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Domestic & International Marketing Calendar of Events

Event Date Location
**Summer Fancy Food Show**  June 29-July 1, 2014 New York, NY
Envisioning the Future of Agricultural Freight in Minnesota (PDF: 929 KB / 1 page) July 10, 2014 Alexandria, MN 
The Best Ways to Get Started in Exporting August 12, 2014 Minneapolis, MN 
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 
Doing Business in Nigeria 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 
**Winter Fancy Food Show** EXT January 11-13, 2015  San Francisco, CA 
**Gulfood** EXT February 8-12, 2015  Dubai 
**Natural Products Expo West**  March 5-8, 2015  Anaheim, CA 
**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 

**Tradeshows with Minnesota Pavilions.  Apply with the Minnesota Pavilion Application 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)

**Summer Fancy Food Show**
June 29 - July 1, 2014
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: brian.j.erickson@state.mn.us or 651-201-6539

The Best Ways to Get Started in Exporting EXT
August 12, 2014
Minneapolis, MN
Join Food Export – Midwest and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture for a full day of exporting education—for just $50 per person! We’ll cover export shipping and documentation, free trade agreement navigation, classifying your product, export pricing and terms of sale – and all of your exporting questions. Register by August 5th! EXT
Contact Christina Connelly at christina.connelly@state.mn.us or 651-201-6220 or Chris Olson for more information.

**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: brian.j.erickson@state.mn.us or 651-201-6539

VIV China 2014 EXT
September 23 - 25, 2014
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: su.ye@state.mn.us or 651-201-6384

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.

**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: brian.j.erickson@state.mn.us or 651-201-6539

**Food Marketing Institute/U.S. Food Showcase (USFS)**
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: brian.j.erickson@state.mn.us or 651-201-6539

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