Fresh Summit held a full day of education sessions on topics such as floral trends, food safety and retaining employees, followed by a two-day expo.
At the annual State of the Industry address, CEO Bryan Silbermann and president Kathy Burns highlighted industry trends such as the importance of technology to meet growing food production needs. Silbermann and Burns pointed to innovative protected agriculture models such as vertical farming, computerized fresh food factories, and even a floating city for produce development.
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Attendees gathered in the Mexico portion of the show floor. The entire expo floor was 265,300 square feet.
A chef makes cheeseburgers topped with avocado at the California Avocado Commission's booth.
The produce industry has been working to provide more value-added products for consumers.
Some of the show floor booths looked more like something that could be found on a cooking show. Suppliers went above and beyond to demonstrate applications of their products.
Avocados from Mexico provided fresh guacamole samples with bacon, cheese and a tortilla chip.
Products for kids continue to advance. Bolthouse Farms recently launched a snack where children can easily sprinkle in flavored toppings.
One new product made age-old difficulties, such as carrying a watermelon home, a little easier.
The restaurant space had a presence at the show with Panera Bread branded salad dressings.
Read more about news and trends from the show on SN's Total Access Blog