The Produce Marketing Association Foundation for Industry Talent is hoping to build on the success of its inaugural career fair at Fresh Summit 2008, and is asking more companies to participate.

The foundation is seeking 25 produce companies to exhibit during the career fair at Fresh Summit 2009, Oct. 2-5 in Anaheim, Calif., up from 15 in 2008. Students and young members of the industry can meet with representatives of produce companies looking for new talent. PMA opened the event July 7 to the industry for registration through July 17.

This year’s event is in honor of the late Tom Mathison, founder of Stemilt Growers Inc., and is sponsored by Stemilt, according to a news release.

Job seekers include Pack Family/PMA Career Pathways scholarship recipients and alumni from four California universities: University of California-Riverside; California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Chapman University and California State University-Fresno, according to the release.

Information about the career fair at this year’s Fresh Summit is available at