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Food Service Industry Guide to Trade Shows: 2019-2020

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Food Service Industry Guide to Trade Shows: 2019-2020

Exhibiting at a trade show in the food service industry using a custom exhibit design is a great way for businesses to showcase the latest in dining innovations. These shows offer an opportunity to network with the most influential people in the food industry. Attendees are often star-struck as top chiefs demonstrate creative approaches and techniques to satisfy sophisticated palates.

In a sea of competition with so many distractions, marketers need innovative booth designs and engagement ideas to grab the attention of attendees. And, for the greatest return, they should exhibit at shows offering the best opportunities to impress the appropriate target audience.

For a large industry like food services, choosing the right events is complicated. There are many shows  scheduled throughout the year, so it is important to research what each offers with a view to your company’s program objectives. Below is a sample list of the  top food service industry trade shows set to happen in the last half of 2019 and into 2020.


October 8-11, 2019

PROCESS EXPO is an annual global food equipment and technology show bringing together professional food and beverage processors and manufacturers. Owned and organized by the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA), PROCESS EXPO focuses on technology and integrated systems for processing and packaging. Machine-driven demos provide the 15,000+ attendees the opportunity to understand the capabilities and benefits of new products. In addition, PROCESS EXPO University sessions offer training in food regulations and safety over this four day exhibition.

Winter Fancy Food Show

January 19-21, 2020

For three days in January, over 1,500 exhibitors inform professionals in the food industry about thousands of new specialty foods and beverages. Held in San Francisco, food service businesses exhibiting at the show can arrange live demo tastings for attendees, as well as access various workshops for continued professional development.

Food Processing Expo

February 12-13, 2020

As one of California’s largest food processing trade shows, The Food Processing Expo features over 300+ exhibitors and provides a broad range of educational sessions.  By exhibiting at the Food Processing Expo, you will meet food processors and growers from large multi-national companies with locations throughout the U.S.

International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York

March 8-10, 2020

The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York is an exclusive event for businesses in the restaurant and foodservice industry held in New York City. This annual show is a great place for showcasing food, technology and equipment on an international scale, and also serves as one of the best ways for businesses to connect with new prospects and current customers.

Digital Food & Beverage

July 20-22, 2020

Digital Food & Beverage will bring together some 300 digital marketers, product specialists and ecommerce innovators in the food industry. This is a great place to discuss the latest fads, trends and challenges, as well as network with top professionals of the field. The 2020 event will be held in Austin, Texas.

Summer Fancy Food Show

June 23-25, 2020

Bringing together a wide variety of food industry professionals, the Summer Fancy Food Show is the largest food industry event in North America. From traders, top chefs, wholesalers, retailers and manufacturers within the industry, this show offers a convenient and cost-effective way to connect with domestic and international food industry professionals. During the two-day event, this show offers educational seminars and networking opportunities.

Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo

August 2020

Held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California, this trade show brings together representatives from over 39 countries, 9,000+ buyers from around the world, and offers 35+ workshops and sessions to participate in during the show. As one of the most comprehensive events in the food service, restaurant and hospitality industry in the U.S., the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo provides a forum for businesses to showcase food innovations through culinary demonstrations featured on the unique Center Stage, where top chefs and restaurants demonstrate preparation techniques, inviting attendees to taste their samples.

Now that we have provided you with important shows to consider for your trade show program calendar, it’s time to consider a personalized show booth design to ensure your presence truly outshines your competitors’. For high quality visuals and a custom designed booth, hire a professional and qualified trade show booth designer like Exhibitus to turn your vision into reality. Our team of experienced designers will take your idea and showcase it in the best possible way, making sure we adhere to deadlines and budgets.

Contact us today to learn more about exhibit options available for the next food service industry trade show.