The Southeast Produce Council's 2014 STEP-UPP class visited produce facilities and farms July 8-11 in the Philadelphia and southern New Jersey areas as part of its ongoing learning experience for class members to develop a greater understanding of the industry.
The Southeast Training Education Program for Upcoming Produce Professionals is spearheaded by Faye Westfall of DiMare Fresh, who serves as chairperson, and Tom Page, retired from Supervalu, who serves as vice chairperson. The 2014 class is the fourth class in the program.
Frank Manfredi, president of Manfredi Cold Storage in Kennett Square, PA, and Tom Verbitski, regional operations manager for North America, East, at Oppenheimer in Newark, DE. Manfredi Cold Storage was the first facility that the 2104 STEP-UPP class visited.
Frank Manfredi, president of Manfredi Cold Storage, with members of the 2014 STEP-UPP class.
Nathan Marshall, general manager of World Pack in Gloucester City, NJ. The company, which the 2014 STEP-UPP class visited, is a cold storage and repack facility that is owned by Bernard Egan & Co. and that is affiliated with DNE World Fruit LLC.
Bob States, in sales at DNE World Fruit Sales, with 'Ocean Spray' clementines in one of the cold storage rooms at World Pack.
Barbara Anderson, marketing promotions manager at DNE World Fruit LLC, with South African citrus in a cold storage room at World Pack.
Members of the 2014 STEP-UPP class gathered to look at some citrus at World Pack.
Francisco Allende, general manager at Sunny Valley International in Glassboro, NJ, spoke to some members of the 2014 STEP-UPP class touring the Sunny Valley facility.
The 2014 STEP-UPP class toured Sunny Valley International in Glassboro, NJ. Shown at the facility were Francisco Allende, general manager at Sunny Valley; Tom Page (retired) from Supervalu and Faye Westfall of DiMare Fresh, who both spearhead the STEP-UPP program for the Southeast Produce Council; and Bonnie Lundblad, a sales representative at Sunny Valley.
Anthony Yula of Summit City Farms, which is a member of the Jersey Fruit Cooperative Association, spoke to the 2014 STEP-UPP class about Jersey peaches.
David Conway of Rouses Supermarkets and a member of the 2014 STEP-UPP class looking over some blueberries at Stoney Creek Blueberry Farm.
Nichole Hulstein of Delhaize America and a member of the 2014 STEP-UPP class took a close-up photo of a New Jersey blueberry at Stoney Creek Blueberry Farm.
Bob Von Rohr, director of marketing at Sunny Valley International, with Joe Berenato, owner of Stoney Creek Blueberry Farm, which is a member of the Jersey Fruit Cooperative Association.
The 2014 STEP-UPP class visited Dandrea Produce in Vineland, NJ. Here, the company's Mike DeLeo displays some New Jersey blueberries grown on the company's farm in Hammonton, NJ.
Kevin Ritchie of United Supermarkets and a member of the 2014 STEP-UPP class speaking with Jimmy Nardelli of Nardelli Bros. Inc. in Cedarville, NJ.
Bill Nardelli, president of Nardelli Bros. Inc. in Cedarville, NJ, which the 2014 STEP-UPP class visited.
Bill Nardelli, president of Nardelli Bros. Inc. in Cedarville, NJ, spoke to some members of the 2014 STEP-UPP class about New Jersey peppers.
The 2014 STEP-UPP class (back two rows) posed for this photo at Nardelli Bros. Inc. in Cedarville, NJ, one of many stops on its visit to the Philadelphia and southern New Jersey areas.
Al Murray, New Jersey's assistant secretary of agriculture, spoke to members of the 2014 STEP-UPP class at the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's New Jersey Public Health Environmental & Agricultural Laboratories facility, the final stop on the STEP-UPP group's visit July 8-11 to the Philadelphia and southern New Jersey areas.