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Feb
25
Wed
Harvest New England Marketing Conference and Trade Show @ Sturbridge Host Hotel
Feb 25 – Feb 26 all-day

FEBRUARY 25 and 26, 2015 in STURBRIDGE, MA

The Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade show is one of New England’s largest agricultural marketing conferences. The conference was first held in 2007 and takes place biennially. In 2013, over 825 people attended the two-day conference. 25 breakout sessions organized into five focused tracks, two general sessions, and a full industry trade show with nearly 100 exhibitors was available. Exhibit in the trade show: http://www.harvestnewengland.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Trade-Show-Exhibitor-Reg-Pkt.pdf

A local lunch each day and trade show reception boasted food from local producers, even in the middle of winter. Past attendees have said: “The best farming conference we’ve ever attended – great speakers, great trade show, great lunch. I am leaving this conference energized to implement all I have learned.” “Excellent seminars and trade show. Looking forward to the next one!”

Harvest New England Marketing Conference and Trade Show @ Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, MA
Feb 25 @ 8:00 am – Feb 26 @ 6:00 pm

New England Agricultural Marketing Conference & Trade Show
February 25 and 26 in Sturbridge, MA

The Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference & Trade Show is once again coming to Sturbridge, MA in February 2015. This is the 5thth biennial New England conference and it draws hundreds of farmers and farm industry members to idea-laden workshops and to hear motivational speakers. Mark your calendars now for February 25 & 26 2015 and join your fellow regional agriculturists for a jam-packed program!

The theme of the 2015 conference is Direct Marketing to Diversified Wholesale, Finding What Works. Attendees will experience nearly 30 workshops on topics such as retail and wholesale marketing, agri-tourism, business planning and more. An all day workshop for New England Farmers’ Market Managers will be held on Wednesday, February 25th. Don’t forget the trade show with a large variety of agricultural suppliers and vendors!

New for 2015 will be the concurrent meeting of the Massachusetts Association of Agricultural Commissions, sponsoring a series of workshops targeted for Agricultural Commission members in the region. Also new is the SNAP Resource Center-one stop shopping where farmers and market managers can complete their USDA application to accept SNAP benefits and obtain low cost wireless equipment to process SNAP payments.

Wednesday’s keynote speaker will feature Food and Merchandising expert Jonathan Raduns from Merchandise Food. Raduns leads food retailers through a reinvention process to improve displays, marketing collateral tools, signage, culinary imagery, fixtures, and retail environments to drive profitability. Raduns talk, entitled Overcoming the Five Dangerous Trends Limiting New England Farm Profits will offer inspirational and practical knowledge to empower farmers to break through the patterns and challenges which limit farm success. Two additional workshops will also be led by Raduns: Power-Branding and Professional Sales Secrets of Dynamic Farm Marketers and Visual Merchandising 101: Display Strategies and Techniques to Drive Food and Farm Sales.

Providing a keynote address on Thursday is Nancy Clark, owner and president of Drive Brand Studio, a marketing agency in North Conway, New Hampshire. Clark will engage attendees with her talk on The Power of Millennial Thinking. Millennials, those born between 1980 and 1995, are 80 million strong today, and will account for 50% of the U. S. workforce in 2020 and 75% of the global workforce by 2030.This fast paced session will explain why and how the power of millennial thinking can have a positive impact on a farm’s business. Clark will also lead a workshop entitled The Art of Fearless Storytelling.

Early Bird registration is now open. Click here or go to www.harvestnewengland.org for more information. Program details and lodging options are also available at this site. Register early for the best rate!

Harvest New England (HNE) is a cooperative marketing program created by New England’s state departments of agriculture in 1992. It has sponsored this regional conference since 2007.

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Mar
10
Tue
Connecting Wholesale Buyers and Producers of Local Food @ Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Mar 10 @ 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts
Presents
Local Specialty Crop Trade Show & Local Food Trade Show

Connecting Wholesale Buyers and Producers of Local Food

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
8:30AM – 1:30PM
Northeastern University
Boston, MA

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) is excited to announce its fourth Local Food Trade Show to connect local specialty crop growers and other local food producers to wholesale buyers such as retailers, institutions and restaurants. The event will feature open floor trading between wholesale buyers and producers of local food and include a series of morning and afternoon workshops addressing best practices and innovative ways of local trading between producers and buyers of local food. Topics include case studies, Food Hubs, working with the “middle man”, sales strategies, marketing, and more. The Local Specialty Crop Trade Show is made possible by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MassGrown).

