Maui Food Technology Center (MFTC) will hold its 1st Annual Supply and Service Expo on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This is the perfect opportunity for new or existing food producers wanting assistance with the many challenges of developing a product and getting it into the marketplace, entrepreneurs planning to expand their network opportunities and resources, and consumers interested in attending the tradeshow to hear the latest from experts in the food manufacturing, distribution and hospitality industries.
A tradeshow comprised of national, state and local service providers will feature manufacturers and distributors of food, ingredients, equipment and packaging supplies; dealers, brokers and traders; business services and educational groups that work with the food and hospitality industries. Entrepreneurs and existing businesses will also have an opportunity to network with brand identity and marketing industry professionals.
Mākena Resort Executive Chef Mark McDowell will share his insights into developing local products from start to finish.
Specialized presentations will be held throughout the event. Featured speakers include Dr. Aurora Saulo, professor and extension specialist in food technology with the University of Hawai'i Maui College on "Food Safety Certified: What Does That Mean?" Marc McDowell, executive chef of Makena Resort will present "Developing Local Products From Start To Finish." Marty Parisien, co-owner/CEO at Singing Dog Vanilla, will present "Social Media Zen." Mike Abrams, MFTC founder and owner of Flavor Waves, will present "Networking for Flavor Success."
Door prizes will be drawn throughout the event (must be present to win). Attendees are also eligible to win a 32 GB iPad Mini (need not be present to win). The first 100 attendees will receive a free expo tote. Public admission is free.
"Since the Maui Food Technology Center was established in 2004, our nonprofit organization has been focused on growing Hawai'i's food industry, connecting students, food producers and farmers through the practice of food science," said MFTC President Luana Mahi. "This Supply and Service Expo offers an excellent opportunity for food manufacturers and entrepreneurs to hear from industry experts and to expand their network and resources."
Major event sponsors include County of Maui Office of Economic Development, Fred Baldwin Memorial Fund, Tri-Isle Resource Conservation and Development, The Maui News, KPOA-93.5 FM, MauiNow.com and Maui Printing Company.
For more information on becoming an exhibitor and/or attending the expo, visit www.MauiFoodTechnology.org or call (888) 948-6382.