46th Nogales Produce Convention and Golf Tournament - 2014
FPAA Convention Recap
The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) 46tth Produce Convention and Golf Tournament was held October 30th - November 1st, 2014 in Nogales, Arizona, home to the largest port of entry for fresh fruits and vegetables from Mexico and to a wide array of companies involved in distributing fresh produce across North America.
“This year’s event was spectacular, and we’re delighted with the participation. Representation from all facets of our industry - from growers to importers to buyers - was very well balanced. A special thanks goes out to our incredible sponsors who make this relationship-building event possible,” said Lance Jungmeyer, FPAA president.
The event started Thursday with 3 engaging educational sessions, including topics on Moving Social Responsibility Forward, Building Sourcing Strategy, and How does Arizona Succeed in the Future with Trade and Mexico. The opening Fiesta was held in the beautiful outdoor Plaza of the Tubac Resort and Spa and was enjoyed by over 550 attendees.
The 2-day golf tournament participants were fiercely competitive from the onset. Prizes for this event were awarded in all three flights.
This year’s event also offered helicopter rides down “produce row” to the border and back.
The Gala Event and Pillars of the FPAA Award Ceremony marked the 2nd year of the Salad Bar School program. FPAA President Lance Jungmeyer, John Toner of United Fresh, Fernando Sandoval representative from the Nogales U.S. Customs Brokers Association and Rio Rico Super Intendant David Verdugo, and student Audrey Vega unveiled the donation of a new salad bar to San Cayetano Elementary in Rio Rico as part of the Salad Bars School program. This donation was made possible by the generous sponsorship the FPAA received from the Nogales U.S. Customs Brokers Association.
Margie Emmerman was also a guest of honor during the Friday Gala and Pillars of the FPAA Award Ceremony to receive the FPAA's Lifetime Achievement Award in appreciation for her dedication to the Arizona-Mexico commerce.
2014 marked the 5th annual announcement of the honoree(s) of the Pillars of the FPAA award. The Pillars of the FPAA award is given to members of the association that have contributed greatly to the evolution and sustainability of the U.S. industry importing fresh produce from Mexico. The 2014 honoree was Edward Stoller, Jr.