Top 10: Food and Beverage Shows

Top Ten FoodA�&A�BeverageA�Shows

in the United StatesA�2014-2015

 

NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION SHOW (NRA)/AMERICAN FOOD FAIR

Dates: May 17-20, 2014

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Profile and Attendance:A�NASDA’s American Food Fair (AFF) pavilion will be featured at the 2014 National RestaurantA�Association’s Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show (NRA Show) – the largest foodservice and hospitalityA�marketplace in the Western Hemisphere.

Exhibitors: Over 1,800 exhibitors focusing on the restaurant, foodservice and hospitalityA�industry.

Visitors: Annually attracts nearly 58,000 foodservice industry professionals, from all 50 statesA�and over 100 countries including over 4,000 international representatives.

Type of Products: The showa��s exhibitors offer unique food and beverage products for theA�restaurant, foodservice, lodging and retail industries.

Show Related Programs: In 2014, the show will offer Specialty Pavilions including the AmericanA�Food Fair and the Alternative BiteStyle, which is the NRA Show’s newest pavilion, showcasingA�products for special dietary needs including gluten-free, allergen-friendly, low-sodium andA�more. Also featured will be the Hot New Products Demonstration, over 70 free educationA�sessions, and the World Culinary Showcase.

 

THE SWEET AND SNACKS EXPO

Dates: May 20-22, 2014

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Profile and Attendance:A�The Sweets and Snacks Expo is well-known for new product launches and innovations inA�merchandising in the confectionery, snack and cookie categories. Show attendees are buyers,A�merchandisers, operations managers and store owners from all classes of trade includingA�supermarkets, drug stores, vending, convenience stores, wholesalers, warehouse clubs,A�theaters, mass and dollar merchants, specialty and department stores. Importers, exporters,
suppliers, distributors, brokers and media also attend. Exhibitors: Over 620 exhibitors; the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo is filled with more newA�products and categories than exhibited in 2013.

Visitors: More than 15,000 key confectionery and snack buyers are expected with over 1,000A�international visitors from more than 90 countries.

Type of Products: The showa��s exhibitors offer unique and new candy and snack products.

Show Related Programs: In 2014, the show will provide a “gourmet marketplace” featuring theA�newest premium, organic and natural products along with tasting and demonstration areas.A�The show will offer many learning opportunities through keynote sessions and merchandisingA�solutions on the show floor.

 

U.S. FOOD SHOWCASE AT FMI CONNECT

Dates: June 10-13, 2014

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Profile and Attendance: The food retail industry’s most-attended conference and exposition inA�North America. The U.S. Food Showcase will be held in conjunction with FMI Connect, formerlyA�FMIa��s Supermarket Industry Exposition and co-locating with United Fresh 2014 and PMMIa��PACKA�EXPO.

Exhibitors/Visitors: FMI Connect 2014 will bring together over 15,000 attendees from 75A�countries with over 900 exhibitors.

Type of Products: The showa��s exhibitors will showcase products including produce, bakery,A�dairy, deli, meat/poultry/seafood, natural and organic foods, and prepared foods.

Show Related Programs: The focus of FMI Connect will be the entire store, from retailA�technology to fresh and perishables to wellness trends, with an expanded emphasis on freshA�and perishables.

 

IFT FOOD EXPO

Dates: June 21-24, 2014

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Profile and Attendance:A�The IFT Food Expo brings together professionals involved in both the science and the businessA�of food featuring food ingredients, equipment, processing, and packaging suppliers as well asA�experts in R&D, product development, and Quality Assurance/Quality Control. Exhibitors: Over 1,000 exhibitors focused on food trends, ingredients and food processing.

Visitors: Over 20,000 food science and technology professionals.

Type of Products: The show features food ingredients, equipment, processing, and packaging suppliers. The show provides a venue for bringing the latest global food trends–and the products designed to meet thema��all together.

Show Related Programs: In 2014, the show will offer Specialty Pavilions offering topicalA�education sessions on the expo floor. Also offered will be the Whata��s New Program featuringA�the newest products and technologies, and the Food Expo Forum offering educational sessionsA�on product development and consumer challenges.

 

SUMMER FANCY FOOD SHOW

Dates: June 29-July 1, 2014

Location: New York, New York

Profile and Attendance:A�The Summer Fancy Food Show is North Americaa��s largest specialty food and beverage event.

Exhibitors: Approximately 2,400 exhibitors from 80 countries and regions, including 1,500 U.S.

Visitors: Over 24,000 high quality buyers from 50 countries.

Type of Products: The show will feature over 180,000 products including confections, cheese,A�coffee, snacks, spices, ethnic, natural, and organic foods.

