EP 21: Grower Spotlight ~ w/ Albert Mastronardi
Growing up on the family farm in the Kingsville-Leamington area, a young Albert Mastronardi developed a passion for the earth that would grow into a lifelong love affair with farming. His early years were spent working on the family farm amidst his siblings and the Mucci family. There, they created memories and quickly took an interest in farming and growing. Little did they all know where these early memories would take them years later.
EP 20: IFPA 2023 ~ w/ Stephen Cowan & Tyler Jones
EP 19: International Women’s Day 2023 ~ w/ Linda, Fernanda & Kaitlyn
It's no secret that the produce industry has been and continues to be dominated by men. Throughout the years though, the landscape of the industry has begun to change significantly and now features many amazing women in a variety of positions. In this episode, we are honoured to sit down and hear the stories of 3 amazing women at Mucci Farms who’ve each had different pathways that got them to where they are today. Today on International Women’s Day, we celebrate their many accomplishments and express our gratitude for not only them, but ALL the women that make Mucci Farms[...]
EP 18: Community Relations ~ w/ Emily Murracas & Jenna Peters
The planting of a new crop can be symbolic of many things such as growth, hope, potential, and a fresh start. In the weeks that follow, the plants flourish and bloom, taking on a whole new form than before. In order to grow to its full potential, a plant needs a multitude of things such as sunlight, proper nourishment, water, and more. As Mucci Farms has continued to grow over the years, it is very important to recognize the community that supported in the rapid growth and success. With values deeply rooted in family and community, Mucci Farms has several[...]
EP 17: IFPA 2022 ~ w/ Stephen Cowan & Ken Paglione
This week, Stephen Cowan and Ken Paglione "spill the greens" on all things IFPA and what you can expect from Team Mucci at the Big Show in Orlando! If you want to learn more about our industry, they get into some details about what trade shows mean to the world of produce and the critical role they play in connecting all ends of the supply chain! Tune in to find out more about the new association as well as the Mucci Farms Fresh Mix Challenge taking place in the Activation Center!
EP 16: Grow With Us ~ Career Opportunities
As diverse as its products, Mucci Farms also offers diversity in a multitude of job opportunities across the company. Cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers are what most people traditionally think of as #GreenhouseGrown produce, but in reality, Mucci Farms also grows many specialty items including lettuce, strawberries, eggplant, hot peppers, and more. When it comes to career paths, Mucci Farms is no different, with numerous positions that can propel ambitious team members to the next level to achieve their career goals.
EP 15: CPMA w/ Emily Murracas & Joe Spano
On this episode, we are joined by Joe Spano and Emily Murracas to talk all things CPMA! From products to packaging and all the ways you can interact with our team in Montreal from April 5-7th, this episode breaks down everything you can expect from Team Mucci! You'll get some details on our new Linerless Label packaging series, as well as the Reconnect Lounge which is located on the show floor. We also chat about transitioning from the virtual environment back to in-person! Visit us at booth 1615 in Montreal!
EP 14: SEPC w/ Dan Branson & Stephen Cowan
As the continent starts it’s march towards some normalcy, our team is looking forward to attending one of the best shows of the year, the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure in Orlando, Florida from March 3-5. This episode will introduce and reintroduce you to Mucci Farms, along with a detailed description of who we are, what we do, and how we can help retail, wholesale, and food service partners in an everchanging unpredictable market. Senior Director of Business and Product Development, Dan Branson, and Director of Retail Sales, Stephen Cowan join the show to take you through all things Mucci[...]
EP 13: Food Storage & Usage w/ Chef Daniele Palanca
For many, food often represents more than just “something to eat”. For some, food is an expression of culture and a way to value centuries old traditions through recipes. For others, food is directly correlated to well-being and health, a way to nourish their body and provide them with the nutrients for a healthy lifestyle. However, food can most often draw upon the senses and be associated with a memory or a feeling, drawing them closer to their roots and childhood.
EP 12: Grower Spotlight ~ Mike Del Ciancio
An orchestra plays in harmonious symphony to create auditory art that stimulates the senses. However, if a single note is played off-key or if the strings of a violin are not correctly tuned, the success of the entire performance can be derailed. While there are many different sounds that contribute to an orchestra, sometimes it's the faintest sounds that have the largest impact on forging synergy and collaboration of the composition. These sounds are similar to the integral role played by partner growers to support the success of Mucci Farms.
