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United Fresh Launches Now Boarding for Chicago Tour

WASHINGTON, DC – United Fresh will kick off its 2014 “Now Boarding for Chicago” Spring Fresh Impact Tour with town halls and member visits in 10 states during March and April. United Fresh CEO Tom Stenzel and executive staff will travel across the country to meet with members to provide a sneak preview of this summer’s United Fresh convention, taking place June 10-13 in Chicago.

At some 15 town halls across the country, members will learn how they can benefit from the recently passed Farm Bill, discuss expanding opportunities for produce sales in schools and at retail, and review the latest information on how new food safety regulations are likely to affect their businesses. “Town halls give us the unique opportunity for informal, face-to-face discussion with our members about what matters most to them,” Stenzel said.

“With our Chicago convention coming up soon, we also want to let people know about this unique event that brings the fresh produce industry and supermarket industry together to pursue business growth.�Working together with the Food Marketing Institute provides a strong retail platform, with great speakers like Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw, a broader educational offering focused on produce marketing from grower to retailer, and networking experiences with supply chain partners you just won’t find at any other show.”

The “Now Boarding for Chicago” Spring Fresh Impact Tour kicks off next week with town halls in Immokalee, Florida; McAllen, San Antonio and Dallas, Texas; and Charlotte, North Carolina. The tour will continue with stops in Ohio, Indiana, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, Idaho and California.

The tour’s town halls and member visits are scheduled as follows:

Spring 2014 Tour Stops

   

Immokalee, FL

March 17

Town Hall Reception & Member Visits

Charlotte, NC

March 18

Town Hall Luncheon & Member Visits

McAllen, TX

March 18

Town Hall Luncheon & Member Visits

San Antonio, TX

March 20

Town Hall Luncheon & Member Visits

Dallas, TX

March 21

Town Hall Luncheon & Member Visits

Cincinnati, OH

March 25

Town Hall Luncheon & Member Visits

Willard, OH

March 26

Town Hall Luncheon & Member Visits

Orlando, FL

March 26

Intl. Sprout Growers Convention

Indianapolis, IN

March 27

Member Visits

Bronx, NY

March 31

Hunts Point Market Meeting & Member Visits

Ephrata, PA

April 1

Town Hall Luncheon & Member Visits

Philadelphia, PA

April 2

Town Hall Luncheon & Member Visits

Issaquah, WA

April 7

Town Hall Luncheon & Member Visits

Wenatchee, WA

April 8

Member Visits

Yakima, WA

April 9

Town Hall Luncheon & Member Visits

Boise, ID

April 10

Member Visits

Bakersfield, CA

April 15

Member Visits

Visalia, CA

April 16

Town Hall Luncheon & Member Visits

Salinas, CA

April 17

Grower-Shipper Association Board Meeting & Member Visits

 

Throughout the trip, members and staff will be posting updates and photos to the United Fresh Twitter and Facebook pages.  Follow us online or attend a Town Hall to join in on the Now Boarding for Chicago Spring Fresh Impact Tours!

For more information, contact Miriam Wolk, vice president of membership & marketing, at 202-303-3410 or by email at mwolk@unitedfresh.org.

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