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CPMA says goodbye to Calgary


CALGARY — It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the best of times because the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's 91st annual expo, held here in this city of 1.2 million at the edge of the Canadian Rockies April 12-14, was a rousing success. It was the worst of times because this is the last time CPMA will be held in Calgary. Next year, a tri-annual rotation between Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal will begin.

But Calgary made the most of playing host city for the final time and showed off its best side for the more than 2,500 CPMA attendees. Just to top things off, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi was on hand for the closing CPMA reception to honor special guests and say thanks for all the memories.

Our Maggie Giuffrida was there to talk to Mayor Nenshi and other dignitaries as CPMA drew to a close.

Stay tuned in coming days as The Produce News returns to Vidalia, GA, for the start of their sweet onion season and then moves into the Carolinas as those states' produce seasons come into full bloom.

Forget golf — CPMA takes to the ice for hockey classic


CALGARY — Most trade shows feature a golf tournament charity fundraiser. But the Canadian Produce Marketing Association expo starts with a puck drop in the annual CPMA Half Your Plate Hockey Classic, pitting a team of the host city's CPMA members against a squad made up of CPMA members from across Canada — not to mention a couple of ringers.

This year's teams shared 1989 Stanley Cup winners Colin Patterson and Dana Murzyn of the Calgary Flames skating one aside at the Father David Bauer Arena at the University of Calgary.

Beverages were consumed, donuts were eaten — and a heck of a hockey game ensued. By the time the last Zamboni rolled, the CPMA squad had manged to squeak past Calgary 6-5 in overtime.

Our Maggie Giuffrida was on hand to catch all the action.

Maggie G at the PMA Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference in San Diego


SAN DIEGO — The Center for Growing Talent by PMA celebrated its 10th anniversary by welcoming attendees to sunny San Diego April 17-19 for the 2016 Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference at the beautiful Loews Coronado Bay Resort on Coronado Island.

Attendees got a chance to network and learn over the course of the three days through workshops, sessions, dinner receptions and even fun fitness classes like yoga on the beach. Our Maggie Giuffrida was on hand to talk with attendees about the conference and the emerging role of women in produce.

Maggie talks women's objectives with top PMA leadership at WFPC


SAN DIEGO — The Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference is a ground-breaking program designed exclusively by women in the produce industry for women in the produce industry. This year’s conference, put on by the Center for Growing Talent by PMA, took place at the beautiful Loews Coronado Bay Resort on Coronado Island, April 17-19.

Here's a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the three-day event as our Maggie Giuffrida chats with industry leaders, guest speakers and attendees to find out just what it is that makes this conference so unique.

The last roundup from the CPMA expo floor


CALGARY — The 91st Canadian Produce Marketing Association show April 10-12 was the last roundup here — next year a rotation begins between Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal as host cities. Our Maggie Giuffrida and Mary Blackmon (FarmStar Living) check in with one final report from the show floor.

Stay tuned for more in our video series from Calgary, including a look at the social side of CPMA and a hockey showdown between a team from the host city PMA and a squad made up of CPMA members from across the rest of Canada.