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It’s hard to be everywhere at one time – that’s why it’s good to have friends. We asked some of ours to grab photos from the United Fresh show in Chicago this week. Here’s a sampling of the best that we got from our friends Mike Prather of Handy Candy LLC, Karen Caplan of Freida’s, Kim Flores of Seald Sweet International, the gang at the National Watermelon Promotion Board, Julia Ziegler from Golden Sun Marketing and the gang at Pratt Industries:

 

United Fresh President and CEO Tom Stenzel greets the crowd (Photo by Kim Flores)

 

Outgoing United Chairman Tony Freytag of Crunch Pak (Photo by Kim Flores)

 

United Fresh made a $500,000 donation to the Center for Produce Safety. (Photo by Kim Flores)

 

Lorelei DiSogra, vice president of nutrition and health at United Fresh Produce Association, was the honoree and featured speaker at the association’s annual reception honoring women in produce. (Photo by Kim Flores)

 

Julie Krivanek, Jan DeLyser and Karen Caplan formed the all-star panel at the Women in Produce Reception. (Photo by Kim Flores)

 

Jan DeLyser of the California Avocado Commission, Mayda Sotomayor of Seald Sweet and Jim DiMenna of Red Sun Farms at the Women in Produce reception. (Photo by Kim Flores)

 

Flores and Andrew Marshall at the Women in Produce reception. (Photo by Kim Flores)

 

Past honorees gathered for a photo at the Women in Produce reception. (Photo by Kim Flores)

 

United Fresh had a new format this year, broken into FreshMKT and FreshTEC to represent different needs. (Photo by Mike Prather)

 

Handy Candy was one of the products featured in the Organic Showcase. (Photo by Mike Prather)

 

A scene from the tradeshow floor at United Fresh. (Photo by Mike Prather)

 

More from the United Fresh floor. (Photo by Mike Prather)

 

Another view from the tradeshow floor. (Photo by Mike Prather)

 

Mike Prather and Katie Sunshine of Handy Candy drew a crowd with some pro hula hooping.

 

Katie Sunshine of Handy Candy gives a pro hula hooping lesson. (Photo by Mike Prather)

 

A packed FreshMKT panel discussion. (Photo by Mike Prather)

 

Phil Neary, Andrew Daily, Scott Dahl, Cliff Vilcheck of Pratt Industries on the tradeshow floor.

 

Karen Caplan and Charlotte Cutler of Frieda’s checking out the United Fresh floor. (Photo by Karen Caplan)

 

Julia Ziegler from Golden Sun Marketing got this shot of client WP Rawl’s United booth.

 

The June 14 keynote session at United Fresh. (Photo by Juliemar Rosado, NWPB)

 

Stephanie Barlow and Juliemar Rosado of NWPB prove they’re in Chicago to learn.

 

Barlow found a unicorn, apparently…

 

We’re thinking The Beast from Beauty and The could have used one of these. (Photo by Stephanie Barlow)

 

Cocktail time – Stephanie Barlow found something cool and refreshing. (Photo by Juliemar Rosado)

 

So did Kim Flores and friends. (Photo by Kim Flores)

 

And then it happened again…

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