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2014 Hawaii Food Products Recipe Contest Winners Announced

“Ulu was my inspiration,” said John Cadman about his winning recipe, Maui `Ulu Hummus. “It’s a very versatile ingredient. I’ve been making pies with it, and thought hummus was a natural.” Pictured: Recipe contest judge Kamaunu Kahaialii presents Cadman with his 1st place certificate.
“Ulu was my inspiration,” said John Cadman about his winning recipe, Maui `Ulu Hummus. “It’s a very versatile ingredient. I’ve been making pies with it, and thought hummus was a natural.” Pictured: Recipe contest judge Kamaunu Kahaialii presents Cadman with his 1st place certificate.

Maui Food Technology Center (MFTC) proudly announces the winners of their 2014 Hawaii Food Products Recipe Contest, which was held this past Saturday, April 5th during the Maui County Ag Festival at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu.

John Cadman of Haiku took 1st place for his Maui `Ulu Hummus, KimAnn Magno of Lahaina captured 2nd place with her Lilikoi Butter, and Joseph Kanahuna of Haiku took 3rd place with his Papa Joe’s Chili Pepper Water – Special.

Winners will receive assistance from MFTC consultants with nutritional label or food science services to help them take their product from idea to the store shelves. The 1st place winner will receive consultation services valued at $1,500, 2nd place services valued at $500, and 3rd place services valued at $250.

A total of 16 entries were submitted which included beer bread, crackers, macadamia cheeses, herb butter, sauces, candies, and even chocolate covered beef jerky. Recipes were judged on taste, appearance, commercial viability of recipe, and the best use of Hawaii grown and/or made ingredients.

This year’s contest judges were Gary Butler, Produce Manager for Mana Foods; Nina Ann Tanabe, Consultant at Pacific Food Technology; Kamaunu Kahaialii, General Manager of Hui Ho`omo`a; and Carla Tracy, Food Editor of The Maui News.

“We were very impressed with the diversity of recipes,” said Luana Mahi, President of the Maui Food Technology Center. “Not only were they all ono, which attests to the talent of these individuals, but these foods also offered creative uses of locally made and/or grown products. We look forward to working with the winners in helping them bring their products to store shelves.”

Maui Food Technology Center is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to growing Hawaii’s food industry, connecting students, food producers and farmers through the practice of food science.

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Seeking Entries for 2014 Hawaii Food Products Recipe Contest

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Hawaii Food Products Recipe Contest organizers are currently seeking new, locally made food products that utilize Hawaii grown and/or made ingredients. Sponsored by the Maui Food Technology Center (MFTC), the contest will be held during next month’s Maui County Ag Festival at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu.

Click here for an official contest entry form. Send completed entry forms via email info@MauiFoodTechnology.org or fax 888-887-4495 no later than April 2.

Six servings of the product must be delivered between 9 am and 10 am on Saturday, April 5, to the Grand Taste Education Tent at the Maui County Ag Festival.

Recipes will be judged on taste; appearance; commercial viability of recipe; and the best use of Hawaii grown and/or made ingredients. The more local ingredients, the more points will be awarded.

Hawaii residents 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter. Each entry form must include a list of ingredients in the recipe, specify the Hawaii ingredients, and include a short story about the product.

Winners will receive assistance from MFTC consultants with nutritional label or food science services to help them take their product from idea to the store shelves. The First Place winner will receive consultation services valued at $1,500, Second Place services valued at $500, and Third Place services valued at $250.

“We’re very fortunate to have exceptional products grown and made right here in Hawaii along with a large pool of culinary talent,” said Luana Mahi, President of MFTC. “We look forward to assisting Hawaii’s chefs and entrepreneurs bring their food product ideas to market.”

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MFTC’s Supply and Service Expo Photo Gallery & Video

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On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, Maui Food Technology Center (MFTC) held their 1st Annual Supply and Service Expo at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani. The event, which attracted nearly 500 attendees and almost 50 exhibitors, offered assistance to new or existing food producers working on developing a product and getting it into the marketplace, entrepreneurs looking to expand their network opportunities and resources, and consumers interested in attending the tradeshow and hearing the latest from experts in the food manufacturing, distribution and hospitality industries.

2014 1st annual Maui Food Technology Center Expo from Sascha Bauml on Vimeo.

