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MONTEREY, CA — The Center for Growing Talent by PMA hosted the Women’s Fresh Perspectives Reception on Saturday night, July 29, during the 2017 PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo at the Monterey Marriott Hotel, here.

The reception was sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission and Duda Farms Fresh Foods, and The Produce News was there as the official media sponsor.

The evening was filled with fun “ice breaker” games, great food, and of course, a whole lot of networking! Check it out as we  catch up with some pretty influential women (and men) in the produce industry!

pmafoodservicezespriMONTEREY, CA — The 2017 PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo kicked off in style with the opening reception at the Monterey Marriott Hotel, here.

Attendees mixed and mingled as they enjoyed delicious fresh produce-inspired dishes from reception sponsors Avocados from Mexico, Del Monte Fresh Produce and Vidalia Onion Committee. Check out all the fun in the first video of PMA Foodservice show series.


Monterey, CA — The second annual Organic Produce Summit, held at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa, here, was jam-packed with people and a whole lot of produce! Check it out as exhibitors show off some of their favorite produce in our latest video from the event.


Started with nothing more than some soil and the idea to give pumpkins a little more personality by painting faces on them, Burlington, WA-based Bay Baby Produce was founded in 1999 by childhood friends Michele Youngquist and Liz Mitchell.

Over the course of its 18-year history, Bay Baby Produce has grown from just 30 acres of sustainably farmed land to more than 400 acres, and it has even expanded its business to include organic winter squash in addition to pumpkins. Bay Baby Produce also produces Fruit Deco, premium gift-quality apples and pears custom developed by the company.

But of course, Bay Baby’s major claim to fame is its signature mini- and pie-size painted pumpkins, otherwise known as Pumpkin Patch Pals, which are a vibrant crew of individually hand-decorated, painted mini pumpkins with happy, festive character faces and distinctive, feathery hair. These friendly pumpkin faces are also used as ambassadors for healthy eating and exercise.

With all the success this women-owned company has had, The Produce News decided to sit down with founder and owner Youngquist to get a behind-the-scenes scoop on how the company came to be, what it’s currently working on and where it plans to go next, in the first video of our new series In Season.


Monterey, CA — In a world where kids are asking for fruit instead of candy we’ll have an avocado in every house, Autumn Glory apples in every hand, and artichokes and organic Melonups for everyone!

The Produce News took some time at the Organic Produce Summit, held July13-14 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey, here, to find out what produce industry members dream of. Spoiler alert: All the leaves are green in these California dreams.