On Wednesday, February 18, 2015, Maui Food Technology Center (MFTC) will hold their 2nd Annual Supply and Service Expo at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani from 10 am to 3 pm.

The event features a tradeshow comprised of state and county business development services; food equipment suppliers, food ingredients manufacturers/distributors, labels and packaging suppliers/designers, dealers and traders, social media professionals and brand identity experts.

Specialized presentations by industry experts will also be scheduled throughout the day. Featured speakers include: David De Candia, Director of Tea for Coffee Bean/Tea Leaf on “Tea Trends” at 10:30 am; Neil Ertmer, President of Bay Area Packaging on “Food and Produce Packaging and Food Inspection” at 11:15 am; Neal Arakaki, Hawaii Pavilion Project Manager from Jaxie Corp. on “Food Manufacturing Exhibitors at Tokyo International Gift Show” at 12 noon; Ken Dozier, Executive Director of Western Research Application Center on “Cost-share grants for Manufacturing and Agricultural Firms” at 12:45 pm; and Christina Gilbert, Purchasing Director of Mana Foods on “Buying Local” at 1:30 pm.

“This is the perfect event for new or existing food producers wanting assistance with the many challenges of developing a product and getting it into the marketplace,” said Luana Mahi, MFTC President. “There’ll also be helpful information for entrepreneurs looking to expand their network opportunities and resources.”

Pre-registered attendees are eligible to win a $200 Hawaiian Airlines gift card and a $50 gift card towards a car rental from Enterprise Holdings – need not be present to win. The first 200 people will receive a free Expo tote. Public admission is free.

For more information on becoming an exhibitor and/or attending the Supply and Service Expo, visit www.MauiFoodTechnology.org or call 888-948-6382.

Major event sponsors include: County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Innovate Hawaii, A&B Kokua Giving, Pacific Media Group, Maui Now, The Maui News, Netcom Enterprises, Flavor Waves and Maui Printing Company.

Established in 2004, Maui Food Technology Center is a non-profit organization focused on growing Hawaii’s food industry, connecting students, food producers and farmers through the practice of food science. MFTC provides non-profit outreach, and business incubation services designed to identify and develop opportunities for local entrepreneurs to be successful in the agriculture and food product industries.