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AGRI Supports 16 Minnesota Companies at Global Tradeshows
Minnesota Ag Connection - 05/16/2017

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) New Markets Program will host 16 Minnesota-based food and beverage companies at three major industry tradeshows in Chicago, May 20-25. The AGRI New Markets Program supports development of small- to medium-sized food and beverage companies by providing marketing and logistical support, and sharing booth costs in Minnesota Pavilions at national tradeshows.

The 16 companies will participate in Minnesota Pavilions at the National Restaurant Association Show, the Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants (BAR) Show, and the Sweets and Snacks Expo. The events are expected to draw more than 65,000 buyers and industry professionals, offering these Minnesota companies a chance to expand their markets and enter new ones.

"Tradeshows are one of the best ways for Minnesota companies to make industry connections, increase sales, and expand their businesses," said Assistant Commissioner Andrea Vaubel. "The Minnesota Pavilion not only provides a cost-share, but it also gives Minnesota companies extra support throughout the shows."

Last year, nearly 60 companies participated in Minnesota Pavilions. They projected $6.7 million in news sales as a result of attending national and international tradeshows.

Attending the National Restaurant Association Show:

- Compart Family Farms, Nicollet: premium Duroc ham products

- Red River Valley Potatoes, East Grand Forks: fresh and processed potatoes

- Sparboe Foods, Litchfield: halal, kosher, cage-free egg options

- Stone Gate Foods, Shakopee: specialty and private label food manufacturer

- Captain Ken's Foods, Saint Paul: producer and marketer of quality fine foods

- Joia, Saint Louis Park: all natural soda and craft cocktails

- Northarvest Bean Growers, Frazee: North America's largest supplier of dry beans

- Leech Lake Wild Rice, Cass Lake: natural and organic hand harvested wild rice

- Sno Pac, Caledonia: organically grown and processed frozen fruits and vegetables

- SunOpta, Edina: packaged beverages, healthy snacks, roasted grains, and more

Attending BAR17:

- Joia Spirit, Saint Louis Park: all natural soda and craft cocktails

- Rusty Anchor Bloody Mary Mix, Wheaton: small batch Bloody Mary mix

Attending the 2017 Sweets and Snacks Expo:

- Krienke Foods (Pop'd Kerns), Mountain Lake: half-popped, crunchy popcorn

- Dutch House Confections, Nelson: soft caramel candies

- Henke Foods, Mahtomedi: handcrafted popcorn, caramels, and chocolates

- K'ul Chocolate, Minneapolis: ethically sourced bean-to-bar dark chocolate

- SunOpta, Edina: packaged beverages, healthy snacks, roasted grains, and more

- WholeMe, Minneapolis: nutrient-dense convenient foods

To learn more about the AGRI New Markets Program and upcoming Minnesota Pavilion events, visit www.mda.state.mn.us/food/business/processedfoods.aspx.

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