The U.S.-based Produce Marketing Association (PMA) has decided it will be unable to put on Fresh Summit 2021 scheduled for October 28-30 in New Orleans, Louisiana, due to the impacts of Hurricane Ida and Tropical Storm Nicholas.
“Fresh Summit is more than three days in October,” said PMA CEO Cathy Burns. “The onsite coordination begins several months before the industry arrives for the event each year. Right now, the priority is clear, and our hearts are with the individual and agencies addressing the aftermath of the storm.”
It has been widely reported that the infrastructure in New Orleans and surrounding area has been significantly disrupted with the city itself being declared a federal disaster area. Even with power being restored to the area, it will take time to address other aspects of the city’s resources including labour and more.
This is the second consecutive year that the in-person event has been cancelled.
Source: Produce Marketing Association September 17, 2021 news release