2022 EPC Leadership Class Tours Philly Port and Wholesale Market


The fourth leader of the Eastern Produce Council (EPC) saw first-hand the growing complexity of the manufacturing logistics and distribution system with a tour of the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market (PWPM) and Holt Logistics on March 22, 2022. to these parts of the supply chain, ”said Susan McAleavey Sarlund, CEO of EPC. “We are excited to be able to mentor another great class this year with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.”

The group began its PWPM program with a presentation on the function and benefits of the market from Mark Smith, General Manager of PWPM. Smith explained how a fully enclosed facility uses technology and why it is unique in the terminal market. The group then went through the hall and met with various merchants in the market.

Another stop on the tour was Holt Logistics Corp at the Gloucester Naval Terminal in Gloucester City, NJ. After lunch, Sander Daniel, a marketing at Holt, explained the various value-added facilities and services that include the Port of Philadelphia and its role and importance in the import supply chain. “Geographically, we are in the largest economic region on the planet,” he said. “We are also adjacent to the second largest DC hub in the USA. In addition, we have experience in handling perishable goods – approximately 55% of imported containers at Packer Marine Terminal are refrigerated and we have CBP-Ag control equipment docked. ”

Participants gained new knowledge from the real world of the tour. “I was very excited to visit the port mainly because I bought the imported product and I have never been to the port,” said Noelle Neary, category manager at Wakefern in Elizabeth, NJ. “I enjoyed learning about the various areas of the port and the specific areas of the USDA and fumigation, as well as learning that turnaround times in the port do not begin until the container is unloaded, transferred and owned.”

Daniel accompanied participants on visits to some areas of Gloucester City Harbor, including a tour of the DelMonte facility conducted by John McCann, Northeast Region Vice President for Del Monte Fresh Produce and an EPC member. McCann explained the company’s system of receiving, processing and shipping imported products and entertained the class with tasty samples of ripe DelMonte pineapple and melon.

Dan Oettinger, JOH’s retail supervisor in Paramus, NJ, was impressed by the food safety and transportation measures. “This is the first time I’ve visited a device like DelMonte,” he said. “It was amazing to see what it took to secure our products.”

The respected EPC program provides a dual-medium learning environment and includes a variety of field trips and classroom learning activities throughout the year. “It was great to see how the participants were already very interested in each other and the tours,” said McAleavey Sarlund.

The following have been selected for this year’s program: Mohammed Bouzaidi of Global Fresh Vision LLC; John Carapella, Jr. from Sierra Produce; Shanna Deegan from Suja Juice; Catherine DeLettera and Zespri; Louis Getzelman of Canyon Sales Company LLC; Patrick Hallock of Four Seasons Produce; Brendan Haslam of Bolthouse Farms; Peter Machala of Wakefern Food Corp .; Krystal McCusker of Oppenheimer Group; Juliet Moran so Suja Juice; Noelle Neary of Wakefern Food Corp .; Dan Oettinger with JOH Metro; Garett Sebor of key grocery stores; Kate Watson of Oppenheimer Group; and Shawn Wen so Zespri. The current EPC Vice President Theresa Lowden, Executive Vice President Produce & Floral at JOH and EPC Board Member Al Murray also took part in the tour.

PHOTOS

“PWPM Group Photography” – From left to right: Susan McAleavey Sarlund of EPC; John Carapella, Jr. from Sierra Produce; Theresa Lowden with JOH; Brendan Haslam of Bolthouse Farms; Peter Machala of Wakefern Food Corp .; Shanna Deegan from Suja Juice; Dan Oettinger with JOH Metro; Krystal McCusker of Oppenheimer Group; Kate Watson of Oppenheimer Group; Shawn Wen so Zespri; Catherine DeLettera and Zespri; Louis Getzelman of Canyon Sales Company; Juliet Moran so Suja Juice; Garett Sebor of key grocery stores; Noelle Neary of Wakefern Food Corp .; Mohammed Bouzaidi of Global Fresh Vision; and Al Murray, Member of the EPC Board.

“Group ship” – Outside the DelMonte facility in the port. From left to right: Susan McAleavey Sarlund of EPC; Noelle Neary of Wakefern Food Corp .; Mohammed Bouzaidi of Global Fresh Vision; Garett Sebor of key grocery stores; Theresa Lowden with JOH; Peter Machala of Wakefern Food Corp .; John McCann of DelMonte; John Carapella, Jr. from Sierra Produce; Krystal McCusker of Oppenheimer Group; Brendan Haslam of Bolthouse Farms; Shanna Deegan from Suja Juice; Louis Getzelman of Canyon Sales Company; Catherine DeLettera and Zespri; Shawn Wen so Zespri; Kate Watson of Oppenheimer Group; Dan Oettinger with JOH Metro; Juliet Moran so Suja Juice; Al Murray, Member of the EPC Board; and Sander Daniel of Holt Logistics.

“MarkLevin talks to the group” – Mark Levin of M. Levin Co. the PWPM speaks to the EPC class.

“John McCann of DelMonte Speaks to the Group” – John McCann introduces new DelMonte products to the EPC class.

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