Saturday, April 26, 2008

All Things Organic Show

I’m blogging from the Windy City for the next three days…Chicago that is.

Missouri companies are headed to Chicago this weekend to exhibit their businesses at the U.S. Food Export Showcase and All Things Organic Trade Show, April 27-29, at the McCormick Place under the Missouri Pavilion sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Ag Business Development Division and AgriMissouri™. For the first time, the U.S. Food Export Showcase will be combined with The Fancy Food Show and All Things Organic becoming the Global Food & Style Expo. This new event creates the largest display of specialty, ethnic, natural, organic and American ready-to-export products in the U.S.

“Missouri agribusinesses will have a great opportunity to meet with domestic and international buyers and potentially expand their exports,” said Sarah Gehring, member services coordinator with AgriMissouri™. “Educational seminars offer valuable insight into rapidly expanding global markets and Missouri businesses can learn current issues and trends in the food industry. AgriMissouri™ has been a sponsor of the Missouri Pavilion for three years.”

Four Missouri companies will be among over 1000 exhibitors offering over 56,000 products at this year’s show including AgriMissouri™ members Missouri Northern Pecan Growers and Berhanu Organics as well as American Botanicals and Flax Organics. In addition, AgriMissouri™ member Hendrickson’s Inc. will be showcasing their salad dressing at the expo.

“This will be our fifth year to display at All Things Organic in Chicago. This is our most important show of the year giving us valuable national and worldwide exposure. It has resulted in many orders from across the U.S., England, Dubai and other countries,” said Drew Kimmell, managing partner with Missouri Northern Pecan Growers. “The attendees vary from mom and pop health food stores to ingredient buyers to national chains and offers very important face to face time with buyers.”

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