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The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas is putting the final touches on its 43rd annual produce convention and golf tournament, which is scheduled to be held Nov. 3-5 in Nogales, AZ, home to the largest

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port of entry for fresh fruits and vegetables from Mexico and to a wide array of companies involved in distributing fresh produce across North America.

 

"We are really excited about this year's event," FPAA President Lance Jungmeyer said in an Aug. 16 press release. "We have some great speakers lined up for the educational component. Of course, with our fantastic weather and our concentration of produce companies for people to network with, the FPAA Produce Convention has been a must on everyone's calendar for many years."

The convention kicks off Nov. 3, with guided tours of Nogales warehouses and afternoon educational opportunities including:

 

Phoenix Rising: How FPAA Can Achieve Its Goals in Arizona

Hear an overview of FPAA lobbying activities in the state of Arizona and what FPAA's strategy is for engaging state leaders to help accomplish association goals.

 

Relay Race: A New Pony Express for Trucking

Hear from Jay Thompson, president and general manager of Transportation Business Associates, who will discuss new cutting-edge team driver concepts and other trends in produce transportation.

 

Mariposa Configuration: How Construction is Progressing and How it May Affect Your Business in the Coming Season

A panel discussion that will feature industry stakeholders, including JB Manson, chairman of the Greater Nogales and Santa Cruz County Port Authority, John Halikowski, director of the Arizona Department of Transportation, and David Higgerson, director of field operations for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

 

The Ideal 21st Century Supply Chain: What it Takes to be a First-Tier Supplier in the New Age of Food Safety, Traceability and Social Responsibility

Steve Grinstead, chief executive officer of Pro*Act, will discuss topics ranging from environmental standards to traceability to farm standards to what foodservice buyers are looking for.

 

The opening evening takes full advantage of the spectacular weather and networking opportunities. Set in the inviting plaza at the Tubac Resort, participants will have the opportunity to meet with old friends, make new business relationships and discuss the Mexican produce season.

The golf tournament kicks off the morning of Nov. 4 and is designed to be a fun, two-day golf event where players can pick their own partner and win more prizes in each golf flight.

In its second year, the coveted Pillars of the FPAA award honorees will be unveiled during the Saturday evening dinner, dancing and networking event. The Pillars of the FPAA award recognizes excellence and service to the FPAA and honors individuals who have excelled in the industry. The award highlights members' accomplishments in the industry.

To celebrate the FPAA honorees and all of the participants of the convention, Descarga, a well-known salsa band, will perform Saturday evening.

"We strive to give everyone a great backdrop as they interact with their clients, suppliers and friends in the industry," Mr. Jungmeyer added in the press release. "The produce business is very much based on relationships, and this is the event to nurture those relationships."

The convention will all be held at the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, which is located a few miles north of Nogales, AZ. Tubac is also conveniently located just 45 minutes south of the Tucson International Airport. Companies interested in registering for the event or that have more questions are encouraged to contact the FPAA office at (520) 287-2707 or to visit the convention web site at www.freshfrommexico.com.