FRESNO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The California Food Expo has officially emerged. Formerly known as the Fresno Food Expo, the name change and brand unveil kicked off a new era for the nation’s largest geographically-focused food industry tradeshow. Over 135 exhibitors from the state’s finest food and beverage growers and manufacturers touted their high-quality products to more than 650 pre-qualified regional, national and international buyers, connecting and creating worldwide commerce.
“Our production value in both fresh and manufactured products, our innovation and our diversity make California a food powerhouse,” said Amy Fuentes, Manager, California Food Expo. “The Expo’s vision to incorporate all of California enables us to harness the state’s thriving food industry and connect buyers to authentic California brands.”
The California Food Expo brand reveal followed the keynote address by Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Karen Ross who reinforced the state’s impact on the national and international foodscape, while delivering a vision for sustained growth.
“California is the nation’s top agricultural producing state, accounting for $46 billion in output from over 400 different commodities,” said Ross. “The state is also home to more than 5,500 food manufacturing facilities, twice the amount of any other state in the nation. These astounding numbers give the California Food Expo an incredible platform to fortify California relationships and continue to expand the industry into the future.”
Top buyers attending this year’s Expo included: Bristol Farms, Whole Foods, Grocery Outlet, Smart & Final, Walmart and more. Complementing the domestic buyers were qualified international buyers from India, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, and international export trading firms.
The 2019 California Food Expo will be held on July 24-25, 2019. Exhibitor reservations are now open at the discounted rate of $900 until March 1, 2019. To register, go to: http://bit.ly/FFERegister.
To watch the California Food Expo brand reveal video, click here: https://youtu.be/CKcMSuT1N_Y
To view the complete 2018 California Food Expo press release, go to: http://bit.ly/2NLpcru
To download photos from the show floor, click here: https://spaces.hightail.com/space/rOXoniG6sZ