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World-Renowned Author, Broadcaster and Food Critic Simon Majumdar Returns to the San Joaquin Valley for the 2016 Fresno Food Expo

The Expo invites restaurateurs to integrate local products in new people-to-plate initiative

Fresno, California – April 27, 2016... Simon Majumdar, world-renowned author, broadcaster and Food Network personality, will attend the Fresno Food Expo this July as a special guest to discover and highlight the innovative and diverse food and beverage products from Central California’s San Joaquin Valley, including Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare counties.

Majumdar’s passion for food has taken him to all fifty states and dozens of countries around the world. He has written three books including “Eat My Globe,” “Eating for Britain,” and his latest, “Fed, White and Blue,” which catalogues his journey to American citizenship. He also is a well-recognized personality on the Food Network, regularly appearing on shows such as “Iron Chef America,” “The Next Iron Chef,” The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Extreme Chef” and “Beat Bobby Flay.” Majumdar also appeared as an expert commentator on National Geographic's major series “EAT: The Story of Food.” Although this is not Simon’s first visit to Central California, it was the success of the Fresno Food Expo that piqued his interest in the region prior to his first visit in September of 2015.

“My mantra is ‘Go everywhere. Eat everything.’ During my last book tour, it was the smaller towns and cities that provided the highlights and often the best things to eat,” said Majumdar. “These towns and cities are often overlooked, sometimes unloved and rarely mentioned when articles are written about America's food revolution. I believe this region is a perfect example of that.”

To help set the stage for Majumdar’s attendance, the Fresno Food Expo will host a new culinary portion as part of the Public Event on July 28, inviting restaurants from the Central California San Joaquin Valley to help deliver a food tasting experience truly reflective of the region. Participating restaurants will be tasked with creating an appetizer that integrates at least two locally sourced products from food or beverage producers exhibiting at the Expo.

The idea behind the new culinary aspect is to connect food growers and manufacturers from the eight-county region with restaurateurs who can bring the foods of our region to life.

To further shed light on participating restaurateurs, the Fresno Food Expo will host five awards as part of the evening celebration, three of which will be judged by Simon himself. Awards will recognize restaurateurs in categories such as Best Integration of Expo Products, Best Food & Drink Pairing, Most Creative, Valley’s Voice and The Buzz.

Restaurateurs from the eight-county Central California region are invited to apply to participate in the Fresno Food Expo’s Public Event, and can download the application and participation requirements at http://www.fresnofoodexpo.com/registration/public-tickets. Applications are due no later than June 3, 2016.

In addition, the Fresno Food Expo will be inviting adult beverage companies from our eight-county region to participate in the Public Event free of charge to compliment the evening’s food tasting event.

In addition to Majumdar’s participation in the Public Event, he also will be side-by-side with regional, national and international buyers, as well as local growers, producers and restaurateurs as they participate in a number of events surrounding the 2016 Fresno Food Expo July 27-28, including:

  • Site Tours: Majumdar will join buyers on grower and manufacturer site tours that provide a rare inside look at some of the region’s largest companies as they experience how products are made first-hand.
  • Pairings: Fresno Food Expo’s official opening reception is an exclusive event for pre-registered buyers and sponsors of the Expo. Pairings will feature live cooking stations, where the region’s leading food producers and manufacturers will be paired with some of the region’s most well-known chefs as they prepare innovative, new menu offerings from local products that can only be found on the Fresno Food Expo show floor.
  • Business-to-Business: Unlike any other trade show, the Fresno Food Expo offers the opportunity for local, regional, national and international buyers to connect with the Presidents and CEOs behind some of the nation’s largest food industry companies. During this business-to-business portion of the show, Majumdar will join buyers in exploring products in every category and learn one-on-one from budding food entrepreneurs who migrate to the region.

“The Fresno Food Expo is a celebration of all things food and the experience food inspires,” said David Nalchajian, General Manager of the Fresno Food Expo. “We look forward to having Simon join in our celebration, and believe his passion for food and our region will put a much deserved spotlight on the food and beverage producers who dedicate their lives to creating quality, superior products, while also attracting even more national and international foodservice and retail buyers who seek out the diverse range of products we have to offer.”

