The Washington Conference

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The Washington Conference is the fresh produce industry’s annual gathering of more than 500 leaders to converge on Capitol Hill and address the industry’s most pressing public policy matters. Attendees will engage in strategic, face-to-face dialogue with key members of Congress, their staff and top regulatory officials.

This year’s United Fresh Washington Conference provides the industry an even greater opportunity to deliver a powerful message to help shape decisions made in Washington that directly impact your business.

New in 2018

United Fresh is introducing several fresh new networking, education and advocacy events this year to keep pace with the ever-changing political climate.  Attendees will join industry executives at the NEW Global Trade Symposium, two days of Congressional Meetings, the Fresh Festival on Capitol Hill,  and the United Fresh & Congressional Friends Afternoon at the Ball Game with the United Fresh Board of Directors. Check out the schedule below for details.

Why Attend?

Networking: Join more than 500 attendees from every segment of the industry and engage directly with top political and policy experts on the issues of the day in an intimate experience. United Fresh members interact with and learn from fellow industry leaders including grower-shippers, fresh-cut processors, wholesaler-distributors, retail food-service and service providers. The following conference events provide a prime opportunity to make connections within the industry:

  • Celebrate Fresh Opening Reception
  • Fresh Festival on Capitol Hill
  • United Fresh & Congressional Friends Afternoon at the Ball Game with the United Fresh Board of Directors
  • United FreshPAC Reception & Dinner
  • Leadership Alumni Organization Event

United Fresh Washington Conference past participating companies

Advocacy: One United voice coming together to deliver a determined and clear message to our elected officials is essential to navigating the changing political environment. Join us to deliver a powerful message to help shape decisions made in Washington that directly impact your business.

  • March on Capitol Hill: U.S. House of Representatives Meetings
  • March on Capitol Hill: U.S. Senate Meetings

Education: Hear unique perspectives on the crucial issues impacting your business from policy experts and industry leaders. Breakout sessions will tackle immigration reform, nutrition policy opportunities to increase produce consumption, 2018 Farm Bill and more.

  • Global Trade Symposium
  • Opening General Session Breakfast
  • Preparing for Our March on Capitol Hill Concurrent Education Sessions
  • General Session Luncheon
  • Wednesday General Session Breakfast
  • Closing General Session Lunch

Hear What People Are Saying:

“Well, there is one thing I love more than produce, and that’s politics! This is the perfect trip for me. I’m sure it will be fascinating!”

– Michelle Cortez, Sales Account Manager, Empacadora G.A.B., Inc. (first time attendee)

“We all attend a number of events throughout the year. However, the Washington Conference is the only platform in which we discuss policy in depth and can bring our message directly to members of Congress. We can express the critical nature of their vote and how their decisions directly impact the future of the fresh produce industry”

– Jose Rossignoli, General Manager, Tropical Category, Robinson Fresh

“Federal legislation will have a major impact on all of us in the produce industry now and for years to come. We need to talk directly with our lawmakers and government officials to show them how federal policies affect our business.” 

– Ron Carkoski, President & CEO, Four Seasons Family of Companies

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Schedule of Events

This year’s United Fresh Washington Conference provides you and your industry colleagues the opportunity to deliver a powerful message to help shape decisions made in Washington that directly impact your business. Don’t leave our industry’s future in someone else’s hands – join us September 24-26 in our nation’s capital!

Monday, September 24, 2018

8:00 am – 11:00 am

Volunteer Leadership Meetings*

JW Marriott (various locations)

*See below for details

Noon – 5:00 pm

Global Trade Symposium

With trade issues challenging the fresh produce industry around the world, United Fresh hosts its first Global Trade Symposium. Join industry executives and government leaders discussing the impact of trade negotiations, disputes and potential solutions that can serve global consumers and producers. From NAFTA negotiations, to North and South hemispheric trade, to exports to and from Asia, take a deep dive into the future of trade in the fresh produce industry.


5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Celebrate Fresh Opening Reception
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

United FreshPAC Reception & Dinner (Separately Ticketed Event)

National Press Club 

Industry leaders come together in this annual advocacy event that raises funds to increase support for key members of Congress, strengthening the produce industry voice on

Capitol Hill. For more information contact Angela Tiwari

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

8:00 am – 10:00 am

Opening General Session Breakfast

The Trump Administration is like no other in recent years, but agricultural challenges continue from the need for a stable, legal workforce to expanding fresh produce access for all Americans. We’ll kick off our conference with an invitation to the Administration’s top agricultural official.


10:15 am – 11:45 am

Preparing for Our March on Capitol Hill

Following a joint review of key issues for our Congressional visits, attendees will break into groups to address specific topics of concern. You can count on break-out sessions dealing with immigration reform and the future of a new guest worker program; nutrition policy opportunities to increase fruit and vegetable consumption; final deliverables we’re seeking in the 2018 Farm Bill, and more.

Noon – 1:30 pm

General Session Luncheon

As we prepare for Congressional visits this afternoon, we’ll hear from both Republican and Democratic House of Representatives members who provide their take on the broad business of the House today, and how we can maximize our impact on the issues we care about.


2:00 pm

The Power of Fresh Group Photo

Prior to our individual meetings, the industry will gather for our annual group photo in front of the Capitol.


