NEWARK, DE - Fresh produce professionals across the industry are abuzz with anticipation for one of the biggest foodservice focused events of the year: 2017 PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo. The event has more than 170 exhibiting companies, along with networking, information and insights, sessions on trends and innovation in foodservice, and an early bird registration deadline coming up on June 23.
“The networking opportunities with suppliers and customers alone provides significant ROI,” said Jeff DeBoer, Regional Vice President, Added Value, FreshPoint, following last year’s conference. “When you add in all the other events that you can attend from education, expo, tours, hands-on experience, it’s simply the best value imaginable. PMA Foodservice is the top premier event where learning and networking is optimal, and there is truly a return on investment.”
PMA’s 2017 Foodservice event will be held July 28-30 at the Monterey Marriott and Portola Plaza Hotel. The conference and expo, now in its 36th year, continues to draw strong participation because of business networking opportunities, proximity to Salinas Valley, access to influencers, and a fun, informative approach to helping foodservice industry professionals gain inspiration and keep the pulse on customer demands and product trends.
To save 10 percent, register by June 23–save even more by registering two or more people from your company at the same time. Foodservice operators, menu developers, retailers, and chefs can participate in the three-day event at a 75 percent discount.
Highlights of the event include:
- Hands-on produce training
- Chef demos
- Menu tastings
- Insights on new culinary trends and flavors
- A dynamic expo
- Opportunities to network with customers and potential partners
- Fundraising events to support Center for Growing Talent by PMA (CGTbyPMA) initiatives
For a detailed list of all the events, click here.
More than 170 exhibitors will present the latest in products and solutions at PMA’s Foodservice Expo. In addition, 24 companies will participate in PMA’s Fresh Ideas Showcase this year, where attendees will get a sneak peek at products that could be the next trend-setting flavor, variety, or convenience product in foodservice meal preparation.
Fresh Ideas Showcase products include: cone cabbage, veggie hash, citrus “caviar,” ginger herb crystals, chef-ready bell peppers, quick-cook brussels sprout halves, beet powder, radish coins, lettuce blends, lettuce that delays pinking, specialty peppers and herbs, and finely diced ready-to-blend mushrooms. Visit PMA’s Foodservice page for a complete list of Fresh Ideas Showcase products.
“I believe the insights regarding market trends and innovative ingredients is very useful information, and [the Foodservice Conference & Expo is] a great experience for our marketing and culinary teams,” said Maggie Miller, Quality Assurance Product Manager, DineEquity, after the 2016 event.
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