Within the last year alone, the region has seen visits from Guy Fieri, host of Food Network’s “Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives” (Stockton, Modesto and Bakersfield); Alton Brown, host of Food Network’s “Good Eats” (Fresno); Fabio Viviani, fan-favorite and contestant on Bravo’s “Top Chef” (Fresno); Bobby Flay, American celebrity chef, restaurateur and reality television personality (Fresno); Noah Cappe, host of Food Network’s “Carnival Eats” (Turlock); Anthony Lamas, Valley-native and winner of Food Network’s “Extreme Chef” (Visalia), Cheryl Forberg, best-selling author, award-winning chef and nutritionist for ABC’s The Biggest Loser (Visalia).

Registration is currently open for buyers and exhibitors who are interested in attending the Expo, as well as restaurants that are interested in participating in the new culinary aspect of the Public Event. More than 150 exhibitors and 950 key pre-qualified international and domestic buyers are expected to participate. Noted buyers already registered for the 2016 Fresno Food Expo include Whole Foods, Vallarta Supermarkets, Save Mart Supermarkets, Food 4 Less, Tony’s Fine Foods, JD Food, Saladino’s Foodservice and more. Additional information is available at www.FresnoFoodExpo.com. Ticket sales to the Public Event filled with sampling and discovery will go on sale May 23.

 

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About Fresno Food Expo:
Originally developed as an economic development initiative by the City of Fresno in 2011, the Expo has since emerged as the nation’s only exclusively regional food show bringing together growers, processors, manufacturers and industry service providers with buyers from around the world. Since its debut, the Expo has brought heightened awareness to the region’s food production industry as new, innovative businesses emerge and industry collaborations form as a direct result of the show. The Expo has introduced 226 different food and beverage companies to new customers and hosted 1,825 different qualified buyers, including over 100 strategically recruited international buyers.

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Top Food Industry Leaders Guide the Nation’s Only Exclusively Regional Food Show To Its Next Generation

Food Expo transitions from City-run event to industry-led initiative to expand food production, July 27-28

Fresno, California – March 14, 2016... A collaborative group of top food industry leaders in Central California's San Joaquin Valley came together to celebrate the formal launch and open registration for the 2016 Fresno Food Expo that will take place July 27-28, 2016. Now in its sixth year of operation, the Expo has evolved into a standalone 501c6 nonprofit organization under the newly announced oversight of a 13- member Board of Directors, with current daily management services provided by David Nalchajian, Inc. The announcement took place on Monday, March 14, 2016 at Fresno-based Sunnyland Mills, a valued Expo exhibiting sponsor and America's oldest producer of premium Bulgur wheat.

Board members leading this charge have been involved in the Fresno Food Expo since its inception serving in various advisory capacities including Chairwoman of the Board and City of Fresno Mayor, Ashley Swearengin; Vice Chairwoman of the Board, Agnes Saghatelian, President of Valley Lahvosh Baking Company; Board Secretary, Vincent Ricchiuti, Director of Operations for Enzo Olive Oil Company; Board Treasurer, Denver Schutz, Technical Services Manager of Gerawan Farming; Mark Ford, President of JD Food; Mike Grazier, President of Busseto Foods; Helen Chavez-Hansen, Owner and President of La Tapatia Tortilleria, Inc.; Jimmy Maxey, Chairman of Certified Meat Products; Chuck Nichols, President of Nichols Farms; Rod Noll, Vice President of the Western Region for US Cold Storage; Justin Parnagian, Sales Director for Fowler Packing Company; Fred Ruiz, Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Ruiz Foods; and Bill Smittcamp, President & CEO of Wawona Frozen Foods.

