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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2018 NAPMM Annual Conference to be Held in Miami, Florida, April 30-May 3, 2018 

The Florida Department of Agriculture is honored and excited to host the 2018 National Association of Produce Market Managers Annual Conference in Miami, Florida. Located in sunny southern Florida, the area proudly serves as one of the most productive winter vegetable, citrus, sugar cane and specialty crop production areas in the nation.

Again this year, the NAPMM Annual Conference 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.

The NAPMM Programs and Policy Committee is putting the final touches on this year's conference agenda. All sessions will take place a the host hotel, the Miami Hilton Downtown. Conference Host, Danny Raulerson,Chief of State Farmers Markets with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services promises perfect weather, good food and a fantastic program.  

Watch for conference details, complete schedule, and the opening of online registration by the end of February.

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

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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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