Everybody needs a (spuddy) buddy
  Everybody needs a buddy, as our Maggie Giuffrida found out from the Idaho Potato Commission. Armand Lobato provided the lowdown on all the marketing materials the commission has available — including its irresistible Spuddy Buddy mascot. Read more
Food safety comes first throughout Chick-fil-A supply chain
We all think of chicken when we think of Chick-fil-A, but salads and other produce are a hugely important part of the chain's success. Chick-fil-A Manager of Food Chain Safety Steven Lyon talks about how the fast food giant keeps food safety top-of-mind. "Food... Read more
The social side of PMA Foodservice and Monterey
MONTEREY, CA — Our Maggie Giuffrida did a little California dreaming while we were on the West Coast for the PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo here. From Pebble Beach to Cannery Row, the Pacific Coast Highway to a little French bakery, the journey... Read more
How does Christopher Ranch peel all that garlic?
What do auto mechanics and Christopher Ranch have in common? A lot, when it comes to garlic. Imperfect garlic bulbs are still perfectly delicious, they're just not cosmetically appealing. So how to save a significant part of a crop and turn... Read more
Cooking with the Fit Foodie at the PMA Foodservice show
MONTEREY, CA — Chef Mareya Ibrahim, the Fit Foodie, is an award-winning chef, entrepreneur and media veteran who showed our Maggie Giuffrida how to whip up a mean Kohlrabi Hash Three-Way at the PMA Foodservice show here. The secret ingredient?... Read more
Avocado and chocolate? Some delicious avocado options
We all know avocados are extremely versatile. It's obviously the go-to dip for any occasion. But how about a chocolate truffle with a creamy avocado center? Chef Mark Garcia with Avocados From Mexico gives our Maggie Giuffrida a lesson on alternative... Read more
'New-Fashioned' cocktails with Sunkist Chef Robert Danhi
What's a "new-fashioned" cocktail? Sunkist Chef Robert Danhi showed our Maggie Giuffrida at the PMA Foodservice Convention & Expo in Monterey, CA, July 24-26. A little bit classic and a lot fresh, this drink is an instant contender — and... Read more
Industry leaders offer advice at Women's Fresh Perspectives reception
MONTEREY, CA — A packed house turned out for the PMA Foundation Women's Fresh Perspectives Reception at the Marriott Monterey as part of the PMA Foodservice Show here July 24-26. Our Maggie Giuffrida talked with leaders like Margi Prueitt, senior vice... Read more
PMA Foodservice: Network, network, network
More than 1,800 fresh produce and foodservice professionals convened in Monterey, CA, for the 34th annual PMA Foodservice Conference — with one major goal in mind — to connect with new ideas and old friends. Catch some highlights of the most popular... Read more
PMA Foodservice education session highlights
More than 440 attendees tuned in for education sessions at the PMA Foodservice Conference in Monterey, CA. Speakers included celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Gerry Ludwig and Hugh Acheson, who talked about produce and foodservice trends like the veg-centric... Read more
Hustle and bustle on the PMA Foodservice expo floor
MONTEREY, CA — What's new in the foodservice world? The Produce News Assistant Editor Maggie Giuffrida had just under six hours to find out as the 2015 PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo wrapped up with a whirlwind one-day trade show July 26. More... Read more
Seaside opener sets the tone for PMA Foodservice show
MONTEREY, CA — The 2015 PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo kicked off with a seaside gala here July 24. The Produce News Assistant Editor Maggie Giuffrida, the newest member of our video team, talked shop with the industry — and sampled the... Read more
PMA Foodservice awards
Exhibitors were awarded for various contests at the 2015 PMA Foodservice Conference, including the Chefs Talk: A Strolling Lunch event, Sensory Experience Contest, Best of Show and Best Product Promo. Read more
Fresno Food Expo taking back Fresno’s identity as Food Capital of the World

The 2015 Fresno Food Expo boasts an 86 percent growth in the number of participating exhibitors and a 400 percent growth in buyers since the expo first began in 2011. The expo, held on Thursday, July 23, drew big buyers with high levels of purchasing... Read more
Catching up with Bryan Silbermann at PMA Foodservice show
MONTEREY, CA — The 2015 PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo kicked off with a seaside gala here July 24. Record numbers of attendees were expected, as Bryan Silbermann, PMA's chief executive officer, told The Produce News Assistant Editor... Read more
 PMA Foundation Career Pathways students try specialty produce items
College students interested in learning more about careers in the fresh produce industry joined the PMA Foundation Career Pathways program at PMA Foodservice Conference in Monterey, CA. Activities included a specialty produce item tasting session,... Read more
Great Lakes International Trading's Awesome Apricot Yummy Fruit Bus
For some youngsters — and their parents — it’s the same old peanut butter and jelly sandwich, an apple or fruit cup and some carrots sticks day after day in lunch boxes. But Great Lakes International Trading’s new Awesome Apricot Yummy Fruit... Read more
ALDI's Calif. expansion gets help from popular comedian in video series
ALDI launched an online video series in collaboration with Ben Bailey, popular comedian and Emmy award-winning host of "Cash Cab." The series is equal parts education and entertainment to help introduce ALDI to new customers across the United States... Read more
Cherry volume reaches annual peak
It doesn’t matter if the crop is large or small. It doesn’t matter if the weather is good or bad. Every year in the Northwest, at some point the cherry season peaks. When the peak comes, it presents retail buyers with the best cherry sales and promotion... Read more
Plenty of promotional opportunities for Chilean citrus
Chile’s first 2015 shipment of Navel oranges to the United States departed from the port of San Antonio during the week of June 8 with a total of 11,200 boxes destined for the U.S. market. While volume shipped year to date is somewhat lower than... Read more