The New York Produce Show and Conference, which has grown over the past decade to become the largest fixed-site produce event in the Americas, is “making lemons out of lemonade” by switching to a virtual format this year because of the pandemic, before it returns live in New York City in 2021.
Hosted in conjunction with Produce Business and the Eastern Produce Council, the worldwide event runs Wednesday through Friday and will showcase the resilience of a produce industry that is committed, in good times and bad, to delivering the fruit of the earth to the people of the world.
The virtual show will kick off a yearlong digital platform that will feature unique events around the pillars of marketing, merchandising, management and procurement.
Registration is free. Those wishing to attend and get access to the expo, sessions and full use of networking tools can sign up here. General sessions run 11 am to 1 pm (Eastern Standard Time), with exhibition “power hours” running 1 pm to 4 pm.
StePac acquired: Fresh produce packaging specialists StePac L.A., Ltd. has been acquired by Nili Capital Partners, an Israeli private equity fund. StePac, a leading provider of sustainable packaging solutions to the fresh produce industry, will form the nucleus of Nili’s modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) platform, MAPfresh Holdings, Inc. StePac, best known for its Xtend packaging product brand, features a broad portfolio of functional packaging solutions and formats that help extend seasonality, support long-haul shipments and reduce waste in the supply chain.
Burgundy Broccoli teams with Lean Lunch: Burgundy Broccoli, the UK’s first purple broccoli, has partnered with meal prep brand Lean Lunch, the first online food delivery service in the North dedicated to wellbeing and sustainability. One of their first combined launches will be a Hoisin Burgundy Bowl, which will feature the unique brassica which can be eaten whole, raw or cooked.