By Frank Giles
The International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) hosted the first Global Produce & Floral Show in Orlando this weekend. Formerly known as the Fresh Summit, the new name and event was launched after the merger of the Produce Marketing Association and Untied Fresh created IFPA.
Thousands of attendees from approximately 40 countries gathered at the Orange County Convention Center to learn what is new in the world of produce. From growers to food service and retailers, it is an event that brings the entire supply chain together to do business.
“I am thrilled with the overwhelming support our first Global Produce & Floral Show received from across the supply chain this year. This was a long-overdue return to gathering in October and it was made possible due to the leadership and support of our exhibitors, sponsors, volunteer leaders and guests,” said IFPA CEO Cathy Burns.
Florida farms were well represented during the event. Brands like Dandy, Wish Farms and L&M Produce had large booths on the trade show floor. And the Fresh From Florida pavilion was packed with farms and agribusinesses in its display area.
Chef Justin Timineri was on hand cooking up recipes using Florida-grown fruits and vegetables. Timineri is the state’s culinary ambassador in his role with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
“There are so many great fresh fruits and vegetables here at the show, and it is great for me to have so many (here from Florida) to cook,” Timineri said. “We are blessed here in the state of Florida. We had a great turnout of Florida farmers here. I count at least 18 different farms, so it’s a great showing with a lot of diversity of the Florida commodities we have here.”