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Fresno Food Expo New Product And Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Awards Now Open

Fresno Food Expo New Product And Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Awards Now Open

Central California’s Innovative and Entrepreneurial Food Companies Gain Market Exposure and Buyer Access through Fresno Food Expo Award Programs

Fresno, California – May 24, 2017…Food and beverage innovators and entrepreneurs from throughout Central California are encouraged to submit applications for the fifth annual Fresno Food Expo New Product Awards, presented by Baker Peterson Franklin, CPA, LLP, and the third annual Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Award. Applications can be submitted at www.FresnoFoodExpo.comand the deadline for submission is Friday, June 30, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Designed to build buyer and consumer awareness, the New Product Awards serve as a strategic platform to launch new products and packaging concepts debuted at the Expo’s annual trade show, putting a spotlight on the innovation and collaboration happening in Central California, and helping exhibitors establish product placement in stores, restaurants and through foodservice distribution channels. With more than 160 new products launched since the program began in 2013, the Fresno Food Expo New Product Awards include two distinctive awards: the Buyer’s Choice Award and the People’s Choice Award.  

New this year, the Supermarket Guru, Phil Lempert, who will lead the Expo’s featured keynote speech on July 26, will also serve on the celebrity judging panel for the Buyer’s Choice Award, along with Erna Kubin-Clanin, Owner, Erna’s Elderberry House and Chateau du Sureau, Sean Topping, Local Marketing Leader, Albertsons – Safeway, Northern California and Jim Jarosz, Division Manager, Landsberg Orora.

“The New Product Awards add a critical element to the Expo, highlighting the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that exists in Central California, and helps us tell the story about what makes our region truly unique,” said David Nalchajian, General Manager of the Fresno Food Expo. “Since the inception of the Awards in 2013, participants have benefitted from invaluable marketing exposure, helping to launch and position their new products, increase company sales overall and have opened the door to domestic and international distribution.”

Last year Aubrey’s Jerky from SnackMaster’s took home first place for the Buyer’s Choice Award, followed by Tioga-Sequoia’s 99 Golden Ale in second place and Lanna Coffee Co.’s Cold Brew in third place. ARO Pistachio took home the People’s Choice Award with 1,003 out of 3,954 total votes for their Grower's Reserve with Himalayan Pink Salt.

The Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Award also recognizes innovation in business, honoring 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. The 2016 Entrepreneurial Award recipient was Lanna Coffee Co., a Fresno-based coffee company who sources its beans from Thailand to support economic stability in the villages where the beans are grown. After receiving this award and through connections made at the 2016 Expo, Lanna Coffee expanded distribution of their award-winning product, Cold Brew, through JD Food, a California regional foodservice distributor. A testament to the great relationships and opportunities made at the Expo, Lanna Coffee is also currently working on a special new product with 2013 People’s Choice Award Winner, Rosa Brothers Milk Company, that will be unveiled at this year’s Expo. 

"It is our pleasure to recognize the hard work and dedicated spirit of entrepreneurs through this annual award,” said Kim Ruiz Beck, Chairman, Ruiz Food Products, Inc., “As my father and grandfather demonstrated when they started Ruiz Foods in 1964, entrepreneurs are the foundation of America’s future – they are dreamers and innovators, hard workers and risk takers – providing jobs and opportunities for others.”

Food Writer, Cook and Food Network TV Personality, Simon Majumdar also returns this July to continue exploring the innovation, creativity and regional food movement taking place in our region. “I said it last year when I was here and I will say it again, Central California is a hidden gem with a rising food scene that people absolutely need to take notice,” stated Simon Majumdar. “The quality and array of products I discovered was incredible and the talent among chefs in the region is on par with San Francisco and Los Angeles. I am excited to return this year, connect with these companies to see how their products are doing and continue to be part of telling the story of the incredible food culture brewing in this vibrant region.”

The 2017 Fresno Food Expo will take place July 26-27, 2017. The agenda includes exhibitor-hosted site tours, the featured keynote speaker, Phil Lempert, the Supermarket Guru, followed by the Expo’s opening reception, Pairings, on July 26. The tradeshow portion will take place on Thursday, July 27 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., followed by Expolicious, the Expo’s evening celebration from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. 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.

Tickets to Expolicious, will be available to the public starting June 1 for $50and can be purchased at any Ticketmaster Box Office, online at www.FresnoFoodExpo.comor at Cumulus Broadcasting, while supplies last. For discount ticket information, you can Like the Fresno Food Expo on Facebook, or follow them on Instagram and Twitter. For more information on the Fresno Food Expo, visit www.FresnoFoodExpo.com.

