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MONTEREY, CA — Edible flowers, wild mushrooms, frozen pomegranate and a system that lets purveyors hydroponically grow herbs and veggies on the spot — it's hard to say if any of those will be the next big thing in the foodservice industry, but they were among the most original offerings on display here at the annual PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo July 28-31 at the Hyatt Monterey Hotel & Spa.

This wraps up our video coverage from the show floor, but there's still more to come from the social side of the show, including an interview with "Top Chef" winner and judge Richard Blais about what chefs and consumers will be looking for in the next few months.

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MONTEREY, CA — The foodservice industry sets the bar high for produce providers — the PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo, held here July 28-31 at the Hyatt Monterey Hotel and Spa, gives ample proof of that.

And providers, from growers to distributors to value-added processors, responded with some unique approaches and innovations that will set the bar for foodservice in the months to come.

The Produce News was there to catch it all wall-to-wall as our PMA Foodservice video series continues.

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MONTEREY, CA — The PMA Center for Growing Talent's 10 year anniversary celebration continued here with the Women's Fresh Perspectives Reception July 31 as part of the PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo at the Hyatt Monterey Hotel & Spa.

The Produce News talked with industry leaders about the event and the organization as well as the ever-evolving role of women in the industry.

Look for more as our video series from Monterey continues.

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MONTEREY, CA — Some 2000 people gathered here July 28-31 at the Hyatt Monterey Hotel and Spa for the annual PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo.

Four days of educational and networking opportunities all led to the grand finale — a five-hour whirlwind tradeshow where growers and distributors met with buyers to look for the next big thing in the foodservice sector.

The Produce News was there to catch it all. There's more to come from the tradeshow floor, as well as a look at the social side of Monterey and an exclusive interview with Top Chef star Richard Blais, as our video coverage continues.

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MONTEREY, CA — For most of the last decade, Bob Whitaker has led the food-safety efforts of the Produce Marketing Association and thus the industry as PMA's chief science and technology officer.

Whitaker led a session on building consumer trust at the PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo here July 30 at the Hyatt Monterey Hotel & Spa.

Afterward he sat down with The Produce News to talk about how growers and shippers and the rest of the industry can build brand trust with consumers.

Keep an eye out for more of our video coverage from PMA Foodservice.