PTI Looks For Leadership

A new 35-member Leadership Council of the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) and four new working groups have been named to lead the initiative, the PTI’s administering associations announced today. The Leadership Council will also receive input from two stakeholder interest groups.
 
The new Leadership Council’s members are senior-level executives and recognized leaders in their respective segments of the fresh produce supply chain. The council includes seven retailers, five foodservice companies, 14 grower/shippers, four wholesalers/terminal markets, and the four administering associations.  

Providing input to the council will be the PTI’s four new working groups, an interest group of association and commodity board representatives, and another interest group made up of GS1 member organizations.
 
“This new leadership structure, consisting of the supply chain-representative Leadership Council and volunteer-led working groups, will ensure a more inclusive process moving forward that will benefit the entire industry,” said Cathy Green, president of Food Lion, who will chair the Leadership Council. “Now we look forward to advancing the work by providing the tools and information the industry needs to be able to achieve the full benefits and value of chain-wide, electronic traceability.”

The Leadership Council will hold its first meeting Oct. 13 in Orlando, Fla. At that invitation-only meeting, council members will receive updates on initial working-group meetings, and discuss the path forward for the PTI. The PTI is administered by the staffs of GS1 US, Canadian Produce Marketing Association, Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh Produce Association.

Council members represent the following companies:

  •         Cathy Green, Food Lion (Chair)
  •         Mike Antle, Tanimura & Antle
  •         Dan Bates, SUPERVALU
  •         Garry Bergstrom, Publix Super Markets
  •         Todd Camel, Dole Fresh Vegetables
  •         Ron Carkoski, Four Seasons Produce, Inc.
  •         Bob Carpenter, GS1 US
  •         Jim Corby, Food Lion
  •         Rich Dachman, SYSCO Corporation
  •         Scott Danner, Liberty Fruit Co., Inc.
  •         Matthew D’Arrigo, D’Arrigo Brothers Co. of New York, Inc.
  •         Dan Dempster, Canadian Produce Marketing Association
  •         Jim DiMenna, J.D. Marketing
  •         Doug Grant, The Oppenheimer Group
  •         Reggie Griffin, The Kroger Co.
  •         Steve Grinstead, Pro*Act
  •         Jorge Hernandez, U.S. Foodservice
  •         Ana Hooper, Darden Restaurants
  •         Derrick Jenkins, Wakefern Food Corporation
  •         David Krause, Paramount Citrus
  •         Emanuel Lazopoulos, Del Monte
  •         Alec Leach, Taylor Farms California
  •         Jim Lemke, C.H. Robinson Worldwide
  •         Mike McLaughlin, Driscoll’s
  •         Bob Meek, Wada Farms
  •         John Oxford, L&M Companies
  •         Manolo Reyes, Wal-Mart
  •         Bill Schuler, Castellini Co.
  •         Bryan Silbermann, Produce Marketing Association
  •         Will Steele, Frontera Produce Limited
  •         Tom Stenzel, United Fresh Produce Association
  •         Craig Steven, Chiquita Brands International
  •         Pat Walsh, Food Marketing Institute
  •         Geoff White, Safeway
  •         Mike Wootton, Sunkist
  •         Tim York, Markon Cooperative

 
Working group members include the following members as of Oct. 5 – population of these groups is still ongoing and interested persons can visit the PTI website at www.producetraceability.org for instructions on how to volunteer :
 
Implementation Working Group:

  •          Steve Roosdahl, The Oppenheimer Group (Industry Co-Chair )
  •          Ed Treacy, PMA (Association Co-Chair)
  •          Kyle Davis, Publix Supermarkets, Inc.
  •          Mike Agostini, Wal-Mart Stores
  •          Al Bates, Sun Pacific
  •          Rick Burnes, Paramount Citrus
  •          Phil Dammarell, The Kroger Company
  •          Kyle Davis, Publix Super Markets
  •          Mark Gastineau, Paramount Citrus
  •          Amy Gates, Frontera Produce
  •          Eric Gingrich, Earth Source Trading
  •          Jack Hagler, Chiquita/Fresh Express
  •          Jim Heil, The Giumarra Companies
  •          Donald Held, TPE
  •          Gary Lombardo, Premium Valley Produce
  •          Mike McGee, L&M Companies
  •          Scott McQuiston, Dawsons Orchards, Inc.
  •          Mike Meagher, C.H. Robinson Worldwide
  •          Bob Meek, Wada Farms Marketing Group
  •          Teri Miller, Food Lion
  •          Ernesto Nardone, Chelan Fresh
  •          Sean Neubauer, Consumers Produce Co., Inc.
  •          Alan Newton, Duda Farm Fresh Foods
  •          Larry Nottingham – Pandol Brother, Inc.
  •          John Papp, Jac Vandenberg, Inc.
  •          S. Garrett Patricio, Westside Produce
  •          Phil Penny, Pro*Act
  •          Chris Puentes, Interfresh, Inc.
  •          Larry Ray, Driscoll Strawberry Assoc., Inc.
  •          Giuseppe Rubino, Mastronardi Produce
  •          Kent Pomeroy, Westlake Produce
  •          Craig Slate, IFCO Systems, N.A., Inc.
  •          Michele Southall, GS1 US
  •          Abel Valdez, Tanimura & Antle
  •          Pat Walsh, FMI
  •          Lucky Westwood, California Giant, Inc.
  •          Gary Wishnatzki, Wishnatzki Farms