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 305 different food and beverage companies to new customers and hosted 2,680 different qualified buyers, including over 100 strategically recruited international buyers. The Fresno Food Expo is a 501c6 nonprofit organization led by a 14-member Board of Directors, with current daily management services provided by David Nalchajian, Inc.

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New York Times and USA Today’s Best-Selling Author, Gregg Lederman to Open Fresno Food Expo Season March 22, 2017
New York Times and USA Today’s Best-Selling Author, Gregg Lederman to Open Fresno Food Expo Season March 22, 2017
 
WHO: Gregg Lederman, award-winning author of ENGAGED! Out-behave Your Competition to Create Customers for Life has a proven track record of guiding companies to financial success by teaching  effective management and leadership skills that engage employees and customers. 
 
WHAT: Business seminar, Essential Habits of Trusted Leaders, presented by Gregg Lederman, will be offered to Central California food and beverage companies. This highly effective seminar will teach management teams how to be effective leaders and fuel their workplace with what employees need to become more motivated and productive at work. 
Following the seminar, Mr. Lederman and Kathryn Aspromonti, VP of Enterprise Sales, will lead an exclusive interactive workshop for current Expo exhibitors and sponsors, Increase Engagement, Increase Profits, where management teams will learn how employee engagement impacts the bottom line and how to monetize fully engaged employees.
 
WHEN: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 
Keynote Speaker 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  
(Open to Central California Food and Beverage Companies)
 
Exclusive Workshop 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(Open to Fresno Food Expo sponsors and exhibitors)
 
WHERE: The Double Tree by Hilton, 2233 Ventura St., Fresno, CA 93721, Salon A & Salon B
 
WHY: As part of the Fresno Food Expo’s mission to help expand and grow Central California’s food industry companies, the Expo has invited Gregg Lederman to the Central Valley to launch the Expo’s season with a business development and networking opportunity that will equip our region’s food companies with the tools and resources they need to grow.  
 
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 305 different food and beverage companies to new customers and hosted 2,680 different qualified buyers, including over 100 strategically recruited international buyers. The Fresno Food Expo is a 501c6 nonprofit organization led by a 13-member Board of Directors, with current daily management services provided by David Nalchajian, Inc.
 
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Nation’s Largest Regional Food Show Announces Plans for Expanded Exhibitor Platform and Increased Buyer Participation

Exhibitor and Buyer Registration Now Open for Fresno Food Expo July 26-27

Fresno, California – January 24, 2017… Exhibitor and buyer registration for the 2017 Fresno Food Expo is now underway. The seventh annual event will include expanded exhibitor and buyer platforms aimed at building greater opportunities for Central California food and beverage companies to connect and do business with retail and foodservice buyers. These efforts will continue to forge a path that will bring together the region’s food industry leaders to demonstrate, and bring recognition to, the depth and strength the region carries in the global food industry. Nearly 50% of the Expo show floor is already filled with returning exhibitors with more than 150 exhibitors and 950 key pre-qualified and domestic and international buyers expected to participate.
 
Kicking-off in the spring as part of an expanded exhibitor platform, the Expo will host an exclusive exhibitor gathering that will invite all Central California food and beverage companies who have participated, or plan to participate in the Expo, to share in the value of a nationally-recognized business seminar. This first-time event will feature a keynote speaker that will address the needs of businesses throughout the region including topics such as professional leadership, training and motivation. Furthermore, the Expo will continue to include educational training opportunities for current exhibitors throughout the year on varying topics.  
 
Through the Expo’s own awards programs, the region’s innovation will continue to be celebrated and recognized through the New Product Awards presented by Baker Peterson Franklin CPA, LLP, which has debuted over 160 new products from Valley-based companies since the showcase began in 2013. Most recent awards include the 2016 winners, Aubrey’s Jerky, made with real beef heart, who took home first place Buyer’s Choice Award category, and ARO Gourmet Pistachio’s, made with Himalayan Pink Salt, who took home the People’s Choice Award.
 
Also returning to the Expo will be the Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Award. Named in honor of Fred Ruiz, founder of Ruiz Food Products, Inc., this award recognizes 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. Lanna Coffee Co., a Fresno-based coffee company who sources its beans from Thailand to support economic stability in the villages where the beans are grown, was named the 2016 winner.  
 
