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Maggie G and Mary B team up for CPMA opening soiree

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CALGARY — This is the last time the Canadian Produce Marketing Association expo will be held here (a rotation of Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal starts next year) and the city seemed determined to say goodbye in style.

Festivities kicked off April 12 with the CPMA board's annual reception at the spectacular Telus Spark Science Centre.

Our Maggie Giuffrida and Mary Blackmon (FarmStar Living) teamed up to cover the grand opening.

Look for more in our CPMA video series next week, including tag-team reports from the trade show floor, the social side of the show and a hockey game you just won't believe.

Maggie G checks out golf Texas-style at Viva Fresh tourney

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SAN ANTONIO, TX — Country music, Jerry Jeff Walker and Pitbull on the golf course? Must be San Antonio. Dozens of duffers brought out their A game (or as close as they had) for the Viva Fresh golf tournament at the TPC course at the JW Marriot Hill Country Resort & Spa here.

Our Maggie Giuffrida was along for the ride and learned a few tricks as the day progressed in the finale of our Viva Fresh video series.

Stay tuned for more shortly from the Canadian Produce Marketing Association show going on in Calgary this week.

Maggie G wraps up business on the Viva Fresh floor

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SAN ANTONIO, TX -- With 170 exhibitors and more than 1,500 attendees, there was enough happening on the show floor at the 2016 Viva Fresh Expo, held March 31-April 2 at the JW Marriot Hill Country Resort & Spa here, to keep people looking for a week.

Our Maggie Giuffrida took the legwork out of that process -- here's our second report from the trade show floor as Viva Fresh wrapped up business.

Stay tuned for more in our Viva Fresh video series, with looks at the social scene and a memorable Texas-style golf tournament yet to come.

Talking 'bout Texas — the social side of Viva Fresh

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SAN ANTONIO, TX — Just a few short years ago, what is now the Viva Fresh Expo, held here at the JW Marriot Hill Country Resort & Spa March 31-April 2, was the Texas Produce Association Convention.

That event typically was a couple hundred growers and associated industry types getting together on South Padre Island for a three-day break before getting back to business.

Boy how times have changed. Viva Fresh has gone from a standing start a couple of years ago to a significant regional show with more than 1,500 attendees and a waiting list for exhibitors.

Our Maggie Giuffrida talked with leading lights like Bret Erickson, Texas International Produce Association president and chief executive officer, current TIPA Chairman Jimmy Bassetti of J&D Produce, former Chairman Dante Galeazzi of Crescent Fruit, and incoming Chairman Jimmy Garza of Bebo Distribution about the growth and evolution of the show.

In true Texas style, those conversations happened at some of the rocking social events connected with Viva Fresh, from a post-golf tournament lawn party to the elegant opening reception.

Stay tuned next week for our look at the Viva Fresh host city of San Antonio and a no-holds-barred video from the Viva Fresh golf tournament

Viva Fresh gets down to business Texas-style on the trade show floor

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SAN ANTONIO, TX — They say everything's big in Texas and that was certainly true of the 2016 Viva Fresh Expo March 31-April 2 at the JW Marriot Hill Country Resort & Spa here. With last-minute and walk-up registrations factored in — and a waiting list for exhibitors — the show grew by almost half over 2015.

Our Maggie Giuffrida took to the trade show floor to get down to business with a few Texas twists: Cowboy hats, barbecue... and who says 11:30 is too early for a frosty mug of suds from Texas' own Alamo Brewery at an expo booth?

Anyone who attended the 2015 show will see the obvious growth in 2016 — and anyone who wasn't there this year can see what they missed. Stay tuned for more in our Viva Fresh video series in coming days.