch the post-pandemic version of The London Produce Show and Conference in full swing, we remembered that at the last version of the show, Freshfel held its in annual event in conjunction with The London Produce Show and Conference.  As we prepare for the event this year, we wanted to update some of the priorities Freshfel is emphasizing now. 2/28/2022

Kristen Barnett
Founder and Chief Executive
Hungry House
Brooklyn, NY

TAGS: Hungry House, Barnett, Ghost Kitchens, New York Produce Show, Susan Crowell, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor

Kristen Barnett and Hungry House Imagining The Spirit Behind Ghost Kitchens At The Ideation Fresh Foodservice Forum There’s no denying we’re continuing a new era of food delivery, but how can we do it smarter and in a way that preserves both the brand and the hospitality diners crave? Kristen Barnett, founder and chief executive of Hungry House, Brooklyn, NY, is forging a new model for ghost kitchens, working with chefs to launch their signature menu items on the Hungry House platform, executed in the Hungry House kitchen. 1/3/2022

Sergio Borquez Schwarzbeck
Executive President
Campos Borquez

TAGS: Campos Borquez, Borquez Schwarzbeck, Global Trade Symposium, New York Produce Show, Susan Crowell, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor

Sergio Borquez Schwarzbeck Presentation at The Global Trade Symposium Elevating The Industry… With Purpose Beyond Produce A return speaker at the New York Produce Show, Borquez recently spoke with Susan Crowell, contributing editor at Pundit sister publication, PRODUCE BUSINESS magazine, to explain how Campos Borquez initiated several projects to improve the communities that are home to the farm’s migrant workers — programs he thinks can be recreated in many forms across the globe. 1/3/2022

Maeve Webster
Menu Matters

TAGS: Menu Matters, Webster, sustainability, New York Produce Show, Susan Crowell, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor

Health, Sustainability and The Younger Diners Of Today’s Restaurants: How The Produce Industry Can Ride the Wave Menu Matters’ Maeve Webster Points The Way Maeve Webster, president of Menu Matters, a consulting firm for foodservice manufacturers and operators, offered insight into how the pandemic fundamentally changed consumer perspectives and behaviors, and that impact on foodservice, at the Ideation Fresh Foodservice Forum, Thursday, Dec. 16, a post-show event of the New York Produce Show and Conference. 1/3/2022

Susan McAleavey Surland
Executive Director
Eastern Produce Council

TAGS: Eastern Produce Council, Susan McAleavey Surland, Industry Tours, New York Produce Show, Susan Crowell, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor

TOURING NEW JERSEY Susan McAleavey Sarlund Talks About The Power Of Ethics, Friendship and Legacy Participants in the New York Produce Show and Conference had an opportunity to go on many regional tours, including an official post-show tour of several retail markets in nearby Newark, New Jersey. The tour also included a visit to AeroFarms, the world’s largest indoor vertical farm. Susan Crowell, a contributing editor at PRODUCE BUSINESS magazine, talked with tour organizer Susan McAleavey Sarlund, executive director of the Eastern Produce Council, who has also been involved with the New York Produce Show since it started. 1/3/2022

Brad Rickard
Associate Professor of Food and Agricultural Economics
Faculty Fellow, Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

TAGS: Rickard, Cornell University, gene editing, New York Produce Show, Mira Slott, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor

Consumers, Grapes and Gene Editing Cornell’s Brad Rickard Sheds Light On What The Research Shows and What’s Yet to Be Learned At the most recent New York Produce Show and Conference, Professor Rickard presented some new research built around grapes, focusing on consumer attitudes and industry dynamics related to gene editing. 1/3/2022

Rebecca Wasserman-Olin
Researcher in Dyson School of
Applied Economics and Management
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

TAGS: Cornell University, Wasserman-Olin, consumer behavior, New York Produce Show, Susan Crowell, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor

How Do Consumers Value Produce? Local vs Long-Distance? Cornell’s Rebecca Wasserman-Olin Studies Strawberries to Provide Insights A new researcher at the New York Produce Show, Rebecca Wasserman-Olin, shared new research findings about how customers value various appearance characteristics and how a consumer value perception is affected when a strawberry is marketed as ‘local,’ among other key findings. 1/3/2022

John Bovay
Assistant Professor
Agricultural and Applied Economics
Virginia Tech
Blacksbug, Virginia

TAGS: Bovay, Virginia Tech, Pandemic, New York Produce Show, Mira Slott, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor

DEEP DIVE INTO THE PANDEMIC Virginia Tech’s John Bovay Lays Out The Case For The Power Of Data John Bovay has become a fixture at The New York Produce Show and Conference presenting many thoughtful pieces.  This year, his topic seemed perfect for The Global Trade Symposium, as, indeed, it turned out to be. 1/3/2022

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