A stand at the 2018 Foodfirst Expo

In two short years, the Foodfirst Expo has evolved into a unique trade-only event and a highlight of the trade show calendar. The 2018 edition was a resounding success, with over 100 exhibitors presenting their products to more than 1000 industry figures. The 2019 Foodfirst Expo is set to be bigger and better than ever before, with the show extending over two days for maximum attendance.

Held on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 March at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland, the 2019 Foodfirst Expo will gather passionate suppliers and committed buyers under one roof. Highlights of previous shows that will return in 2019 include the live Vitasoy Espress Yourself Latte Art Challenge, cooking demonstrations in the Yes Chef! section, and the much-anticipated return of PITCHme, a unique opportunity for suppliers to pitch their product to a panel of industry heavyweights.

Another innovation for 2018 was the Inspire+ section of the exhibition, which gave the opportunity for smaller, artisanal producers to present their products. The Inspire+ section is set to expand in 2019, giving more producers the chance to share their work with the industry and offering buyers a window into the world of New Zealand’s artisanal scene.

The Foodfirst Gala Dinner, held on Monday March 11, will see the presentation of a number of awards including Supplier of the Year, Account Manager of the Year, Regional Sales Person of the Year and a Rising Star Award.