Videos and Podcasts

  • Featured

    Ole Tyme Supports Farmers to Families

    Joan Daleo discusses Ole Tyme Produce's efforts to help in the fight against food insecurity and our involvment in the USDA's Farmers to Families Food Box Program.

    Urban League STL's Food Drive 5.30.20

    Each month, the Urban League of St. Louis organizes Food Drives bringing together community organizations, corporations, and volunteers in the effort to fight hunger in our area. (Music:

    USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program

    Joan Daleo, president of Ole Tyme Produce, discusses the purpose of the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program.

    Foodservice in Crisis | Future - 5.22.20

    In the 3rd episode of the series, 'Foodservice in Crisis,' industry leaders share how they are looking to the future.

    Foodservice in Crisis | Pivot - 5.14.20

    The 2nd of a 3-part series where we talk with industry leaders on how they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Foodservice in Crisis | Response- 5.7.20

    The 1st of a 3-part series where we talk with industry leaders on how they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Who We Are

    This is who we are. Who do you get your produce from?

    Keeping Your Food Safe

    Keeping your food safe and fresh is our business.

    An Ole Tyme Tradition - No Hunger Holiday

    For nearly 20 years, it has been a tradition at Ole Tyme Produce to help the No Hunger Holiday effort to provide full Thanksgiving meals for families in their homes.

    Ole Tyme Produce - Our Facility

    Joan Daleo, President of Ole Tyme Produce, explains why we built our facility.

    Joe Daleo - Founder, Ole Tyme Produce

    Joe Daleo, the founder of Ole Tyme Produce, has been making gift baskets by hand for over 40 years.

  • The Source Live

    Naturipe Farms

    PRO*ACT team member Hannah Ricci joined Brittany Lee of Florida Blue Farms, a grower for Naturipe Farms, down in Northeast Florida to learn about blueberries! We learned about what makes Florida blueberries unique from other growing regions, what this year’s crop looks like and the different stages of the growing cycle. Additionally, Brittany let us know about how bees play a major roll in the pollination process. Tune in now to learn more about Florida #blueberries from our partners at Naturipe Farms!

    Sunkist Oranges

    The PRO*ACT team had the pleasure of meeting with our valued partner Sunkist down in Visalia this past week, to do some 'navel-gazing’ and learn about citrus! Gerald Denni, the Chairman of Sunkist, gave us a tour of their fields, where we were able to see firsthand how many excellent citrus varieties are currently available and in peak season, including navels, mandarins, blood oranges, and lemons. This new-and-improved episode also features an overview of sizing, navel and blood orange applications, and an outlook for the coming citrus season.

    Ocean Spray Cranberries

    Just in time for the holidays! We were privileged to witness firsthand the Cranberry harvest in Wisconsin with our partner Oppy, who works with Ocean Spray growers to bring fresh cranberries to foodservice distributors! Take a look at this unique process to see how cranberries make it to your Thanksgiving table! Big thanks to James Loffredo from Loffredo Fresh Produce for hosting this special episode of The Source Live!

    Monterey Mushrooms

    A first for the Source Live, we caught up with Monterey Mushroom in Royal Oaks California to learn about mushrooms! While visiting the largest mushroom farm in North America, we were able to learn about compost process and growing operations. Additionally, Arturo Morado showed us a bed where the mushrooms grow so we could get an idea of what the compost needs to include for mushrooms to thrive, and how long the process takes. Finally, Lindsey Occhipinti walked us through what it takes to produce high-quality products.

    Wada Farms

    Up in Fort Hall, Idaho, we caught up with Brian Wada of Wada Farms to learn a bit about potatoes. He walked us through the growing and harvesting process, and how they are able to provide potatoes to consumers year round. We learned about some different potato varieties, and what different characteristics of those varieties determine which are selected to grow. Finally, Brian provided us an outlook update on potatoes and shared some insight as to how the industry has changed and how Wada Farms continues to innovate and grow.

    J.C. Watson Packing Co. - Onions

    We headed up to Parma, Idaho to meet up with J.C. Watson Packing Co., to learn about onions. Brad Watson walked us through the harvesting process, the different stages of dehydration and curing, and how the onions are prepped for storage. Additionally, we learned about what makes J.C. Watson Packing Co. a leader when it comes to onions in the industry. Finally, we received an outlook on what to expect for the coming fall and winter seasons.

