June 01, 2022

Monthly Event Recap - May 2022



Food Export – Midwest and Food Export – Northeast’s mission has always been to help U.S. companies increase their export sales.  One of the main ways we do that is by attending and hosting events around the globe. 

In this monthly blog we highlight everywhere we went and everything we did during May 2022!

 

2022 Petfood Forum
Pet Food Ingredients Buyers Mission
Kansas City, Missouri
May 2, 2022

The 2022 Petfood Forum took place the first week of May in Kansas City, Missouri. Food Export hosted a Pet Food Ingredients Buyers Mission alongside the show where we introduced U.S. pet food ingredients suppliers to international buyers.  For this event we had buyers attend all the way from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, and Panama!

Food Export - Midwest Liaison Bryce Krull and Kansas Department of Agriculture International Trade Director Suzanne Ryan-Numrich both travelled to Kansas City to attend the show and organize the Buyers Mission.

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One of the signs displaying information about the event.

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Liaison Bryce Krull meets with one of our U.S. suppliers at the Buyers Mission.

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Food Export - Midwest Liaison Bryce Krull and Kansas Department of Agriculture International Trade Director Suzanne Ryan-Numrich make some new furry friends on the show floor!

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Kansas Department of Agriculture International Trade Director Suzanne Ryan-Numrich pictured with buyers from Mexico, Panama, Indonesia, and Brazil.



Expo ANTAD & Alimentaria 2022
Food Show PLUS!
Guadalajara, Mexico
May 17 – 19, 2022

Food Export – Midwest International Marketing Manager Brendan Wilson travelled to Guadalajara for the Expo ANTAD & Alimentaria 2022 show. We had three U.S. suppliers that exhibited at the show and utilized our Food Show PLUS! services provided by our longtime In-Market Representatives to Mexico.

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Outside of the Expo Guadalajara building where the show took place.

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A look at the trade show floor with the Food Export booth on the left-hand side.

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US Wine Exports, one of the suppliers that utilized the Food Show PLUS! service at the show at their booth meeting with the Director of the Agricultural Trade Office in Mexico, John Slette (left) and USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Administrator Daniel Whitley (right).



National Restaurant Association Show
Food Service Buyers Mission & Beer, Wine & Spirits Buyers Mission
Chicago, Illinois
May 21 – 23, 2022

Busy trade show season in Chicago kicked off on May 21st at McCormick Place with the National Restaurant Association Show. Food Export hosted our annual Food Service Buyers Mission in partnership with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and our annual Beer, Wine, and Spirits Buyers Mission at the trade show. This is the first time the show and missions have made a return since the pandemic began in 2020!

Between the two events we had over thirty suppliers and over 30 international buyers that participated in one-on-one meetings with the goal of forming new business relationships and generating new export sales.

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Sign at the entrance to the 2022 National Restaurant Association show!

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Food Export - Midwest International Marketing Senior Coordinator Femke Bosch (left), Food Export - Northeast Liaison Deborah Ingravallo (center) and Food Export - Midwest Liaison Matthew Lorenz (right) in front of the entrance to the Food Export meeting area on the show floor.

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One-on-one meetings between U.S. suppliers and international buyers taking place on the show floor.

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One-on-one meetings continued.


2022 Sweets & Snacks Expo
Sweets and Snacks Buyers Mission
Chicago, Illinois
May 23 – 25, 2022

Our final event of the month was our annual Sweets and Snack Buyers Mission in partnership with the National Confectioners Association (NCA) at their 2022 Sweets and Snacks Expo.

This event always takes place at McCormick Place in Chicago immediately following the National Restaurant Show to help suppliers and buyers maximize their time with both shows happening in the same location at the same time.  

For this event we brought in buyers from all over the world including Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Trinidad and Tobago and the UK.

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Food Export – Northeast Liaison Deborah Ingravallo getting ready to walk the show floor and meet with U.S.  suppliers.

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A group shot outside one of the retail tour stops that our group of international buyers took before the show and one-on-one meetings began.

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An inside look at one-on-one meetings between U.S. suppliers and international buyers at the 2022 Sweets and Snacks Expo.

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One-on-one meeting continued.