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MFTC’s 2014 Supply and Service Expo What people are saying

“The Expo was very successful! My company’s booth was visited by many potential new clients, many of whom, I have never heard of before and right here on Maui. As a result, we are sending several new flavor samples out to be tried in new food products.”- Mike Abrams, MFTC Founder and Owner of Flavor Waves

“Maui Food Technology Center did a fantastic job organizing the Expo. The turn-out was great and I met many interesting people and had a lot of interest in our product. Thanks!” - Roastar

“Everything was well done and very organized for a 1st time event. Seems well marketed for a first event, too!” - Netcom

“Mahalo for an incredible convention. We learned so much, made awesome connections and found valuable services and ingredients we had no idea existed in Hawaii. It way surpassed our expectations and so impressed how well organized it was. Next year I will do lots of promotion on my FB. Mahalo again.” - Maui Cookielady (FB posting)

“We thought the Expo would be a great opportunity for us to talk to a different group of folks and also for networking. The event itself was fantastic! We spoke with the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture about getting garbanzo beans for our products grown here locally in Hawaii, to the Agribusiness Incubator Program about growing our business, and to Flavor Waves about a possible flavoring for our product.” - Sean Bales, Co-Owner of Chic Naturals

"The Expo was a perfect forum for Maui's food production industry's various shareholders to come together under one roof to share ideas and concerns. It gave everyone an opportunity to meet the regulators, growers, processors, technical experts, and various vendors that provide services and supplies to the food industry. It was a perfect "one stop" shopping place for getting help and sharing ideas and getting answers." - Tai Kahn, Lab Director of FQLabs

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MFTC’s 1st Annual Supply and Service Expo attracts nearly 500 attendees

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MFTC’s 1st Annual Supply and Service Expo attracts nearly 500 attendees

On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, Maui Food Technology Center (MFTC) held their 1st Annual Supply and Service Expo at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani. The event, which attracted nearly 500 attendees, offered assistance to new or existing food producers working on 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 and hearing the latest from experts in the food manufacturing, distribution and hospitality industries.

Nearly 50 exhibitors participated in the tradeshow which featured 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; and brand identity and marketing industry professionals.

Presentations were also made by industry experts: Dr. Aurora Saulo, Professor and Extension Specialist in Food Technology with the University of Hawaii Maui College on “Food Safety Certified: What Does That Mean?”; Marc McDowell, Executive Chef of Makena Resort on “Developing Local Products From Start To Finish”; Marty Parisien, Co-Owner/CEO at Singing Dog Vanilla on Social Media and Mike Abrams, MFTC Founder and Owner of Flavor Waves, on “Networking for Flavor Success.”

“I thought the Expo was very successful,” said Abrams. “My company’s booth was visited by a number of potential new clients, many of whom, I have never heard of before and right here on Maui. As a result, we are sending several new flavor samples out to be tried in new food products.”

The Maui Cookielady also posted on her Facebook, “Mahalo for an incredible convention. We learned so much, made awesome connections and found valuable services and ingredients we had no idea existed in Hawaii.”

Maui Food Technology Center is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to growing Hawaii’s food industry, connecting students, food producers and farmers through the practice of food science.

Major event sponsors included: 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.

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MFTC’s 1st Annual Supply and Service Expo

A big mahalo to all the sponsors, donors, exhibitors and volunteers who contributed to the success of Maui Food Technology Center’s 1st Annual Supply and Service Expo held on Wednesday, February 26th at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani, Maui.  Nearly 50 exhibitors participated and almost 500 attendees turned out for this exciting event that brought together farmers, food producers/manufacturers, food services, industry professionals, state and county services, small businesses and entrepreneurs.  For a copy of this year’s Expo program click here. For information and/or to participate in next year’s Expo, contact us.

Mahalo to this year’s sponsors:

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Dana Labels

DanaLabelsPrdtsMaui Food Technology Center (MFTC) is pleased to introduce one of this year's exhibitors at our 1st Annual Service and Supply Expo, Dana Labels. Primarily specializing in custom designed food packaging and printed labels, Dana Labels has been helping businesses in Hawaii sell their products for the past 40 years. They are a family-run business based on Oahu with a friendly staff of 17 employees.   They are the only locally owned and operated label manufacturer in Hawaii, offering a variety of printing, manufacturing, and design services. Dana Labels hopes to continue promoting local businesses by finding more ways to showcase all the great products that Hawaii has to offer. Come and visit their table at MFTC's Expo to learn more about label design and manufacturing. The 1st Annual Supply and Service Expo will be held on Wednesday, February 26, at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani from 10 am to 3 pm.

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MFTC Presents the 1st Annual Supply and Service Expo

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DSC_3023You won’t want to miss MFTC’s 1st Annual Supply and Service Expo, happening February 26, 2014, 10 am to 3 pm at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani! Whether you’re a new or existing business wanting to increase visibility for your products and services, an entrepreneur hoping to expand your network opportunities and resources or a consumer interested in attending the tradeshow and hearing the latest from experts in the food manufacturing/distribution/ hospitality industries – this tradeshow is the perfect event for you!

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MFTC seeks vendors for Supply and Service Expo

The Maui Food Technology Center (MFTC) announced that online applications are now being accepted for exhibitors interested in participating in their 1st Annual Supply and Service Expo. This new tradeshow for manufacturers and entrepreneurs will be held on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, from 10 am to 3 pm at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani. Exhibitors who are encouraged to participate include manufacturers and distributors of food, ingredients, equipment and packaging supplies; dealers, brokers and traders; and business services and educational groups that work with the food and hospitality industries.

