International Fresh Produce Association Invites Chef José Andrés to the Global Produce & Floral Show; Cathy Burns, Bruce Taylor, and Laura Himes Share
WASHINGTON, DC & NEWARK, DE - As the International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) prepares to gather industry members to discuss worldwide trends, challenges, and more at the first-ever Global Produce & Floral Show, the association has announced Chef José Andrés will be taking the stage. World renowned for his contributions as not only a chef and restaurateur but also a humanitarian, Andrés will highlight the potential impact that food has in health challenges worldwide.
“When we formed IFPA, we set as our vision the intent to create a vibrant future for all,” said IFPA Chief Executive Officer Cathy Burns. “Who better than Chef Andrés to join our global produce and floral community and inspire us with his insights and perspectives on how our industry’s products can transform the trajectory of many of the world’s biggest health challenges from nutritional insecurity to chronic, diet-related diseases.”
Chef Andrés is recognized in the culinary sector as a James Beard Award-winner with two Michelin stars, but on the world stage is also seen as a humanitarian after establishing World Central Kitchen in 2010, a release explained.
To elaborate on the importance of food when it comes to overing challenges, Andrés will host “Changing the World Through the Power of Food – A Conversation with José Andrés” at the Global Produce & Floral Show in Orlando, Florida, from October 27–29.
“Our industry has gathered in October for years to learn about what’s happening now and what’s happening next,” said Bruce Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of Taylor Farms and Chair of the IFPA Board of Directors. “This year as we mark the first Global Produce & Floral Show, we want to create an experience that challenges our thinking and expectations. It’s time for us to explore how we can transform the world through our work with produce and floral. I don’t think there has ever been such an exciting speaker as José Andrés, who is truly changing the world with food.”
Recently, the chef has been on the ground in Ukraine where World Central Kitchen has organized local partners and volunteers to serve over 6 million meals across the region.
“At its core, our industry feeds people the world over,” said incoming Board of Directors Chair and Senior Merchandising Director at Walmart Laura Himes. “But as we look at the complexity of our food systems and the disruptions we face on a global scale, there are opportunities to learn from others. I’m thrilled to have José Andrés take the stage in October to speak not only of the responsibility we have as those who have stepped up to feed the world, but also the incredible power we have to create a healthier world.”
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