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July 6, 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
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
PLMA Amsterdam  May 21-22, 2020  December 2-3, 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

Postponed to 2021

Event Original Date Rescheduled Date
Alimentec  June 9-12, 2020  March 23-26, 2021 
Bakery China May 5-9, 2020  April 27-30, 2021 
FIGAP October 21-23, 2020  May 5-7, 2021
Fine Food New Zealand June 21-23, 2020 June 13-15, 2021
Food Ingredients China  March/June 2020  March 16-19, 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 
VIV Middle East March 9-11, 2020 November 22-24, 2021


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
Natural Products Expo East  September 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 
Seafood Expo North America March 12-14, 2020 Canceled
Summer Fancy Food Show June 28-30, 2020 Canceled
Sweets & Snacks Expo May 19-21, 2020 Canceled
Vitafoods Europe  May 12-14, 2020  Canceled
World Dairy Expo  October  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

Update on COVID-19 from Food Export-Midwest & Food Export-Northeast Executive Director/CEO Tim Hamilton

July 10, 2020
As all of us—businesses and individuals alike—continue to learn to adapt to the “new normal” during this pandemic, I wanted to update you on some recent developments here at Food Export–Midwest and Food Export–Northeast.
While we continue to be unable to host and participate in events that involve travel and in-person attendance, we’re learning to adapt to the new situation and create viable alternatives as best we can.  Things started out slowly in March and April, but we’ve seen activity pick up during the last 4-6 weeks.
On the international marketing front, I’m excited to share that our team has started to replace our standard in-person activities with virtual online events.  Last month, we held our first virtual event as a replacement for the Buyers Missions that had been planned for the National Restaurant Association Show, the Sweets & Snacks Expo, and BAR 2020.  The event featured over 90 meetings that stretched across 13+ timezones.
In mid-August—in place of our annual Midwest Buyers Mission—we are hosting a “Virtual Connect” fair that will connect Midwest and Northeast companies with over 50 highly vetted buyers from around the world.  Additionally, we’ve introduced two Virtual Focused Trade Missions to Canada and Colombia and are planning additional virtual events in the coming months.  
Demand for these events have surpassed expectations, and two of the events (Virtual Connect and Virtual Trade Mission to Canada) have already sold out and have a waitlist!  As we roll out these new approaches, rest assured that we will provide the dedicated support and customer service that you have come to expect from Food Export.
In export education, our webinar team has launched a series of new COVID-19-related webinars to help companies reassess their strategies during this time.  Visit our webinar page to access all our webinar recordings and learn more about upcoming webinars.
Finally, we’ve seen our Branded Program participants pivot and introduce new activities to replace domestic and international trade shows during this travel-restricted time. These activities include building an international websitebranching out into e-commercedeveloping foreign market-compliant labels, and providing marketing support for importers.
You can learn more about our recent virtual activities—as well as our other existing virtual and online services—in our new blog post “Finding Export Success During COVID-19.”  You can also visit our COVID-19 Resources page for the latest event and industry updates.
We thank you for your support during this challenging time and look forward to partnering with you as circumstances allow on some of our upcoming online/virtual activities.  If you have any questions or feedback, 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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