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CHICAGO — Thousands of international delegates thronged The Windy City for United Fresh 2016 at McCormick Place Convention Center. Produce and packaging, food and fun, hula hoops and hoopla were all part of the proceedings. Here's our look at Day One from the show floor.

Stay tuned for more in our United Fresh video series over the next few days.

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CHICAGO — United Fresh 2016 got under way here June 21 with an elegant opening reception at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Attendees from around the world mixed and mingled among modern art masterpieces. They also talked with The Produce News about their expectations for the show, which continues through June 24.

Look for more as our United Fresh 2016 video series continues throughout the week.

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ELIZABETH CITY, NC — Small potatoes are big business. They weathered the recession without a slip but now there are bigger challenges ahead. The Produce News caught up with Blair Richardson, U.S. Potato chief executive officer, recently during his annual visit with the North Carolina Potato Association here to talk taters and the state of the industry.

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At United Fresh, Farm Star Living will be having fun filming a new consumer video for shoppers. It will share information and trivia about a variety of companies and their produce items. Look for Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, and her team to have a chance to participate and pull a question from the "Grab Bag." You may even win free prizes!

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ELIZABETH CITY, NC — Dawson Pugh and Hunter Gibbs were childhood friends, playing on land their families have farmed here for generations. For the last decade they've been bringing a young, aggressive approach to the North Carolina fresh summer potato crop, available now through the end of July.

Technology meets good old fashioned stewardship of the land to make Pamlico one of the areas most progressive growers.