Originally developed as an economic development initiative by the City of Fresno in 2011, the Expo has since emerged as the nation's only exclusively regional food show bringing together growers, processors, manufacturers and industry service providers with buyers from around the world. Since its debut, the Expo has heightened the awareness of the region's food production industry and watched new, innovative businesses emerge and new industry collaborations form as a direct result of the show. It has introduced 226 different food and beverage companies to new customers and hosted 1,825 different qualified buyers, including over 100 strategically recruited international buyers. With this impressive track record, the 2016 Expo already has nearly 50% of the show floor filled with returning exhibitors.

"Through the insight of these top food industry leaders over the past five years, the Fresno Food Expo has brought the region together in incredible ways not just as an agricultural community, but as a food community," said David Nalchajian, General Manager of the Fresno Food Expo. "We are excited to build upon our success as a show and we look to forward to further capitalizing on industry successes in every category to increase awareness of our food production industry and celebrate its quality, its diversity, its uniqueness, and its value on both a national and international scale."

Unlike any other trade show, the Fresno Food Expo offers the opportunity for local, regional, national and international buyers to connect with the actual Presidents and CEOs behind some of the nation's largest food industry companies with the invitation to explore products in every category and learn from budding food entrepreneurs who migrate to the region.

"A third-generation, family-owned and operated business, we are the oldest manufacturer of Bulgur wheat in the world and pride ourselves in purchasing 90% of our raw materials from right here in the Valley," said Steve Orlando, President of Sunnyland Mills. "For our company, the Fresno Food Expo provides an invaluable opportunity for networking, to share ideas and to be a part of something bigger than ourselves as we see businesses come together with one common goal of not just growing their own company or sector, but the entire food production industry throughout the region."

Innovation stemming from Central California's San Joaquin Valley will continue to be celebrated through the New Product Awards presented by Baker Peterson Franklin CPA, LLP, which has debuted over 125 new products from Valley-based companies since the showcase began in 2013, launching new trends and concepts. Last year's New Product Award winners Molucca Chocolate (People's Choice Award Winner – Craft Chocolate Bars) and Top O' The Morn Farms (Buyer's Choice Award Winner – Farmstead Sweet Cream Butter) were also in attendance at Sunnyland Mills to help the Fresno Food Expo Management and Board of Directors celebrate the launch of this year's effort and plans for growth into the future. Other past products entered into the awards range from new packaging for fresh fruits and vegetables to flavor-infused water, wines and craft beer. Applications for the 2016 New Product Awards are available to interested companies now and the deadline for submissions will be July 1, 2016.

Also returning to the Expo will be the Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Award, a legacy award that was created in 2015 to support the mission of the Fresno Food Expo through mentorship and guidance from the founder behind one of the largest food manufacturing companies in the region. Named in honor of Fred Ruiz, founder of Ruiz Food Products, Inc. and now Fresno Food Expo Board Member, this award honors companies who have the same vision and qualities that took Ruiz Foods from a small, family start-up to the largest frozen Mexican food manufacturer in the United States. In its inaugural year, Rosa Brothers Milk Company, also in attendance for the announcement at Sunnyland Mills, was named the Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Award winner following a remarkable 300% growth since launching their glass bottled milk at the 2012 Fresno Food Expo. Applications for the 2016 Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Award are available now and will be due July 1, 2016.

"Through our awards programs, mentorship, educational training and a shared vision for the future for the thriving food industry that exists here, the Expo is connecting companies big and small from different sectors of the industry in an unprecedented way," stated Fred Ruiz, Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus

of Ruiz Foods. "By acting as a resource for the region's food community, this collaborative initiative deepens the celebration of food production and the personal experience food inspires while promoting increased business growth, connectivity and commerce for the overall region."

The 2016 Fresno Food Expo will take place July 27-28, 2016 with site tours and an opening reception for pre-registered buyers, followed by a trade show. To commemorate the evolution of the Fresno Food Expo, a new logo and website have also been introduced.

Registration is currently open for buyers and exhibitors. More than 150 exhibitors and 950 key pre- qualified international and domestic buyers are expected to participate. Noted buyers already registered for the 2016 Fresno Food Expo include Whole Foods, Vallarta Supermarkets, Save Mart Supermarkets, Food 4 Less, Tony's Fine Foods, JD Food, Saladino's Foodservice and more. Registration forms and additional information is available at www.FresnoFoodExpo.com. Exhibitors can take advantage of early bird discounts, a 40% savings available until March 18, with public ticket sales to the "Epicurean Evening" event filled with sampling and discovery launching in May.

