Maui Food Technology Center extends a big mahalo to the exhibitors, sponsors, speakers, volunteers and attendees of our 2nd Annual Supply and Service Expo held on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani.

It was extremely gratifying to see the many attendees who were pro-actively seeking products, services and resources to help them jumpstart and/or grow their businesses.  Many of our vendors also took advantage of the opportunity to network with other vendors, establishing invaluable professional contacts.

MFTC is passionate about helping businesses by bringing farmers and food manufacturers together along with the food trade and culinary students to encourage use of locally grown ingredients. Our hope is that we can continue to create more demand for Hawaii agriculture by specifying them in food products.

If you missed the Expo, we encourage you to connect with this year’s exhibitors. They offer a diversity of products and services and are a tremendous resource for any business/entrepreneur. For a listing of vendors and their contact information, visit our website: http://www.mauifoodtechnology.org/supply-and-service-expo-info/

We also extend our gratitude to today’s event speakers: David De Candia, Director of Tea for Coffee Bean/Tea Leaf; Neil Ertmer, President of Bay Area Packaging; Neal Arakaki, Hawaii Pavilion Project Manager from Jaxie Corp.; Ken Dozier, Executive Director of Western Research Application Center; and Christina Gilbert, Purchasing Director of Mana Foods.

Lastly, we cannot say enough about our major event sponsors who made today’s Expo possible. These community-minded companies are BIG champions of our island’s businesses and non-profits and we are extremely grateful for their support.  Our 2015 major sponsors are: County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Innovate Hawaii, A&B Kokua Giving, The Maui News, Pacific Media Group, Maui Now, Netcom Enterprises, Flavor Waves and Maui Printing Company.

Until next time . . . A hui hou.

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