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.