To United Fresh LIVE! Exhibitors,
We are writing to you today as retailers and foodservice operators who look forward to connecting with you and all of our suppliers June 15-19 on the new United Fresh LIVE! virtual platform. In today’s upended world, we still need and want to connect with suppliers who can bring us new products, enhanced services, and solutions to better serve our end customers together.
Our companies were certainly planning to attend the United Fresh show in San Diego. But now that we can’t gather in large groups or maybe even travel, this new platform gives us a way to still connect. And now, without the cost of travel and time away from our businesses, we can connect many more of our buyers and team members with you online.
We plan to have team members online during the week of June 15-19 to participate in the live general sessions, workshops and discussions. But even beyond the live sessions that week, we’re encouraging our teams to go online at their convenience 24-7 to check out our suppliers, potential suppliers and the educational content. Just think, every buyer, merchandiser and produce manager across our companies can now check out your company personally when it’s most convenient for them!
So, thank you for hosting a virtual exhibit booth and being a sponsor of United Fresh LIVE! The United Fresh Produce Association has been one of our most valued partners since the day this crisis began, and we’re all thrilled to support the association in this new virtual convention!
Your retail/foodservice partners:
Sarah Grady, Manager, US Strategic Supply Chain, McDonalds Chair, United Fresh Retail-Foodservice Board
Rich Gonzales, Vice President, Global Produce Sourcing, Walmart Vice Chair, United Fresh Retail-Foodservice Board
Kevin Barry, Director of Produce and Floral, Big Y Foods
Jeff Cady, Director of Produce and Floral, Tops Friendly Markets
Jerry Callahan, Group Vice President, Produce and Floral, Albertsons Companies
Kelly Davis, Director, Produce and Floral, Allegiance Retail Services
Roger Harkrider, Vice President – Produce/Floral, Brookshire Grocery Company
Mark Hilton, Vice President of Produce/Floral, Harris Teeter
Martha Hilton, Vice President, Produce, Wegmans Food Markets
Denis Jennisch, Senior Director, Produce Category Management & Operations, US Foods
Paul Kneeland, Vice President, Fresh Foods Operations, Gelson’s Market
Shannon Mikulskis, Distribution, Supply Chain, Chick-fil-A
Julie Olivarria, Vice President, Produce, Sysco Corporation
Frank Padilla, Vice President, General Merchandise Manager Produce & Meat, Costco Wholesale Corporation
Randy Riley, Director of Produce Merchandising & Procurement, The Kroger Company
Mike Roberts, Director of Produce Operations, Harps Food Stores
Jim Sarcletti, Produce Sourcing Lead, Target Corporation
Vic Savanello, Regional Vice President Produce & Floral, SpartanNash
Jim Schallman, CEO, Danaco Solutions
Mike Schutt, Sr. Category Manager Produce and Floral, Raley’s
Cynthia Six, Merchandising Specialist-Produce, Defense Commissary Agency
Bucky Slagle, Produce/Floral Director, K-VA-T Food Stores
Frank Spagnuolo, Senior Category Director, Produce Business Unit, Loblaw Companies
Kyle Stevens, Vice President Produce Merchandising & Procurement, H-E-B
Rob Ybarra, Director of Produce, Rouses Markets