2:30 pm – 5:00 pm March on Capitol Hill: U.S. House of Representatives Meetings
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Fresh Festival on Capitol Hill

Rayburn House Office Building

Have you ever seen the impact of sharing the fresh bounty of our industry with Members of Congress and key Congressional staff? Back by popular demand, the freshest reception of the year on Capitol Hill features fresh produce sampling by more than 20 member organizations as we bring the Power of Fresh to our VIP customers in the nation’s capital.

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Leadership Alumni Organization Event (Invitation Only; Separately Ticketed Event)


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

8:00 am – 9:00 am

General Session Breakfast

This morning we turn our attention to the U.S. Senate, and hear from a Senator about what issues are hot, and what we can expect in our Senate meetings today.

10:00 am – Noon March on Capitol Hill: U.S. Senate Meetings
Noon – 1:30 pm

Closing General Session Lunch

Our closing general session features a review of the issues we’ve addressed this week, and a fresh outside perspective on the challenges ahead.

3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

United Fresh & Congressional Friends Afternoon at the Ball Game

For $100, attendees can stay over Wednesday evening to join in a fun networking event with the United Fresh Board of Directors and Congressional friends of the produce industry. We’ll share several large suites at the stadium, with fun food and drink as the Washington Nationals take on the Miami Marlins in a 4:00 afternoon game.


Thursday, September 27, 2018

8:00 am – 1:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting

*Schedule subject to change.

March on Capitol Hill2 Days of Congressional Meetings

Let’s shape our future!

U.S. House of Representatives Meeting: Tuesday, September 25

U.S. Senate Congressional Meeting: Wednesday, September 26

You are the Power of Fresh! Join the largest grassroots effort of the fresh produce industry as we March on Capitol Hill. This is your time to meet face-to-face with your elected officials and their staff to discuss critical issues to your business and share personal testimony of how actions taken in Washington directly affect you, your community and the produce industry overall.

Attendees will take a small sampling of what product our industry has to offer to our congressional meetings. This is a perfect segway to inviting your congressional leaders and their staff to your facility to see the impact you have locally.

hotel & Travelnew 2018 location - JW MARRIOTT WASHINGTON, DC

HEADQUARTERS HOTELJW Marriott Washington DC 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20004


For the first time, the Washington Conference will be held at the esteemed JW Marriott. Perfectly located in the heart of downtown DC, on Pennsylvania Avenue, the JW Marriott places you close to all the capital city offers.The JW Marriott is offering a discounted group rate of $309 for conference attendees while supplies last, if booked by August 28, 2018. We recommend securing your housing as soon as possible. Please click here to reserve your hotel room, or contact the hotel directly at 1-800-393-2503.

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TRAVEL The JW Marriott Washington DC is located 3.1 miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Alternatively, Dulles International Airport (IAD) is 26.5 miles and Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) is 34.1 respectively. A variety of ground transportation options are available at the airports.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The United Fresh Washington Conference provides you and your company the opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to advancing our industry’s interests. Your sponsorship will deliver a powerful message to more than 500 produce, retail and foodservice executives from our industry’s most prominent and influential companies, as well as numerous political leaders in Washington, DC.

United Fresh will work with you to develop an opportunity that is specific to your business needs.  To learn more  about 2018 sponsorship opportunities please contact Angela Tiwari at or 202.303.3416.

Download the 2018 Sponsorship Opportunities today!





2017 Sponsors

Platinum Level


         Apio-Color-Logo                TWC-Del-Monte-Fresh                                            
  meister          Monsanto       Produce-Business                
 TWC-TA     Produce-News       WonderfulCitrus

Gold Level

TWC-Baldor      120x120_Bayer-Logo       Blue Book Services
 IFCOGlobal     ProdProc_web    Packer


Silver Level

 ALC-ALCLogistics-Logos        TWC-CalGiantBerry              150x86_Crunch-Pak-Logo-Gradient_tagline                

Bronze Level


Volunteer Leadership MeetingsMarket Segment Boards and Expert Policy Councils

United Fresh Produce Association is led by more than 450 individuals currently serving in elected or appointed positions of leadership. These volunteer leaders represent our member companies throughout the entire produce supply chain from farm to table. Attendees are welcome to observe market segment boards and expert policy council meetings.

Monday, September 24, 2018 | Volunteer Leadership Meetings

7:30 am – 4:00 pm

Food Safety & Technology Council

National Agricultural Library | USDA | Beltsville, Maryland

Transportation will be provided

8:00 am – 11:00 am

Volunteer Leadership Meetings

JW Marriott | various locationsFinance & Business Management Council

Food Safety & Technology Council

Government Relations Council

Produce Marketing & Merchandising Council

Supply Chain Logistics Council

Fresh-Cut Processor Board

Grower-Shipper Board

Wholesaler-Distributor Board

Retail-Foodservice Board

Foundation Board of Trustees

Alumni Organization Board

Thursday, September 27, 2018

8:30 am – 1:00 pm United Fresh Board of Directors

Advocate of the Year Award

Never has there been a more critical time for the produce industry to come together in Washington, D.C. to experience the Power of Fresh – Register TodayFor more information and getting engaged, contact Angela Tiwari, Director of Grassroots and Political Action, at 202.303.3416.