Prune Summit 2023


Check-In + Breakfast 8 AM

965 Orchard Creek Lane, Lincoln, CA 95648

Future-proofing the California Prune Industry

Join fellow California Prune industry members at the 2023 California Prune Summit covering the current state of the prune industry and what it takes to ensure a healthy, vital industry for the next generation. Program details coming soon!


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Power Pairings

  • Kat Turner

    Chef & Owner of Highly Likely Café in Los Angeles and recent Food Network “Chopped” Champion.

  • Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN

    Sports Dietitian to the 2023 Super Bowl Champions Kansas City Chiefs

Panel: Economic Outlook

  • Robert Fox

    Director, Knowledge Exchange

Address by Assemblyman James Gallagher

  • Assemblyman James Gallagher

Panel: A Conversation with Industry Leaders

  • George Sousa, Jr.

    Mariani Packing Co.
    California Prune Board Chairman

  • Dane Lance

    President & CEO
    Sunsweet Growers Inc.

  • Jaswant Bains

    Sacramento Packing Co.

  • Donn Zea (Moderator)

    Executive Director
    California Prune Board

Panel: Energizing California Agriculture

  • Michael Boccadoro

    West Coast Advisors

  • Undersecretary Christine Birdsong

    California Department of Food and Agriculture

  • Emily Rooney

    Agricultural Council of California

  • Trudi Hughes (Moderator)

    President & CEO
    California League of Food Producers (CLFP)

Panel: Passing the Baton in the Prune Industry

  • Matt Bozzo

    4th Generation Prune Grower, Butte County

  • Nick Cubre

    4th Generation Prune Grower, Fresno County

  • Dan Van Groningen

    2nd Generation Prune Grower, Tulare County

  • Natalie Mariani Kling

    Marketing Strategist and 4th Generation Family Member, Mariani Packing Co.

  • Joe Turkovich (Moderator)

    2nd Generation Prune Grower, Yolo County