Northwest Food & Beverage Show Is Ready to Begin
Next year’s edition of Food Northwest Expo will focus on food and industry growth. The organizers are striving to create the best possible atmosphere for education and economic development.
“There are some equipment manufacturers at our show who only come to our show for the potato industry. They love our members and bring the most cutting edge (no pun intended) equipment to the show for our potato audience. They also strive to maintain the highest standards of Sanitary Design in their equipment builds,” the organizers told Potato Processing International exclusively.
For 2019, Food Northwest has brought to the show nationally recognized speakers on leadership, employee growth and development, nutritional labeling, sanitary design and more.
“Two years ago, Food Northwest shook up the expo landscape and created a hive environment for our show. We built our classrooms right in the middle of all of the action generating a consistent and encompassing flow of traffic to exhibitors and educational options. Our attendees love it and the exhibitors appreciate the added face time they are able to achieve with this layout. We also listen to the industry and look to the future when laying out education – creating a balance of content and free time for floor activities,” said the organizers.
For the next edition, 380 traditional exhibitors are expected, of which 25% work with the potato industry. We also have another 100 booths who are made up of food and beverage makers – this creates another market for potato growers and processors to meet potential product clients. Overall, the event anticipates 4,000 visitors.
“With the agenda design we have developed, there are specific times throughout the day that are without education so there isn’t conflict for face to face meetings. We also host an Opening night reception on Monday evening for all attendees that offers a great way to recap day one and build on new relationships. On Tuesday night we host a buyer and food processor reception that is a little more intimate, but a great way to meet others in the industry and generate new business,” the organizers concluded.