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Women’s Foodservice Conference reception returns, advances IFPA DEI priority

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June 7, 2023 Newark, DE. and Washington, D.C. – Attendees will gather for the Women’s Fresh Perspectives Reception, Thursday, July 27, at The Foodservice Conference in Monterey, CA.

The popular reception returns to the conference schedule based on attendee demand and IFPA’s priorities around Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI).

“As part of IFPA’s DEI commitments, we want to be sure that our Women’s Fresh Perspectives portfolio of activities reaches women in our industry where they are,” said Brenda Necic of Pure Hothouse Foods, Inc., IFPA’s BB #:378962 Women’s Fresh Perspectives Committee co-chair.

“This reception at The Foodservice Conference is part of that commitment, giving women the opportunity to network at IFPA events. Our business lives don’t occur in a vacuum, and for IFPA, neither do our programs for women’s advancement.”

Lauren Mitchell of Produce Alliance said: “I attend The Foodservice Conference as a company priority – to do business, whether that’s meeting with supply chain partners, learning from the speakers, or attending the expo.

“I really appreciate that IFPA makes room in the schedule for me and my colleagues to get together in a relaxed atmosphere. This is where relationships and partnerships are built and strengthened.”

The reception is an optional, separately ticketed event for those registered for The Foodservice Conference, which is the only event exclusively devoted to produce in foodservice. The conference features business-building ideas from top-notch speakers and an expo that has been called the most important afternoon in produce foodservice.

“We listen to our members to understand their needs and how IFPA can support them,” said Megan Nash, IFPA director of education and talent. “We heard loud and clear that the women’s reception at this conference is important and valued. So, we’re thrilled to bring it back to give attendees a fun time to connect.”

About the International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA)
The International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA)?is the largest and most diverse international association serving the entire fresh produce and floral supply chain and the only to seamlessly integrate world-facing advocacy and industry-facing support. We exist to bring the industry together to create a vibrant future for all. We grow our member’s prosperity by conducting advocacy; connecting people and ideas; and offering guidance that allows us all to?take action?with purpose and confidence.? While IFPA is built on the legacy of United Fresh and Produce Marketing Association, it is not just a combination. It is transformational. Recognizing the industry required an even more powerful and unified voice, the leaders of the former United Fresh and Produce Marketing Association chose not to merge, but rather to create an entirely new organization to supersede their organizations, effective January 1, 2022.

Contact: Ashley Sempowski, +1 (202) 303-3406