EP 11: Balanced Eating with Krista Williamson
Prior to venturing out on a road trip, one must ensure that they are fully equipped for the expedition. From ensuring the car has a full tank of gas to testing brake lights, there are many moving parts that contribute to a proper functioning vehicle. With regular maintenance and upkeep, a car will generally stay running throughout the duration of the trip and serve as a reliable means for transportation. Much like a vehicle, the human body requires regular maintenance to keep functioning from day to day and it will send us signs in the form of a “warning light”[...]
EP 10: International Women’s Day
The women highlighted in this podcast epitomize what it means to blaze a trail for others to look up to, become inspired by and to have something to work towards. This episode not only tells the stories of some of our highly valued women but also delves into the journey that got them to where they are today. In a traditionally male dominated industry, we are celebrating and expressing our gratitude to all the women who help make Mucci Farms and the produce industry what it is today.
EP 09: Grow With Us ~ A “Quality” Experience
The word farming used to inspire thoughts of open fields, plows and hay. Today, the greenhouse industry has completely revolutionized this term. Greenhouses have transformed agriculture and allowed for the fusion of automation and technology. Now, the careers and roles that would have once been thought to be completely unrelated to farming have expanded and evolved, offering individuals with many different pathways to explore their interests and passions.
EP 08: The Grow Lights!
If you’ve ever watched the TV show “Undercover Boss,” you’ll notice that when most CEOs and company leaders go undercover to work at the ground level, they have only a little idea of what goes on in the day-to-day operations of their businesses. However, this is not the case for Bert or Danny Mucci here at Mucci Farms. Although they’re owners of the company and their roles have evolved, they grew up on the family farm, and have done every job from harvesting, to packing, to even driving pallets onto trucks with forklifts.
EP 07: Trade Show Special Part 3
It may come as a surprise to many that preparations for a trade show such as the PMA’s Fresh Summit, begin several months in advance, even days after finishing the previous show. For the Mucci Farms team, the preparations never stop. There is a constant flow of creativity and ideas that are aimed at keeping the brand fresh and focused on consumer trends. This year, with the trade show moving to a fully online platform, the marketing team was tasked with creating a virtual experience, one they tackled by recreating a realistic trade show experience.
EP 06: Trade Show Special Part 2
Annually, a wide spectrum of highly diverse exhibitors attend the PMA’s Fresh Summit trade show. This show is the true epicenter for the produce industry featuring a variety of well-known brands from different niches within the market, meeting, collaborating and making business relationships. The Mucci Farms team is as diverse as the products and services they provide as each of the Sales Directors have different professional backgrounds which have paved the way for the continued success of the company.
EP 05: Trade Show Special Part 1
In the produce industry, there is an annual buzz in the air leading up to October. To those who are unfamiliar with the industry, the month of October is often synonymous with Halloween and the beginning of the fall/winter season. However, in the world of produce, the month takes on a whole new meaning as the industry anticipates the largest trade show of the year, the PMA’s Fresh Summit.
EP 04: How Do We Build Greenhouses?
Building a greenhouse is similar to putting together a puzzle with a multitude of pieces. Each piece plays an integral role in the final product. Similar to the objective of a puzzle, there is a vision of what a greenhouse will look like once all the pieces have fallen into place. However, it is a process that takes time and effort to ensure that each piece is placed where it is meant to be.
EP 03: Danny Mucci & Joe Spano
Humble beginnings in an old storage room consisting of a single desk, a chair, a tomato crate, a telephone, and a credit book. Driven by their ambition and passion to take the company to new frontiers, Joe and Danny set out on their quest to build Mucci Farms into a vertically integrated operation without a rulebook, relying on each other and their principles.
EP 02: Gianni Mucci
The measure of a successful team often lies in the style, culture and strategy that a coach chooses to implement. Growing up playing sports and knowing what it means to be a part of a team undoubtedly helped shape and impact how Gianni Mucci leads his. As an avid sports fan, Gianni is no stranger to the theme of teamwork, and it has played a large role in the ever-evolving and rapid growth of Mucci Farms.
EP 01: Bert Mucci
The will to run is similar to the uphill battle of life that each and every one of us face every day. Runners can count on sore muscles, physical exertion, most of all, the nagging voice in their head saying to turn around and give up. However, a runner seeing the finish line in mind and sight, reinforces that hard work and determination will be worth it.
INTRO: Ajit Saxena
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