Network with Industry Peers
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. Attendees at United Fresh 2019 changed the way they networked and as a result were able to engage quality attendees and exhibitors, create lasting impressions and stay ahead of the competition.
Attendees took advantage of the following networking events and didn’t miss a moment of opportunity in Chicago this past June.
For more information about participating in or sponsoring any of the 2020 Networking Events, contact John Toner at 202-303-3424.
Monday, June 10 | 2:00 – 5:00 pm
New this year, United Fresh 2019 enhanced 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 took part in a “quick-pitch” meetings with select retail and foodservice partners who wanted to learn more about the exhibitor’s products and services as well as leverage the community built and nurtured by United Fresh. For more details about pricing and how to participate in future events, contact John Toner or 202-303-3424.
Monday, June 10 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Attendees kicked-off the 2019 United Fresh Convention & Expo by gathering with their industry peers at Chicago’s famed Navy Pier for the United Fresh Opening Party at Crystal Gardens. They caught up with friends while also making new connections as we launched the start of our final year in Chicago.
Tuesday, June 11 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Back by popular demand, attendees engages in hands-on lessons and activities to enhance their food safety knowledge and decision-making skills during the Listeria Learning Lab. They took 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.
Tuesday, June 11 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Hosted by the United Fresh Start Foundation, the Fresh Festival for School Foodservice changed the way attendees thought about feeding kids! Developed to connect produce industry innovators with leading K-12 school foodservice buyers, this event also appealed to retail and foodservice decision makers seeking new solutions for providing healthy options to kids.
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 hosted the produce community for a rockin party at the House of Blues. With great food, drink and a few surprises, were sure to make their dinner plans early. They didn’t want to miss the party and opportunities to connect late night with other United Fresh attendees! Our Late Night Party was only open to attendees with All-Access passes, and VIPs!
Wednesday, June 12 | 3:00 – 4:30 pm
A tradition at the United Fresh Convention & Expo, the Retail-Foodservice Celebration honored 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 said 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!