Highland Ag Solutions is changing the game in agriculture. Our aim is to empower farmers to plan ahead, market smart, care for the environment, and defend their worth like never before. Through this podcast you will hear fresh perspectives from familiar friends that cannot only impact your business, but your life. Join us to discover the heart behind Highland and what it means to be the Cream of the Crop.
0045 Nicole Brunner, Business Development Manager of QIMA WQS
QIMA/WQS (formerly known as WQS) was founded in 1993, offering solutions to the food industry from farm to fork through GFSI recognized certifications (BRCGS, GLOBALG.A.P., SQF, IFS), food safety and ethical audits, quality seals, inspections, training, and supply chain management. Their team of food safety professionals innovates and streamlines processes to offer customers transparency, agility in the marketplace, and unprecedented control over their entire food supply chain. In this episode, we talk with two women who are a major force behind the QIMA/WQS team, Nicole Brunner and Liz Salinas.
0044 LeAnne Ruzzamenti, Director of Equitable Food Initiative
Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) is a non-profit certification and skill-building organization that seeks to increase transparency in the food supply chain and improve the lives of farmworkers through a team-based approach to training and continuous improvement practices. EFI brings together growers, farmworkers, retailers and consumers to solve the most pressing issues facing the fresh produce industry. Its unparalleled approach sets standards for labor practices, food safety and pest management while engaging workers at all levels on the farm to produce Responsibly Grown, Farmworker Assured® fruits and vegetables. In this episode, we unpack what it means when you see a EFI label, and the work behind it!
0043 Jordan Carter, President of National Watermelon Promotion Board
Jordan Carter has been elected as the first female President of the National Watermelon Promotion Board. In this episode we discover how Jordan got involved in watermelon production despite her degree in fashion merchandising. As the Director of Sales and Marketing at Leger & Son, Inc., Jordan has proven that her dedication to learning has paid off.
0042 Patrick Kelly, Host of The Produce Industry Podcast
What happens when two podcast hosts get together and talk about the ag industry? Patrick Kelly, host of The Produce Industry Podcast chats with us about being an entrepreneur, speaker, author and strategist in the produce and supply chain industry. Patrick's journey has been a pivotal one, mending generational gaps in the industry and helping produce partners thrive.
0041 Roberta Anderson, Executive Vice President of GLOBAL G.A.P.
GLOBALG.A.P. works with more than 2,000 trained inspectors and auditors working for around 159 accredited certification bodies to perform independent third-party producer audits and issue our certificates. They are the most widely accepted private sector food safety certification in the world. Listen in as we talk with Roberta Anderson, the executive Vice President, GLOBALG.A.P. North America.
0040 Ashley Nickle, Editor of The Packer
The Packer is the most trusted news in produce and an industry staple since 1893. Articles range from crop updates to retail news, to new product features to recognition of industry leaders. In this episode, we chat with editor Ashley Nickle, a brand leader responsible for content strategy, creation and marketing across print, digital and social media. Along with writing, interviewing and editing, her role includes video, podcasting, social media, moderating event panels and spearheading industry recognition platforms like Produce Artist Award Series and Produce Retailer of the Year.
I’ve really enjoyed the shows so far. Please keep them coming.