Show Related Programs: In 2014, the Show will present over 20 educational seminars and toursA�addressing the basics of specialty food, social media marketing and other topics important toA�manufacturers, foodservice and retailers. The show also offers targeted showcases of new andA�innovative products and cooking demos from Celebrity Chefs.

 

NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO EAST

Dates: September 17-20, 2014

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Profile and Attendance:A�Natural Products Expo East is the East Coasta��s largest and premier trade show for the natural,A�organic and health products industry. Exhibitors: Approximately 1,400 exhibitors.

Visitors: In 2013, over 25,000 buyers, suppliers, media and other natural products-industryA�professionals attended the show.

Type of Products: The Expo offers products categorized into Health and Beauty, Natural andA�Specialty Foods, Natural Living, Organics, Pet Products, and Supplements.

Show Related Programs: In 2014, the Expo will offer programs to learn about the food andA�beverage, organics, and dietary supplements. Co-located with All Things Organic a�� BiofachA�America and the Harvest Festival, the 2014 Natural Products Expo East will showcase the entireA�value chain of healthy products from start to finish.

 

PRODUCE MARKETING ASSOCIATION FRESH SUMMIT

Dates: October 17-19, 2014

Location: Anaheim, California

Profile and Attendance:A�The Produce Marketing Association is the leading global trade association serving the entireA�produce and floral supply chains by enhancing the marketing of produce, floral, and relatedA�products and services worldwide. PMAa��s Fresh Summit brings together buyers and sellersA�representing the entire produce and floral supply chain

Exhibitors: Over 670 exhibitors from 50 countries.

Visitors: In 2013, over 13,000 buyers from 61 countries attended the show.

Type of Products: The Fresh Summit offers fresh floral and produce products, organics andA�natural foods.

Show Related Programs: In 2014, the Expo will offer programs to learn about theA�growing/shipping and processing fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, fresh cut andA�value added commodities and organic and natural foods.

 

AMERICAa��S FOOD & BEVERAGE SHOW AND CONFERENCE

Dates: October 27-28, 2014

Location: Miami, Florida

Profile and Attendance: National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and the Foreign AgriculturalA�Service (FAS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will partner with the World TradeA�Center Miami in providing the USA Pavilion at the Americas Food & Beverage Show andA�Conference. This event is the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere and offers valuableA�exposure to the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Canada and Mexico.

Exhibitors: Over 450 exhibitors from over 28 countries.

Visitors: More than 11,000 food and beverage buyers from 63 countries. This event featuresA�buyers from Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America consisting of tradeA�intermediaries, foodservice, food processors and retailers.

Show Related Programs: In 2014, the Show will offer the NASDA One-on-One InternationalA�Appointments program, the New Products Showcase, Annual Americas Food & BeverageA�Awards Competition, and USA and International pavilions offering unique products andA�services. Also highlighted will be the Americas Chef Competition, New Products Showcase,A�International Buyers Reception and Conference Program.

 

NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO WEST

Dates: March 12-15, 2015

Location: Anaheim, California

Profile and Attendance:A�Natural Products Expo West is the world’s largest and premier tradeshow for the natural,A�organic and health products industry.

Exhibitors: Approximately 3,000 exhibitors exhibited at the 2014 Natural Products West Expo.

Visitors: In 2014, over 60,000 buyers, suppliers, media and other natural products-industryA�professionals from 102 countries attended the show.

Type of Products: The Expoa��s exhibitors offer products categorized into Health and Beauty,A�Natural and Specialty Foods, Natural Living, Organics, Pet Products, and Supplements.

Show Related Programs: The Expo will offered programs to learn about the food and beverage,A�dietary supplement/bioactive and nutricosmetic markets being co-located with Engredea,A�Nutracon Conference, the Beer, Wine & Spirits Marketplace and Fresh Ideas OrganicA�Marketplace. Also offered will be Exhibitor-led seminars and a Specialty Diets Forum.

 

INTERNATIONAL BOSTON SEAFOOD SHOW

Dates: March 8-10, 2015

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Profile and Attendance:A�The International Boston Seafood Show is North America’s largest seafood trade exposition andA�is co-located with the New England Food Show, the largest regional trade event serving buyersA�and suppliers in both the foodservice and retail markets. Registration includes access to bothA�events.

Exhibitors: Approximately 1,000 exhibitors from 40 countries attended the 2014 Show.

Visitors: Over 20,000 buyers, suppliers, media and other seafood-industry professionals fromA�100 countries will attend the show.

Type of Products: The showa��s exhibitors supply nearly every type of seafood product, includingA�fresh and frozen, processed and packaged fish and seafood as well as related processing andA�packaging equipment.

Show Related Programs: The show will offered programs featuring over 20 sessions presentedA�by top seafood industry experts. Also included will be a Retail Forum; Seafood Business Summit;A�SeafoodSource.com Consumer Survey Results and a Round Table on sustainability.