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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.  Printable Calendar (PDF: 117 KB / 1 page).

Event Date Location
2015     
**Winter Fancy Food Show** January 11-13, 2015  San Francisco, CA 
Value-Added Feed Ingredients Buyers Mission January 27-30, 2015  Atlanta, GA and Des Moines, IA 
Minnesota Ag Expo  January 28-29, 2015  Mankato, MN 
**Gulfood** February 8-12, 2015  Dubai, United Arab Emerits (UAE) 
**Natural Products Expo West**  March 5-8, 2015  Anaheim, CA 
U.S. - Southeast Asia Agribusiness Trade Mission (USDA)  March 9-13, 2015  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Manila, Philippines 
**National Restaurant Association/American Food Fair (AFF)**  May 16-19, 2015  Chicago, IL
Achieving Export Success in North American Convenience Stores, May 2015 May 2015  Minneapolis, MN 
**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 
Natural Products Expo East September 17-19, 2015  Baltimore, MD 
**ANUGA**  October 10-14, 2015  Cologne, Germany 
Focused Trade Mission to Colombia for Retail and Foodservice Products November 11-12, 2015  Bogota, Colombia 

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


**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.


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.


Minnesota Ag Expo
January 28-29, 2015
Mankato, MN 

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


**Gulfood** EXT
February 8-12, 2015
Dubai, United Arab Emerits (UAE)

Contact Emily Jerve at emily.jerve@state.mn.us or 651-201-6189 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.


U.S. - Southeast Asia Agribusiness Trade Mission (USDA) 
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.


**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** More Information and Past Results
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 (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 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.


**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. 


Focused Trade Mission to Columbia for Retail and Foodservice Products 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 Christina Connelly at christina.connelly@state.mn.us or 651-201-6220 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

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