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May 18, 2020

Tradeshow, Trade Missions and Event Updates


Below are tradeshows, trade missions and events that Food Export-Midwest and Food Export-Northeast are involved in that have been postponed or cancelled. We will update the list as new information becomes available.

Postponed to later in 2020

Event Original date Rescheduled date
Alimentaria Barcelona April 20-23, 2020 September 14-17, 2020
ANTAD March/July October 14-16, 2020
Bakery China May 5-9, 2020 July 21-24, 2020
Caribbean & Latin American Buyers Mission June 10-11. 2020  TBD 
Espacio Food & Service Chile September 28 - October 1, 2020  December 1-3, 2020
Focused Trade Mission to Korea for Pet Food Products  March 31-April 2, 2020  November 17-20, 2020 
Focused Trade Mission to Mexico  July 14-17, 2020  December 1-4, 2020 
Food Ingredients (Fi) Asia - Jakarta  September 9-11, 2020  December 9-11, 2020 
Food Ingredients (Fi) South America    November 2-3, 2020 
Food Taipei June 17-20, 2020 December 17-20, 2020
Food Tech Summit September 29-October 1, 2020 November 18-19, 2020
Free From Show (Amsterdam) June 23-24, 2020 November 24-25, 2020
Ildex Vietnam March 18-20, 2020 December 9-11, 2020
Petfood Forum April 27-29, 2020 August 19th – 21st, 2020
PLMA Amsterdam  May 21-22, 2020  December 2-3, 2020 
Seafood Expo North America March 12-14, 2020 September 23-24, 2020
Seoul Food & Hotel May 19-22, 2020 September 15-18, 2020
SIAL Canada April/August September 29-October 1, 2020
SIAL China May 12-15, 2020 September 28-30, 2020
Thaifex May 26-30, 2020 Sept 22-26, 2020
USDA Morocco Trade Mission March 16-19, 2020 TBD
USDA Philippines Trade Mission April 20-23, 2020 TBD
USDA Spain/Portugal Trade Mission June 8-11, 2020 TBD
Vitafoods Europe May 12-14, 2020 September 1-3, 2020
VIV Middle East March 9-11, 2020 August 31-September 2, 2020

Postponed to 2021

Event Original Date Rescheduled Date
Alimentec  June 9-12, 2020  March 23-26, 2021 
Fine Food New Zealand June 21-23, 2020 June 13-15, 2021
Food Hotel Asia March 31-April 3, 2020 March 2-5, 2021
FOODEX Japan March 10-13, 2020 March 9-12, 2021
Interzoo  May 19-21, 2020  TBD 


Event Original date Note
APAS Brazil May 18-21, 2020 Canceled
Brew Expo April 19-22, 2020 Canceled
Focused Trade Mission to Australia & New Zealand June 21-26, 2020 Canceled
Focused Trade Mission to China  August 9-12, 2020  Canceled 
Focused Trade Mission to Dominican Republic August 25-26, 2020  Canceled 
Focused Trade Mission to Vietnam  August 14-14, 2020  Canceled
IDDBA May 31-June 2, 2020 Canceled
IFT  July 12-15, 2020  Virtual Trade Show 
Midwest Buyers Mission July 27-30, 2020 Canceled
Natural Products Expo West March 4-7, 2020 Canceled
National Restaurant Assoc. Show May 17-19, 2020 Canceled
Petfood Forum  April 27-29, 2020  Virtual Trade Show 
Seafood Expo Global  April 21-23, 2020  Canceled 
Summer Fancy Food Show June 28-30, 2020 Canceled
Sweets & Snacks Expo May 19-21, 2020 Canceled
World Pork Expo June 2-5, 2020 Canceled

Virtual & Online Services Available from Food Export

We offer export education and market development services that can be done online and do not involve travel:

Global Market Updates on COVID-19 from Food Export's In-Market Representatives

Message from Executive Director/CEO Tim Hamilton on How Food Export-Midwest & Food Export-Northeast are Responding to COVID-19


As businesses and communities across our regions take steps to slow and contain the Coronavirus (COVID-19), I wanted to update you on how we are handling the situation here at Food Export–Midwest and Food Export–Northeast.

As you know, many of our market development activities are tied to industry events that are organized by others.  As a general rule, we are following their lead as to whether we continue with activities tied to their events. That said, at this time we have canceled all of our event-based market development activities through July 31, 2020.

Our staff are working from home, and continue to review Branded Program applications and claims, as well as support our other services.  We are still able to handle calls and other questions, but request your understanding if technology or other limitations cause delays.  For those of you expecting a Branded Program reimbursement, we are finding payment by ACH can be expedient, so please be in touch with your Liaison or Branded Program contacts for further info.

Given the current situation, I know that exporting may compete with other priorities for many of you. Nevertheless, I wanted to remind you of the export education and market development services we offer that are not tied to industry events and do not involve travel.  In export education, we offer a number of complimentary online learning opportunities, including our newly updated Export Essentials Online and our upcoming and recorded webinars

Other services related to market development that do not involve travel include:

We thank you for your support and understanding during this unprecedented time. While export development remains our mission, the health and safety of our entire community takes precedence at a time like this.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to let us know.  


Tim Hamilton,
Executive Director
Food Export - Midwest & Food Export - Northeast

Food Export-Midwest and Food Export-Northeast


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