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ORLANDO, FL — The Produce Marketing Association's annual Fresh Summit event offers great formal and informal opportunities to network, make new contacts and work to grow your business.

It all starts Friday, Oct. 15, with the welcoming reception, scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hilton Orlando Hotel. This reception is designed to help develop new business relationships and to reconnect with colleagues. The Chilean Fresh Fruit Association is the sponsor of the welcoming reception.

To highlight the new Food Safety Solutions Center at Fresh Summit this year, attendees are invited to attend the Food Safety Solutions Center Reception, scheduled for 4-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, in booth No. 201 on the convention show floor at the Orange County Convention Center. This reception provides the opportunity to mix with key leaders and innovators in the food-safety- solution realm.

Geared toward dynamic young leaders age 35 and under, the PMA Foundation for Industry Talent’s Young Professionals Reception provides an opportunity for up-and-comers to network with peers in a fun speed-networking activity. The invitation-only event will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at the Hilton Orlando’s pool deck.

PMA will express its appreciation to its volunteers at the invitation-only PMA Volunteer Leadership Reception from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, in room 230D of the Orange County Convention Center.

Floral industry members may want to attend the Floral Networking Reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, in room 230A of the Orange County Convention Center. This reception provides members of the entire floral supply chain with an opportunity to interact in a relaxed, social atmosphere. Sponsors of the reception are C. H. Robinson Co. Worldwide, Fresh Blooms and Keepsake Plants.

The International Partners Reception Monday, Oct. 18, provides an evening during which many cultures converge, providing the opportunity to meet industry leaders from around the globe. Designed specifically to foster multinational relationships, the reception will be held at the Peabody Orlando Hotel from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. MexBest and Tom Lange Co. International Inc. are co-sponsors of the International Partners Reception.

Reception tickets can be purchased at the Fresh Summit Registration Desk or at the door at each reception location. Some registration packages already include admission to specific receptions; visit the registration section of www.pma.com/freshsummit for more information.