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PTI workshop scheduled for Miami

A workshop that focuses on the Produce Traceability Initiative will be held Sept. 19 in Miami, giving attendees the opportunity to learn about industry wide traceability requirements from some of the top experts in the field.

The workshop, which is being organized by the Peruvian Asparagus Importers Association, is open to all produce categories and will take place at the Double Tree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center in Miami.

Workshop attendees will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to move into the next steps to implement PTI. With some major retailers requiring PTI implementation as early as November 2013, produce industry professionals attending the workshop will be able to capitalize on the timing.

Among the experts scheduled to present at the workshop are Ed Treacy, vice president of supply chain efficiencies at the Produce Marketing Association, who will speak on the components of PTI and explain implementation dates to help produce industry continue operating as reliable suppliers in the marketplace; and Dan Vaché, vice president of supply chain management for the United Fresh Produce Association, who will cover the benefits of PTI from the grower to the consumer.

FoodLink, HarvestGear and Harvest Market, which provide PTI solutions for the produce industry, are presenting sponsors of the event.

All workshop participants will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and questions with the speakers within the two networking sessions.

The registration fee for the workshop is $50 per person (through Sept. 2). Late registration will be accepted at $75 per person after Sept. 3 through Sept. 13. To register, email your name, company name and phone number to: Priscilla Lleras at