Top 10 Food & Beverage Trade Shows in 2015

Did you know that there are over 4,500 food & beverage trade shows taking place in the United States in 2015? For exhibitors in this industry, that’s more than enough chances to make your presence known. But, some food and beverage trade shows will expand your brand awareness & impact your networking and sales more than others. Now is your chance to discover which food and beverage trade shows your company should exhibit at in 2015. To help you narrow your search, we’ve done the work for you! We’ve searched the United States looking for the most important food and beverage trade shows to exhibit at in 2015 and compiled a list for you below.

Upcoming Food and Beverage Trade Shows of 2015

1. National Restaurant Association Show 

With more than 61,000 attendees and over 44,000 foodservice buyers in one place, the Natural Restaurant Show is the second largest food and beverage show in the United States and a MUST ATTEND SHOW for exhibitors that want to get ahead in the restaurant business. What better place to show off your products and services than a trade show that is known around the globe for its innovation, creativity, and excellence? The NRA website puts it best by stating, “Thousands of opportunities are on the table. Help yourself.”

The 2015 National Restaurant Association Show is taking place in Chicago on May 16-19, 2015.

2. Natural Products Expo West & East

Anybody who’s anybody in the natural and organic food and beverage industry will be exhibiting at or attending one of these huge food and beverage trade shows. With over 60,000 attendees at Natural Products Expo West each year, and over 21,000 attendees at Natural Products Expo East, both trade shows are among the largest food and beverage trade shows in the country.

Natural Products Expo West 2015 occurs March 5-8 and is one of the most popular Anaheim expos.

Natural Products Expo East 2015 is a Baltimore expo that occurs September 17-19.

3. Summer & Winter Fancy Food Shows

The Summer & Winter Fancy Food Shows are ideal trade shows for exhibitors in the food industry because they provide exhibitors with the opportunity to connect with buyers through 1 on 1 business meetings. Many of these 1 on 1 business meetings lead to large sales and important business partnerships for many years to come.

Summer Fancy Food Show 2015 is taking place June 27-30 in New York, NY.

Winter Fancy Food Show is taking place January 11-13, 2015 in San Francisco, CA.

4. Sweets & Snacks Expo

This year the Sweets & Snacks Expo expects to have at least 15,000 attendees which represent over $150 billion of the worldwide buying power in the confectionery, snack, and cookie categories. With such high buying power, the Sweets & Snacks Expo 2015 is an important show for exhibitors in this sector.

Sweets & Snacks Expo is a Chicago trade show that occurs May 19-21 this year.

5. Process Expo

If your brand offers processing or packaging equipment or services to the food and beverage industry and you’re looking to increase your sales, then the Process Expo is the trade show for you! According to their website, the Process Expo has grown its total attendance by 198% ranking it as one of the fastest growing trade shows across all industries! With such an impressive statistic, the Process Expo is definitely a trade show to keep on your radar. This year, more than 20,000 attendees are expected.

Process Expo takes place in Chicago, IL on Sept. 15-18, 2015.

6. Unified Wine & Grape Symposium

Another food and beverage trade show to consider exhibiting at this year is the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium. This unique event brings together thousands of wine industry professionals from all levels of the industry to discuss their passion for wine. And, according to their website, the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium estimates that 75% of attendees are decision-makers with purchasing power.

Unified Wine & Grape Symposium takes place January 27-29, 2015 in Sacramento, CA.

7. Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo

According to their website, the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo is the only comprehensive food and beverage trade show devoted to Western U.S. restaurants, foodservice, and hospitality. This food and beverage trade show is ideal for exhibitors that are looking to makes sales because 62% of attendees admit that they plan to spend at least $50,000 on products and services seen at the show, while 21% admit they plan to spend more than $1 million. This year, more than 11,000 attendees are expected at the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo.

Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo 2015 is taking place in Los Angeles, CA from August 23-25.

8. International Pizza Expo

The International Pizza Expo is the largest pizza show in the world. At this expo, suppliers in the pizza industry have the opportunity to reach out and connect with decision-makers and executives with purchasing power to help build relationships and increase sales.

The International Pizza Expo is taking place March 23-26th this year in Las Vegas, NV.

9. Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit (PMA)

Each year over 18,000 attendees take part in the PMA Fresh Summit, 85% of which are involved in purchase decisions for their company. The PMA Fresh Summit is an ideal food and beverage trade show for exhibitors interested in meeting their customers, growing their business, and building business relationships.

Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit 2015 is taking place in Monterey, CA on July 24-26.

10. Americas Food & Beverage Trade Show & Conference

2015 will be the 19th anniversary of the Americas Food and Beverage Show with over 6,000 expected attendees. This show is ideal for exhibitors that manufacture or distribute food and want to extend their business into the Western Hemisphere. By exhibiting at this show, exhibitors will have the opportunity to meet new prospects, make sales, and wow current customers with their products and/or services.

Americas Food & Beverage Trade Show & Conference 2015 occurs October 26 &27 in Miami Beach, FL.

So, there you have it, our top 10 food and beverage trade shows for exhibitors in 2015. Which ones are your favorite?