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Food safety the focus for annual mango industry reception during PMA Fresh Summit

The National Mango Board will host its annual Mango Industry Reception Saturday, Oct. 19 from 5:30-7:30 at PMA's Fresh Summit in New Orleans, with a strong focus on food safety for the mango industry.

This outreach event brings members of all levels of the mango supply chain from across the world to connect and network. The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas is also a host of the event.

Reception attendees will learn about the areas of opportunity for the mango industry. Food safety expert Sergio Nieto-Montenegro of Food Safety Consulting & Training Solutions LLC will give an update on his findings from his industrywide assessment as well as his recommendations for mango growing farms and packinghouses in the top six importing countries, and mango warehouses and distribution centers in the U.S.

The goal of the assessment is to recognize and engage industry members to build upon existing food-safety efforts and improve best practices. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The event will be held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel in New Orleans.

The NMB will also announce its Mango Retailer of the Year, a retail program in its second year that honors retailers who are strong, supportive partners to the NMB, and deliver outstanding mango promotion results.

The NMB selected one retailer in each region as finalists and will announce the winner during the reception. The following are the finalists for the 2013 Mango Retailer of the Year:

  • Keith Durham of Brookshire's
  • Tom Eynon of Giant Eagle
  • Dick McKellogg of Lowes Foods
  • Michael Schutt of Raley's