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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 — 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.


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.


Cold winters and an extra hour of sunshine help enhance the flavor of CMI’s Northwest apricots. This year the company has come out with a high-graphic pouch bag to set its apricots apart, and they also feature high-graphic PLU stickers.


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.