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JUNE 10 - 12 2019 | CHICAGO, IL
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The fresh produce industry thrives on vital connections. From family businesses to global corporations, United Fresh brings together members across every segment of the supply chain to build relationships, so we can grow together. Engage quality attendees and exhibitors, create lasting impressions and stay ahead of the competition by changing the way you network at United Fresh 2019.

Take advantage of the following networking events and don’t miss a moment of opportunity in Chicago this June.


Partner X-Change

Monday, June 10 | 2:00 – 5:00 pm

New this year, United Fresh 2019 is enhancing business development opportunities with one-on-one business partner meetings between the buying community and those seeking their business. During the Partner X-Change, exhibitors can take part in a “quick-pitch” meetings with select retail and foodservice partners who want to learn more about your products and services. Leverage the community built and nurtured by United Fresh.

For more details about pricing and how to participate, contact John Toner or 202-303-3424.

VIP Cruise The Chicago Waterfront

Monday, June 10 | 5:15 – 6:15 pm

For VIPs only, United Fresh is rolling out the red carpet where invited guests will cruise from McCormick Place to the Opening Party at Navy Pier aboard Lake Michigan’s Mystic Blue Cruise Ship. If you participate in the Partner X-Change or meet exhibit/sponsor thresholds, you’ll spend an intimate hour with key buyers as we head to Navy Pier to kick of this year’s event.

United Fresh Opening Party

Monday, June 10 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Kick-off the 2019 United Fresh Convention & Expo by gathering with your industry peers at Chicago’s famed Navy Pier for the United Fresh Opening Party at Crystal Gardens. Catch up with friends while also making new connections as we launch the start of our final year in Chicago.

Listeria Learning Lab

Tuesday, June 11 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Back by popular demand, engage in hands-on lessons and activities to enhance your food safety knowledge and decision-making skills during the Listeria Learning Lab. Take advantage of this opportunity to network with the companies immersed in the fight against Listeria and who are developing the innovative tools and technologies to assure food safety.

Fresh Festival For School Foodservice

Tuesday, June 11 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Hosted by the United Fresh Start Foundation, the Fresh Festival for School Foodservice will change the way you think about feeding kids! Developed to connect produce industry innovators with leading K-12 school foodservice buyers, this event will also appeal to retail and foodservice decision makers seeking new solutions for providing healthy options to kids.

United Fresh Late Night

Tuesday, June 11 | 9:00 pm – 12:00 Midnight

There’s no shortage of energy in Chicago, a city that prides itself on unparalleled nightlife. New this year, United Fresh hosts the produce community for a rockin party at the House of Blues. With great food, drink and a few surprises, you’ll want to make your dinner plans early. You won’t want to miss the party and opportunities to connect late night with other United Fresh attendees! Our Late Night Party is only open to attendees with All-Access passes, and VIPs!

Retail-Foodservice Celebration

Wednesday, June 12 | 3:00 – 4:30 pm

A tradition at the United Fresh Convention & Expo, the Retail-Foodservice Celebration will honor 25 Retail Produce Manager Awards Winners and eight Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards Winners who are advancing fresh produce consumption through innovation and creative presentation in retail outlets and foodservice venues across the country.

And, we’ll say good-bye to Chicago and look ahead to San Diego as we go California Dreaming at this new closing event honoring this year’s winners and sampling a taste of what’s to come in 2020!