/news/top-food-industry-leaders-guide-nation%E2%80%99s-only-exclusively-regional-food-show-its-next March 14th, 2016
Nation’s Largest Regional Food Show Boasts Buyer Growth in 2015

More than 2,000 buyers and food enthusiasts taste and see San Joaquin Valley's finest products

Fresno, California – July 23, 2015…The 2015 Fresno Food Expo, presented by Union Bank, celebrated its 5th anniversary on Thursday, July 23 when 121 food and beverage companies ranging from producers and growers to manufacturers and processors from throughout the 8-county San Joaquin Valley met with 917 pre-qualified regional, national and international foodservice and retail buyers, restaurant chefs and institutions, as well as more than 1,100 members of the public looking to support local business.

In its five year history, the Expo has introduced 226 different Valley-based food and beverage companies to new customers and hosted 1,825 different buyers, including more than 100 international buyers. These record breaking numbers at the 2015 Expo reflect an 86% growth in number of participating exhibitors and a 400% growth in buyers since the Expo first began in 2011.

“The Fresno Food Expo which started as a local economic development initiative in 2011 with 65 food and beverage companies and 198 buyers has evolved into a powerful catalyst for economic growth in the San Joaquin Valley,” said Bill Smittcamp, Founding Advisory Committee Member and President of Wawona Frozen Foods. “Providing increased opportunities for big and small Valley-based food and beverage producers to network, create new collaborations and business contacts, increase exposure and broaden their market, all leading to increased sales opportunities. The Expo also gives our local food industry a new unified voice that is being noticed worldwide.”

The Expo’s elevated attention drew big buyers with high levels of purchasing power from some of the largest and most recognized domestic retail outlets including Costco Wholesale, Food 4 Less, Grocery Outlet, Raley's Supermarkets, Save Mart Supermarkets, Trader Joe’s, Walmart and Whole Foods Market, who walked the floor looking to connect directly with Valley companies. Complementing the domestic buyers walking the show floor were 16 qualified international buyers from Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Columbia, Costa Rica and Mexico who attended the Expo through a partnership with the Centers for International Trade Development (CITD). These buyers were in search of fresh fruits and vegetables, in addition to more shelf stable products such nuts and value-add products. The Expo also garnered the attention of international export trading firms including CAS InterGlobal, Ichiban Kan, Leron Trading, Paramount Export Company and more.

“We were already exporting our conventional almonds overseas, but our new flavored dry roasted almonds have really opened up new markets and added depth to our product offerings both domestically and internationally since we first launched in April 2015,” said Edgar Rodriguez of Heart Ridge Farms. “Today we spoke with buyers from Japan and Korea who are highly interested in purchasing our value-add products and as a first year exhibitor, we couldn’t be more impressed with the quality of buyers and key connections that the Fresno Food Expo has facilitated for us – we have many leads to follow up on after the show and look forward to the potential growth that’s out there.”

The Expo hopes to not only provide a platform for international buyers to connect with local companies, but also build global awareness about the vast and diverse agricultural food products grown and manufactured in the San Joaquin Valley, highlighting the many facets that make this region a leader in the world’s food industry. 

The region’s innovation is celebrated through the New Product Awards presented by Baker Peterson Franklin CPA, LLP, which returned to the 2015 Expo with the debut of 32 new products from 29 different San Joaquin Valley- based companies that were introduced to the marketplace between July 25, 2014 and July 23, 2015. Products entered ranged from fresh fruits and vegetables to flavor-infused water, wines and craft beer, to chocolates, specialty dips, sauces and seasonings and everything in between – all highlighting the rich diversity of food and beverage products coming from the San Joaquin Valley. The awards program provided an opportunity for Fresno Food Expo exhibitors to enter their new food product, varietal or packaging concept for an opportunity to compete for the “Fresno Food Expo Buyer’s Choice Award” and the “Fresno Food Expo People’s Choice Award.”