    Taylor Farms

    We met up with Taylor Farms to get an outlook on row crops this season in the Salinas Valley. As Yuma begins to heat up, Albert Garnica lets us know how Taylor Farms works to ensure we have a consistent quality product, even through the fall transition to Yuma. We also learned a bit about how Taylor Farms is continuously working to be innovative in automation, and how their automated harvesting machines and optical sorters are helping to shape the future of fresh produce.

    D'arrigo | Andy Boy - Broccoli Rabe

    D'Arrigo California is a top grower of Broccoli Rabe, a superfood packed with nutrients that tastes good served a variety of ways! We visited the harvest in the Salinas Valley to find out more about this delicious leafy green vegetable!

    Dole - San Diego

    We took a trip down to San Diego to get together with Dole to learn about bananas, pineapples, and the port. Dole walked us through what it looks like to get these products harvested, ripened, and exported up to North America. We also learned about the process of how the fruit is offloaded once the ship arrives. It is exciting to see how Dole is working to optimize their operations to ensure we have consistent, quality product to enjoy!

    Mann Packing - Caulilini

    We headed over to Chualar, California to catch up with Mann Packing, who introduced us to a new product – Caulilini! Rick Harris told us about the history of the product, the structure and harvesting procedures, and the flavor profile. Additionally, he let us know how the heat can impact the product’s growing cycle, what they look for during harvest, and the future plans for this amazing new vegetable!


    Cultivating Change Grant Winner 2020

    Greener Fields Together 2020 Cultivating Change Grant Winner.

    What is Cultivating Change?

    Greener Fields Together: What is Cultivating Change?.

    About PRO*ACT

    What PRO*ACT is all about, enjoy!

    PRO*ACT - 25 Year Anniversary

    PRO*ACT takes a look back at over two decades of shared success to appreciate where we've come from and where we're headed.

    PRO*ACT Food Safety Video

    Learn about the steps PRO*ACT takes to ensure food safety from seed to fork!

    Going The Extra Mile - Produce Distribution

    Together with our distributors, PRO*ACT is dedicated to exceeding expectations. We are working to reach 100% Green Business and GFSI benchmarked certification at all of our distribution centers as part of our commitment to Going The Extra Mile.

    Cultivating Change Grant Winner (1)

    Grant Winner: Poché Family Farms.

    Cultivating Change Grant Winner (2)

    Grant Winner: Jaemor Farms.

    Cultivating Change Grant Winner (3)

    Leaf Safari, a hydroponic farm in Texas, is the recipient of a Cultivating Change local farm grant from Greener Fields Together. Leaf Safari requested a grant to install rainwater collection tanks to reduce water usage by 70%. Their goal is to become as eco-friendly as possible, aiming to install solar panels to power their farm.

  • Colorful Plates Podcasts

    Foodservice in Crisis | Future - 5.22.20

    In the 3rd episode of the series, 'Foodservice in Crisis,' industry leaders share how they are looking to the future.

    Foodservice in Crisis | Pivot - 5.14.20

    The 2nd of a 3-part series where we talk with industry leaders on how they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Foodservice in Crisis | Response- 5.7.20

    The 1st of a 3-part series where we talk with industry leaders on how they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Market Reports - Chef Christopher Ivens-Brown with Compass Group - 3.16.20

    Loffredo Fresh Foods recently re-branded, evolving to capture the different markets they've begun to segue into!

    Market Reports - Tomato Outlook with Fresh-Link's Aaron Aliotti - 3.9.20

    This week Liz spoke with Fresh-Link's General Manager Aaron Aliotti about the past and current tomato market condition.

    Market Report - Avo Alert with Mike Magana- 3.2.20

    The avo market definitely changed since we last spoke with Mike. Hear what he has to say about avos now and looking ahead!

    Market Reports - Chef Christopher Ivens-Brown with Compass Group - 2.24.20

    This week Liz spoke with one of PRO*ACT's Sourcing Specialists, Mike Magana, regarding the state of avocados for 2020.

    Market Reports - Taylor Farms - Britta and Michelle - 2.17.20

    This week, Liz spoke to Britta Roberts and Michelle Roberts from Taylor farms about their new power medley!

    Market Report - Mann Packing's Gabe Romero - 2.12.20

    This week Liz spoke with Director of Foodservice at Mann Packing, Gabe Romero!

    Market Reports - Avo's and Melons with PRO*ACT's Mike Magana - 2.4.20

    This week Liz spoke with one of PRO*ACT's Sourcing Specialists, Mike Magana, regarding the state of avocados for 2020.

    Market Reports - PRO*ACT Assistant Sourcing Manager Sean Azzelio - 1.27.20

    This week Liz spoke to PRO*ACT Assistant Sourcing Manager Sean Azzelio, who handles grapes and stone fruit.

