MONTEREY, CA — What's new in the foodservice world? The Produce News Assistant Editor Maggie Giuffrida had just under six hours to find out as the 2015 PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo wrapped up with a whirlwind one-day trade show July 26.
More than 160 exhibitors competed for buyers' attention, packed into every nook and cranny of the Portola Hotel & Spa. Innovation was the theme of the day and there's ample evidence everywhere in the third video in our series from Monterey.
MONTEREY, CA — The 2015 PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo kicked off with a seaside gala here July 24.
The Produce News Assistant Editor Maggie Giuffrida, the newest member of our video team, talked shop with the industry — and sampled the wares of some of the area's finest food trucks — in the second in a series of videos.
The 2015 Fresno Food Expo boasts an 86 percent growth in the number of participating exhibitors and a 400 percent growth in buyers since the expo first began in 2011. The expo, held on Thursday, July 23, drew big buyers with high levels of purchasing power from some of the largest and most recognized domestic retail outlets, including Costco Wholesale, Food 4 Less, Grocery Outlet, Raley's Supermarkets, Save Mart Supermarkets, Trader Joe’s, Walmart and Whole Foods Market, who walked the floor looking to connect directly with Valley companies.
“This is providing increased opportunities for big and small Valley-based food and beverage producers to network, create new collaborations and business contacts, increasing exposure to broaden their market all leading to increased sales opportunities, while also giving our local food industry a new unified voice that is being noticed in a big way worldwide,” said Bill Smittcamp, founding advisory committee member and president of Wawona Frozen Foods.
Exhibitors were awarded for various contests at the 2015 PMA Foodservice Conference, including the Chefs Talk: A Strolling Lunch event, Sensory Experience Contest, Best of Show and Best Product Promo.
MONTEREY, CA — The 2015 PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo kicked off with a seaside gala here July 24. Record numbers of attendees were expected, as Bryan Silbermann, PMA's chief executive officer, told The Produce News Assistant Editor Maggie Giuffrida, the newest member of our video team.