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Domestic & International Marketing Calendar of Events

Interested in expanding your company's domestic and international marketing capabilities?  Join MDA and allow us to connect you with resources to achieve your goals. This calendar lists upcoming events MDA will coordinate and/or attend.

Event Date Location
**Natural Products Expo West (NPEW) March 8 - 10, 2018 Anaheim CA
Local Food & Gift Tradeshow / Midwest Pantry February 8, 2018 Vadnais Heights MN
**Winter Fancy Foods Show (WFF) January 21 - 23, 2018 San Francisco CA
Feast! Local Foods Marketplace December 1 - 2, 2017 Rochester MN
**Summer Fancy Food Show (SFF) June 25 - 27, 2017 New York NY (Manhattan)
Agriculture Transportation Coalition Annual Meeting June 6 - 9, 2017 Long Beach CA 
**Sweets & Snacks Expo May 23 - 25, 2017 Chicago IL
**Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants (BAR) @ NRA May 21 - 22, 2017 Chicago IL
**National Restaurant Association/American Food Fair (AFF) May 20 - 23, 2017 Chicago IL

**Tradeshows with Minnesota Pavilions. For more information on Minnesota Pavilions, contact Brian Erickson at 651-201-6539 or brian.j.erickson@state.mn.us.

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

For more international events, visit the Minnesota Trade Events Calendar.

**Natural Products Expo West 2018 (NPEW)  EXT
March 8-10, 2018 
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim CA
This pavilion is full as of 4/7/17.

1200 SQF Minnesota Pavilion, in the new Hot Products hall (North Hall, Level 2). A Minnesota Mingle reception will be offered, with the help of Grow North MN’s Lauren Pradhan.

Local Food & Gift Show / Midwest Pantry EXT
February 8, 2018
Vadnais Heights Commons, Vadnais Heights MN

**Winter Fancy Food Show (WFF)  EXT
January 21-23, 2018.
Moscone Center, San Francisco CA

18-Booth Minnesota Pavilion in the North Hall. The Winter Fancy Food Show is the premier gourmet/specialty event on the west coast, attracting independent specialty stores and chains from throughout the world. Food Export Midwest offers a buyers mission where you can meet 1:1 with buyers from around the world. MDA will likely plan a reception event that will provide excellent networking with your peers, as well as support/service providers.

Feast! Local Foods Marketplace  EXT
December 1-2, 2017
Rochester MN

**Summer Fancy Food Show (SFF)  EXT
June 25-27, 2017
Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York NY 
This pavilion is full as of 4/7/17.

13-Booth Minnesota Pavilion. Annual domestic tradeshow for specialty foods, featuring buyers from the specialty food trade from throughout the country (specialty retail chains, independents, distributors and brokers), with an East-coast bent; includes a buyers mission with international buyers. Requires product approval/membership in the Specialty Food Association. Note: TSP can help with reimbursement of 50% of membership costs.

Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) Annual Meeting EXT
June 6-8, 2017
Long Beach CA

Join the largest gathering of ag shippers sourcing and delivering to foreign markets. Members of the AgTC are individuals employed by companies which are exporting and importing food, farm and fiber products.

**Sweets & Snacks Expo EXT
May 23-25, 2017
McCormick Place, Chicago IL

Event is offered by the National Confectioners Association. Open to Minnesota-based sweets and snacks companies. Six booths are available.

**BAR 17 @ NRA EXT
May 21-22, 2017
McCormick Place, Chicago IL

Calling all market-seeking craft brewers, wineries, hard-cideries and bar-snack makers! We secured a 30' pavilion for producers who are capable of marketing and distribution in Chicagoland.

**National Restaurant Association/American Food Fair (AFF)  EXT
May 20-23, 2017
McCormick Place, Chicago IL 
This pavilion is full as of 4/7/17.

12-Booth Minnesota Pavilion. 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!

****See "Tradeshow 101" EXT, video from the 2014 National Restaurant Association (NRA) show****

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 (published June 9, 2014.)

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