    A Conversation with Mike McCloud - 1.24.20

    Today's podcast features Mike McCloud's full interview with Liz.

    Market Reports - Mike McCloud - Michael Desimone with Driscoll's - 12.22.19

    This week Liz spoke with Mike McCloud, President/CEO of the World Food Championships and Michael DeSimone with Driscoll's.

    Market Reports - Kristie Waters, PRO*ACT VP of Client Services - 1.13.20

    This week Liz spoke with Kristie Waters, one of PRO*ACT's VPs of Client Services.

    Market Reports - Berries with PRO*ACT Sourcing Specialist Mike Moreno - 1.6.20

    This week we spoke with PRO*ACT Sourcing Specialist Mike Moreno about the state of berries.

    Market Reports - Row Crops with PRO*ACT Sourcing Specialist Steve Cagle - 12.31.19

    This week Liz gives a rundown of market reports and also catches up with PRO*ACT Sourcing Specialist Steve Cagle.

    Market Reports - An Update with D'Arrigo California - 12.23.19

    We chatted with Claudia Pizaro-Villalobos, Director of Marketing and Culinary, and Cody Ramsey, Foodservice Manager.

    Market Reports - PRO*ACT Sourcing Specialist TJ Ware - 12.16.19

    In this week's podcast, TJ talks about the allusive cosmic crisp apple.

    Market Reports - Monique Bienvenue - PRO*ACT's Andrew Flores - 12.9.19

    This week is all about citrus!

    Market Reports - Chef Mark Sierra - PRO*ACT's Mike Mouisset - 12.4.19

    This week we chat with Chef Mark Sierra and PRO*ACT's Potato Sourcing Specialist Mike Mouisset.

    Culinary Summit Series - Part 6 - 11.18.19

    This week's podcast caps off our Culinary Summit interview series with Taylor Farms' consultant chef, Matt Beckett.

    Culinary Summit Series - Part 5 - 11.11.19

    It's our second to last episode of our Culinary Summit Series and this week's interview features Chef Brian Warneking with Flagship Restaurant Group.

    Culinary Summit Series - Part 4 - 11.4.19

    Chef Annemarie Stenfors with Wahlburgers was a joy to talk with as it is evident culinary is not just her career- it's her passion.

    Culinary Summit Series - Part 3 - 10.28.19

    This week's Culinary Summit interview features Chef Mat Waer from Pizzicato.

    Culinary Summit Series - Part 2 - 10.23.19

    This week features Chef Sally Camacho, partner, and executive pastry chef at Tesse Restaurant in LA!

    Culinary Summit Series - Part 1 - 10.14.19

    To kick off our Culinary Summit Series, this week's podcast features two interviews, Cherene, and Gus from Atalanta.

    Chef Oscar Ortega - 10.8.19

    This week's podcast features an interview with renowned chef, chocolatier and confectioner Chef Oscar Ortega.

    Marketing Reports - Chef Steelman and Chef Windus from HMS Host - 8.28.19

    This week's podcast features Liz's interview with Chef Jeff Steelman and Chef Chris Windus from HMS Host.

    Market Reports - A Conversation with Aaron Aliotti from Fresh-Link's Produce - 9.5.19

    Liz connected with Aaron Aliotti of Fresh-Link to discuss Fresh-Link's relationship with PRO*ACT and much more!

    A Conversation with Carlito's Market - 8.29.19

    Listen to the full interview with the owner of Carlino's, Angela Carlino Milani & Pastry Chef Jessica Perez.

    Marketing Reports - Carlino's Market - PRO*ACT's Mike Mouisset - 8.28.19

    This week, we connected with PRO*ACT's Mike Mouisett and Carlino's Market located Pennsylvania.

    Market Reports - Monique Bienvenue with Bee Sweet Citrus - 8.19.19

    This week, we chat with Monique Bienvenue from Bee Sweet Citrus about all things citrus!

    A Conversation with Chef Chris Smith - 8.16.19

    Listen to the full interview with Chef Chris Smith from The Allison in Portland, Oregon.

    Marketing Reports - Chef Chris Smith and TJ Ware - 8.12.19

    This week, we spoke to Chef Chris Smith from The Allison and TJ Ware about the state of apples.

    A Chat with the 'Melon Master' Chef Jason Hernandez - 8.8.19

    In this week's chef interview, Jaymie spoke to Chef Jason about all things watermelon!

