Fresh Produce Association of The Americas
Fresh Produce Association of the Americas

Educational Sessions

Social Accountability – Bringing lessons learned in the Factory to the Fields
Lilly Lopez Ceniceros
1:00pm - 2:00pm 

Social responsibility specialist Lilly Lopez Ceniceros, who has worked with companies including Daniel Cardenas Cevallos, Agricultores en Copropiedad and non-profit organizations on worker programs, highlights how she is helping apply some best practices from multinational corporations to Mexican farms supplying fresh produce to the United States and Canada.

Of Yields and Fields – Boosting Crop Production Using Non-chemical Treatments
Matias Mesta
2:00pm - 3:00pm

Using science to identify ways to impact plant health without leaving chemical residues, Mexican growers have the opportunity to avoid costly FDA holds while appealing to consumer demands for less chemically intensive agriculture. Presented by Matias Mesta, Manager of Bioconsultoria Agricola Integral (BAI), a company in Culiacan that specializes in plant treatments yielding a reduced impact on the environment.

Working the Warehouse – Using Technology and Training to Improve Productivity
Ron Carkoski
3:00pm - 4:00pm

From the moment of hire at Four Seasons Produce, associates are inducted into a family environment that encourages personal growth and productivity. Utilizing an innovative electronic picking software, warehouse workers who perform can earn up to 40% more, all the while reducing overall operational costs for this Pennsylvania distribution warehouse. Learn how to apply these lessons in your own warehouse from Four Seasons’ President and CEO Ron Carkoski, who just completed his term as Chairman of United Fresh. Also featured is Paul Gingrich, Director of Operations at Four Seasons.

Opening Fiesta and Networking Event at The Plaza Tubac Resort*
6:00pm – 12:00am

The opening fiesta and networking event is set in the lovely outdoor Plaza of the resort, and will feature delectable and creative food stations, signature beverages, to-die-for desserts and live music.

For guests that elect to drive themselves, we want you to enjoy yourself and be safe. For that reason, a driver service will be available to get you home safely. The FPAA staff will be happy to
assist you!

*Note: Complimentary transportation will be provided every 30 minutes on Thursday and Friday evening beginning at 6:00pm from the following locations: Esplendor Resort and Holiday Inn Express.

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