After much consideration, the New England Produce Council (NEPC) Board of Directors has decided to cancel its 21st Produce Floral & Food Service Expo due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The event was scheduled for Aug. 25-26 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
“In accordance with local and state guidelines, we believe that it is in the best interests of our members to cancel this event,” NEPC President Anthony Sattler stated.
NEPC Executive Director Laura Sullivan agreed. “The health and welfare of our members is our primary objective,” Sullivan said. “We look forward to Aug. 25, 2021, when we can all be together again at the NEPC Produce, Floral & Food Service Expo.”
Next year’s expo is also scheduled to take place at the Hynes Convention Center.
“We are so proud of all our members and the entire produce industry for answering the call to provide quality, healthy product under problematic circumstances,” added Sullivan. “Retailers rose to meet the unprecedented challenge with assistance from the produce supply chain. The produce industry will continue to grow stronger through this difficult time. Stay healthy and look forward to brighter days ahead.”
The organization is based in Burlington, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1995 by Cece Krumrine and Arthur O’Leary. The council is a nonprofit trade association serving more than 500 members. Members are involved in all sectors of the industry: distribution, production, foodservice and retail of fresh fruits and vegetables. NEPC is also a member of the Produce Marketing Association.