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2020 Food & Beverage Events to Consider


Editor’s Note: As the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the US, many of the events we have listed below have been postponed or cancelled.

Because of COVID-19’s community spread, “organizers of large events, meetings, and festivals need to realize the potential risks to all attendees,” Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, told Healthline. “It’s in the best interest of all parties involved to cancel such events,” he emphasized.


Not sure what industry events to attend this year?

Below, we dive into 17 of the most well-known food and beverage events that consumer goods brands attend.

Get motivated, learn new trends, and network at these events:

Food and Beverage Industry Events & Expos


  1. Annual Frozen Food Convention
  2. American Food Innovate Summit
  3. Natural Products Expo (East & West)
  4. Midwest Foodservice Expo
  6. POI Spring Summit
  7. Food Automation & Manufacturing Confernece
  8. Smoke Jumpers
  9. National Restaurant Association Show
  10. Sweets & Snacks Expo
  11. International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association Show
  12. NOSH Live (Summer & Winter)
  13. NACUFS
  14. SmartFood Expo
  15. NACS Show
  16. IFDA Distribution Solutions Conference
  17. IFMA Presidents Conference


Annual Frozen Food Convention

The Annual Frozen Food Convention (AFFI-CON) is a unique event where attendees build relationships with buyers, suppliers and logisitics partners. The agenda includes topics like The Power of Frozen in Foodservice and Produce Safety in the US Marketplace – How to Minimize Disruption.

February 29 – March 3 • Las Vegas NV

More information on AFFI-CON



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 Annie Ryu (The Jackfruit Company), Alison Rabschnuk (The Good Food Institute), Kevin Addesso (Johnsonville Sausage), and more!

March 2-3 • Chicago IL

Who Attends?



Natural Products Expo

East & West

The Natural Products Expo 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 3-7 • Anaheim CA

More Information and Registration – WEST

September 23-25 • Philadelphia PA

More Information and Registration – EAST



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.

March 9-11 • Milwaukee, WI

Registration and Attendance Information




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 22-24 • Charlotte NC

Event Details and Registration

✓ SNAXPO has been reschedule for March 28-30, 2021 • Charlotte, NC


POI Spring Summit

During the Promotion Optimization Institute’s Spring Summit, leaders come together 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 their proven strategies.

April 3-5 • Chicago IL

More Information

✓ Join the virtual summit on May 12, 2020


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 26-29 • Miami FL

More Information

✓ Rescheduled for September 13-16, 2020 • Miami, FL


Smoke Jumpers

Hosted by Blacksmith Applications, this conference focuses on trade investment best practices and technology innovation. Attendees include the professionals from the top CPG retail and foodservice companies. Smoke Jumpers is more than an event, it’s a community. And… attendance is free!

June 2-4 • Chicago IL

Event Details and Registration

✓ POSTPONED • You can still be a part of the Smoke Jumpers trade spend and technology community through resources & email updates.



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 16-19 • Chicago IL

Event Details

✓ Postponed until May 2021


Sweets & Snacks Expo

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 19-21 • Chicago IL

More Information

✓ Cancelled the 2020 show 


International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association Show

This show targets buyers, merchandisers and executives who 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 and success.

May 31 – June 2 • Indianapolis IN

Event Information




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 8-9 • New York NY

More Information – Summer

December 2-3 • Santa Monica CA

More Information – Winter



The National Association of College & University Food Services

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 8-11 • Atlanta GA

Event Details

✓ Registration open as of April 2020


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.

More Information




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 11-14 • Las Vegas NV

More Information



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 25-28 • Tampa FL

Event Details



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 1-3 • Scottsdale AZ

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