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

Walter Ram

Vice-president of food safety for Giumarra Companies


In this video Ram emphasizes the importance of being present to learn, guide and be prepared to implement the new food safety regulations.

Ram recognizes that the industry is facing the biggest issues that will affect the produce industry with the introduction of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and provisions including the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP).

"This program will require our members to do food safety activities they never had to do before," says Ram. He adds that this is great opportunity for those wishing to learn what they will need to do and at the same time understand how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is planning to enforce the rules.

Matt Mandel

Vice-president of operations for SunFed

In this invitational video, Mandel speaks about how vital International trade agreements are in the expansion of opportunities for the industry.

Scott Vandervoet

Vandervoet and Associates, Inc.

In this video Vandervoet reminds viewer that this is an opportunity to drive the conversation to address issues that need attention such as infrastructure and transportation.

"While the modern Mariposa port in Nogales has the capacity to process up to four times more traffic than before, there are some roads and bridges that need to be brought up to proper standards," explained Vandervoet.

Sabrina Hallman

CEO of Sierra Seeds Company

In this video Hallman refers to the banking difficulties experienced by companies operating on both sides of the Nogales border.

"New banking regulations have made it difficult to smoothly transfer money back and forth. As a business who operate with headquarters in Nogales, Arizona and offices throughout Mexico, we have been extremely affected," said Hallman. She sees the summit as hope to find new and enhance ways of doing business