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FPAA Releases a Video Series Featuring Industry Members Supporting 2016's Spring Policy Summit

FPAA Releases a Video Series Featuring Industry Members Supporting 2016's Spring Policy Summit

NOGALES, AZ - With the FPAA’s Spring Policy Summit 2016 rapidly approaching, key members took the time to share why those in the industry should participate in the event.

The FPAA has been doling out a video series in the weeks leading up to the summit, having kicked off with SunFed Vice President of Operations Matt Mandel on Feb. 11th., discussing international trade agreements and how vital they are in expanding industry opportunities.

The FPAA and its members are doing this to reiterate that the event is crucial in the betterment of the industry and the continued supply of fresh produce to United States and Canada, according to a press release.

Following Mandel’s one-on-one, Scott Vandervoet of Vandervoet and Associates, Inc. was featured discussing the opportunity to drive conversation that addresses issues like infrastructure and transportation.

“While the modern Mariposa port in Nogales has the capacity to process up to four times more traffic than before, there are some roads and bridges that need to be brought up to proper standards,” Vandervoet said.

The most recent video, released yesterday, Feb. 25th, shows Sabrina Hallman, CEO of Sierra Seeds Company, discussing difficulties in smoothly transferring money because of new banking regulations.

“As a business who operates with headquarters in Nogales, Arizona, and offices throughout Mexico, we have been extremely affected,” Hallman commented.

The final video, slated to be released on March 3rd, features Giumarra Companies’ Vice President of Food Safety, Walter Ram.

In his one-on-one, Ram discusses that attending the summit is important for learning, guiding, and being prepared to implement new food safety regulations.

Walter Ram, Vice President of Food Safety, Giumarra Companies

In regards to the introduction of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and provisions including the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), Ram is quoted saying, “This program will require our members to do food safety activities they never had to do before.”

The videos and more information about the event can be found at www.freshfrommexico.com. The clock is dwindling down, with the Spring Policy Summit kicking off Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in Tubac, AZ. Click here to register.


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