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The Essential List of Food Conferences & Trade Shows

If you are looking to attend more food industry conferences and trade shows, check out our comprehensive list to find the right ones for your food biz.

Whether you live in the Midwest or the East Coast, specialize in dairy, desserts, or drinks, you can find a food industry event that’s right for you. We’ve compiled a list of some of the biggest food industry conferences and events in the United States so you can choose the best fit to move your food business forward.

Natural Products Expo (East and West)

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Expo East

  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Date: September 23-26, 2020
  • Category: B2B, Natural, Organic
  • Website
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Expo West

  • Location: Anaheim, CA
  • Date: March 3-7, 2020 (cancelled due to Covid-19)
  • Category: B2B, Natural, Organic
  • Website

Whether you choose East or West, the Natural Products Expo is your chance to connect with business owners and industry contacts who have similar priorities to yours. You can also hear about the latest in organic food, regenerative agriculture, and more.

Fancy Food Show

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Summer

  • Location: New York City
  • Date: June 28-30, 2020
  • Category: Natural, Organic, B2B
  • Website

Winter

  • Location: San Francisco
  • Date: January 19-21, 2020
  • Category: Natural, Organic, B2B
  • Website

While natural and organic foods aren’t the only types that appear at the fancy food show, they do have a big footprint at the event. Network with them and all 2,400 exhibitors who come to the show every year.

Touted as “North America’s largest seafood trade exhibition,” this is an event you don’t want to miss if your food business involves anything that swims in lakes, rivers, or oceans.

Nosh Live

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Nosh Live is a food and beverage conference focused on supporting the entrepreneurs of brands in the industry. The show provides sessions on how to improve the business of natural and organic companies through cutting-edge strategies and ideas. There is a summer conference on the east coast and a winter show on the west coast. Nosh Live is put on by the people behind BevNet.

Summer

  • Location: New York, NY
  • Dates: June 8 and 9, 2020
  • Category: Natural, Organic, B2B
  • Website

Winter

  • Location: Santa Monica, CA
  • Dates: December 3 and 4, 2020
  • Category: Natural, Organic, B2B
  • Website

Plant Based World Conference and Expo

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Plant Based World is an event exclusively for plant based food enthusiastics whether foodservice, retailers, investors, or other professionals as well as conscious consumers. Vegan food samples from both small and large brands are offered so you can try new products and learn the story behind them. Networking and education is encouraged in this collaborative plant-based event.

  • Location: New York, NY
  • Dates: June 5-6, 2020 Updated Dates: October 2-3, 2020
  • Category: Vegan, Natural, Organic
  • Website

Food Ingredients North America and SupplySide West

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  • Website: https://www.figlobal.com/northamerica
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Date: October 29-30, 2020
  • Categories: Innovation, Natural, Organic, B2B

These two conferences, happening in conjunction, work to connect food and beverage manufacturers with ingredient suppliers. The first-ever joint event took place October 17-18, 2019 in Las Vegas. SupplySide West is a great fit for food and beverage manufacturers interested in the latest and most innovative trends in food ingredients. Many of the exhibitors work with sports nutrition, personal care, dietary supplements, and more. If your food is in a health or personal-care niche, you could use your visit to these two conferences to get connected with the right suppliers and buyers.

Digital Food & Beverage

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  • Website: https://foodandbeverage.wbresearch.com/
  • Location: Austin, TX
  • Date: July 20-22, 2020
  • Categories: Innovation, eCommerce, Marketing, B2B

Whether you’re a startup looking to network with like-minded companies, or make connections with bigger brands, you’ll find opportunity at Digital Food & Beverage. The conference is designed to be interactive, and the website encourages attendees to share advice and takeaways with one another.

Process Expo

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  • Website: https://www.myprocessexpo.com/
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Date: October 12-15, 2021
  • Categories: Equipment, B2B, Technology, Packaging

Process Expo is a food equipment and technology show. It’s not so much for connecting with buyers, but you could find out-of-the-box packaging for your products (pun fully intended).

Latino Food and Beverage Show

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  • Website: https://www.latinofoodshow.com/
  • Location: New Jersey
  • Date: September 25-29, 2019 (2020 date not announced yet)
  • Categories: B2B, International

The Latino Food and Beverage Show brings the world of Latino cuisine all under one roof. Attendees could use it as their chance to connect with international producers, or find new opportunities closer to home.

Kosherfest

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  • Website: https://www.kosherfest.com/
  • Location: Secaucus, New Jersey
  • Date: November 10-11, 2020
  • Categories: B2B, Kosher

Kosherfest is another global event hosted in the United States, and this one is for kosher manufacturers and distributors. The event brings in about 6,000 attendees and 325 exhibitors each year.

