United Fresh is Going on Tour

The United Fresh Produce Association is launching a month-long member outreach tour. Beginning February 8th with the United Fresh Impact Forum in Berlin, Germany, and ending on March 9 in Dallas, Texas, the Fresh Impact Tour will include dozens of visits to member farms, packing facilities, wholesalers and retailers, as well as a Leadership Program trip to explore the Chilean produce industry.

Members of the United Fresh Board and senior staff will meet with industry members from the Southeast U.S. to the Pacific Northwest, from Texas to California, as visits take several different teams across the United States. Kicking it all off is the first United Fresh Impact Forum, to be held at Fruit Logistica in Berlin. The forum will feature a roundtable discussion led by United Fresh leaders from Ireland, Germany and Italy.  The program is designed to address issues such as ways to increase produce consumption and harmonization of food safety standards, challenges that are common to United Fresh members in 30 countries around the world. The tour’s second global event will bring the United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Class and staff to Chile to visit member operations.

“Last Summer’s inaugural Fresh Impact Tour was an incredible experience for our members and our staff,” says Tom Stenzel, president and CEO of United Fresh. “The tour allowed members to engage in personal discussions about issues important to their businesses and spotlighted how United Fresh can help leverage the passion of individual members to make a difference for the greater industry. We’re excited to reprise that format in engaging with our members and take it to a new level both globally and across the United States.”

“This month-long whirlwind tour is the perfect lead-in to our annual convention,” says John Toner, vice president of convention and industry relations. “Our volunteer leaders and staff will talk with members about their goals for this year’s event and make sure that we deliver the right education, networking and business opportunities the industry needs when 5,000 industry peers come together under one roof.”

The Fresh Impact Tour Town Halls and member visits will include numerous fruit and vegetable growers, distributors and retailers in each of these areas, and are scheduled as follows:

Global Events
Berlin, Germany February 8 Fresh Impact Forum at Fruit Logistica
Santiago, Chile February 22-26 Leadership Visits and Outreach Meetings
Pacific Northwest    
Burlington, WA February 21 Town Hall
Wenatchee, WA February 22 Town Hall/Member Visits
Yakima, WA February 23 Town Hall/Member Visits
Issaquah, WA February 24 Town Hall
Southeast    
Central NC February 21 Member Visits
Columbia, SC February 22 Town Hall
Salisbury, NC February 23 Town Hall
Atlanta, GA February 24 Town Hall
Southeastern GA February 24 Member Visits
Amelia Island, FL February 25 National Watermelon Association Convention
California    
Los Angeles, Southern CA March 5 Member Visits
Oxnard, CA March 6 Town Hall/Member Visits
Santa Maria, CA March 7 Town Hall/Member Visits
Salinas, CA March 8 Town Hall/Member Visits
Sacramento, CA March 9 Town Hall
Texas    
McAllen, TX March 6 Town Hall/Member Visits
San Antonio, TX March 7 Town Hall
Houston, TX March 8 Town Hall/Member Visits
Dallas, TX March 9 Town Hall
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