An exciting Produce Convention is being planned for 2008. This year, the convention will be in McAllen, Texas. All events, sessions, and receptions will be taking place at the McAllen Convention Center.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th:
8:00am - 5:00pm Registration
8:30am - 9:45am Speaker Breakfast – The next President of the United States is .....who? Marshall Matz and Tom Sell
10:00am - 11:30am General Session – Food Safety - Moderator Dr. Cathleen Enright
The State of Science - Scott Horsfall
The State of Legislation & Regulations - Dr. Cathleen Enright
Buyer’s Perspective -
Food Service - Robert Sorenson
Retail - Chris Dzuik, HEB
12:00pm - 1:30pm Keynote Speaker – The challenge of immigration? Craig J. Regelbrugge
1:30pm - 5:00pm Trade Show
3:00pm - 5:30pm Food Safety Session
6:00pm - 7:00pm Happy Hour
7:00pm - 10:00pm Casino Night & Silent Auction “Elvis is in the House”
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th:
8:00am - Noon Registration
8:30am - 10:00am Speaker Breakfast
10:00am - 12:00pm Trade Show
12:15pm - 1:15pm Awards Luncheon
1:30pm - 3:00pm Breakout Sessions
Food Safety resources of Texas
Topic: Lessons learned from Tomato Food Safety Outbreak - Scott Horsfall
New tools for pest control - Several Chemical companies will present information on new pest control products.
New Opportunities to Market Texas Produce Fruit & Vegetable Snack Program - Moderator Dr. Lorelei DiSogra
School Feeding Program - Robin Roark
Texas Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program - Mary Alice Winfree
The Convention & Expo 2008 will be held at the McAllen Convention Center. All convention activities will take place in Room 103 of the Convention Center.
FOR HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS
Room blocks are being reserved for you, on a first-come-first-served basis, at three area hotels. To make reservations, call the hotels and ask for the Texas Produce Convention group rate. The phone numbers are:
Embassy Suites (956-686-3000)
Renaissance Casa de Palmas (956-631-1101)
California King - $99
Courtyard King/Double - $119
Executive Suite - $159
Homewood Suites by Hilton (956-630-0500)
One Bedroom/Studio Suites $99
Take advantage of our Sponsorship and Auction item opportunities! This is an easy way to get your name out there and support this fun and educational event that unites Produce companies and enables you the opportunity to make new contacts.
If you would like to be recognized as a Convention Sponsor or if you would like to donate an item for our silent auciton, click on the link below, or call Odette MacDonald at (956) 581-8632.