Our monthly meeting is this Wednesday July 10th, 2019, 7 pm at FTBG in the Science Village Classroom. Manny Wong will be speaking about “Putting Sprouts on Your Table” (Fullei Fresh, Miami, Florida). Please remember to bring a fruit, a dish and a friend.


Manny Wong was born in Havana, Cuba, the son of Chinese immigrants. He came to the United States as a child and grew up in the food industry. His father grew bean sprouts in Cuba and then in Miami, FL established a popular Chinese restaurant.

Upon graduating from Pace University in 1978, Manny established Fully Inc. They grew bean and soy sprouts to serve the Asian community in Miami. For some time they also produced tofu, soymilk and rice noodles. The product line later expanded to include “green” sprouts such as alfalfa, broccoli, clover, snow pea, sunflower and wheatgrass. In 1997 the name Fully was changed to Fullei Fresh. Currently they grow over 20 varieties of sprouts and shoots.

Fullei Fresh uses state-of- the-art hydroponic, vertical farming techniques. Among the varieties grown are alfalfa, bean, beet, broccoli, clover, daikon, soy, snow pea, sunflower, wheatgrass and unique combinations like a Crunchy Mix, Garlic Sprout Blend and Rainbow Mix.

Manny has been a pioneer in the sprouting industry by helping to develop procedures for food safety. He was one of only two sprout growers to be involved with the formation of the United States’ Food and Drug Administration’s Sprout Safety Alliance, which developed the regulations for the sprout industry. Fullei Fresh was the first facility to be in compliance with their requirements. Manny is also a lead instructor for the Sprout Safety Alliance. He teaches sprout growers and government regulators about the protocols for the safe production of sprouts.

Manny believes in community involvement. He is a current board member of the Miami-Dade County Asian American Advisory Board and International Sprout Growers Association (ISGA). He is also a past board member of other organizations.

As part of the food safety standards, Fullei Fresh is inspected yearly by a third-party and must receive at least an excellent rating to be in the program. They pride themselves in continuing to set the standard for the sprout industry. The mission at Fullei Fresh is to set the standards for food safety, while providing our customers with the highest quality products and the best service we can. It is our continuing goal to provide wholesome dietary alternatives which enhance cuisine and protect against disease.

 

The Rare Fruit Council Intl. lost a longtime supporter last week. We mourn Jose M. Trabanco, who coordinated the RFCI Plant Exchange in the 1980s. His legacy will be forever remembered by the hundreds of flowering & fruit trees which he planted in his neighborhood. Photo: El Nuevo Herald, Miami Herald (1990) & RFCI’s Tropical Fruit News (1980s-90s) via the #RFCIArchives

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