    Market Reports - Chef Jason Hernandez and Megan McKenna - 8.5.19

    This week, we spoke to Megan McKenna and Jason Hernandez from the Watermelon Board about all things watermelon!

    Market Reports - Sound"bites" from 2019 Chef Interview - 7.24.19

    This week Liz and Jaymie recapped 5 of their favorite moments from 2019 chef interviews. Featuring Jenn Louis, Hugh Acheson, David Bancroft, Roberto Santibanez & Joe Sasto.

    Market Report - A Chat about Cherries with Shane Z. from Rainier Fruit Co. - 7.15.19

    This week, we spoke to Shane Zeutenhorst from Rainier Fruit Company about the state of cherries!

    Market Reports, Chef Jerry Regester and PRO*ACT's Mike Magana - 7.8.19

    On this week’s podcast, we chat with Chef Jerry Regester from The Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa about managing multiple operations and PRO*ACT sourcing specialist, Mike Magana about all things avocados and melons!

    A Conversation with Chef Adam Evans - 7.4.19

    In this week's episode, Liz spoke to chef Adam Evans from Automatic Seafood and Oysters, in Birmingham, AL about his culinary journey!

    Market Reports - Chef Adam Evans, PRO*ACT's Mike Moreno - 6.28.19

    On this week’s podcast, we talk to Chef Adam Evans from Automatic Seafood and Oysters in Birmingham, AL about his hopes to have humanly sourced seafood and PRO*ACT sourcing specialist, Mike Moreno about all things berries!

    A Conversation with Chef Roberto Santibanez - 6.27.19

    Chef Roberto, owner and exec. chef of Mi Vida in D.C, talks about his journey & how he stays inspired in the kitchen!

    Market Reports, Adam Fleming from Royal Foodservice and Chef Roberto Santibanez - 6.24.19

    This week, we connected with Adam Fleming from Royal Food Service, Inc in Atlanta, GA and Chef Roberto Santibañez from MI VIDA in Washington, DC.

    Market Reports, PRO*ACT's Andrew Flores - 6.17.19

    This week, we connect with PRO*ACT's Sourcing Specialist, Andrew Flores to talk about all things citrus!

    A Conversation with Sean Azzelio - 6.10.19

    This week, we connect with PRO*ACT's Sean Azzelio to talk about cherries, stone fruit, and grapes!

    Market Reports, Kathy Stevenson - 6.3.19

    This week, Jaymie gives us the rundown on market reports and speaks with Kathy Stephenson about all things pears.

    Market Reports, A conversation with Chef Guillaume D-Angio - 5.30.19

    In this week's chef interview, Brynne spoke to Guillaume D'Angio from the Chart House in Monterey, CA.

    Market Reports, Chef Guillaume D-Angio, Hannah Ricci - 5.27.19

    This week, we chat about market reports and connect with Chef Guillaume D'Angio and Hannah Ricci from GFT.

    A Conversation with Top Chef Contestant Joe Sasto - 5.23.19

    In this week's episode, Brynne spoke with Chef Joe Sasto about his roots and creative process.

    Market Reports, Chef Joe Sasto, Steve Davis from Taylor Farms - 05.20.19

    This week, we chat with Top Chef contestant Joe Sasto and the VP of Business Development at Taylor Farms, Steve Davis.

    A Conversation with Chef David Bancroft - 05.16.19

    As promised, here is the full interview with Chef David Bancroft!

    Market Reports, Chef David Bancroft - 5.13.19

    This week, we give you a rundown on market reports and talk with Chef David Bancroft from Auburn, AL.

    Market Reports, Ed Hoffman - 5.6.19

    This week Jaymie spoke to Ed Hoffman at Padilla, a communications agency with PR Roots. With 25 years of experience in food and beverage marketing under his belt, Ed gives us fresh insight into the world of foodservice and what’s trending in 2019.

    Market Reports, PRO*ACT's Mike Magana - 04.29.19

    This week we have an update on market reports and talk to PRO*ACT's avocado specialist, Mike Magana about the state of avocados!

    Market Reports, Klaus Georis - 04.21.19

    This week we talked to Klaus Georis about spring produce!

    Market Reports, Chef Lacy Larson - 04.14.19

    In this week's episode, we give you an update on what's in peak season and chat with Chef Lacy Larson.

    Conversation with Jenn Louis - 04.11.19

    Today’s podcast features Jaymie’s full interview with chef Jenn Louis, James Beard award-winning cookbook author, and restauranteur.

