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Domestic & International Marketing Calendar of Events


Interested in expanding your company's domestic and international export capabilities?  Join MDA and allow us to connect you with resources to achieve your goals.  The calendar lists upcoming events MDA will attend.  Printable Calendar (PDF: 117 KB / 1 page).

Event

Date

Location

2014

Focused Trade Mission to the Northern Caribbean EXT

September 9-12, 2014

Nassau, Bahamas and Kingston, Jamaica 

2014 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange/Midwest Specialty Grains Conference & Trade Show EXT

September 15-18, 2014

Milwaukee, WI  

**Natural Products Expo East**

September 18-20, 2014

Baltimore, MD

VIV China

September 23-25, 2014 

Beijing, China 

Nigeria: A Growing Market for U.S. Companies

September 24, 2014

Minneapolis, MN 

Feed Ingredient Buyers Mission with World Dairy Expo

September 29 - October 2, 2014 

Minneapolis, MN (stop before World Dairy Expo) and Madison, WI 

**America's Food and Beverage Show** EXT

October 27-28, 2014 

Miami, FL 

Feast! Festival and Tradeshow EXT

November 2-3, 2014 

Rochester, MN 

Doing Business in the Gulf 

November 19, 2014 

Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis, MN 

2015 

   

**Winter Fancy Food Show**

January 11-13, 2015 

San Francisco, CA 

**Gulfood** EXT

February 8-12, 2015 

Dubai, United Arab Emerits (UAE) 

**Natural Products Expo West** 

March 5-8, 2015 

Anaheim, CA 

Focused Trade Mission to Colombia for Retail and Foodservice Products

April 15-17, 2015 

Bogota, Colombia

**National Restaurant Association/American Food Fair (AFF)** 

May 16-19, 2015 

Chicago, IL

**Food Marketing Institute (FMI)/U.S. Food Showcase (USFS)** 

June 9-11, 2015 

Chicago, IL 

**Summer Fancy Food Show** 

June 28-30, 2015 

New York, NY 

Midwest Buyers Mission

July 27-30, 2015

Minneapolis, MN  

Feed & Meat Mission to Japan and South Korea

TBD August/September, 2015 

Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea 

**ANUGA** 

October 10-14, 2015 

Cologne, Germany 

**Tradeshows with Minnesota Pavilions.  Apply with the Minnesota Pavilion Application (PDF: 129 KB / 1 page) or see Business Development and Tradeshow Support for more information.** 

****NEW - See "Tradeshow 101" EXT, video from the 2014 National Restaurant Association (NRA) show****
Published on June 9, 2014 - Learn from expert Minnesota food businesses who have done trade shows for decades! They share ideas, tips and answers to questions you might have when preparing for a trade show.

For more international events, visit the Food Export Activity Calendar (PDF: 176 KB / 3 pages)


**Natural Products Expo East**
September 18 - 20, 2014
Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD
4-booth MN Pavilion; $1,957/10'x10' booth (split-booths available).
The Natural Products Expo’s are great venues for organic and natural retail products. Buyers are well represented from specialty retail chains to mainline grocery, regional (West Coast), National distributors, and even an export opportunity available at these events! Don’t wait because this space will go fast.
Contact Brian Erickson at brian.j.erickson@state.mn.us or 651-201-6539 for more information. 


VIV China 2014 EXT
September 23 - 25, 2014
NEW CHINA INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION CENTER, BEIJING, CHINA
The premier international trade show of feed, meat, dairy, and poultry industry, focusing on products, technology, equipment, innovation, and services of animal protein production industry.
Contact Su Ye at su.ye@state.mn.us or 651-201-6384 for more information.


Nigeria: A Growing Market for U.S. Companies EXT
September 24, 2014
St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis
U.S. exports to Nigeria in 2013 increased 29% to $6.5 billion, Minnesota’s exports increased 80% to $25 million in this time period. This Minnesota Trade Office seminar, includes presentations: Marketing Strategies for Nigeria, Finding Strategic Partners, Not Distributors; Legal Issues Related to Doing Business in Nigeria;  and, Experiences Selling Food Products into Nigeria and Region.
Contact Christina Connelly at christina.connelly@state.mn.us or 651-201-6220 for more information.


