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Fresh off Farm Bill victories in the House and Senate, the timing could not be better for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to provide the keynote address for United Fresh 2018 June 25-27 in Chicago.

“We’re honored that Secretary Perdue will join us in Chicago,” said United Fresh President & CEO Tom Stenzel. “He’s a proven leader for agriculture, helping the Administration and Congress both to understand the importance of feeding the world. A task that requires a secure U.S. workforce, and a global trade system that supports both producers and consumers.

Sonny Perdue is sworn in as the 31st Secretary of Agriculture by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas with his wife Mary Ruff and family April 25, 2017, at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.. Photo by Preston Keres

“The fruit and vegetable industry is highly dependent on our workforce in order to sustain and grow our industry to meet increasing demand for fresh fruits and vegetables. Likewise, our ability to trade around the globe in an open and equal import/export environment allows our businesses to grow beyond our nation’s borders in order to better serve U.S. consumers.”

Secretary Perdue will speak at the Keynote Breakfast Tuesday, June 26, from 8-10 a.m. at the host McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. The event requires a United Fresh All Access Package. Attendees who have already registered for Trade Show Only passes, as well as exhibitors, can upgrade their registration. To upgrade your current registration, navigate through your existing registration confirmation.

Here’s the schedule of events for Chicago with links to more details for key items:

Monday, June 25, 2018

7:00 am – 5:30 pm Registration Open 
Grand Concourse, South Hall
9:00 am – 5:00 pm International Floriculture Conference 
S400’s, Level 1
Noon – 5:00 pm United FreshTEC Luncheon & Conference
S103, Level 1
United FreshMKT & SmartFood Luncheon & Conference
S102, Level 1
Global Cold Chain Luncheon & Conference
S104 & S105, Level 1
5:00 pm – 5:45 pm Post-Conference Happy Hour
S101 & S102 Foyer, Level 1
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Toast To The Industry Floral Reception
S101 & S102 Foyer, Level 1
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm United Fresh Opening Party at the Field Museum 
Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

7:30 am – 4:00 pm Registration Open 
Grand Concourse, South Hall
8:00 am – 10:00 am United Fresh Breakfast General Session 
Grand Ballroom, S100, Level 1
8:00 am – 10:00 am Global Cold Chain Regional Roundtables 
South Hall
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Retail Dietitian’s Healthy Shopper Summit
S101 & S102bc, Level 1
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Trade Show Open
South Hall

10:30 am – 4:00 pm Show Floor Education
South Hall

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm School Foodservice Forum
S102d, Level 1
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm Fresh Festival for School Foodservice
S100bc, Level 1
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Happy Hour on  the Global Cold Chain Expo Show Floor        
South Hall
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Iron Designer Competition
South Hall
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Listeria Learning Lab
S106, Level 1
4:15 pm – 6:00 pm International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA)
Board
 of Directors Meeting
South Hall
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Reception Honoring Women in Produce
S100 c, Level 1
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm United Fresh Leadership Alumni Event (Invitation Only)
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm Global Cold Chain Afterglow
Hilton Chicago

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

7:30 am – 4:00 pm Registration Open 
Grand Concourse, South Hall
8:00 am – 10:00 am United Fresh Retail-Foodservice Celebration Breakfast
Grand Ballroom, S100, Level 1
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Retail Dietitian’s Healthy Shopper Summit
S101 & S102bc, Level 1
9:00 am – 10:00 am Global Cold Chain Expo General Session
South Hall, McCormick Place
10:00 am – 1:00 pm School Foodservice Forum: Education Sessions
S102d, Level 1
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Trade Show Open
South Hall

10:30 am – 3:00 pm Show Floor Education
South Hall

11:00 am – 11:45 am Innovation Battlefield Challenge (IFE)
South Hall
Noon – 2:00 pm Processor and Retailer Luncheon & Roundtable (GCCE – Invitation Only)
South Hall
4:00 pm Event Concludes

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