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Rich Dachman named keynote speaker for NEPC expo’s breakfast

The New England Produce Council announced industry veteran Rich Dachman, chief executive officer of Brighter Bites and former vice president of produce for Sysco Corp., will be the featured speaker at the council’s keynote breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 19.peoee

“Foodservice, Nutrition, and Making a Difference” is the topic of Dachman’s presentation. The presentation will cover topics such as the complex matrix of foodservice distribution, the success of a distributor-operator relationship, and the ways the produce industry can make a positive impact. The keynote is just one part of the 20th annual NEPC Produce, Floral & Food Service Expo, set to take place Sept. 18-19 at the Hynes Convention Center in downtown Boston.

Dachman joined Brighter Bites with more than 40 years of experience in the produce industry, 28 of them at Sysco, from which he retired earlier this year.

Dachman had been a member of the Brighter Bites board of directors for more than three years. Brighter Bites is a national nonprofit organization that is changing behavior among children and their families to prevent obesity and achieve long-term health. It delivers donated fresh fruits and vegetables directly into families’ hands, teaches them how to use it, and tracks their behavior change.

A native of Denver, Dachman attended Colorado State University. He began his produce career at his family-owned business in Denver. In 1992, following several years in the produce industry, Dachman joined FreshPoint Inc. and became president of FreshPoint Operating Cos. in Houston, Denver, Atlanta and the company’s central procurement office in Salinas, CA. When Sysco acquired FreshPoint in 2000, he was appointed to the position of senior vice president, western region, and in 2007 was promoted to vice president of produce for Sysco.

Dachman has received multiple awards, including the Center for Growing Talent’s Jay Pack Cultivating Our Future Award and Produce for Better Health’s Excellence Award. He was chairman of the Produce Marketing Association in 2012, capping more than 10 years of leadership service for PMA.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome Rich to the NEPC Expo this year.  Rich brings with him a wealth of Retail, Wholesale and Foodservice expertise.  He has been a leader in the industry for over 40 years and we look forward to his insight,” said NEPC President Anthony Sattler.