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Is ‘Networking’ a Bad Word?

I attend a lot of events. Many are for business, like the one I attended in San Francisco earlier this week—#BrandStorm. About 200, mostly strangers, gathered in a giant ballroom listening to interesting speakers and then moving to meal functions and breakout sessions over two days. Just before the second day’s morning session, many people were taking their seats around the room, arranging themselves at the round tables for 10. And I noticed something. I immediately put my things down, grabbed my coffee, and started moving around the room, saying hello to a few industry friends and familiar faces. If I didn’t know someone at a table, I smiled, and then introduced myself Continue Reading

The Importance of ‘The Last 10 Yards’

Last week I learned a new produce term, “the last 10 yards.” One of my produce colleagues and I sit on the advisory board of a start-up produce company, and we were advising the owners about the ins and outs of the produce industry. We were talking about how to get sales of their new product and how challenging it can be. And that’s when my friend said, “It is all about the last 10 yards.”   He was referring to the fact that you can sell your product or … Continue reading

The Newest Thing With Cauliflower

I’m guessing you might think of Cauliflower as kind of a boring, white vegetable that is smelly when you cook it. But things have changed. First of all—have seen all the fabulous colors of Cauliflower? Purple, green, and orange! And then there is the distant cousin, Romanesco, which is actually its own vegetable, although it resembles a Cauliflower…kind of. Although we have been selling baby Cauliflower since the 1980s, you can now find miniature versions of it and Romanesco at farmers markets, upscale supermarkets, and restaurants.   During one of … Continue reading