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EPC and NEPC to co-sponsor educational conference

The Eastern Produce Council and the New England Produce Council Inc. are co-sponsoring a two-day educational conference Sept. 17-18 in Connecticut featuring speakers from the Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh Produce Association.

One the first day, United Fresh President Tom Stenzel will moderate a panel of state secretaries of agriculture and industry professionals on how sweeping changes in current regulations affect growers nationally and regionally. Then United will also present a workshop — "School Foodservice and Tomorrow's Consumers." The day's events conclude with a cocktail reception.

On Sept. 18, Bob Whitaker and Jim Gorny of PMA will provide the latest update on the Food Safety Modernization Act and research findings from the Center for Produce Safety. Bryan Silbermann, president and chief executive officer of PMA, will moderate a panel of retail and foodservice executives discussing how these new regulations affect their businesses.

"This will be a do-not-miss event," said Paul Kneeland of Kings Food Market, president of the Eastern Produce Council. "Working in conjunction with the New England Produce Council and with PMA and United will help educate our membership. This program will be first class."

"We are very pleased and excited to work together with the Eastern Produce Council on this event," said Bob McGowan, president of the New England Produce Council. "Having both United and PMA presenting their findings in their respective areas of expertise will make this a powerful event."

The event will be held at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa in Groton, CT. An optional golf outing will be held on the afternoon of Sept. 18 at the Lake of Isles near the Foxwoods Resort & Casino.

For reservations, contact the EPC or NEPC. Members of any of the four organizations will receive a discounted rate, and sponsorships are also available. This is a limited-space event.