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FLORIDA PORTS COMPETE FOR THE HONOR OF HOSTING THE NEXT IPO GLOBAL PINEAPPLE CONFERENCE AFTER TAMPA BAY SUCCESS ...

Port Manatee, Port Tampa Bay competition grows after conference snub





BY MATT M. JOHNSON

mjohnson@bradenton.com








March 21, 2014 








PORT MANATEE -- Tampa Port Authority Officials at the opening reception for an international pineapple conference hosted by Port Tampa Bay wasted no time Wednesday night when they ejected Port Manatee's representative at the door. 










It was hardly the sort of welcome associated with the fruit, a traditional Southern symbol of hospitality.









Matty Appice, the port's senior director of trade development, was met by a Port Tampa Bay official and a security guard at the reception table at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina. 




Although Port Manatee had paid to register (which was refunded in full by the IPO prior to the conference) him for the event, Tampa port personnel turned Appice away because the event has a "one-port policy."





"It's the first time I've ever seen security at a networking event," Appice said.




The snub was the cre…

WILLIAM WATSON PREPARES TO STEP DOWN FROM NATIONAL MANGO BOARD (NMB)

A new era dawns for the USDA / AMS National mango Board as the original Executive Director prepares to step down.




IMO sources within the National Mango Board (NMB) have reported that William Watson will be reliquishing his duties in the very near future.




Watson has made a carreer in the Promotion Board arena having been hired to head up the Mango Board after a stint at the Watermelon Board previously.















Watson has been involved in major life threatening food safety investigations with each Promotion Board.




The most recent was last the 2012 Daniella Samonella scare, that despite claiming to have learned from the similar incident at the Watermelon Board, proved that very little was learned as the National Mango Board failed to respond to the crisis for more than two weeks.





Ultimately, the National Mango Board (NMB) washed it's hands of the failed response by later claiming that the job description was not in the bylaws of the USDA / AMS organization.




After years of dismal returns to mango e…

IPO Global Pineapple Conference (Tampa Bay) a Success !!! ...

Port TB President/CEO Paul Anderson welcomes attendees of the International Pineapple Organization's Global Pineapple Conference today, with thought-provoking topics shared among the movers and shakers in the pineapple industry. Great conference covering core issues! Second image is of the reception preceding today's conference.










Over 40 Attendees from various sectors of the Pineapple Supply Chain among them several Government Officials were on hand at the event.












Renowned Chef Robert "Kim" Bailey, (R) owner of Tampa's premier catering service prepared a delicious luncheon for attendees. Here Kim Bailey (R) and IPO Executive Director, Will Cavan (L) pose for the cameras.













Wednesday Evening Reception held at World famous Columbia Restaurant Museum:




Pictured: L to R: Fernando Rojas, Altamar Shipping; John Harnett, Purfresh; Will Cavan, IPO; Doug Wray, Ports America; Raul Alfonso, Port Tampa Bay; Al Deasy, CSX Railroad; Ed Miyagishima, Port Tampa Bay. Thanks to co-sponsors…