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Pace International 7th Annual Postharvest Academy Sets Attendance Record

[WAPATO, Washington] – Pace International held its 7th annual Pace Postharvest Academy last Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017at the Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, WA, gathering over 150 industry leaders from various countries.

The half-day conference explored game changing ideas and innovative solutions and strategies for pome and stone fruits that can help customers address challenges found in packing houses today.

“Pace’s Postharvest Academy is about sharing innovative ideas, but also about bringing solutions to our customers that can be implemented as soon as they go back to their operations. There is nothing more rewarding for us as an organization than to help our customers be better. If they succeed, then we do too”, said Rodrigo Cifuentes, VP Marketing and Business Development, Pace International.

The line-up of speakers and topics in this year’s academy included:

Mark Seetin – Director, Regulatory & Industry Affairs, US Apple Association
2017 Apple Crop – Outlook and Overview

Kate Woods – Vice President, NW Horticultural Council
FDA Listeria Guidance: Best Practices in Packing Line Sanitation & Beyond. A Practical Solution

Dr. Richard Kim – Director of Plant Pathology, Pace International
Strategies to Breaking the Fungicide Resistance Trap

Dr. Jennifer DeEll – Postharvest Physiologist, Ontario, CAN
Effects of Multiple 1-MCP Applications on Apples & Internal CO2 Injury and Browning of Honeycrisp and How They May Be Controlled

Dr. David Felicetti – Product Development Manager, Pace International
Game Changing Innovations on ecoFOG® & FYSIUM® Applications

Dr. James Adaskaveg – Professor of Plant Pathology, University of CA Riverside
BioSpectra™ -The New Biorational Fungicide for Cherries

Frank Gasperini – Executive Vice President/ CEO, National Council of Agricultural Employers
Agriculture, Labor, and Immigration –Eyeing Potential Changes & Updates on Temporary Work Programs

Pace’s academy has established itself as one of the most important meetings in the postharvest industry and continues to grow its attendance and geographical expansion.

“Our goal is to replicate this model in other regions, crops and markets as well. We need to be able to share these exciting and innovative ideas with customers in other areas. The growing population and reduction of food waste will require that we thinkoutside the box if we are to feed 8.5 billion people by 2030,” said Jorge Gotuzzo, Marketing Director, Pace International.

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About Pace International: Pace International,LLC is a subsidiary of Valent BioSciences Corporation, a Sumitomo Chemical Company. Pace collaborates with growers, packers and agricultural organizations to develop innovative solutions to enhance, protect, and preserve fruit and vegetable quality. Paceis the leading provider of postharvest solutions and technologies, equipment and technical services to maximize efficiencies in packing operations and increase the value of crops being processed. For more information, visit the company’s website at

About Valent BioSciences Corporation: Headquartered in Libertyville, IL, Valent BioSciences is a subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemical Company and is the worldwide leader in the development, manufacturing and commercialization of biorational products with sales in 95 countries around the world. Valent BioSciences is an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Company. For additional information, visit the company’s website at

About Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited: Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Sumitomo Chemical is one of Japan’s leading chemical companies, offering a diverse range of products globally in the fields of petrochemicals, energy and functional materials, IT-related chemicals and materials, health and crop science products, and pharmaceuticals. Thecompany’s consolidated net sales for fiscal year 2014 were JPY 2.38 trillion. For additional information, visit the company’s website at

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