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•   United Fresh has announced that it will bring back its in-person Annual Washington Conference this year, September 20-22 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC.

"After a year of virtual events, we’re thrilled to bring our industry back together in person for one of the most important events of the year – our opportunity to explain our challenges and voice our concerns with the nation’s top elected leaders," said United Fresh Chairman Danny Dumas, President of Courchesne Larose USA.  "And, with our new alignment with the Produce Marketing Association coming in 2022, we welcome all PMA members to come experience this unique event at the United Fresh member rate."

The announcement says that the 2021 conference will once again include face-to-face Congressional meetings as permitted in September, as well as a series of online meetings following the conference … The Washington Conference also includes "a Produce Advocacy Bootcamp for those attendees new to communicating with Congress, workshops detailing the most critical public policy issues facing the industry, general sessions with top national leaders, and networking throughout as our industry’s top leaders come together in common purpose to build a stronger business climate."