These award-winning exhibitors who represent some of the very best food and beverage companies in the nation, in addition to innovative, start-up companies that utilize the Fresno Food Expo platform to launch their businesses, continue to draw in buyers from around the world. Buyer participation is now five times more than the original participation number when the Expo began in 2011 – with the 2016 Fresno Food Expo drawing in over 900 local, national and international buyers, 77% of which had decision-making authority. Major retailers attending the show include ALDI, Costco Wholesale, Grocery Outlet, Safeway, Save Mart Supermarkets, Vallarta Supermarkets, Walmart and Whole Foods Market, along with international buyers hosted by the Center for International Trade Development, State Center Community College District as part of an organized buying mission tied to the regional food show. 
 
As part of an effort to continue drawing in these types of decision-making buyers, the Expo touts an expanded buyer platform and will be bringing in a buyer-focused keynote speaker on July 26, the day prior to the tradeshow, who will discuss topics relevant to the retail, foodservice and distributor buying channels – another first-time initiative announced as part of this year’s event. 
 
This year’s Buyer Agenda also includes exhibitor-hosted site tours and the Expo’s opening reception, Pairings, which offers an exclusive opportunity to make meaningful connections with our region’s leading food producers and attending buyers, complete with live cooking stations that will put a spotlight on the region’s most celebrated chefs.
 
“Now in its seventh year, the Fresno Food Expo has helped elevate public perception of the award-winning Central California food region and put a spotlight on our diverse food industry companies who have been recognized by their peers on state, national and international platforms,” said David Nalchajian, General Manager of the Fresno Food Expo. “To further support and create new pathways for our region’s food industry companies to become recognized leaders and innovators within the food industry, the Expo is excited to launch, and further develop a year-round network that fosters business growth opportunities for companies both big and small.”
 
In order to further highlight the award-winning region and tell the story behind the region’s food companies, the Expo will begin hosting its own blog and develop a voice representative of Central California’s thriving food industry. 
 
A collaborative group of top food industry leaders will continue to lead the Fresno Food Expo as a Board of Directors serving in various advisory capacities including Chairwoman of the Board Ashley Swearengin, President & CEO of the Central Valley Community Foundation; 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.
 
The tradeshow portion of the Expo will take place during the day on Thursday, July 27, followed by the public celebration, Expolicious, filled with sampling and discovery taking place that evening. Registration forms and additional information for exhibitors and buyers are available at www.FresnoFoodExpo.com. Exhibitors can take advantage of early bird discounts, a 30% savings available through February 1, with tickets for Expolicious going on sale in May.
 
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 305 different food and beverage companies to new customers and hosted 2,680 different qualified buyers, including over 100 strategically recruited international buyers. 
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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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ARO Pistachios a hit at Expo, Porterville Recorder, 8-05-16

The Terra Bella area of Tulare County has quickly become the pistachio center in the South Valley and last week, ARO Pistachios took a giant leap forward when its The Power Trio of extra large gourmet heirloom pistachio nuts with Himalayan pink salt was awarded the People's Choice New Product Award for food innovation and packaging design at the large Fresno Food Expo. Click here to read the full article

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Post date: Fri, 2016-08-05 00:00
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ARO Pistachios win People's Choice Award, The Packer, 8-02-16

ARO Pistachio's "The Power Trio" received the People's Choice New Product Award for food innovation and packaging design at the 2016 Fresno Food Expo.

"The Power Trio" is a combination extra-large heirloom pistachio nuts and Himalayan pink salts, according to a news release. Click here to read the full article.

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Post date: Tue, 2016-08-02 00:00
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2016 Fresno Food Expo Winners Chosen, Gourmet Retailer, 8-02-16

The 2016 Fresno Food Expo today brought together 132 Central California food and beverage growers and manufacturers, nearly 950 pre-qualified regional, national and international foodservice and retail buyers, and nearly 1,000 members of the public. Complementing the domestic buyers were 37 qualified international buyers from Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Ecuador. Click here to read the full article. 

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2016 Fresno Food Expo, Nation's Largest Regional Food Show, Central California Life Magazine, 8-01-16

The 2016 Fresno Food Expo brought together 132 of Central California's food and beverage growers and manufacturers with nearly 950 pre-qualified regional, national and international foodservice and retail buyers, and nearly 1,000 members of the public looking to discover food and beverages made in Central California. Click here to read the full article.

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Post date: Mon, 2016-08-01 00:00
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