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CHICAGO — They came, they saw, they conquered — and they moved a whole lot of produce. Chefs, champagne and food galore lured attendees to booths at United Fresh 2016, held here at McCormick Place June 20-24.

We've distilled two solid days of non-stop action on the show floor in our United Fresh video series — and while we're wrapping up the action from the floor with this video, there's still more to come as we get up close and personal with some standouts from the show in coming days.


Wendy’s has featured Church Bros. Farms in the first video in a series called Profiles in Quality. The video, Lettuce… From Start to Fresh, takes a tour of the Wendy’s lettuce supply chain. It features Tom and Steve Church of Salinas-CA-based Church Bros. Farms and showcases the values and exacting standards shared by Wendy’s and its suppliers.

Church Bros. Farms is a family-owned-and-operated farming company headquartered in Salinas, CA, that supplies Wendy’s with fresh iceberg and romaine lettuce for salads and sandwich toppings. Wendy’s said that Church Bros. Farms' commitment to quality has made it a valuable partner of the Wendy’s Co.


Caught on film — or should we say video! Farm Star Living Founder Mary Blackmon took to the floor at United Fresh and dazzled exhibitors with the Grab Bag. Some questions were serious, some zany and some awarded lucky folks with prizes.

In the first installment of the Grab Bag, a production from Farm Star Living, Blackmon meets up with LeighAnne Thomsen of Mission Avocados, Lori Castillo of NatureSweet Tomatoes and Dan Crowley of Well-Pict.


CHICAGO — Kohlrabi spaghetti and watermelon cocktails were among the more intriguing offerings on the trade show floor at United Fresh, held at McCormick Place here June 20-24.

We take a look at some new products, new packaging and new ideas as our United Fresh video series continues.

Look for more throughout the week.


CHICAGO — Veteran industry consultant and leadership guru Julie Krivanek was honored for her achievements at the United Fresh 2016 Women in Produce reception, held as part of the organization's annual convention here June 20-24.

Then a highly successful consultant in the mining industry, Krivanek made her debut in the produce industry as keynote speaker for the newly formed United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program in 1995. The president of Krivanek Consulting Inc., she has served United Fresh as a leadership and business expert for two decades.

The Produce News was there and caught up with Krivanek — and some peers and protégés — for a recap of her contributions to the industry.

Look for more in our United Fresh video series next week.