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The Best CPG Trade Shows Worth Attending in 2023

Make your impact during the most popular industry events of this year. Trade shows are a great opportunity to launch a new product, or even a rebrand. Located throughout the year and across the country, you can find different conventions that fit your product niche.

Here is a list of trade shows that will be worth your while this year!

2023 KEHE Summer Show: Nashville, TN | February 7-8, or Virtual February 1-15

Join one of the largest events this year in a city of music, storytellers, and soul food. Held in Nashville, this trade show is inspired by the unexpected. From gourmet and ethnic foods to specialty cheeses, this show covers everything you need to know about the latest trends, sustainability practices, and more.

Natural Products Expo West: Anaheim, CA | March 7-11

Featuring natural and organic lifestyle products, this is the ideal trade show for brands to make an impact on specialty retailers. You have a chance to meet a multitude of buyers and professionals that you can utilize to build your brand. Huge in the CPG sector, this event is known for showcasing innovative ideas and upcoming trends. If you’re a brand looking to connect with national buyers, this is the place to be.

WAFC: Palm Desert, CA | May 6-10

The Western Association of Food Chains Annual Convention brings retailers wholesalers, brokers, suppliers, and manufacturers all in one building. As the WAFC’S mission stands by “advancing the food industry through education and leadership,” this event is considered one of the top conventions to attend in the food industry sector.

Sweet & Snacks Expo: McCormick Place Chicago, IL | May 22-25

Calling all candymakers and snack enthusiasts! The Sweet & Snacks Expo features the latest innovations in the confectionary and snack industry. With new flavors and formulas taught by the world’s leaders, attendees can learn more about groundbreaking products all under one roof. Experts offer big-picture insights while helping predict new shopper trends.

2023 KEHE Holiday Show: Chicago, IL | June 14-15

Join in on the innovation and endless opportunities at the KEHE Holiday Show! Attendees can make an impact and sell to the top retailers, buyers, and brokers. Featuring the industry’s cutting-edge brands and most sought-after products, you can sample and purchase natural and organic, specialty, and fresh produce all in one place.

The Summer Fancy Food Show: New York City, June 25 – 27

Don’t miss your chance to expand your business and learn from the industry experts. For three days you can learn emerging trends, network, and sample the best specialty foods from exhibitors in over 40 categories. This is the perfect opportunity to strengthen partnerships and gain insight into consumer research, technological advances, and learn more about different digital marketing techniques.

Plant-Based World Expo: New York, NY | September 7-8

Designed for foodservice and industry professionals, the Plant-Based World Expo is the must-attend plant-based event of this year. Discover the most innovative plant-based products, learn from industry pioneers, and connect with retailers, buyers, brokers, and distributors. You can also sample products from the U.S and other countries/

Natural Products Expo East: Philadelphia, PA | September 20-23

With 29,000 visitors and 451 exhibitors, Natural Products Expo East is the flagship event to connect CPG professionals and like-minded individuals in the industry. This renowned trade show is great for up-and-coming brands as attendees are able to get face to face with retailers, distributors, and more.

UNFI Winter Show: Las Vegas, NV | September 27-28

The UNFI Winter show offers the opportunity for attendees to tap into the latest insights and innovation within the CPG industry. You can expect to learn more on how to differentiate yourself from the competition and connect with leaders who bring strategy to the forefront.

The NACS Show: Las Vegas, NV | October 1-4

Walk around the expo floor to learn more about new products, meet connections, and even join a C-sweep competition. This 4-day event brings the convenience and retail industry together while teaching attendees on how to grow their bottom line.

NFRA: San Diego, CA | October 7-10

The Natural Frozen and Refrigerated Foods convention isn’t the typical industry event. Showcase your product and be a part of sponsorship opportunities that will put your brand front and center. Along with speakers, luncheons, and receptions, you can expect to have one-on-one meetings with some of the major companies in the industry.

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