South Carolina Department of Agriculture Hosts April Meeting

On Tuesday, April 23rd, the South Carolina Department of Agriculture hosted the EPC’s dinner meeting at Il Villaggio in Carlstadt, NJ for the 48th consecutive year.

Katie Pfeiffer, the state's director of merchandising, was the moderator for the state's presentation which included comments by Jimmy Plunket of Seedway, LLC and President of SC Watermelon Association, Matt Forest, Owner/Operator Dixie Belle Peaches and President of SC Peach Council, and Weatherly Thomas, President SC Specialty Crop Growers Association.

As is tradition at this April meeting, Pfeiffer introduced the EPC's new directors and slate of officers for the coming year.

Pictured above are representative of the SCDA and Board Members of the EPC.

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The 2019 EPC Leadership Class

The Eastern Produce Council is proud to announce this year’s Leadership Class.

The Leadership Program is a professional development experience for Produce Professionals who have less than 10 years of experience in the industry. The goal is to provide the group with an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge from both classroom and field experiences throughout the coming year.

Schedule of Events

April 9th - Visit to Holt Cargo Systems, Inc. at the Port of Gloucester City and Greenyard Logisitics USA.
April 23rd - Food Safety Modernization Act Seminar.
June 4th - Classroom / Field Experience at Rutgers University's Snyder Farm.
September 10th - Classroom / Field Experience at Rutgers University's Wightman's Farm.
Mid December - Attend New York Produce Show Seminar & Keynote Breakfast where certificates will be presented for the completion of the Program.


Thank you to all who attended or supported
The John J. McAleavey Annual Gala (Casino Night)

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The Eastern Produce Council Announces the
Annual James and Theresa Nolan Family Foundation & Eastern Produce Council Scholarship

Deadline to Apply:
April 19, 2019

Winner to be Announced:
May 21, 2019

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New York State Agriculture Hosts EPC’s Kick-off Meeting of 2019

On Tuesday, February 26th, the Eastern Produce Council kicked off their 2019 season with a meeting at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack, NJ.

Sponsoring the Dinner Meeting was the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets, in conjunction with the New York Apple Association and the New York State Vegetable Growers Association. Following a brief video on the New York State Grown & Certified Program, Cynthia Haskins, President of the NYAA and Maureen Torrey of Torrey Farms and the NYSVGA, addressed the group and expressed the importance of the New York metro marketplace to their businesses. This marketing program, announced by Governor Cuomo in 2016 to help simplify labeling claims for NY agricultural producers, now has over 2,400 farms participating, representing over 500,000 acres. The women also recognized and thanked the New York State farmers who were in attendance as well as the Eastern Produce Council for the opportunity to address their group.

Marianne Santo, EPC President, thanked the sponsors for their presentation and support of the council and updated the group on upcoming EPC Events. In addition, the 2019 EPC Leadership Class was announced and those in attendance were recognized.

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9th Annual New York Produce Show & Conference

Thank You!

Thank you for your support of the 9th Annual New York Produce Show and Conference! The Keynote Breakfast, Expo, Symposiums, and Tours could not succeed without you.


2019 EPC Memberships

To accommodate our membership, in 2019 we will be offering both Individual and Corporate Memberships as well as Corporate Packages.

EPC membership offers you admission to all EPC events throughout the year, a reduced rate at the New York Produce Show and Conference, and participation in our annual Scholarship Program.

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Printable EPC 2019 Membership Application (PDF)


4th Annual Joe Delorenzo Family Apple Picking Filled with Family Fun!

Despite the fall weather of late in New Jersey, The Eastern Produce Council held its fourth-annual Joe DeLorenzo Family Day and Apple Picking event this past Saturday, October 13th, at Melick’s Family Farm in Oldwick, NJ. The event was named in honor of long-time board member and two-time president of the council, Joe DeLorenzo, who died in November 2014. “Joe was all about family, and this event is an opportunity for EPC families to remember Joe and spend time together out on a farm in primetime apple season”, said Susan McAleavey Sarlund,
executive director of the EPC.

Joe’s love of family was evident by more than 25 of the DeLorenzo family on hand for the event. In addition to a hayride out to the orchard to pick apples, everyone enjoyed fresh cider and donuts, hot dogs, popcorn and roasted corn on the cob.

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Thanks to those who attended our
2nd Annual Tailgate Dinner
at MetLife Stadium

Hut hut hike. Avocados from Mexico and the Idaho Potato Commission hosted our 2nd Annual Tailgate Dinner at The Toyota Lounge, overlooking the field at MetLife Stadium. The event featured guest speaker, and former New York Football Giants defensive end, George Martin.

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On-Site Event for Inaugural EPC Leadership Program A Great Success

The Eastern Produce Council's Leadership Program visited The Giamarese Farm & Orchard and Rutgers Holly House in East Brunswick, NJ on September 12th. The team of fourteen future leaders came together for their fourth component of the program to continue to build upon the foundation of hands on learning and team building last week. Click here to read complete article.

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June 2nd Golf Outing

Thank you to everyone who supported our golf outing at Royce Brook Golf Club on June 2nd!
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Eastern Produce Council Leadership Program Tours
Rutgers Snyder Research Farm

The Eastern Produce Council's Leadership Program team received a warm welcome at the Snyder Research & Extension Farm on Tuesday, June 12th in Pittstown, NJ. The group, who is the first to participate in the Leadership Program, spent the day touring the farm, learning about the Rutgers Research and Extension program and honing their leadership and communication skills in an afternoon classroom session.
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5th Annual EPC/Nolan Family Foundation Scholarship
Awarded to Giovanni D’Amato

Pictured L to R are: Tom Beaver, NJDA’s Director of Marketing, Susan McAleavey Sarlund, EPC Executive Director, Douglas H. Fisher, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture, Theresa Nolan, Scholarship Recipient Giovanni D’Amato (son of EPC member Michael D’Amato), and Marianne Santo, EPC President.

The 5th Annual Nolan Family Foundation Scholarship was awarded on Tuesday, May 22nd at the EPC’s New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s 9th Annual BBQ at Demarest Farm in Hillsdale, NJ. Theresa Nolan was in attendance to present this year's $5,000 scholarship to Giovanni D’Amato, son of Michael D’Amato of Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company. Giovanni is a student at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL.

What makes this scholarship unique is that it is based solely on a 500-word essay on ethics. In particular, applicants need to site an example of how they faced an ethical challenge in their life and dealt with it. Anonymous essays are judged by representatives of the Nolan Foundation, not the Eastern Produce Council. Congratulations Giovanni!


New Jersey Hosts EPC's 9th Annual BBQ on May 22nd at Demarest Farm

For the 31st consecutive year, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture hosted the EPC's May meeting. Pictured from left to right are: Tom Beaver, NJDA Director of Marketing, Art Brown, Former NJ Secretary of Agriculture, Susan McAleavey Sarlund, EPC Executive Director, Marianne Santo, EPC President, and
Douglas H. Fisher, NJ Secretary of Agriculture.

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