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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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CALGARY — From tropical tastes to local favorites to an apple that won't turn brown, our Maggie Giuffrida and Mary Blackmon found it all on the show floor at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association expo 2016 held here April 12-14. Their favorite? A chocolate chip cookie made with cauliflower that was so good it was worth fighting over.

Stay tuned as our CPMA video series continues this week with more from the floor, a look at Calgary's social side and an epic hockey matchup between CPMA members.