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Top 10 U.S. Food Industry Trade Shows

 

The changing demographics and preferences of consumers continue to shape the way businesses in the food, restaurant and food service sectors develop their products and shape their service offerings. To find out the latest trends in food technology, manufacturing and preparation, look no further than the following list of large, food industry trade shows. And be sure to bring your appetite because if you like free samples, these are the shows to attend! Take my word for it!

Seafood Expo North America & Seafood Processing North America
Dates: Mar 17-19, 2019, Boston, MA
No other trade event allows you to foster and grow business in the North American seafood market. Become an exhibitor and connect with seafood buyers from retail and foodservice industries and network with wholesalers, distributors, importers, and exporters. Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America make doing business in the North American seafood market easy and accessible.

National Restaurant Association – NRA Show
Dates: May 18-21, 2019, Chicago, IL
The 2019 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show® will be held May 18-21 at McCormick Place. Open to all professionals involved in the restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality industry. See the latest culinary breakthroughs, experience new equipment and technology, and leave intrigued by bold insights from industry leaders.

Sweets & Snacks Expo
Dates: May 21-23, 2019, Chicago, IL
Designed for candy, snack or specialty buyers at retailers, wholesalers or distributors, the Expo is only show in the industry where the exhibitors have been curated to offer you a selection of innovative products that will help you attract shoppers. Learn the latest insights in shopper engagement, breakthrough candy, snack and specialty trends, growth forecasts and attention-grabbing merchandising that will drive aisle traffic.

Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar & Expo – IDDBA
Dates: June 2-4, 2019, Orlando, FL
The IDDBA show brings together today’s leaders with tomorrow’s innovators to all grow the future of their business. As the leading show in the industry, we attract over 9,000 attendees and exhibitors and feature over 2,000 booths. Gain valuable insights through informative presentations, buy and sell products and services, network face-to-face, and get inspired by elite speakers.

IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo – Institute of Food Technologists
Dates: June 2-5, 2019, New Orleans, LA
Experience the newest products, latest trends, and cutting-edge innovations at IFT19. Be immersed in the industry’s largest collection of food ingredient, food safety & quality, technology, equipment, processing, and packaging suppliers, all assembled under one roof to help you be the first to learn and see what’s next in the science of food. It’s the only place where you can meet face-to-face with over 1,100 exhibiting companies on the forefront of the latest global food trends, and the see firsthand, the products designed to address them.

Summer Fancy Food Show – NASFT
Dates: June 23-25, 2019, New York, NY
The Summer Fancy Food Show is the largest specialty food industry event in North America, and the premier showcase for industry innovation. Exhibiting at a Fancy Food Show is the most convenient and cost-effective way to connect with buyers from every major food/beverage buying channel in the U.S. and abroad. To exhibit at a Specialty Food Association Fancy Food Show, you must be an Association Member.

International Baking Industry Expo – IBIE
Dates: Sept 7-11, 2019, Las Vegas, NV
As the global grain-based food industry’s largest, most important trade event in the Western Hemisphere, IBIE spans the complete spectrum of companies, people and ideas. Every three years, everyone who has a role in the industry comes together at this powerful event to conduct face-to-face meetings, experience the newest innovations, participate in cutting-edge conference sessions and demos, and build relationships at high-level networking events.

Process Expo – FPSA
Dates: Oct 8-11, 2019, Chicago, IL
Process Expo, the global food equipment and technology show,® represents the pinnacle of food technology bringing together the world’s most successful food and beverage processors, packaging professionals, equipment manufacturers, and leaders in the field of academia. The Expo is owned and organized by the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA), a global trade association serving suppliers in the food and beverage industries.

SupplySide West
Dates: Oct 15-19, 2019, Las Vegas
If you’re looking to grow your business, it’s time to exhibit at SupplySide West—the world’s leading ingredient and solutions tradeshow where science & strategy intersect. SupplySide West offers a unique opportunity to reach leading product development teams and C-level execs at an event that draws together key decision-makers from around the world in the dietary supplement, food, beverage, personal care and sports nutrition markets—all in one location.

Kosherfest 2019
Dates: Nov 12-13, 2019, Secaucus, NJ
Kosherfest gives manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of kosher certified products and services the opportunity to reach thousands of mainstream and independent kosher trade buyers from across the globe. Kosherfest exhibitors receive exposure to high volume buyers via the Key Buyer Program, access to education sessions covering the industry’s most relevant topics, media exposure, sponsorship opportunities, exhibitor-only entries to the Kosherfest New Product Competition, and a New Product Showcase.

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About the Author

Mary Rita Crowe is a Chicago native and the Managing Director at Skyline Exhibits Chicago. She has been in the trade show industry for 15 years working with companies to provide Chicago trade show displays and solutions.

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