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Center seeks vendors for second annual Supply and Service Expo

By Staff | Dec 18, 2014

Mike Abrams, Maui Food Technology Center founder and owner of Flavor Waves (pictured with mom Gloria Over), will be among the 2015 MFTC Supply and Service Expo exhibitors. Applications are now being accepted for vendors wanting to participate.

KAHULUI – The Maui Food Technology Center (MFTC) announced that online applications are now being accepted for exhibitors interested in participating in its second annual Supply and Service Expo. This annual tradeshow for manufacturers and entrepreneurs will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani.

Exhibitors who are 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 tradeshow comprised of national, state and local vendors, and networking opportunities ideal for entrepreneurs and existing businesses interested in expanding and/or rebranding themselves.

Among those expected to attend are food processors and manufacturers; restaurants, delis, bakeries and caterers; independent markets/stores and specialty stores; gourmet product distributors; and agricultural businesses.

“This expo was a perfect forum for Maui’s food production industry’s various shareholders to come together under one roof to share ideas and concerns,” said Tai Kahn, lab director of FQLabs, who attended the inaugural 2014 event.

“It gave everyone an opportunity to meet the regulators, growers, processors, technical experts and various vendors that provide services and supplies to the food industry. It was a terrific ‘one stop’ shop for getting help, sharing ideas and getting answers.”

The exhibitor fee is $100 for vendors for early registration (prior to Jan. 18, 2015) or $150 for late registration. The fee may be waived for qualified nonprofit organizations. Public admission is free for qualified attendees. Event sponsorship opportunities are also available.

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