2019 Food & Beverage Events to Consider

Not sure what industry events to attend this year? We’ve created a list of 16 of the big food and beverage events in 2019. Get motivated, learn new trends, and network at these events.

American Food Innovate Summit

Discover and define the latest and future trends in consumer behavior ad buying patterns and improve new product launch success rate. Plan your product life-cycle with best practice from industry experts. This year’s featured speakers include Andria Long of Johnsonville Sausage, Chris Kline of Tyson, and Reggie Moore of Land O’Frost.

February 4-5 • Chicago IL

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Natural Products Expo – East/West

The Natural Products Expos is the world’s largest natural and organic products trade show. Transform your business by generating new sales leads and acquiring new customers at an event where doing business just comes naturally.

March 5-9 • Anaheim CA

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September 12-14 • Baltimore MD

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Midwest Foodservice Expo

The Midwest Foodservice Expo is where food, beverage and hospitality professionals turn for real solutions to the challenges of this industry. Take part in educational sessions, seminars from the Restaurant Marketing Symposium line-up and hands-on training covering workforce solutions, operations and building business. This year’s sessions include Dining Habits of Generation Z and Your Brand is Perfect for Someone, But Who.

March 11-13 • Milwaukee, WI

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The tastes, textures and manufacturing techniques driving the snack industry of today and tomorrow. SNAXPO brings together ingredient suppliers, equipment companies, service providers, and industry peers. The event includes an expo floor, education schedule, and networking opportunities.

March 31- April 2 • Orlando FL

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POI Spring Summit

At the POI Summit, leaders come together around the critical sales, marketing, and merchandising collaborative skills to create and optimize promotional plans, assortments, and pricing that drives brand/category/store sales and profits. If you are charged with pricing, trade marketing, category management, merchandising, IT, demand planning, sales leadership, loyalty or promotions, then you’ll enjoy networking at this event and learning from others about best practices, research, proven strategies and actionable advice.

April 3-5 • Chicago IL

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Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo

FA&M brings food and beverage processors and suppliers together to gain valuable information on the latest trends and technologies in manufacturing, automation, sustainability and food safety.

April 14-17 • Miami FL

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Smoke Jumpers

Hosted by Blacksmith Applications, the trade management sessions are attended by the top professionals in CPG retail and foodservice. During the sessions, attendees discuss industry trends, processes and best practices. This year’s keynote speaker is Jack Li of Datassential. Attendance is free.

May 8-10 • Chicago IL

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National Restaurant Association Show

There’s no other place to reach the entire foodservice industry ecosystem. This event covers the latest developments shaping foodservice and includes pavilions for emerging technologies, unique ingredients, and shifting trends.

May 18-21 • Chicago IL

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Sweets & Snacks

Sweets & Snacks is the gathering place for the candy and snack industry. More than 18,000 industry professionals attend the event to connect with buyers, category managers, merchandisers, operations, executives and store owners.

May 21-23 • Chicago IL

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International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association Show

This once-a-year experience targets serious buyers, merchandisers, and executives who all share an appreciation and passion for dairy and deli. Listen and learn from a variety of inspiring speakers as they share their insight in business, trends, personal growth, and success.

June 2-4 • Orlando FL

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NOSH Live – Summer/Winter

NOSH Live conferences are two-day business conferences for the natural food industry held twice a year. All-star speakers from established and up-and-coming brands share lessons in growth, branding, and marketing.

June 10-11 • New York NY

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November 29-30 | Santa Monica CA

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The National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS)

Since 1958, NACUFS has supported the college and university foodservice market by providing members with the programs and resources they need to excel, from benchmarking  and best practices to educational programming and professional networking.

July 10-13 • Denver CO

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SmartFood Expo™

SmartFood Expo™ features more than 100 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and innovations for health-conscious consumers. Education sessions cover a wide range of topics and there are abundant networking opportunities.

June 10-12 • Chicago IL

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As convenience and fuel retailing’s premier industry event, the NACS Show attracts more than 23,500 industry stakeholders from around the world. Buyers and sellers come together to conduct business and learn from one another — all in an environment rich with new ideas and partnerships. The NACS Show is the place to network and connect with convenience and fuel retailing industry peers and experts.

October 1-4 • Atlanta GA

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IFDA Distribution Solutions Conference

The IFDA DSC is the premier annual event on the industry calendar where leaders in operations, transportation and technology gather with renowned speakers, innovators and disruptors to chart the future of foodservice distribution.

October 27-29 • Orlando FL

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IFMA Presidents Conference

The place “Where Leaders Meet.” The annual top-to-top forum brings together influential leaders of foodservice from the operator, manufacturer and distributor communities. Attendees of this strategic by-invitation-only event will meet, connect and discover insights into the channel’s most timely, critical issues and opportunities.

November 3-5 • Scottsdale AZ

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