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Maui Food Technology Center to hold second Supply and Service Expo

By Staff | Feb 12, 2015

KAHULUI – On Wednesday, Feb. 18, the Maui Food Technology Center (MFTC) will hold its second annual Supply and Service Expo at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.?

The event features a tradeshow comprised of state and county business development services, food equipment suppliers, food ingredients manufacturers and distributors, labels and packaging suppliers and designers, dealers and traders, social media professionals and brand identity experts.

Specialized presentations by industry experts will be held throughout the day. Featured speakers include David De Candia, director of tea for Coffee Bean/Tea Leaf, on “Tea Trends” at 10:30 a.m.; Neil Ertmer, president of Bay Area Packaging, on “Food and Produce Packaging and Food Inspection” at 11:15 a.m.; Neal Arakaki, Hawaii Pavilion project manager from Jaxie Corp., on “Food Manufacturing Exhibitors at Tokyo International Gift Show” at noon; Ken Dozier, executive director of the Western Research Application Center, on “Grants for Manufacturing, Services and Agricultural Firms” at 12:45 p.m.; and Christina Gilbert, purchasing director of Mana Foods, on “Buying Local” at 1:30 p.m.

“This is the perfect event for new or existing food producers wanting assistance with the many challenges of developing a product and getting it into the marketplace,” said Luana Mahi, MFTC president.

“There’ll also be helpful information for entrepreneurs looking to expand their network opportunities and resources.”

Pre-registered attendees are eligible to win a $200 Hawaiian Airlines gift card and a $50 gift card toward a car rental from Enterprise Holdings; you need not be present to win. The first 200 people will receive a free expo tote. Public admission is free.

For more information on becoming an exhibitor or attending the expo, visit www.MauiFoodTechnology.org or call 948-6382.