All New Product entries were reviewed, ranked and narrowed to ten finalists by a Celebrity Judging Panel comprised of food industry leaders, including world-renowned chef Erna Kubin-Clanin, owner of 5-star Erna’s Elderberry House and Chateau du Sureau; Whole Foods Local Sourcing Guru Harvinder Singh; Direct Store Delivery Receiving Manager and Local Marketing Lead of Albertsons-Safeway Northern California Division, Sean Topping; and Division Manager at leading custom packaging  solutions company Landsberg Orora, Jim Jarosz who judged the products first-hand on July 23 based upon creativity, presentation, packaging and marketability. During the business-to-business portion of the Expo, Top O’ The Morn Farms was crowned with the “Buyer’s Choice Award” for their Farmstead Sweet Cream Butter, followed by Traina Foods Sriracha Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup in second place and Busseto Foods Natural Salami Snack Cups in third place.

“We’re honored to have received the Buyer’s Choice Award from the panel of these industry experts,” said Ron Locke, Co-owner of Top O’ The Morn Farms. “This type of interaction with representatives from the retail, packaging and restaurant sectors in an intimate setting is something you don’t get anywhere else. Aside from the great contacts, an award from a credible show like the Fresno Food Expo brings heightened attention to our company and our products.”

For the “People’s Choice Award” consumers decided the winner by logging 3,271 votes during a two-week period via Facebook and the Fresno Food Expo website. Molucca Chocolate was announced as the winner of the “People’s Choice” Award, having received 1,074 total votes for their Craft Chocolate Bars.  

“Public feedback has been overwhelmingly amazing and we are blown away with how well our product has been received,” said Yohanes Makmur, Co-owner of Molucca Chocolate. “This award shows that our hard work over the last several months has really paid off. It’s been an amazing journey and with it have come so many opportunities. The Fresno Food Expo has been a stepping stone for our company and we are excited to see what the future holds for our business.”

And new to the Fresno Food Expo this year, the Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Award was created to honor a Valley-based food processing company who is a true innovator demonstrating exemplary leadership skills and an entrepreneurial spirit, all while being exceptional community stewards. Named in honor of Fred Ruiz, founder of Ruiz Food Products, Inc., this award honors companies who have the same vision and qualities that took Ruiz Foods from a small, family start-up to the largest frozen Mexican food manufacturer in the United States. Rosa Brothers Milk Company, a family-owned operation whose business has grown 300% since launching their glass bottled milk at the 2012 Fresno Food Expo, was named the inaugural Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Award winner.  

“This award is extra special because Fred Ruiz is such a successful leader within the food industry and we are looking forward to working with him as a mentor,” said Noel Rosa, President of Rosa Brothers Milk Company. “To be recognized in his honor is the ultimate validation of our decision to diversify the family farm just a few short years ago. Being a part of this diverse region that recognizes innovators and stands up in support of it has been an incredible experience.”

The Fresno Food Expo continues to be a strong economic development program for San Joaquin Valley companies as buyer numbers and purchasing power continues to grow, establishing our region as a global, agricultural powerhouse. The 2016 Fresno Food Expo will be July 28, 2016, and companies and buyers are encouraged to register now at www.FresnoFoodExpo.com. 

/news/nation%E2%80%99s-largest-regional-food-show-boasts-buyer-growth-2015 July 23rd, 2015
Nation’s Largest Regional Food Show Debuts 32 Diverse New Products At Acclaimed Innovation Awards

Fresno Food Expo Garners Industry and Public Attention through New Product Awards

Fresno, California – July 9, 2015…The 2015 Fresno Food Expo, presented by Union Bank, is excited to debut 32 innovative new products, varietals and packaging concepts that were entered into the New Product Awards from 29 different San Joaquin Valley businesses. Now in its third year, the New Product Awards, presented by Baker Peterson Franklin CPA, LLP have become a strategic new product launching pad and this year features products ranging from traditional and organic produce; to flavorful wines, beers and juices, specialty cheeses, zesty peppers and tangy seasonings; to conveniently packaged dips, nuts, snacks and everything in between, all highlighting the quality and diversity of food and beverage products from California’s San Joaquin Valley.

