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Food Service Buyers Mission at the National Restaurant Association Show 2018


May 19, 2018 - May 21, 2018

Location: Chicago, IL

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Connect and Drive Sales
Food Export will be conducting a Food Service Buyers Mission in conjunction with the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show, the largest food service and hospitality trade show in the Western Hemisphere. International buyers continue to seek the latest food and beverage trends and products from the United States. Register early as meeting slots are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. It’s the perfect low-cost opportunity to meet food service buyers from around the world in one place!

Early Registration Deadline: March 16, 2018 - $150
Registration Deadline: April 6, 2018 - $225

*You must have a NRA Show exhibitor or visitor badge to participate in the Buyers Mission. Meetings will take place on the show floor at the Food Export booth.

This is your opportunity to develop and expand your business with international buyers who have expressed interest in a variety of U.S. products.

  • Bakery products
  • Beverages
  • Cheese & dairy products
  • Food Ingredients
  • Meat products
  • Sauces & condiments
  • Seafood

Be Prepared. Take Advantage of our Complimentary Webinars
We offer a series of educational webinars. Webinars provide up to date exporter intelligence for companies regarding specific markets, logistics, trade financing, documentation, how to meet and follow-up with foreign buyers and much more. View available webinars.

Food Export Helpline™
Even the most experienced exporters have questions from time to time. Whether you are new or a seasoned exporter take advantage of 1-1 support through the Food Export Helpline™. Learn more.

Export Success!
Participants in the 2016 Activity Reported:

Export Sales
$1.1 Million
Export Sales
$7 Million
First-Time Export
Sales to a New Market
Companies with >20%
Sales Increase

Special Culinary Event

The Food Export Association of the Midwest USA will once again organize a culinary event for participants of this activity. One of your products will be incorporated into the menu for the evening. There, you will have the opportunity to continue discussions with the international buyers.

The event will take place Sunday, May 20th at the Chopping Block in the Merchandise Mart. The cost to participate in the culinary event is an additional $75, which includes participation for two company individuals and the inclusion of one of your products into the menu. 

Please contact Jamie Zmitko-Somers to participate or for more information. 517.284.5738, zmitkoj@michigan.gov. Participation in the culinary event requires participation in the Buyers Mission.

Branded Programs

Double your international marketing dollars with the Branded Program. You may be eligible for up to 50% reimbursement on exhibition fees, advertising and much more. Learn more


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