Technology Working Group:

  •          Andrew Kennedy, FoodLogiQ (Industry Co-Chair)
  •          Dan Vache, United Fresh Produce Association (Association Co-Chair)
  •          Todd Baggett, Red Line Solutions
  •          John Bailey, Top 10 Produce, LLC
  •          Rick Bauer, Avery Dennison Printer Systems Division
  •          Minor Bolanos, Virtual One Software
  •          Scott Branch, Lowry Computer Products
  •          Ray Connelly, Truetrac
  •          Chris Davis, RedLine Solutions, Inc.
  •          Mike Dodson, Lotpath, Inc.
  •          Dave Donat, Pro Pro Inc.
  •          Bob Driggers, Authentitrace, LLC
  •          Elliot Grant, HarvestMark
  •          Anderson Grogen Sr., Next Version Software, LLC (eProduce)
  •          Rich Lacoy, Diagraph an ITW Company
  •          Michael McCartney, QLM Consulting
  •          Greg McNamara, Compac Sorting Equipment
  •          Mark Miller, AFS Technologies
  •          Angela Paymard, N2N Global
  •          John Penizotto, PAR Logistics Mgmt. System
  •          Ryan Schneider, FoodLink Online, LLC
  •          Ted Schultze, Symbology, Inc.
  •          Jeff Tazelaar, Lowry Computer Products
  •          Colin Thurston, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  •          Raymond Tong, ASCII
  •          Patrick Trail, T3 Technologies
  •          Rakesh Vazirani, TUV Rheinland
  •          Charles Waud, WaudWare Incorporated
  •          Ed Weber, ToolWorx Information Products, Inc.

Master Data Working Group:

  •          Tom Casas, Tanimura & Antle (Industry Co-Chair)
  •          Scott Brown, GS1 US (Association Co-Chair)
  •          David Best, A. Duda & Sons
  •          Jerry Campbell, DiMare Fresh
  •          Dave Devlin, U.S. Foodservice
  •          Kendra DiGirolamo, Driscoll’s
  •          Mikelea Kelley, Tanimura & Antle
  •          Larry Nottingham, Pandol
  •          Larry Ray, Driscoll’s
  •          Barbara Rodgers, Nunes Company
  •          Steve Roosdahl, The Oppenheimer Group
  •          Eric Skiles, Domex Superfresh Growers
  •          Jacob Weed, Wilcox Fresh
  •          Greg Zwanziger, SUPERVALU

Industry Communications Working Group:

  •          Julia Stewart, PMA (Association Co-Chair)
  •          Ray Gilmer, United Fresh
  •          Jon Mellor, GS1 US
  •          Christy Philips-Brown, Food Lion
  •          Melanie Richer/Lianne Wand, CPMA
  •          Karin Gardner, The Oppenheimer Group

Association Interest Group:

  •          Mike Aerts, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association
  •          Travis Blacker, Idaho Grower Shippers Association
  •          Dr. Kristian Moeller, GlobalGAP
  •          Joel Nelsen, California Citrus Mutual
  •          Christopher Valadez, California Grape & Tree Fruit League

Source: PTI news release

 