All products entered are competing for the coveted Buyer’s Choice and People’s Choice Awards. The 32 products entered were reviewed, ranked and narrowed down to 10 finalists for the Buyer’s Choice Award by a panel of marketing and food industry leaders at the New Product Awards Preview event on July 8, 2015. These products will now advance to the Celebrity Judging Panel comprised of professionals from retail, restaurant,
foodservice and packaging industries including: world-renowned chef Erna Kubin-Clanin, owner of 5-star Erna’s Elderberry House and Chateau du Sureau; Whole Foods Local Sourcing Guru, Harvindar Singh; Direct Store Delivery Receiving Manager and Local Marketing Lead of Albertsons-Safeway Northern California Division, Sean Topping; and Division Manager at leading custom packaging solutions company Landsberg Orora, Jim Jarosz.

“This judging panel brings extensive experience to the Awards with their unique understanding of an ever-changing consumer market from different categories within the food buying industry,” said Amy Fuentes, Director of the Fresno Food Expo, on behalf of the City of Fresno. “They understand the critical attributes a new product needs to be a success in a very competitive industry.”  

The Buyer’s Choice Award will be announced during the Fresno Food Expo business-to-business portion on July 23, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. The following companies are finalists in the Buyer’s Choice Award category: Baloian Farms Mini Pepper Dipper Cups, Brandt Farms Grape Jammers, Busseto Foods Natural Salami Snack Cups, Heart Ridge Farms Flavored Dry Roasted Almonds, Molucca Chocolate Craft Chocolate Bars, Organic Pastures Truly Raw Shredded Cheese, Rosa Brothers Milk Company Lactose Free Chocolate Milk, Scout Olive Oil Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Top O’ The Morn Farms Farmstead Sweet Cream Butter and Traina Foods Sriracha Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup.

The other component of the New Product Awards is the People’s Choice Award that is entirely determined based upon public voting, which is now open. The People’s Choice Awards allows the public to share their thoughts as a consumer on what products stand out from the others in the marketplace and would be something they would purchase. It is also a great opportunity for those companies who submitted new products to get feedback from a real test marketplace. All 32 new products entered can be viewed on the Fresno Food Expo’s website (www.fresnofoodexpo.com/content/expo/new-product-awards) or Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/FresnoFoodExpo). Votes are counted by the number of “Likes” on Facebook combined with the votes cast via email through the Fresno Food Expo website between now and the Fresno Food Expo on July 23, 2015. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced that night by Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin at approximately 6 p.m.

Last year, Casa de Tamales’ Pepperoni Tamale and Chicken Bacon Tamale, as well as L.T. Sue Company’s San Joaquin Valley Tea were awarded the “Buyer’s Choice Award” when a tie was declared by the Celebrity Judging Panel. These winners have experienced significant achievements since their participation in the New Product Awards from retail premium shelf placement to large box store contracts and an increase in bulk orders.

“Since being honored with the 2014 ’Buyer’s Choice Award, we’ve been able to make key connections with buyers who didn’t have us on their radar before,” said Arianne Wing, co-owner of L.T. Sue Company. “After Erna Kubin-Clanin discovered us herself as a New Product Award Celebrity Judge, she made one of our products the ‘house tea’ at her 5-star restaurant, Erna's Elderberry House. Additionally, our San Joaquin Valley line of teas has been picked up by a dozen retailers throughout the region and on the central coast, and we have experienced our sales tripling both in-store and online since the 2014 Expo!”

Nearly 4,600 votes were cast last year during the three-week People’s Choice Award voting period resulting in Baloian Farms being crowned as the 2014 People’s Choice Award winner for their Squash Sauté Kits. The attention garnered through the People’s Choice Award boosted product awareness online and gave added promotional value and marketplace energy to not just Baloian Farms, but all participating companies and the San Joaquin Valley as a whole. Known as one of the most agriculturally rich and diverse regions in the world, the San Joaquin Valley has become a powerhouse for innovation in the food industry with its proximity to fresh products and access to international markets.