    Peak Season, Naturipe, etc. - 04.08.19

    This week we spoke to Top Chef Masters contestant and James Beard Award nominee Jenn Louis about menu planning and Naturipe Farms about the upcoming berry season.

    Market Reports, Danny Leach, etc. - 03.24.19

    We spoke with Chef Du Cuisine Danny Leach from Folktale Winery about how to plan a dish around produce that is in season and we sat down with Tim Ball from Taylor Farms, he explains why celery is having a tough time.

    Market Reports, Chef Philip, etc. - 03.17.19

    In this week's episode we discuss what's going on in the produce market, connect with Chef Philip Wojtowicz from Poppy Hall in Pacific Grove, CA and Gabe from Mann Packing stopped by to discuss what's happening with transition and what's new with Mann.

    Market Reports, Hugh Acheson, Sunkist - 03.10.19

    We talk with James Beard Award winning Chef Hugh Acheson about keeping the creativity alive in the kitchen and connect with Sunkist about what's new with citrus!

    Market Reports, Denis Boaro, Fresh-Link - 03.03.19

    On this week's episode we speak with Denis Boaro from Gusto's restaurant in Seaside, CA and Bob Harper from Fresh-Link about the state of tomatoes.

    Market Reports & Chef Fabrice Roux - 02.24.19

    On this weeks episode, we discuss the Market Reports & Chef Fabrice Roux.

    Strawberries, Happy Girl Kitchen, and More - 02.17.19

    On this weeks episode, we talk about strawberries, Happy Girl Kitchen, and JC Watson Packing Company.

    Strawberries, Sungold Kiwifruit - 02.10.19

    On this weeks episode, we talk about strawberries and Sungold Kiwifruit.

    Kale & Arugula, Chefs, Market Report - 02.03.19

    On this weeks episode, we talk about the state of Kale & Arugula, working with Chefs, and Market Reports.

    Avocados, Local Farm Grants, Pop-Up Restaurants - 01.27.19

    This week we spoke to Mission Avocados, Cultivating Change, and co-owner Gabriel and Marcus Deanda about West Oak Nosh.

    Strawberries, Tomatoes, Local Farm Grants - 01.20.19

    In this week's podcast, we talk about strawberry production, why chef Ryan loves tomatoes and local farm grants.

    Yuma, Mushrooms in Kitchen, Local Farm Support - 01.13.19

    We learn on this episode what happens when row crops go through a freeze and Chef Mike Bezdik talks about mushrooms.

    Fresh Product Outlook - 11.15.18

    We hear about the transition that is beginning from Salinas Valley to Yuma, AZ (aka "The Desert") from Gabe Romero, speak with D’Arrigo CA’s Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos about how their company makes the journey seamless, and hear how this year's elections may have consequences for growers and chefs alike.

    Mexican Avocado Strike - Transition to Yuma

    Find out more about the Mexican Avocado Strike and Transition in this week's Market Reports.

    First Fruits Marketing - Opal Apples

    On this special midweek episode, we spoke with Chuck Zeutenhorst from First Fruits Marketing about their fantastic new apple variety, the Opal Apple.

    Fresh Produce Outlook - 10.29.18

    This week Brian makes the mistake of engaging Stephen in his segment. Stephen has a call with Steve Sterling of FreshLink Produce about the devistation of Hurricane Florence and Michael on East Coast produce. And while we're at it, we take a look at the produce industry in our market report segment, in the field.

    Fresh Produce Outlook - 10.22.18

    This week we look at the impacts of weather on both coasts (Hurricane Michael and Tropical Storms Rosa and Sergio) and Brian Denton is back in the studio to recap on PMA Fresh Summit.

    Fresh Produce Outlook | 10.15.2018

    We take a look at the initial reports coming from the hurricane-ravaged areas of the Southeast, and how that will affect the long-term outlook on produce coming from that region. Sunkist's Director of Communications Christina Ward joins the podcast to discuss upcoming varietals that make for tasty additions to the menu in all foodservice sectors.

  • Our Partners & Growers

    Michael Gehman - Double Star Farms

    Michael Gehman of Double Star Farms and Farmstead Foods stops by to talk about the importance of the local food community.

    Rendleman Orchards

    The Farm Market at Rendleman Orchards opens for the season.

    Rendleman Orchards - Crop Prediction

    Join us as we go out into the orchard to evaluate our peach crop.

    Rendleman Orchards - Zucchini Planting

    Planting zucchini squash using no till farming.

    Rendleman Orchards - Apple Harvest!

    Visit an orchard of golden delicious apples at harvest time.