Sweets and Snacks Expo

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  • Website: https://sweetsandsnacks.com/
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Date: May 19-21, 2020
  • Categories: Sweets, Snacks, B2B

This is the perfect convention for those products that best accompany special occasions and Netflix weekends. One of the sweetest events on our list, the Sweets and Snacks Expo welcomes over 15,000 attendees and 800 exhibitors each year.

International Dairy – Deli – Bakery Association Seminar and Expo

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  • Website: https://www.iddba.org/iddba-show/about/overview
  • Location: Indianapolis
  • Date: May 31 – June 2, 2020
  • Categories: Dairy, Deli, Bakery, B2B

The Dairy – Deli – Bake Seminar and Expo is a traveling event, taking place in Indianapolis in 2020. With over 2,000 booths, there is plenty to see for any producer in each of these specialties.

World Dairy Expo

Website: https://worlddairyexpo.com/
Location: Madison, WI
Date: September 29 – October 3, 2020
Categories: Dairy, B2B, Equipment

This expo is all about the technology, equipment, and services that are a part of the dairy industry. Enjoy a trade show, cattle show, and education, all in the same event! You should be moo-ving on over to buy a ticket!

Seafood Expo North America

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  • Website: https://www.seafoodexpo.com/north-america/
  • Location: Boston
  • Date: March 15-17, 2020
  • Categories: Seafood, B2B

The World Tea Expo

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  • Website: https://www.worldteaexpo.com/en/home.html
  • Location: Denver, CO
  • Date: June 8-11, 2020
  • Category: Beverage, B2B

If you’re in the business of tea, you don’t want to “leaf” this expo off your list. As the largest tea industry trade show in North America, the World Tea Expo can help connect you with other business owners, innovators, and other industry contacts.

Sustainable Foods Summit

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  • Location: San Francisco
  • Date: January 22-23, 2020
  • Category: Natural, Organic, B2B
  • Website

The goal of the Sustainable Foods Summit is to move the food industry “towards a circular economy.” Get in the circle by registering for this summit, and you’ll learn how to build a more sustainable food business, from production to packaging.

Healthy Food Expo

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There are three locations for Healthy Food Expo: California, New York, and Florida. This trade show focuses on healthy, natural, and organic products. Samples are available for attendees including buyers, distributors, food service professionals and more. Education sessions around the food business are conducted as well. Open to trade only. These expos are usually co-located with a similar conference.

  • Orlando, FL (September 22-23, 2020)
  • New York, NY (March 8-10, 2020)
  • Anaheim, CA (August 9-11, 2020)
  • Category: Natural, Organic, B2B
  • Website

Coffee Fest

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Website: https://www.la-coffeefestival.com/
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: February 5-7, 2021
Category: Coffee, Beverages, B2C, B2B

Get excited, caffeine fiends! There is a festival just for people in the coffee industry to connect with connoisseurs, suppliers, or other bean counters (no, not that kind), and make key connections over cups of joe.

Americas Food & Beverage Show

  • Website: https://www.americasfoodandbeverage.com/
  • Location: Miami Beach, FL
  • Date: November 2-3, 2020
  • Category: B2B

This conference includes all food business contacts and exhibitors from the Americas, bringing in about 11,000 visitors and 450 exhibitors each year. The event is only for buyers, so it can be another great, focused opportunity to grow your food business.

American Food Fair

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Website: https://www.nasda.org/trade-shows/2020-american-food-fair
Location: Chicago, IL
Date: May 16-19, 2020
Category: B2B, Hospitality

The American Food Fair is led by NASDA (National Association of State Departments of Agriculture), and has a hospitality and restaurant focus. However, there are still opportunities at the trade show for food and beverage businesses of all types.

Other food conferences to consider checking out:

American Food Innovate Summit

Beverage Digest Future Smarts

The Beverage Forum

BevNet LIVE

Chicago Indie Spirits Expo

Consumer Discovery Show

Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo

Food Safety Summit

Food Shippers of America’s Annual Logistics Conference

Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo

Food Marketing Institute’s Annual Business Conference (ABC)

Global Food & Beverage Expo

Grand Rapids International Wine Beer and Food Festival

Great Food Expo

Groceryshop

Gulfood

International Production & Processing Expo

IFDA Distribution Solutions Conference

International Baking Industry Exposition

Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo

International Production & Processing Expo

The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York

International Pizza Expo

Midwest Foodservice Expo

Mid-America Restaurant Expo

NACS Show

The NAFEM Show

National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Convention – NFRA

National Restaurant Association Show

NAMA Show

Northwest Food & Beverage World

Peanut and Tree Nut Processors Association Convention and Trade Show

PLMA’s Private Label Trade Show

PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Expo

ProFood Tech

Refrigerated Foods Association Exhibition & Conference

Specialty Food Business Summit

SNAXPO

United Fresh Convention

Western Candy Conference

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