Feed Ingredients Buyers Mission with World Dairy Expo EXT
September 29 - October 2, 2014
Minneapolis, MN (stop before World Dairy Expo) and Madison, WI
Meet buyers of feed ingredient products from China, Mexico, the Middle East, Thailand and Vietnam – right here at home! See buyer profiles (PDF: 458 KB / 9 pages). EXT Meetings will be held in Minneapolis on September 29th, and Madison, WI at the World Dairy Expo on October 1 and 2Register EXT by August 6th for just $100, or until August 19th for $150.
Contact Emily Jerve at emily.jerve@state.mn.us or 651-201-6189 or Christina Connelly at christina.connelly@state.mn.us or 651-201-6220 for more information.


**Winter Fancy Food Show** EXT More Information and Past Results
January 11-13, 2015
San Francisco, CA
Contact Brian Erickson at brian.j.erickson@state.mn.us or 651-201-6539 for more information.


**Natural Products Expo West**
March 5-8, 2015
Anaheim, CA
Contact Brian Erickson at brian.j.erickson@state.mn.us or 651-201-6539 for more information.


Focused Trade Mission to Colombia for Retail and Foodservice ProductsEXT
April 15-17
Bogota, Colombia
Contact Christina Connelly at christina.connelly@state.mn.us or 651-201-6220 for more information.


**National Restaurant Association/American Food Fair (AFF)**
May 16 - 19, 2015
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
MN Pavilion. Booths will go fast, as carry-over is very high.
National Restaurant Association – American Food Fair is the largest foodservice trade event in the U.S. If you have an interest in regional, national, and/or international exposure to the foodservice trade, this is the place. The MN Pavilion is located in a high-traffic section of the AFF in the North Hall at McCormick…where 60,000 NRA participants/buyers are trained go for new foods and beverages. Sampling encouraged!
Contact Brian Erickson at brian.j.erickson@state.mn.us or 651-201-6539 for more information.


**Food Marketing Institute/U.S. Food Showcase (USFS)** More Information and Past Results
June 9 - 11, 2015
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
MN Pavilion. Formerly back-to-back with NRA, this event is the only place to be for national RETAIL exposure. If you have hopes to explore regional, national, or even international grocery chain, specialty chain and convenience store markets, USFS is a must-do.
Contact Brian Erickson at brian.j.erickson@state.mn.us or 651-201-6539 for more information. 


**Summer Fancy Food Show**
June 28 - June 30, 2015
Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, New York.
6-Booth Minnesota Pavilion; $1,750/10'x10' booth (split-booths may be available).
Annual domestic tradeshow for specialty foods, featuring buyers from the specialty food trade from throughout the country (spec. retail chains, independants, distributors & brokers), with an East-coast bent; includes a buyers’ mission with int’l buyers. Requires product approval/membership in the Specialty Food Ass’n. Use Minnesota Pavilion Signup Form. note: TSP can help with reimbursement of 50% of membership costs.
Contact Brian Erickson at brian.j.erickson@state.mn.us or 651-201-6539 for more information. 


Midwest Buyers Mission EXT
July 27-30, 2015
Minneapolis, MN
Contact Christina Connelly at christina.connelly@state.mn.us or 651-201-6220 for more information.


Feed & Meat Mission to Japan and South Korea
TBD August/September, 2015
Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea
Contact Christina Connelly at christina.connelly@state.mn.us or 651-201-6220 for more information.


**ANUGA**
October 10-14, 2015
Cologne, Germany
Contact Christina Connelly at christina.connelly@state.mn.us or 651-201-6220 for more information. 


Envisioning the Future of Agricultural Freight in Minnesota (PDF: 929 KB / 1 page)
July 10, 2014 - Alexandria, MN

Visit the Minnesota Trade Events Calendar

MDA Contact

Christina Connelly, International Marketing
christina.connelly@state.mn.us, 651-201-6220

Brian Erickson, Domestic/International Marketing, Tradeshow Support, Business Development
brian.j.erickson@state.mn.us, 651-201-6539

Su Ye, Domestic & International Market Research; China & Taiwan Trade
su.ye@state.mn.us, 651-201-6384

Emily Jerve, Market Research, Commodities
emily.jerve@state.mn.us, 651-201-6189

Ag Marketing & Development Division