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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 coordinate and/or attend.

Event Date Location
2015     
**Summer Fancy Food Show**  June 28-30, 2015  New York, NY (Manhattan)  
Midwest Buyers Mission July 27-30, 2015 Minneapolis, MN  
Governor's Trade Mission to Mexico August 9-14, 2015  Mexico 
Feed & Meat Mission to Japan and South Korea TBD August/September, 2015  Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea 
Focused Trade Mission to Canada for Specialty and Natural Products - Food Export   September 9-10, 2015
 Toronto, Canada
Natural Products Buyers Mission at the Natural Products Expo East Show - Food Export   September 16-17, 2015 Baltimore, MD  
**Natural Products Expo East** September 17-19, 2015  Baltimore, MD 
Value-Added Feed Ingredients Buyers Mission at the 2015 World Dairy Expo - Food Export September 29 - October 1, 2015 Madison, WI
**ANUGA**  October 10-14, 2015  Cologne, Germany 
Convenience Products Buyers Mission at the NACS Show - Food Export  October 11, 2015 Las Vegas, NV  
Focused Trade Mission to Singapore for Retail and Foodservice Products - Food Export  October 18-19, 2015  Singapore
Focused Trade Mission to the Philippines for Retail and Foodservice Products - Food Export October 20-21, 2015
Manila, Philippines
Focused Trade Mission to Cambodia for Retail and Foodservice Products - Food Export October 22-23, 2015 Phnom Penh, Cambodia
**Americas Food and Beverage Show (AFB)** October 26 – 27, 2015  Miami Beach, FL  
Focused Trade Mission to Brazil for Retail and Food Service Products - Food Export November 9-10, 2015 Sao Paulo, Brazil
Focused Trade Mission to Colombia for Retail and Foodservice Products - Food Export November 11-12, 2015  Bogota, Colombia 
Private Label Buyers Mission: Philadelphia, PA - Food Export  November 13, 2015 
 
Philadelphia, PA  
Private Label Buyers Mission at the 2015 Private Label Manufacturers Association Show - Food Export November 15, 2015  Rosemont, IL
Focused Trade Mission to the Middle East for Retail and Food Service Products - Food Export December 11-13, 2015 Kuwait City, Kuwait 
2016    
**Winter Fancy Food Show (WFF)** January 17-19, 2016 San Francisco, CA  
VIV MEA (Middle East and Africa) February 16-18, 2016  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) 
**Gulfood**  February 21-25, 2016 Dubai, UAE 
 **Natural Products Expo West** March 2016 Anaheim, CA
**National Restaurant Association/American Food Fair (AFF) **  May 21-24, 2016   Chicago, IL  
Food Marketing Institute (FMI)/U.S. Food Showcase (USFS)  June 20-23, 2015   Chicago, IL  
**Summer Fancy Food Show (SFF)** June 26-28, 2016   New York, NY (Manhattan)  

**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.** 

For more information on Food Export trade or buyers missions, contact Jeff Phillips at 651-201-6220 or jeffery.phillips@state.mn.us.

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


**Summer Fancy Food Show** More Information and Past Results
June 28 - June 30, 2015
Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, New York.

8-Booth Minnesota Pavilion ($1,750/10'x10' booth).  Annual domestic tradeshow for specialty foods, featuring buyers from the specialty food trade from throughout the country (specialty retail chains, independants, distributors and brokers), with an East-coast bent; includes a buyers’ mission with international buyers. Requires product approval/membership in the Specialty Food Association. 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

Position yourself and your product in front of international buyers who continue to seek the latest food trends and products from the United States.  It's the perfect low-cost opportunity to meet buyers from established and emerging markets in one place!

Contact Jeffrey Phillips at jeffrey.phillips@state.mn.us or 651-201-6220 for more information.


Governor's Mission to Mexico EXT
August 9-14, 2015
Mexico

Apply to join the delegation - deadline Friday, April 17, 2015.

Contact Jeffrey Phillips at jeffrey.phillips@state.mn.us or 651-201-6220 for more information.


**Natural Products Expo East** EXT
September 17-19, 2015
Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD
4-booth MN Pavilion; $2,125/10'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.


**ANUGA**
October 10-14, 2015
Cologne, Germany

Exhibit at world's largest food show! The MDA is holding three booths for a small Minnesota Pavilion at the biennial Anuga food show. Minnesota food companies can secure this high-demand and valuable booth space at a 50 percent discount through the MDA. Planning, marketing and other event support will be provided by the MDA. 

