PMA Foodservice Conference Kicks Off With Field Tours
NEWARK, DE – Attendees at this year’s PMA Foodservice Conference will get a look at leading crops in an exclusive visit to the fields and facilities at Ocean Mist Farms, Naturipe, and Braga Fresh Family Farms on the Behind the Scenes: Field & Plant Tour.
Registrants will also get a field-to-fork perspective on these crops while learning about growing, picking and culinary preparation tips.
The Ocean Mist Farms stop of the tour will show off its premium fresh vegetables with a focus on its heirloom artichokes and Brussels sprouts. “This will be our ninth year hosting the PMA Foodservice tour groups,” said Kori Tuggle, Director of Marketing & Business Development at Ocean Mist Farms. “The event is right in our backyard, and we appreciate the opportunity to showcase our program and educate attendees about the commodities we grow.”
At Naturipe, attendees will tour strawberry, blackberry and raspberry fields along with a sustainability-driven packing facility, according to a press release. Kyla Oberman, Naturipe’s Marketing Manager said, “The most valuable asset to us is showing rather than explaining how we do things. To see the harvesting and experience the various processes that happen between the field and the cooler are things that all of our customers should see to truly understand everything involved in berry production.”
The Braga Fresh stop will share insights on how it produces organic and conventional leafy greens, broccoli, beets and a growing line of herbs. “Everyone who visits Braga Ranch gains appreciation for the complexity of agriculture and the bond of a generational family farm,” explains Rod Braga, President & CEO of Braga Fresh Family Farms. “We’re excited about the opportunity to welcome PMA members and students to our home ranch and give them a unique education about what it takes to grow and distribute fresh, healthy vegetables around the world.”
This is the 33rd year of PMA’s Foodservice Conference & Expo, a networking opportunity for members of the fresh produce supply chain to come together and build business connections. The three-day event will bring over 1,700 foodservice and produce industry leaders together. Foodservice operators like Wal-Mart, Chick-fil-A, Brinker International and regional and independent companies will be in attendance, according to a press release.
The conference will also feature educations sessions and discussions on ways to increase the role of fresh produce in foodservice. For more information and registration, visit the PMA Foodservice website.