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NEPC Reveals Retailer Roundtable Panelists For May 1 Event


The New England Produce Council (NEPC) and the Organic Produce Network (OPN) have revealed the retailer participants for the roundtable session at the New England Organic Produce Conference, to be held May 1 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Brian Fleming of Stop & Shop, Kevin Barry of Big Y and Mark Jewell of Hannaford will comprise the retailer roundtable.

“We are very excited these produce professionals are taking time out of their busy schedules to share their expertise,” said Laura Sullivan, executive director of NEPC in Burlington, Massachusetts.

OPN’s Matt Seeley and Mark DeMichaelis of Olivia’s Organics/State Garden will co-moderate the session, which is sponsored by Olivia’s Organics.

In addition to retailers on the panel,  buyers from a number of companies have said they will attend: Big Y Foods, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Boston Organics, Bozzuto’s, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Crosby’s Markets, Donelan’s Supermarket, Hannaford Supermarket, Market Basket, R.I. Organics, Roche Bros., Shaw’s Supermarkets, Stop & Shop and Whole Foods.

“Hannaford is looking forward to the New England Organic Produce Conference in Foxborough this spring. Great set up where we can gain some education, trends and ideas around the growing segment of organics,” said Mark Jewell, category manager of produce and floral for Hannaford Supermarkets. “Strong line up of speakers and presenters that will make this a must attend event. Hannaford has already committed to send their produce director, CM’s, few buyers and looking to extend to its local produce managers.” 

Registration is open at NEPC.com. The conference will be comprised of speakers and educational sessions. This is not a trade show and there will be no exhibitor booths.

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