How To Meet Retail Buyers – The Best Consumer Product Good Trade Shows
Every year there are multiple different types of trade shows that take place around the U.S. in order to help business owners grow their business, make important connections and solve business problems. These are the top trade shows to sign up for in 2023 and find out the latest products and industry trends.
1. ALL YEAR AROUND – ECRM
ECRM is an electronic customer relationship management platform that helps businesses and retailers build customer relationships by leveraging customer data. It is designed to collect customer data, automate customer service, and provide personalized customer experience. With ECRM, businesses can create custom customer segments, target customer segments with personalized campaigns, track customer engagement and loyalty and measure customer satisfaction. ECRM also provides customer intelligence and analytics, which enables businesses to identify customer needs and preferences, better understand customer behaviors and develop more effective marketing campaigns. It also helps businesses to improve customer loyalty and retention, reduce customer churn and increase customer lifetime value.
2. Jan. 15-16 | Philadelphia Candy Expo & Seminar Conference
Sept. 10-12 | Atlantic City Philadelphia Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show
Location: Doubletree by Hilton | Cherry Hill, NJ
Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel | Atlantic City, NJ
The National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show is an annual event that brings together buyers, producers and industry experts from the confectionery, gift and specialty foods industries. This major trade show offers sessions, seminars and workshops on market trends, new product developments and other business topics related to these industries. By attending, buyers have the opportunity to network with manufacturers, wholesalers and brokers to help meet their needs for the upcoming season. The event also includes an extensive trade show floor where attendees can browse and explore the newest products from leading providers. Additionally, the event offers attendees free presentations, tastings and hands-on displays to further their knowledge and understanding of the markets.
3. Jan. 15-17 | Winter Fancy Food Show
June 25-27 | Summer Fancy Food Show
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center | Las Vegas, NV
Javits Center | New York City
The Fancy Food Show in Las Vegas and NYC is an event that brings together buyers, sellers, and producers of specialty food products. It’s held twice a year in January and June and brings together more than 2,600 exhibitors from around the world. At the show, attendees can find an array of specialty and ethnic food products, gourmet gifts, condiments, spices, and many other specialty food items. The event not only showcases the latest trends in the food industry, but also offers attendees the chance to taste, sample, and purchase products from more than 200,000 specialty food and beverage items. The show also features educational seminars and workshops while attendees can also connect with chefs and restaurateurs to find out tips and tricks of the trade.
4. March 7-11 | Natural Products Expo West
Location: Anaheim Convention Center | Anaheim, CA
Organized by New Hope Network, the Natural Products Expo West is one of the largest natural, organic and healthy products trade shows held annually in the US. The event brings together more than 3,500 exhibitors and draws in over 85,000 attendees. Natural Products Expo West features the latest and greatest products, trends and innovations in natural and organic beauty, supplements, snacks, beverages and more. It is an invaluable opportunity for companies to showcase their products and services to an engaged, knowledgeable audience. It allows companies of all sizes to build relationships, launch new products and gather valuable data and insights to help inform their strategies going forward.
5. May 22–25 | Sweets & Snacks Expo
Location: McCormick Place | Chicago, IL
The Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago is the largest confectionery and snack trade show in North America. Over 800 exhibitors are featured at the expo, showcasing the latest products and innovations in the industry. Attendees have the opportunity to explore new products, connect with industry professionals and attend educational seminars and networking events. Additionally, the Expo features interactive activities, such as cooking demonstrations and product tastings.
6. May 20-23 | National Restaurant Association Show
Location: McCormick Place | Chicago, IL
The National Restaurant Association Show (NRAS) held in Chicago is the largest annual event in North America that brings together restaurant, foodservice and hospitality professionals from all around the world. The Trade Show Exhibit Hall holds 1,800 foodservice exhibiting companies across over 900 categories. People will get a chance to learn, network and take advantage of the latest in tools, technology, products and services presented to them by top-level exhibitors. This event has something for everyone, including a keynote address from industry thought leaders, culinary demonstrations and educational sessions. Plus, there are many networking opportunities available for attendees to build relationships within the industry and make lasting connections.
7. May 30-31 | East Foundermade Discovery Show
Dec. 18-19 | West Foundermade Discovery Show
Location: Spring Studios | New York, NY
Javits Center | Santa Monica, CA
The Foundermade Discovery Show takes place on the east and west coast which offers attendees the opportunity to shop, learn, and connect with 200 award-winning products and personal care brands. The show is split into two different days; the first is an Innovation Show where anyone can attend, the second day is a direct to consumer executive summit that is by invitation only. It is an exciting event that features everything from skincare and health supplements to fashion, beauty, and lifestyle products. All of the products available are specially chosen by the industry’s leading experts and the event features mentorship opportunities, industry panels, private events, and more. Attendees can take part in workshops and even have the opportunity to meet with and converse with industry professionals. This event brings together entrepreneurs and influencers from all over the world making it an amazing opportunity for industry professionals and consumers alike.
