As much as technology has contributed to and changed the nature of the fresh produce industry, Fresh Summit is a nice reminder of its original nature.

Nothing compares to seeing and talking to your peers and customers, and seeing and hearing about new trends, technologies and products in person, from all over the world.

The Produce Marketing Association’s annual convention has offered this for generations in this produce business.

The industry is primed for growth, as you will realize when you read about all the new products in the Oct. 20 issue of The Packer and next issue when we have expo coverage.

Buyers not only want to see what the trends are but also how these new products can be delivered safely to consumers. Food safety is a prerequisite.

More than ever, the produce industry will need balance staying connected online and face-to-face.

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