Fresh Produce Association of the Americas Announces Lineup For Annual Policy Summit
NOGALES, AZ - Spring is approaching at the speed of light, and with it comes exciting industry events. Still coming down from the excitement of a successful Tomato Week 2021, the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) has pivoted its focus and announced the lineup for its upcoming Spring Policy Summit 2021 (SPS21).
“After the success of FPAA’s virtual tomato week, which welcomed over 90 industry members each day, we are looking forward to Spring Policy Summit 2021,” said President Lance Jungmeyer. “We will take a hard look at some of the most pressing issues facing the industry.”
The annual summit will take place virtually from April 21–23, and will feature presentations on key topics in the fresh produce industry.
The first day of the event will be centered around the changing landscape and shifting policies in U.S. and Mexican Governments, according to a press release. Guest speakers Kenneth Smith, former lead NAFTA negotiator for Mexico and current partner with AGON, and Britton Mullen, President of the Border Trade Alliance and Principal of Clarke Consulting will provide valuable insight on the current relationship between the two countries.
The following day will feature esteemed speakers Ricardo Crisantes, FairTrade USA Chairman, and Jim Mullen, Chief Administrative and Legal Officer at TuSimple and a leading developer of autonomous trucks, who will shine a light on the latest information regarding fair trade and innovative new sustainability trends.
The event will wrap up with experts from the University of Arizona reviewing recent trade cases and evaluating the technical barriers to trade that impact the fresh produce industry, such as tomato inspections. This final session will provide a potential path to identifying and resolving those potential barriers.
The SPS21 event is open for all individuals in the produce industry, and registration information for each session will be available on the association’s website.
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