National Association of Produce Market Managers

Founded in 1947, NAPMM strives to help market managers improve facilities and increase services while encouraging cooperation and exchange of ideas between members and partners.

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Register for the 2018 NAPMM Annual Conference Today!

Registration for the 72nd NAPMM Annual Conference, to be held April 30-May 3 in Miami, Florida is now open! The NAPMM Program Committee has put together a fun-filled four-day program full of opportunities to learn, network, and engage with market professional peers. Again this year, we will welcome wholesale, retail and public market leaders from around the country to participate in industry-related educational and leadership development programming.

The conference agenda will also include site visits to local markets, farms and processing plants, as well as a trip to see state-of-the-art packing and shipping facilities while in operation. A plethora of networking opportunities with industry peers will take place throughout the conference allowing for the opportunity to share experiences, and to discuss issues, challenges, and best practices.

To review the full conference agenda, click here.

All educational sessions will be held at the host hotel, the Miami Hilton Downtown.

A pre-conference tour option to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, located in Key Largo, Florida, will take place on Sunday, April 29 and has limited availability to twenty (20) participants. Established in 1963, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was the first undersea park in the United States. The park, along with the adjacent Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, cover approximately 178 nautical square miles of coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove swamps. The park extends 3 miles into the Atlantic Ocean and is approximately 25 miles in length. The area was established to protect and preserve a portion of the only living coral reef in the continental United States and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 14, 1972.

This is a conference you don't want to miss, so REGISTER TODAY!

Please complete and return printed registration form, along with payment to: NAPMM Conference Registration, PO BOX 1617, Garner, NC 27529.

Special thanks to the Florida Department of Agriculture for hosting our 72nd Annual Conference in sunny Miami, Florida!

Conference Plenary Session: Connecting Differences for Success and Vitality

Considering the growing diversity of customers, suppliers, and vendors involved in wholesale, retail, and public markets, our ability to navigate differences effectively is essential for sustainable results. Tatyana Fertelmeyster, MA, LCPC of Connecting Differences LLC, will lead conference attendees in a plenary session on Wednesday, May 2 at 8:30am, in an exploration of cultural differences that need to be accounted for in your success in working with the human side of food diversity.

In this interactive workshop you will challenge your own assumptions, and at the end, take away new ideas that are ready to be applied and make a difference in how you engage with people on a professional workplace level. You will be provided with easy-to-use tools that will help you growing intercultural awareness and competence within your organization. Each participant will leave with their own action plan.

Tatyana Fertelmeyster, Founder and Principal of Connecting Differences, LLC is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in Intercultural Communication, Diversity and Inclusion, Global Agility Development, and Facilitation for Multicultural Groups. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.

Reserve Your Room Now for the NAPMM Annual Conference

Located less than one mile from South Beach in an area convenient to Perez Art Museum Miami and the Port of Miami, the 4-star Miami Hilton Downtown will be the host hotel for the 72nd Annual Conference. Discounted rates of $148 per night are available during the conference as well as  3 days before or after. This extended rate is being offered to NAPMM members only and will allow you to enjoy the beautiful Miami spring weather outside of the conference dates. To reserve your room with the exclusive rates, click here.

NAPMM, United Fresh and USDA Host First Wholesale Market Meeting

NAPMM partnered with United Fresh and the United States Department of Agriculture to convene the first Wholesale Market Stakeholder Meeting at the Sidney R Yates Federal Building in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, January 25. Over 40 wholesale stakeholders, USDA, HUD and DOT staff,  and other interested parties spent an entire day discussing the role of wholesale markets in the current food system and the role they might play in the future. Representatives from a number of USDA Branches and other Federal Departments, outlined current programs and services relevant to wholesale markets and canvased market stakeholders on their needs.

A lot of the conversation focused on the need for support of critical infrastructure improvements at aging markets, clarifications related to the definition of a food hub, and the differentiation and interdependence of this model as it relates to existing wholesale and terminal markets. The discussions outlined a number of areas to focus future actions and policy decisions as well as helped all parties to better understand the importance and increasingly relevant role wholesale markets play in our evolving food system.

Many thanks to the entire organizing committee and USDA staff involved and especially, Lindsey Day Farnsworth PHD, University of Wisconsin, for her help with the overall coordination of the meeting as well as Miriam M Wolk, Vice President, Member Services, United Fresh, Ron Batcher, Architect, USDA, AMS, and Rose Harrell and Michael Janis from NAPMM for taking the lead on making this day happen.

Read the article in The Packer written by Tom Karst: Wholesale market meeting rekindles partnership with USDA

Follow this link to access the program and presentations

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Attention NAPMM Members!

Nominations are now being accepted for next year's Board of Directors positions. Submit your nomination(s) to Paul Thompson  by Friday, January 5, 2018

Conference Sponsorships

Each year NAPMM organizes an annual conference which is hosted by one of our member markets from across the US and Canada and regional meetings that focus on specific topics with educational sessions, helping to keep our members up to date with the latest trends in the food industry.  Our events are made possible through the support of our members, sponsors, and friends.  Your sponsorship is critical to help us host a successful, informative event each year.  We appreciate any level of support!
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