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Virtual wellness series supports industry careers program

Center for Growing Talent (CGT) continues its three-part Virtual Wellness Series on Tuesday, March 30th at 5pm Eastern with a live chef demonstration to support the Career Pathways program.

The session, titled “Healthy, Delicious Eating” is the second in the series and will welcome Chef Vincent “Vinny” Cani who will offer a look inside the artistic mind of a chef who is creating an experience–not just a dish. During the demonstration, nutrition expert, world-renowned scientist, researcher and best-selling author, Dr. William Li will explain the health impacts of different ingredients, focusing on not cutting back when it comes to produce.

CGT’s Virtual Wellness series this month features Chef Vincent “Vinny” Cani (left) who will offer a look inside the artistic mind of a chef and nutrition expert Dr. William Li (right), who will explain the health impacts of different ingredients.

PMA’s George Szczepanski, a Career Pathways alumnus, will moderate the discussion and ensure a fast-paced and interactive conversation that will leave attendees with a new recipe, a new outlook on the health benefits of produce and the added benefit of having contributed to the Career Pathways program.

“Center for Growing Talent is dedicated to providing talent solutions for the entire industry,” said CGT’s Kelsey Palandrani who is organizing the series. “We are also a charitable foundation and depend on the generous giving of our contributing industry members and companies. This series is not only a great way to learn about the power of produce, but also directly benefits attracting talent to our industry.”

The program introduces university students to the produce industry and welcomes some of these students to events like Fresh Summit and Foodservice Conference each year. CGT had just instituted a new plan to extend the program to more students when the pandemic began, and the team quickly pivoted to virtual engagements with students. Despite the disruptions of 2020, the CGT reached six times the number of students of previous years and welcomed a cohort of students at this past year’s virtual Fresh Summit.

The goal of the program is not only to bring the industry to the students through on-campus or virtual presentations, but they also bring the students to the industry, pairing them with industry volunteers who serve as Career Ambassadors. These Career Ambassadors serve as mentors, offering insight about the industry and introductions to other professionals across the supply chain. The upcoming sessions in the Virtual Wellness Series including “Healthy, Delicious Eating” will feature cameo appearances by past Career Pathways graduates who received offers to work in the industry.

“The Career Pathways program is an essential keystone of the talent attraction strategy,” said Doug Bohr, executive director of CGT. “The support from industry contributors and volunteers has allowed us to expand the program, reach more students and both broaden and diversify the talent streams into the industry. Our industry directly contributes to the health and wellness of our world. It’s an industry people want to be a part of, but they have to know about us first.”

The third session in the series will take place on April 27 at 5pm Eastern and will focus on everyday mindfulness. The proceeds will directly support the Career Pathways program. Anyone interested in registering for the session or learning more can do so here.

For more information:
Siobhan May
Produce Marketing Association
Tel: +1 (302) 781-5855

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Israel announces creation of global seed company

Two Israeli seed producers, Nirit Seeds and TomaTech, have joined forces to create Israel’s largest vegetable seed company. This synergy will enable unique seed breeding research and development that will accelerate the company’s growth in the international seed markets.

Upon completion of the merger, the company will have more than 80 employees worldwide, including molecular biologists, breeders, agronomists, and others.
The company will improve its breeding activities in Israel, Spain, Mexico and Italy, as well as significantly expand its representation in the Netherlands and North America, with a particular focus on growing vegetables in high-tech greenhouses.

Nirit Seeds is one of the most successful internationally traded tomato and pepper seed producers, investing in the development of revolutionary genetic technologies. TomaTech is one of the leading tomato seed companies in Israel, developing premium varieties, including those resistant to the dangerous Tomato Brown Ruffle Virus (ToBRFV).

The production of crop seeds is one of the most advanced and high-tech sectors in Israel. According to the Seed Department of the Federation of Israel Chambers of Commerce, seed exports currently generate $200 million in annual revenue. There are about 25 large and medium-sized companies in the local industry.

For reference. According to market research, the global vegetable seed industry is valued at $8 billion a year and is growing at a CAGR of 8%.

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Karachay-Cherkessia became one of the leaders in the production of greenhouse vegetables at the end of 2021


Greenhouse vegetable production in 2021 reached a record 1.4 million tonnes. According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, the leaders among the regions in this segment are the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Lipetsk, Moscow, Kaluga, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Saratov, Chelyabinsk regions, Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories, the Republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan. These regions account for more than 60% of the total production in the country. The intensive development of greenhouse projects in our country helps to provide Russians with fresh vegetables all year round. Last year, the harvest in winter greenhouses updated the 2020 record – more than 1.4 million tons of products were received. Including the production of cucumbers amounted to at least 830 thousand tons, and tomatoes – 590 thousand tons. It is expected that by 2025 the volume of vegetable production in year-round greenhouses will be at least 1.6 million tons of vegetables.


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December: Special Year Overview

In 2022, it will be 22 year since the new millennium started. Can’t believe it? Neither can we, but it is true. Before we go there, it is time to reflect on what has happened this year. Over the next couple of weeks, we will look back at 2021 and we will highlight the most important events that impacted the industry.

New greenhouses, events, even a few shows, technical novelties, and all other relevant news will pass by, offering you something other than Covid to talk about during Christmas and New Years’.


Wish your customers Happy Holidays
This special also offers an opportunity to put your company in the spotlight with a banner in this special box. This banner can be booked until December 24 on our newsletters. For more information, feel free to send an email to: 

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