In 2013, Anuga hosted 6,777 exhibitors from 98 countries. More than 154,000 trade visitors from 187 countries toured the trade halls.

Contact Brian Erickson at brian.j.erickson@state.mn.us or 651-201-6539 for more information. 


**Americas Food and Beverage Show (AFB)**
October 26 – 27, 2015
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, FL

Contact Brian Erickson at brian.j.erickson@state.mn.us or 651-201-6539 for more information.


Focused Trade Mission to Columbia for Retail and Foodservice Products (Food Export) EXT
November 11-12, 2015
Bogota, Colombia

The U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement went into effect in 2012. Under the agreement Colombia will provide immediate duty-free access for various animal feeds that increases 5 percent annually. Colombia will phase out the out-of-quota tariffs, over 12 years. Meet buyers and learn first-hand about these growing markets.

Contact Jeffrey Phillips at jeffrey.phillips@state.mn.us or 651-201-6220 for more information.


2016


**Winter Fancy Food Show (WFF)** EXT More Information and Past Results
January 17-19, 2016  
Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA

Contact Brian Erickson at brian.j.erickson@state.mn.us or 651-201-6539 for more information.


Minnesota Ag Expo
January 2016
Mankato, MN

Register online or contact Emily Jerve at emily.jerve@state.mn.us or 651-201-6189 for more information.


VIV MEA (Middle East and Africa) (PDF: 478 KB / 1 page)
February 16-18, 2016
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Contact Su Ye at su.ye@state.mn.us or 615-201-6384 for more information.


**Gulfood** EXT
February 21-25, 2016
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)


**Natural Products Expo West**
March 2016
Anaheim, CA

Contact Brian Erickson at brian.j.erickson@state.mn.us or 651-201-6539 for more information. 


**National Restaurant Association/American Food Fair (AFF)**
May 21-24, 2016
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 (FMI)/U.S. Food Showcase (USFS)   More Information and Past Results
June 20 - 23, 2016
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

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** More Information and Past Results
June 26 - June 28, 2016
Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, New York.

10-Booth Minnesota Pavilion.  Annual domestic tradeshow for specialty foods, featuring buyers from the specialty food trade from throughout the country (specialty retail chains, independants, distributors and brokers), with an East-coast bent; includes a buyers’ mission with international buyers. Requires product approval/membership in the Specialty Food Association. 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.


Past Events


Value-Added Feed Ingredients Buyers Mission
January 27-30, 2015
Atlanta, GA and Des Moines, IA

Meet Feed Ingredients Buyers in January! For the first time, Food Export Midwest offers a Value-Added Feed Ingredients Buyers Mission at the 2015 International Feed Expo. The event is part of the larger Poultry, Meat and Feed Expos, which are set for January 27-30, 2015 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. More than 25,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors are anticipated.

The Buyers Mission includes one-on-one meetings with eight importers from Brazil, China, Guatemala, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Taiwan, and Vietnam. The meetings are scheduled during the expo in Atlanta, Georgia; January 27-29 and in Des Moines, Iowa; January 29-30.

Contact Su Ye at su.ye@state.mn.us or 651-201-6384 for more information and online to register.


U.S. - Southeast Asia Agribusiness Trade Mission (USDA) EXT
March 9-13, 2015
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Manila, Philippines

The USDA Southeast Asia Agribusiness Trade Mission will provide first-hand market information, access to government decision makers, and one-on-one meetings with ag and food buyers and importers from Malaysia and the Philippines. The goal is to assist U.S. businesses positioning themselves to enter into or expand their presence in Southeast Asia.

Apply online or contact Su Ye at su.ye@state.mn.us or 651-201-6384 for more information.


Local Food and Gift Show
March 16, 2015
Minneapolis, MN


U.S. Food Bean Conference
April 2-3, 2015
Seoul, South Korea

Contact jchung@ct.ussec.org for more information.


China World Dairy Expo 
April 22-24, 2015 
Harbin, China 

Contact Su Ye at su.ye@state.mn.us or 651-201-6384 for more information.


Focused Trade Mission to Taiwan: Retail and Food
May 11-12, 2015
Taipei, Taiwan


**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.  


****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.

MDA Contact

Jeffrey Phillips, International Trade Manager
jeffrey.phillips@state.mn.us, 651-201-6220

Brian Erickson, 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