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FPAA convention and golf tournament offering eventful lineup

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas is putting the final touches on its 46th Produce Convention & Golf Tournament. The convention will be held Oct. 30–Nov. 1 in Tubac, AZ, located just north of one of Nogales, AZ.FPAA-New-Logo-w-trademark

“We are really excited about this year’s event. In addition to Bruce McEvoy of Seald Sweet, we also have former Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe to round out the educational component,” Lance Jungmeyer, FPAA president, said in a press release. “Of course with our fantastic weather and our concentration of produce companies for people to network with, the FPAA Produce Convention has been a must on everyone’s calendar for many years.”

The FPAA Convention kicks off with the afternoon educational opportunities including the following:

Building a Global Produce Empire

During his tenure as President of Seald Sweet, McEvoy helped transform the citrus cooperative into a global entity, with a series of deals culminating in a merger with Holland-based UNIVEG Fruit & Vegetable Group, resulting in a company with $4 billion in annual sales. McEvoy will offer some simple steps to help attendees build their own global sourcing strategy.

How does Arizona Succeed in the Future with Trade and Mexico

Jim Kolbe, senior transatlantic fellow for the German Marshall Fund and former Arizona Congressman, will reflect on his time in Washington, DC, and present his vision for how Arizona will succeed in the future with trade and Mexico.

The opening evening takes full advantage of the spectacular weather and networking opportunities. Set in the Plaza at the Tubac Resort, participants have the opportunity to meet with old friends, make new business relationships and discuss the Mexican produce season.

The FPAA’s Golf Tournament kicks off on Friday morning, and the FPAA Convention Committee has designed a fun, two-day golf event where players can pick their own partner and win great prizes. New this year, golfers will have four chances to win a car in hole-in-one contests over the two-day event.

Back by popular demand, the FPAA will be offering helicopter rides from 2–5 p.m. on Oct. 31, starting on the putting green at Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, down produce row, to the border and back.

The Gala Event and Pillars of the FPAA Award Ceremony will be held Oct. 31. In its fifth year, the Pillars of the FPAA Award honorees will be recognized during the Friday evening dinner, dancing and networking event. The Pillars of the FPAA Award recognizes excellence and service to the FPAA and honors individuals who have excelled in the industry. The award highlights members’ accomplishments in the industry. Last year former FPAA Executive Director Bob Hathaway was honored as the Pillar of the FPAA.

“We strive to give everyone a great backdrop as they interact with their clients, suppliers, and friends in the industry. The produce business is very much based on relationships, and this is the event to nurture those relationships,” Jungmeyer said in the release.

The FPAA Convention will be held at the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, which is located a few miles north of Nogales, AZ. Tubac is also located just 45 minutes south of the Tucson International Airport. Companies interested in registering for the event or that have more questions are encouraged to contact the FPAA office at 520/287-2707 or to visit the convention website at