Leave a Reply

Featured Stories
Crop ProtectionAt Paramount Farming, Mating Disruption Pays Off
February 10, 2015
To say Brad Higbee is an expert in mating disruption, the use of pheromones to confuse target pests and reduce Read More
Crop ProtectionGrower Experienced In Biocontrols Says: Be Patient
February 4, 2015
The use of biocontrols in all aspects of agriculture is becoming more widespread. But incorporating biocontrols in a vegetable farming Read More
FruitsWorkshop Set In Florida To Help Grow Local Food Movement
March 2, 2015
Meeting part of nationwide effort to train people how to attain grants for USDA’s Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion programs. Read More
Citrus18 Must-Have Apps For GenNext Growers
March 1, 2015
We asked about your favorite mobile applications, and here's what you had to say. Read More
Florida Ag ExpoGrowers Get The Lowdown On Cooling Crops
March 1, 2015
Demonstration shows how hydrocooling can help get the most out of fruits and vegetables once harvested. Read More
FruitsDon’t Be Afraid To Charge More For Value Of Agritainment [Opinion]
February 28, 2015
A higher admission price helps to sets a level of expectation and helps offset the costs of running a successful farm marketing operation. Read More
Apples & PearsCompany Responsible For First GMO Apples Is Sold
February 27, 2015
Okanagan Specialty Fruits, the company behind the world's first non-browning apples, fetches $41 million. Read More
Stone FruitPeach Training Systems Aren’t One-Size-Fits-All
February 27, 2015
Although pedestrian, ladderless orchards are increasing in California, growers in Pennsylvania are opting for tall V-training systems. Read More
IrrigationNo Federal Water For California’s Central Valley Growers – Again
February 27, 2015
Skimpy snowpack leads Bureau of Reclamation to make unprecedented announcement that there will be a zero initial allocation for the second year in a row. Read More
Apples & PearsThe Recession That Keeps On Taking
February 27, 2015
We’re still seeing the aftermath of the Great Recession on consumers’ purchasing habits seven years later. Read More
Grower Achievement AwardSubmit Your Nomination For The 2015 Grower Achievement Award
February 27, 2015
American Vegetable Grower magazine's annual award is designed to recognize an innovative operation that represents the spirit of excellence. Read More
FruitsMaximize Produce Profits By Focusing On Soil Health
February 27, 2015
Cover crops are just one of the ways you can help boost your trees’ and vines’ performance and your bottom line. Read More
The Latest
FruitsWorkshop Set In Florida To Help Grow Local Food Movemen…
March 2, 2015
Meeting part of nationwide effort to train people how to attain grants for USDA’s Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion programs. Read More
Citrus18 Must-Have Apps For GenNext Growers
March 1, 2015
We asked about your favorite mobile applications, and here's what you had to say. Read More
Florida Ag ExpoGrowers Get The Lowdown On Cooling Crops
March 1, 2015
Demonstration shows how hydrocooling can help get the most out of fruits and vegetables once harvested. Read More
FruitsDon’t Be Afraid To Charge More For Value Of Agrit…
February 28, 2015
A higher admission price helps to sets a level of expectation and helps offset the costs of running a successful farm marketing operation. Read More
Apples & PearsCompany Responsible For First GMO Apples Is Sold
February 27, 2015
Okanagan Specialty Fruits, the company behind the world's first non-browning apples, fetches $41 million. Read More
Stone FruitPeach Training Systems Aren’t One-Size-Fits-All
February 27, 2015
Although pedestrian, ladderless orchards are increasing in California, growers in Pennsylvania are opting for tall V-training systems. Read More
IrrigationNo Federal Water For California’s Central Valley Grower…
February 27, 2015
Skimpy snowpack leads Bureau of Reclamation to make unprecedented announcement that there will be a zero initial allocation for the second year in a row. Read More
Apples & PearsThe Recession That Keeps On Taking
February 27, 2015
We’re still seeing the aftermath of the Great Recession on consumers’ purchasing habits seven years later. Read More
Grower Achievement AwardSubmit Your Nomination For The 2015 Grower Achievement …
February 27, 2015
American Vegetable Grower magazine's annual award is designed to recognize an innovative operation that represents the spirit of excellence. Read More
FruitsMaximize Produce Profits By Focusing On Soil Health
February 27, 2015
Cover crops are just one of the ways you can help boost your trees’ and vines’ performance and your bottom line. Read More
FNV logo
CitrusPMA Announces Funding For Major Produce Marketing Progr…
February 26, 2015
The produce industry is getting into brand marketing in a big way. The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) has announced the launch of a new promotional campaign - FNV - designed to take a page from the marketing strategies of big-money consumer brands like Nike and Apple. Read More
GrapesWashington Winegrape Industry Announces Honors
February 26, 2015
Awards included Grower of the Year, Industry Service, Lifetime Achievement, Restaurant of the Year and Posters. Read More
GrapesSonoma Agriculture Preservation Plan Unveiled
February 26, 2015
Winegrowers’ 100-year business plan is the first of its kind in agriculture. Read More
Apples & PearsNew Plant Growth Regulator Use Expanded
February 26, 2015
Ten more states grant registrations for Fine Americas’ new Kudos PGR. Read More
Apples & PearsFrom The Road: IFTA Conference Day 5
February 26, 2015
Carlson lecture highlights where IFTA has been and looks to the next generation to continue the legacy. Read More
FruitsHave Faith In Science – Which Means GMOs [Opinion…
February 25, 2015
When it comes to farming, sticking with established, commonly accepted science is the way to go. Read More
Apples & PearsFrom The Road: IFTA Conference Day 4
February 25, 2015
Creating fruiting walls with mechanical hedgers can help increase light interception in the canopy, say researchers and growers. Read More
PotatoesPotato Grower Black Gold Farms Aquires George Wood Farm…
February 25, 2015
The transaction includes all production and packing operations.   Read More