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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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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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