ENGAGE – ADVOCATE – COLLABORATE
Be a part of the event that unites the entire fresh fruit and vegetable industry in Washington, DC – The Washington Conference – where more than 500 industry leaders converge September 16-18 to address the industry’s most pressing public policy matters.
You will engage in strategic, face-to-face dialogue with key members of Congress, their staff and top regulatory officials. Help us share our industry’s message and educate the nation’s top policymakers on the importance of the full supply chain of fresh fruits and vegetables and the sector’s impact on jobs, growth, and consumer demand.
Don’t miss fresh produce week in Washington and your opportunity to deliver a powerful message to help shape decisions made in Washington that directly impact your business.
Collaborate | Join Forces, Learn Together and From Each Other
Hear unique perspectives on the crucial issues impacting business from policy experts and industry leaders.
Engage | Network with Every Segment of the Fresh Produce Industry
Hundreds of 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:
Advocate | Two Days of Congressional Meetings
Take the Power of Fresh to the nation’s top policymakers in both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to share the importance of the full fresh fruit and vegetable supply chain’s impact on jobs, growth, and consumer demand.
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”
– Jackie Caplan Wiggins, Vice President and COO, Frieda’s, Inc.
“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, CEO, New Harvest Foods
Schedule At A Glance
Schedule at A Glance | Monday, September 16, 2019
|8:30 am – 11:30 am||Volunteer Leadership Meetings (various locations)|
|8:30 am – 11:30 am||Produce Advocacy Bootcamp|
|Noon – 2:00 pm||Opening General Session Luncheon|
|2:00 pm- 5:00 pm||They Did What??? Lessons Beyond Produce Forum|
|6:00 pm – 7:30 pm||Fresh Festival on Capitol Hill Opening Reception|
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
|8:00 am – 10:00 am||Opening General Session Breakfast|
|10:15 am – 11:45 am||Preparing for Our March on Capitol Hill | Breakout Sessions|
|Noon – 1:30 pm||General Session Luncheon|
|2:00 pm – 5:30 pm||March on Capitol Hill: U.S. House of Representatives Meetings|
|6:30 pm – 8:30 pm||United FreshPAC Reception & Dinner (Separately Ticketed Event)
To learn more or for more information contact Angela Tiwari firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
|8:00 am – 10:00 am||General Session Breakfast|
|10:00 am – Noon||Produce Industry Engagement Meetings Around DC|
|12:30 – 1:45 pm||Capitol Hill Grab and Go Lobby Lunch in the U.S. Senate|
|2:00 – 5:00 pm||March on Capitol Hill: U.S. Senate Meetings|
|6:00 – 8:00 pm||United Fresh Board of Directors and Leadership Alumni 25th Anniversary Celebration (Separately Ticketed Event)|
Thursday, September 19, 2019
|8:00 am – 3:00 pm||Board of Directors Meeting|
*Schedule subject to change.
Volunteer Leadership MeetingsMarket Segment Boards and Expert Policy Councils
Monday, September 16, 2019 | Volunteer Leadership Meetings
|8:00 am – 4:00 pm||Food Safety & Technology Council|
|8:30 am – 11:30 am||Volunteer Leadership Meetings
Grand Hyatt Washington | various locations
Finance & Business Management Council
Thursday, September 19, 2019
|8:30 am – 3:00 pm||United Fresh Board of Directors|
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!
For more information and to get engaged, contact Angela Tiwari, Director of Grassroots and Political Action, at 202.303.3416.