The New York Produce Show and Conference Announces ‘Thought Leader’ One-on-One Discussions, Be Online December 9-11, 2020

Each year, at The New York Produce Show and Conference, we gather together a list of produce industry luminaries to participate in the Perishable Pundit’s Thought Leader Panel, which is usually presented at the Opening Breakfast.

You can review some of the previous year’s participants at these links:


This year, with all things digital, we decided to change the format a bit and we will, instead, speak individually with each one of our 2020 Thought Leaders.

Since the Expo portion of the show lasts three days this year, starting at 1:00pm EST on each of Wednesday, Dec 9; then Thursday, December 10; and finishing up on Friday, December 10 … we will precede the Expo with a digital General Session program starting each day at 11:00 am.

Whether digital or in-person, the point remains the same. Discussions with our Thought Leaders are designed to help the industry understand our current situation more perfectly, so each of us, as individuals, each of our companies and organizations, and the industry as a whole can move forward and advance.

In addition, as the Thought Leader discussions precede the virtual trade show, we rely on these conversations to make us each open-minded as we move into the digital trade show where we can absorb new ideas, consider new products, new packaging and the technologies that will make each of us, our companies and the industry a winner in the post-pandemic future.

It is with great pride and pleasure that we unveil The Perishable Pundit Thought Leaders for 2020:

Jeff Cady
Director Produce & Floral
Tops Markets

Lisa Cork
Owner and Founder
Fresh Produce Marketing

Rich Dachman
Brighter Bites

Matthew D’Arrigo
D’Arrigo New York

Kelly Davis
Director Produce & Floral
Allegiance Retail Services

Marc Goldman
Produce Director
Morton Williams Supermarkets

Jim Hancock
Vice President DMM,
Produce & Floral
Sam’s Club

Mark Jewell
Category Manager Produce & Floral
Hannaford Supermarkets

Paul Kneeland
Vice President
Gelson’s Market

David Marguleus
Sun World International

Ed McLaughlin
Robert G. Tobin Professor Emeritus of Marketing
David J. Nolan Dean of the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Cornell University

Tony Mirack
Produce Director of Operations
Mc Caffrey’s Markets

Tom Murray
VP Produce & Floral
Roche Bros.

Benjamin Olins

Juliet Olivarria
VP Produce

Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak
President and CEO
Produce For Better Health

Marianne Santo
Senior Category Manager,
Produce & Floral

Vic Savanello
VP of Produce

Jay Schneider
Director of Merchandising
Acme Markets

Ted Taylor
Head of New Ventures
& Business Development
Taylor Farms

Jonathan Valdez
Owner and Founder
Genki Nutrition

Tim York
California Leafy Greens
Marketing Agreement


Of course, we thank our Thought Leaders for sharing their insights with the industry. We are saving a few additional superstars to reveal during the course of the event, so keep checking back in!

One of the bright sides of this virtual trade show and conference is that there is no need for busses, and attendance is free!

Just register at this link and, in joining, you will be helping yourself, your organization and the industry to reach new heights of achievement. We are going to come out of this pandemic smarter and better prepared for the future.

Free registration! Click Here.