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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

Millennials, Baby Boomers, Traditionalists, and Gen Xers — Oh My!

April is our company’s anniversary month; we launched on April 2, 1962. So one of our traditions is that we sponsor our local produce organization luncheon each April as a way to celebrate our anniversary and give back to the Fresh Produce & Floral Council. My daughter Alex Jackson represents us as our spokesperson and yesterday she gave a five-minute talk. I want to share some of the highlights. The audience at the luncheon is made up of produce people from age 20 to 92 (my mom, Frieda, was there), … Continue reading

Eating by Example

As an employer, I always wonder what should or could be my role in helping the people who work for Frieda’s make healthier food choices. It’s kind of a difficult position to be in. When people join a company, they don’t expect to have their employer help them make better food choices. But this has been something I’ve been struggling with for a number of years. Like most companies, we have a community lunchroom—with vending machines. One has refrigerated beverages, offering Coke, Pepsi, iced tea, and water. The other one … Continue reading

‘Fifty Shades of Kale’

Well, if that title doesn’t catch your attention, then I don’t know what will. Last weekend while attending a produce conference in San Antonio, Texas, I was able to meet and hear Drew Ramsey, M.D., who co-authored the cookbook “Fifty Shades of Kale.” His day job is as an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University in New York City. He is also a leading proponent of eating for brain health. After hours, he is better known as the co-founder of National Kale Day, which is celebrated every year … Continue reading

Love Your Produce Manager…Texas Style

Tomorrow, April 2, is a very special day. It is “Love Your Produce Manager®” Day, a national day first celebrated in 2012. I usually make a point of going into my local Ralphs where I shop and saying a special “thanks” to my produce manager, Paul. Last year, I even wrote about one of my produce guys, Carlos. This year, I am in San Antonio, Texas, attending a produce trade show called “Viva Fresh.” It’s mostly Texan and Mexican growers and buyers having conversations and displaying their produce. I arrived … Continue reading