This year’s Midwest Produce Expo kicks off Monday, Aug. 11, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago with a reception sponsored by Produce Universe followed by the opening reception.

Midwest Expo opens MondayThe Packer’s publisher Shannon Shuman will present the 2nd annual Jan Fleming Produce Legacy Award at the opening reception.

Tuesday, Aug. 12 starts with a consumer panel moderated by Produce Retailer Editor Pamela Riemenschneider, and then keynote speaker Chef Homaro Cantu of Moto restaurant.

The expo runs from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 12 with a happy hour starting at 4 p.m. on the expo floor.

Wednesday, Aug. 13 features tours of several local grocery stores and the Chicago International Produce Market.

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