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PMA Fresh Summit draws almost 20,000 visitors to New Orleans

Photo report PMA Fresh Summit 2017

On October 20th and 21st, the PMA Fresh Summit took place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The show drew close to 20,000 visitors to The Big Easy. Both days were packed with attendees, but from an exhibitor perspective the feelings about the show and its lay-out were mixed. Exhibitors to the left of the floral exhibition had customer visits almost non-stop. Exhibitors to the right of the floral section however didn’t feel many attendees came by. Did show attendees think the produce section ended at the start of the Floral exhibition?

Innovations in packaging
There were some new products here and there, but in limited amounts. Clearly, the organic category continues to grow. Most innovations however were noticed within the packaging segment with a growing emphasis on more earth-friendly packaging. Reduction of plastic by replacing lids with films as well as working with recyclable materials are noticeable trends. 

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Meal-kit solutions
In addition, meal-kit solutions and on-the-go products continue to expand. Complete wrap kits and soup kits that contain fresh ingredients and make a healthy meal in a matter of a few minutes is one of the noticeable newcomers. In addition, exhibitors had on-the-go veggies as well as snacks that include fruit, cheese and crackers on display.

This year, Fresh Summit partly overlapped with Fruit Attraction in Madrid, resulting in some people traveling half the globe in just a few days. It also required some organizational skills as some companies had booths and/or company representatives at both shows. Next year, the shows will be organized a week apart from each other. PMA Fresh Summit will be held in Orlando from October 18-20, 2018.

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