Due to the expansion of our program, we are offering two trade shows this year, taking place the same time in the same location. Each trade show will feature different type of exhibitors. Please register below (note that there are 3 different applications).
• Specialty Crop vendors for Specialty Crop Trade Show
• Non-specialty crop vendors for Local Food Trade Show
• Attendees (Buyers and non-exhibitors)

For more information visit contact Maddie Phadke at maddie@sbnmass.org or call (617) 395-0250.

The 2015 Local Food Trade Show will attract:
o Massachusetts and New England-based specialty crop growers
o Massachusetts and New England-based and non-specialty crop growers, fishermen, and value-added producers who are looking to connect to interested wholesale buyers
o Massachusetts and New England-based buyers, including college and healthcare institutions, restaurants, retail grocers, coops, caterers, ski resorts, rehabilitation centers, senior centers and more
o Other organizations that support or do business with food growers, producers or buyers
Event Schedule:
o 7:30 am – 9:30 am Set Up
o 7:30 am -12:00 pm Registration
o 8:15 am – 9:30 am Workshop Session 1
o 9:45 am -10:00 am Welcome Address
o 10:00 am -1:30 pm Open Floor Trading
o 11:00 am -12:15 pm Workshop Session 2
o 12:00 pm -1:00 pm Lunch*
o 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Breakdown
*Optional lunch can be pre-ordered for $12.00 and will be available to pick up from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm

Registration Fees:
o FREE for Massachusetts and New England Specialty Crop producers (see USDA definition here)
o $100 for all other exhibitors (Local Food aggregators, distributors, and non-specialty local food producers)
o $25 for attendees (Buyers and others)

May
19
Tue
Food Emulsions @ UMass Amherst
May 19 @ 4:32 pm – May 20 @ 5:32 pm

Food Emulsions, May 19 & 20th, 2015, https://umass.irisregistration.com/Home/Site?code=Emulsions
This workshop will present the basic principles, concepts and techniques of emulsion science, and show how this information can help to understand, predict and control the properties of real food products and ingredients. This course will be taught by academic and industry instructors with extensive experience in emulsion technology.
Course topics will include: ∙ Fundamentals of Emulsions ∙ Emulsion Formation ∙ Emulsion Droplet Characteristics ∙ Equipment Demonstrations ∙ Emulsion stability ∙ Emulsion Properties: Rheology, Appearance, Flavor ∙ Emulsion-Based Delivery Systems: Multiple Emulsions, Multilayer Emulsions, Filled Hydrogel Particles ∙ Surfactant-Based Delivery Systems: Micelles, Micro-Emulsions and Vesicles ∙ Delivery Systems for Ingredients and Antimicrobials ∙

Jun
28
Sun
Summer Fancy Food Show @ Jacob Javits Center
Jun 28 @ 8:00 am – Jun 30 @ 5:30 pm

North America’s Largest Specialty Food and Beverage Event comes to New York City on June 28-30, 2015. Discover 180,000 products including confections, cheese, coffee, snacks, spices, ethnic, natural, organic and more. Connect with 2,400 exhibitors from 80 countries & regions. To exhibit at a Specialty Food Association Fancy Food Show, you must be an Association Member.

Sep
16
Wed
Natural Products Expo East @ Natural Products Expo East
Sep 16 @ 8:00 am – Sep 19 @ 5:30 pm

Natural Products Expo East continues to be the leading trade show in the natural, organic and healthy products industry, attracting over 22,000 industry professionals and 1400 exhibits to the Baltimore Convention Center. Rated as one of the top 200 trade shows in the US by Tradeshow Week, Natural Products Expo East continues to help attendees reach their business goals.
Co-located with All Things Organic – Biofach America, NPA East, and the Harvest Festival, Natural Products Expo East showcases the entire value chain of healthy products from start to finish, identifying the bestsellers of today and the trends of tomorrow.