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IPO Global Pineapple Conference (Tampa Bay)

March 19, 2014

Networking Reception
Columbia Restaurant
Ybor City, Florida

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Tapas & Drinks courtesy of Port Tampa Bay

March 20, 2014

IPO Global Pineapple Conference
Port Tampa Bay
1101 Channelside Drive
Terminal 6
Tampa, Florida

10am - 4pm

Supply Side Topics

An overview of Hemispheric and Global Pineapple Production
with a special presentation by Belisario Caicedo of Agricola Bengala (Colombia)

Demand Side Topics
11:15 - 12am

A review of market conditions for USA market Past, Present and Future.

A special Presentation by Patrick Kelly of Kelly Brothers Inc. with participation by Kevin Manning of Dulce Fresh, LLC and Raul Romero or Steve Benchimol of Chestnut Hill Farms.

USDA /AMS Pineapple Research & Promotion Board

Special Presentation
Patricia Petrella
Marketing Specialist


Transportation & Technology

Shipping Industry Issues and a special focus on trade route alternative via the gulf of Mexico.

A special panel from the transportation sector moderated by Raul Alfonso, Executive vice-President & Chief Commercial Officer, Port Tampa Bay with input from major carriers, Customs Brokers and Pineapple Importer community.

Sustainability, Social Responsibility, Food Safety & Social Media

Comments and a review of the validity and feasability of the Certification Frenzy in the Fresh Produce Industry.

4:05 - 4:25pm


4:30 - 6pm

Board vessel Bay Spirit II

A unique Tour of Port Tampa Bay Facilities

End of Conference

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