Produce Alliance LLC Implements First Next Generation Committee


June 19, 2015

Chicago, IL- Produce Alliance LLC, the nation’s leading produce management, consulting and procurement company, held their first Next Gen Committee meeting this week at their flagship downtown Chicago office.  

The Produce Alliance (PA) Next Gen is a diverse group of young professionals dedicated to shaping the future trends of Fresh Produce within the Food Service Industry through innovative collaboration and business development.  PA Next Gen aims to sustain the time honored culture, work ethic and vision of the Produce Alliance Network of growers, shippers, distributors, and end user clientele to enhance the produce experience now and for the Next Generation.

The Produce Alliance Network is made up of over 50 specialized distributors and over 150 premium growers, shippers and processors.  Many of the companies within the PA infrastructure are family owned with leaders representing their fourth and fifth generation of growth and success.  Produce Alliance recognized their young professional community as an untapped resource and created Next Gen as a means of driving the industry forward.

The Next Gen Committee is an elected counsel of young professionals within The Produce Alliance Network dedicated to the innovative growth of the next generation of produce specialists within the food service industry.  During the first Next Gen Committee Meeting, focus groups were implemented to explore a variety of industry opportunities including food safety, philanthropy, culinary, sustainability, procurement, technology, networking and business development.

“The first Next Generation Board meeting exceeded our expectations,” Melissa Ackerman, VP of Client Services & Associate General Counsel of Produce Alliance, said after the meeting.  “Each individual brought so much to the table, and innovatively looked at existing areas of opportunities in the produce and food service industry.  Together we believe this board will be at the forefront of industry trends, leading each of our companies and our end user clients to greater success.”

If you’d like to learn more about PA Next Gen please contact Claire Stahlecker at