The public will enjoy relevant educational sessions featuring experts in their field, a tradeshow comprised of national, state and local vendors, and networking opportunities ideal for entrepreneurs and existing businesses interested in expanding and/or rebranding themselves. Among those expected to attend will be food processors and manufacturers, restaurants, delis and bakeries, caterers, hospitality establishments, independent stores and specialty and gourmet product distributors.

MFTC Board Member Mike Abrams, the founder of the highly successful Flavor Waves, understands the power of networking and reaching out into the community.

Mike Abrams with Daniel Walsh of Kupono Sodaworks, LLC, second place winner of the 2nd Annual Maui Food Technology Center's Food Product Contest held on April 6, 2013.

“When I launched a food product development program at Oregon State University in 1991, our efforts helped us define trends in manufacturing, marketing and customer demographics,” said Abrams. “As a result of these tools and resources gained from experts in the field and by attending events geared toward manufacturers and entrepreneurs, I was able to build a strong foundation which eventually led to starting my own business, Flavor Waves, in 1996. I highly encourage entrepreneurs or anyone interested in expanding their business in the food or hospitality industry to attend this Supply and Service Expo on Maui.”

Exhibitor fee for the 1st Annual Supply and Service Expo is $100 for vendors or free for qualified non-profit organizations. Public admission is free for qualified attendees.

You can download an exhibitor application, or call 888-948-6382 for more information.

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MFTC 1st Annual Supply and Service Expo Fast Facts

Maui Food Technology Center (MFTC) is presenting the 1st Annual Supply and Service Expo for food manufacturers and entrepreneurs. This new tradeshow will give you the opportunity to meet with customers and prospects. In addition, the Expo will offer relevant educational sessions featuring experts in their field. We look forward to your participation. Who Exhibits?

  • Food, Ingredient and Equipment Manufacturers
  • Manufacturing Agents/Suppliers
  • Food, Ingredient and Equipment Distributors
  • Dealers/Brokers/Traders
  • Services/Education

Who Attends?

  • Food Processors and Manufacturers
  • Restaurants
  • Delis/Bakeries
  • Caterers
  • Hospitality Establishments
  • Independent Markets/Stores
  • Specialty Stores/Gourmet

Show Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Show Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Hannibal Tavares Community Center 91 Pukalani Street Pukalani, Hawaii 96768

Fee: $100 for Vendors (see application form) Free to non-profit Exhibitors (Dept. of Health, Maui County, University, etc.) Entrance free to qualified attendees

Exhibitor Information

Exhibit consists of tables arranged side-by-side in rows.

Tabletop Booths:

10’ wide x 8’ deep Exhibit space includes:

  • Draped 8’ x 2.5’ table
  • 2 Chairs •
  • Exhibiting Company Name Sign
  • Exhibit Staff Badges
  • Company listing on MFTC website and promotional materials (print deadlines apply)

Permitted at Tabletop Displays:

  • Educational literature
  • Product and ingredient samples
  • Premiums, souvenirs, handouts, etc.
  • Free-standing floor displays, provided confined to booth area
  • Hanging banners and signs (if next to a wall) as long as the tape or twine used does not cause any damages

Food Sampling:

• The Department of Health requires a permit for all food offered at the event. This includes samples.

Download the instructions and the application form if needed. The Department of Health may waive the $25 fee. Site plan and booth information are not required at this time. MFTC will provide hand washing stations as needed.

Set-up and Tear Down:

  • Set-up time is from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. on the day of the event.
  • Boxes cannot be shipped ahead of time to the site. If you need to send boxes ahead of time, please call 888-948-6382 to make arrangements.
  • Limited additional storage will be available in the Exhibitor’s Lounge on a first come, first served basis.
  • Free refreshments will be provided for exhibitors in the Exhibitor’s Lounge.
  • A kitchen is available for minor sample preparation if needed.
  • Tear down time is between 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

2014 Exhibit Space Application

2013 Maui Food Product to Market Contest Winners

The 2013 Maui Food Product to Market Contest was held this past Saturday. Congratulations to our winners:

1st place - Mama Isabel's Organic Salsa 2nd place - Kupono Sodaworks 3rd place - Coconut Glen's ice cream

1st place - Mama Isabel's Organic Salsa

 

2nd place - Kupono Sodaworks

Introducing the 2013 Maui Food Product to Market Contest

MFTC is  looking for a new locally-made food product that utilizes the most amount of locally grown products. The product must have commercial viability. MFTC will help that local entrepreneur to take their product from idea to the store shelf.

A : $10.00 Registration Fee.

B : 4 - 6 servings of product to be delivered between 9am - 10am on April 6th

C: List of all ingredients in recipe, specify the local ingredients

D: Include a short story about your product

Download the Contest Entry Form

1st place winner - will receive the assistance from MFTC consultants to complete project. ($1500.00 value)

2nd place - 2 hours of free consultation with Food Scientist and 2 free nutritional labels. ($500.00 value)

3rd place - 1 hour of free consultation with Food Scientist and 1 free nutritional label. ($250.00 value)