The 2015 Fresno Food Expo will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2015, at the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center New Exhibit Hall. There is a closed business-to-business portion from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. that is only open to pre-registered, pre-qualified buyers. Then there is a public event in the evening from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. where members of the public can attend to taste and discover the innovative, quality products produced in the San Joaquin Valley and meet the companies behind those products. Tickets for the public event are $40 and can be purchased at any Ticketmaster Box Office or online at www.fresnofoodexpo.com/registration/public-tickets. More information about the Fresno Food Expo and ticket discount opportunities can be found at www.FresnoFoodExpo.com.

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Fresno Food Expo Enters New Phase, The Gourmet Retailer, 3-22-16

The 2016 Fresno Food Expo, July 27-28, has shifted its focus. Now in its sixth year, the expo has evolved from a city-run event into a standalone 501c6 nonprofit organization under the newly announced oversight of a 13-member board of directors. Click here to read the full article.

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Post date: Tue, 2016-03-22 00:00
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THE DISH: Fresno Food Expo seeks exhibitors, Bakersfield Californian, 3-18-16

Although the Fresno Food Expo is four months away, organizers are eager to get the word out about the expanded event. Registration is open now for exhibitors from the San Joaquin Valley and beyond. Click here to read the full article.

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Post date: Fri, 2016-03-18 00:00
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Expanding Fresno food expo looking for more exhibitors, Central Valley Business Journal, 3-15-16

The 2016 Fresno Food Expo formally launched its open registration period on Monday. The expo will take place July 27-28 at the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center and is looking to expand with more exhibitors from the Stockton, Lodi and Modesto area.

The expo is expanding from a city-run event into a standalone nonprofit organization under a 13-member board of directors. Click here to read the full article.

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Post date: Tue, 2016-03-15 00:00
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Nonprofit takes over Fresno Food Expo, Produce Retailer, 3-15-16

Management of the Fresno Food Expo has passed from the City of Fresno to a non-profit whose board includes Justin Parnagian, Fowler Packing Co. sales director; and Denver Schutz, Gerawan Farming technical services manager. Click here to read the full article.

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Post date: Tue, 2016-03-15 00:00
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Top Food Industry Leaders Guide the Nation’s Only Exclusively Regional Food Show to Its Next Generation, Gourmet News, 3-15-16

A collaborative group of top food industry leaders in Central California’s San Joaquin Valley came together to celebrate the formal launch and open registration for the 2016 Fresno Food Expo that will take place July 27-28, 2016. Click here to read the full article.

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Post date: Tue, 2016-03-15 00:00
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Nonprofit takes over Fresno Food Expo, The Packer, 3-15-16

Management of the Fresno Food Expo has passed from the City of Fresno to a non-profit whose board includes Justin Parnagian, Fowler Packing Co. sales director; and Denver Schutz, Gerawan Farming technical services manager. Click here to read the full article.

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Post date: Tue, 2016-03-15 00:00
http://www.thepacker.com/news/nonprofit-takes-over-fresno-food-expo
Fresno Food Expo set to roll out this summer, The Fresno Bee, 3-14-16

The Fresno Food Expo, the nation’s leading regional food show, is kicking off its sixth year with a new logo, a 13-member board and a new status. Click here to read the full article.

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Post date: Mon, 2016-03-14 00:00
http://www.fresnobee.com/news/business/article66041952.html
Fresno Food Expo 2015, The Produce News, 7-24-15

The 2015 Fresno Food Expo boasts an 86 percent growth in the number of participating exhibitors and a 400 percent growth in buyers since the Expo first began in 2011. The Expo, held on Thursday, July 23, hosted 121 food and beverage companies ranging from producers and growers to manufacturers and processors from throughout the eight-county San Joaquin Valley. These exhibitors met with 917 pre-qualified regional, national and international foodservice and retail buyers. Click here to read the full article.

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