Mastronardi Produce®'s Peppe Bonfiglio Discusses Upcoming Plans and Staying Innovative as SEPC Southern Innovations Approaches
LEAMINGTON, ON - Go big or go home is more of a lifestyle than some cliff-side taunt when in the produce industry, and few live by it as vividly as Mastronardi Produce®. True to form, the greenhouse grower is not looking to go home without going big at the upcoming Southeast Produce Council’s (SEPC) Southern Innovations Expo.
“We love networking with buyers at SEPC. We are in a fast-moving, always evolving industry, and it’s important to showcase our new innovations in sustainable greenhouse growing. At the same time, we always enjoy learning from buyers how new key trends in consumer purchasing of fresh produce impacts our business and the supply chain as a whole,” Peppe Bonfiglio, Vice President of Sales for the company, shares with me.
We discuss how staying innovative is how to keep one step ahead, bringing even more opportunities in greenhouse growing now and in the future. In the spirit of that, Peppe shares that, this year, Mastronardi will be highlighting the temptingly snackable Lolli Bombs™.
“Lolli Bombs are our latest addition of snacking tomatoes on-the-vine, and rocks the same level of explosive flavor that our customers have come to expect. It’s always fun to showcase a variety of innovations at SEPC, and this year, I am sure, will be no exception,” Peppe says, explaining that he and the team are looking forward to networking with industry professionals. “It’s even more exciting to be doing it in person this year. There’s just something so special about human interaction and showcasing our innovations in front of everyone.”
He points out how, beyond screen fatigue, in-person provides a full sensory experience that can actually foster further creativity.
“Being together brings forth new ideas and sparks new conversations. Overall, we are excited to be safely getting back together with the industry after a long period of being apart,” Peppe reflects.
Likewise, it sounds as though the Mastronardi portfolio will continue to innovate and bring more to each meeting opportunity, on and off the show floor.
“We will continue to build partnerships with inspirational leaders in our industry and invest in the latest research and development initiatives in vegetable greenhouse growing, so that we can continue inspiring healthy living through quality, flavorful produce,” the Vice President of Sales promises.
If you have not yet registered for SEPC's Southern Innovations, click here to join us in Savannah, Georgia, September 9–11. Hope to see you there!