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Maui Food Tech Center seeks vendors for first Supply and Service Expo

By Staff | Jan 2, 2014

Mike Abrams (left) congratulates Daniel Walsh of Kupono Sodaworks LLC, second place winner of the second annual Maui Food Technology Center’s Food Product Contest held on April 6, 2013.

KAHULUI – The Maui Food Technology Center (MFTC) announced that online applications are now being accepted for exhibitors interested in participating in the first annual Supply and Service Expo. This new trade show for manufacturers and entrepreneurs will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani.

Exhibitors encouraged to participate include manufacturers and distributors of food, ingredients, equipment and packaging supplies; dealers, brokers and traders; and business services and educational groups that work with the food and hospitality industries.

The public will enjoy relevant educational sessions featuring experts in their field, a trade show comprised of national, state and local vendors, and networking opportunities ideal for entrepreneurs and existing businesses interested in expanding and/or re-branding themselves.

Among those expected to attend will be food processors and manufacturers, restaurants, delis and bakeries, caterers, hospitality establishments, independent stores and specialty and gourmet product distributors.

MFTC Board Member Mike Abrams, founder of the highly successful Flavor Waves company, understands the power of networking and reaching out into the community.

“When I launched a food product development program at Oregon State University in 1991, our efforts helped us define trends in manufacturing, marketing and customer demographics,” said Abrams.

“As a result of these tools and resources gained from experts in the field, and by attending events geared toward manufacturers and entrepreneurs, I was able to build a strong foundation which eventually led to starting my own business, Flavor Waves, in 1996. I highly encourage entrepreneurs or anyone interested in expanding their business in the food or hospitality industry to attend this Supply and Service Expo on Maui.”

The exhibitor fee is $100 for vendors and free for qualified nonprofit organizations. Public admission is free for qualified attendees.

For more information and an exhibitor application, visit www.MauiFoodTechnology.org or call (888) 948-6382.