With more than 20,000 attendees and more than 1,000 exhibitors, the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Summit is the largest produce show in the U.S., drawing attendees from around the world. Producers featured in booths at the Fresh Summit gain access to new sales leads, innovative ideas, and packaging and shipping solutions, which increases their competitiveness.
Arkansas specialty crop producers reached an international audience as exhibitors in the AAD booth at the PMA's 2017 Fresh Summit specialty crop event in New Orleans. This year marked the seventh year for the AAD to sponsor Arkansas specialty crop producers at the annual trade show that brings together producers, retailers, wholesalers, processors, and other industry partners from across the globe. Arkansas specialty crops featured at the 2017 Fresh Summit included sweet potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, watermelons, peppers, zucchini, and Muscadine wines and juices.
Overall, the AAD covers 90% of the participation costs through Specialty Crop Block Grant funds with attending producers responsible for covering the cost of travel, meals and lodging. Specialty crop producers interested in participating in the 2018 Fresh Summit to be held October 18-20 in Orlando, Florida should contact Christian Olson at Christian.Olson@aad.ar.gov, or complete the form below.