Potato Expo

Don't forget the trade show

Published in the November 2011 Issue Published online: Nov 07, 2011

The Potato Expo is almost here! After a successful Expo in Las Vegas, Nev., the Expo is back in Orlando, Fla., at Loew's Royal Pacific Resort, Jan. 4-7. While there, come on over to the trade show and see the latest and greatest.

Thursday, Jan. 5

The Ultimate Turnaround:

From Worst to First

7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Gordon Bethune

Former CEO and Chairman of

Continental Airlines

At Continental Airlines, Bethune spearheaded one of the most dramatic corporate turnarounds in United States history. When he joined the troubled carrier as president and chief operating officer in February of 1994, Continental consistently ranked last in every measurable performance metric. When he was finished working his magic at Continental, the airline stood at the top of the heap, ranked by Fortune magazine as the No. 1 Most Admired Global Airline.

America's Promise in Uncertain Times

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Jeb Bush

Former Governor of Florida

Bush will treat expo goers to a candid and informative discussion of the issues on the minds of most Americans, engaging them with the same unique perspective that has made him one of the most recognized voices in politics today.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

7:45 to 11:30 p.m.

Step into a world of Magic and Excitement

Friday, Jan. 6

Culinary Talks

7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Walter Scheib

Former White House Executive Chef

For eleven years, Executive Chef Walter Scheib worked out of the heart of the White House-the kitchen. As the Executive Chef behind some of the most memorable State Dinners (Tony Blair, Nelson Mandela) and First Lady Luncheons (Lady Diana Spencer) Walter will share with you his personal and professional anecdotes.

What Do Consumers REALLY Want? How Do They Really Feel About Potatoes?

10 a.m. to Noon

Phil Lempert

Leading food industry analyst, journalist and trend-watcher

Phil Lempert has reached out to his consumer panel to find out exactly what shoppers are (and are NOT) looking for from potato growers and producers. In the rapidly shifting food world, he will explain what is successful and why.

Booths

Potato Grower magazine - Booth: 513

Now going on four full decades as the No. 1 periodical for growers of potatoes, Potato Grower magazine reaches nearly 12,000 readers every month throughout the U.S. and parts of Canada. Come to our booth to learn more about subscribing, or if you want to reach the most potato growers with your product or service, stop in for affordable advertising rates.

Odenberg - Booth: 514

Odenberg's innovative optical sorting, grading and peeling products significantly reduce labor, improve productivity and yield and provide consistent finished produce quality to ensure rapid return on investment. Visit us at Potato Expo 2012 and see how our new Halo and Titan II high-performance optical sorters can give you the competitive edge!

Zimmatic - Booth: 702

Growers will have the opportunity to learn more about The Lindsay Advantage, which combines the company's tradition of strength and durability with Lindsay's continued focus on new technology. To enhance The Lindsay Advantage, Zimmatic offers potato growers these pivot lines: 9500P, 8500P and 7500P pivot series. Lindsay product managers and factory reps will also be on hand to discuss potato irrigation trends and technology, including variable rate irrigation, GPS-guided pivots and pivots controlled by smartphones. Also featured will be Lindsay's newest product, FieldNET Pro with GPS, a wireless irrigation controller for existing pivots with mechanical panels.

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