The Maui Food Technology Center is moving forward this year with sponsoring its second trade show for manufacturers and entrepreneurs in the food industry. The inaugural Supply and Service Expo drew nearly 500 attendees and 50 exhibitors when first held in February 2014. This time around the event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. February 18 at the Hannibal Tavares Center in Pukalani.
“This Expo was a perfect forum for Maui’s food production industry’s various shareholders to come together under one roof to share ideas and concerns,” said Tai Kahn, Lab Director of FQLabs who attended the 2014 event. “It gave everyone an opportunity to meet the regulators, growers, processors, technical experts and various vendors that provide services and supplies to the food industry.” The 2015 event is looking for exhibitors who are manufacturers and distributors of food, ingredients, equipment and packing supplies; dealers, brokers and traders; and business services and educational groups that work with the food and hospitality industries. Vendors can pay a $100 exhibitor fee prior to January 18, $150 for late registration. The fee may be waived for qualified non-profits. For more information, visit www.MauiFoodTechnology.org, or call 888-948-6382.
Individuals attending the 2015 Expo can expect to meet and learn from experts in the field. There are also opportunities for new and existing businesses to network and seek ideas for expanding and/or rebranding. Those expected to attend include representatives from delis and bakeries, specialty stores, gourmet product distribution and agricultural businesses. The Maui Food Technology Center is an organization dedicated to growing Hawaii’s food industry and connecting students, food producers and farmers through the practice of food science. The Maui Economic Development Board is a founding member of the Maui Food Technology Center, and MEDB President and CEO Jeanne Skog serves on its board of directors.