On Friday June 5th, the Produce industry lost one of its finest gentlemen, John McAleavey

On Friday June 5th, the Produce industry lost one of its finest gentlemen, John McAleavey. The longtime Executive Director of the Eastern Produce Council, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving and devoted family.

John's passing takes from us a man who was instrumental in building the EPC into one of the highest respected Produce Food Councils in the nation. John's tireless work ethic, professionalism, sacrifice, spirit, and love of the EPC will leave a never ending legacy which we have now been charged to maintain and bring to the next level.

I and the entire board of directors lost a comrade and a friend; we will miss him dearly, but always be affected by him and better people for knowing him! He was absolutely one of a kind and truly loved by all of us!

Vic Savanello
President of the Eastern Produce Council

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 10 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church, Short Hills. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield.

There will be a visitation on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bradley, Smith & Smith Funeral Home, 415 Morris Avenue, Springfield.

Read the obituary from the Star Ledger here.


At Demarest Farms on Tuesday, May 20th, the EPC held its sixth Annual Jersey Fresh Cookout, sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. This marked the 28th consecutive year that the NJDA has sponsored an EPC meeting.


Another Successful EPC Event - Cinco de Mayo at the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market

The EPC had another successful event in Philadelphia. Cinco de Mayo at the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market was attended by over 250, and a good time was had by all. A special thank you to our sponsors: Avocados from Mexico, Corona, Dole, John Vena, Inc., West Pak Avocado, Inc., USA Pears, & United Savings Bank of Philadelphia.


Changing of the Guard

At the South Caroline Dept. of Agriculture Dinner/Meeting on Tuesday, April 21st, Paul Kneeland ended his 2 year term as EPC President and Vic Savanello began his term as EPC President. Thank you Paul and Best of Luck Vic!


Thank you to all who attended or supported our 47th Annual Dinner Dance!

EPC 1st Vice President, Vic Savanello (L) and President, Paul Kneeland (R), present the 2015 Eastern Produce Council's Lifetime Achievement Award to Produce Business's Jim Prevor.

John McAleavey receives a plaque for his 25th Anniversary as the EPC's Executive Director (1990 - Present).



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