8. June 3-4 | Nourished Festival Gluten and Allergen Free
Oct. 14-15 | Nourished Festival Gluten and Allergen Free
Location: The Meadowlands Exposition Center | Secaucus, NJ
Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center | Grayslake, IL
The Nourished Festival Gluten and Allergen Free trade show is the world’s leading exhibition dedicated to all things gluten and allergen free. Attendees of the event can explore an array of delicious options in foods, beverages, health and wellness products, supplements, kitchenware and more. The event also offers the opportunity to attend interactive classes, presentations and demonstrations, as well as to network with industry influencers, brands and strategic partners. Whether you’re looking for a tasty, gluten free dinner recipe or you’re interested in deep diving into the exciting, ever-growing industry, the Nourished Festival is your one-stop-shop for gluten and allergen free information and fun!
9. June 12-16 | Retail Confectioners International
Location: Wisconsin Center | Milwaukee, WI
The Retail Confectioners International (RCI) trade show in Milwaukee is the premier event for confectioners and chocolate makers. Attendees have the opportunity to learn from industry professionals, discover new trends in the candy and bakery industry, explore new products from over 400 exhibitors, and participate in hands-on workshops and seminars. Trade exhibitors showcase their latest products and equipment, along with new trends and market information. This year’s theme is “Innovating for Success,” featuring world-renowned confectioners and chocolatiers. With educational programs and networking opportunities, the RCI trade show is the go-to event for confectioners looking to take their business to the next level.
10. June 14-15 | Summer BevNET Live
Dec. 4-5 | BevNET Live
Location: Metropolitan Pavilion | New York, NY
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel | Santa Monica, CA
BevNET Live is an annual event hosted by BevNET, an online news and resource center for the beverage industry. The event offers an educational and networking experience that brings together brand owners, suppliers, distributors, retailers, and investors to generate insights and explore current topics relevant to today’s beverage industry. Speakers teach best practices, discuss industry trends and use case studies to inform professionals on how to thrive in the beverage business climate. Along with the educational events, BevNET Live also includes an expo, where attendees can sample the newest beverage products and interact with their peers. Open to both new and established entrepreneurs alike, BevNET Live strives to provide each attendee with the insights and connection to help them with the success of their product and brand.
11. Sept. 18-21 | Groceryshop
Location: Mandalay Bay Hotel | Las Vegas, NV
The GroceryShop Expo in Las Vegas is an annual trade show and conference specifically focused on the grocery industry. It is a major event that draws attendees from around the world including retailers, suppliers, food service professionals and industry professionals. The four-day event focuses on education and networking opportunities and provides insight into leading trends in the grocery industry. Attendees can take advantage of product demos and vendor booths, find out about the latest products and services and attend educational sessions on a variety of topics related to the grocery industry. Additionally, the event features awards, celebrity chef demonstrations, exhibitor receptions and other entertainment. With its wide array of topics, the GroceryShop Expo in Las Vegas is the perfect place to network and learn about the grocery industry.
12. Oct. 3-6 | NACS Conference
Location: Georgia World Congress Center | Atlanta, GA
The National Association for Convenience Stores (NACS) Conference in Atlanta, GA is a great opportunity for convenience store owners and operators to come together to exchange ideas and learn from each other. The conference consists of informative seminars and workshops, keynote speakers, networking opportunities and more. Attendees can also experience the latest in convenience store trends, technologies and insights. The conference regularly features foodservice, store design, energy, technology and sustainability topics, as well as dive into topics such as government policy, public affairs and customer experience. NACS Conference in Atlanta, GA is the perfect event for convenience store professionals to get up to speed on the latest industry developments and for operators to network with their peers.
13. Nov. 12-14 | PLMA’s 2023 Annual Private Label Trade Show
Location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center | Chicago, IL
PLMA’s 2023 Annual Private Label Trade Show is one of the largest events in the private label industry. This year, the show will be hosted in Chicago, bringing together more than 5,000 marketers, retailers, suppliers and other key professionals from more than 60 countries. This event will provide attendees with a thorough overview of the latest trends and developments in private labeling and the worldwide private label industry. The conference will also showcase the latest innovations in private label products and services for both domestic and international markets. The trade show offers attendees the opportunity to network, discover new products, new services and learn about the latest industry trends. As part of the show, PLMA will hold several sessions on topics related to private label merchandise and offer training sessions as well.
14. Nov. 30-Dec 1 | NOSH Live
Location: Los Angeles, CA
NOSH Live is a Santa Monica event that features the latest in food and beverage trends and insights for industry professionals. This event serves as a platform for innovative ideas to be discussed and shared among industry leaders. The event includes keynotes from top food and beverage thinkers, workshops and seminars providing information on trends in the industry and networking opportunities with leading food and beverage professionals. Attendees have the chance to meet with brand representatives and industry groups to discuss consumer behavior and strategies for success. NOSH Live is an essential event for food and beverage professionals looking to stay ahead of the curve.