Boston Local Food – a program of SBNMass

Leading the Local Food Movement in the Boston Area

SBN’s Trade Shows

*TWO TRADE SHOWS, ONE LOCATION, ONE TIME*

Interise & The Sustainable Business Network present:

Local Food Trade Show

MDAR & The Sustainable Business Network present:

Local Specialty Crop Trade Show 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

8:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Northeastern University

Local Food Buyers and Producers are Invited to Meet and Begin Doing Business.

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts  (SBN) is offering its 4th Local Food Trade Shows. The 2015 Local Food Trade Shows are designed to facilitate connections and stimulate business relationships between producers and wholesale buyers of local food, with a focus on specialty crop food products in Massachusetts.

This event is ideal for restaurants and institutional buyers interested in trading with local food suppliers and who desire to buy more locally produced products from growers, fishermen, and value added producers from Massachusetts and New England.

Local Specialty Crop Trade Show
Exhibitors will include New England based farmers, produce distributors and local specialty crop producers (products made with 50% or more specialty crops also qualify). Please view the USDA definition of specialty crops here. This Trade Show is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. Exhibition booths are free for specialty crop farmers and other specialty crop producers.
Local Food Trade Show
This trade show is open to all non-specialty crop food producers including meat and dairy farms, fisheries, baked goods and other added value producers. Exhibition booths are $100.00.

The Specialty Crop Trade Show is made possible by a grant from  the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MassGrown). Our partners for this event include Northeastern University, Costa Fruit and Produce, Edible BostonBoston Food and Farm, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) Farm to Institution New England (FINE) Food Solutions New EnglandHealth Care Without Harm, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, and the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA).

Due to the expansion of our program, we are offering two trade shows this year, taking place the same time in the same location. Each trade show will feature different type of exhibitors. Register below (note that there are three different applications, so complete the application that applies to you).

  • Specialty Crop vendors for Specialty Crop Trade Show – Register here
  • Non-specialty crop vendors for Local Food Trade Show – Register here
  • Attendees (Buyers and non-exhibitors) – Register here

Event Schedule:

7:30 am -9:30 am: Set Up

7:30 am -12:00 pm: Registration

8:15 am -9:30 am: Session 1 Workshops

9:45 am -10:00 am: Welcome Address

10:00 am -1:30 pm: Open Floor Trading

11:00 am -12:15 pm: Session 2 Workshops

12:00 pm -1:00 pm:  Lunch

Click HERE for a list of 2015 Trade Show Exhibitors and Attendees!

Who should attend?
Any wholesale buyers, who are interested in purchasing Massachusetts or New England-produced food items. These buyers can be supermarkets, co-ops, restaurants, hotels, institutions, schools, food processors in search of ingredients, distributors, or anyone else interested in local purchasing options.*This event is intended for commercial buyers, not individual consumers.*

Getting There:

The SBN Local Food Trade Show will take place in the Curry Student Center of Northeastern University. The building is  located on the Main Campus here.

Parking:

There are two visitor parking garages on the Northeastern University campus.

Our 2015 Local Food Trade Show Sponsors

MDAR  
 

Our 2015 Local Food Trade Show Partners


2015 Non Specialty Crop Producers

  2015 Specialty Crop Vendors

2015 Trade Show Attendees & Buyers

*Indicates SBN Member

Session 1 Workshops (8:15am-9:30am)

• Forging Innovative Trade Relationships

This workshop will highlight two stories of trade relationships between producers & buyers of local food that work.

Facilitator: Nicola Williams, President, The Williams Agency, Co-Chair SBN Local Food Committee

Panel: Michael Durante of Red Tomato, Chelsea Wagner, Hannaford, Gideon Porth,  Atlas Farms and Jeffrey Barry, Boston Organics

• A Vision for Local Food in New England – How We Can Make it Happen!

Introduce 50 by 60 New England Food Vision, explore the role of local trade & sourcing in achieving it & identify leverage points for advancement.

Facilitator: Karen Spiller, Principal, KAS Consulting, MA Ambassador, Food Solutions, New England

Panel: Bing Broderick – Haley House Cafe, Karen Masterson – Johnny’s Luncheonette

• The ‘Labeling Game’: Why Does it Matter?

Panel to discuss the various food labels among Organic, GMO, Fair Trade, B Corporation Certification and more!

Facilitator: Niaz Dorry, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance

Panel: Virginia Berman – Equal Exchange, Emily Kanter – Cambridge Naturals, Leo LaRosa – Boston Medical Center, John Stoddard – Health Care Without Harm

 

Session 2 Workshops (11:00am-12:15pm)

• Food Hubs: Key Players in Growing Our Local Food System

The workshop features 4 food hubs including Farm Fresh Rhode Island, Red’s Best, Western Mass Food Processing Center & FairAcre Traders.

Facilitator: Darrow Isaacman-VanWertz – Wholesome Wave

Panel: Jared Auerbach – Red’s Best, Hannah Mellion – Farm Fresh RI, John Waite – Western Mass Food processing Center, Daphne Mazarakis – Fair Acre

• Getting In & Staying In

Marketing Strategies & tools to get your products into food services/stores & sell successfully once they’re in.

Facilitator: Myrna Greenfield, Good Egg Marketing

Panel: Barry Milanese – Costa Fruit & Produce, Nicola Williams – The Williams Agency, Co-Chair SBN Local Food Committee, Chris Durkin – Harvest, David Warner – City Feed & Supply

• Practical Advice for Successful Selling: 

How to move from Point A to Point B

This workshop is designed for local farms, producers, distributors & other local businesses that offer healthy & delicious food choices & want to increase their sales volume.

Facilitator: Laury Hammel, Executive Director, Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts

Panel: Ryan Voiland – Red Fire farm, Beth Quinn – Q’s Nuts

Exhibitors will include New England based farmers, produce distributors and local specialty crop producers (products made with 50% or more specialty crops also qualify). Please view the USDA definition of specialty crops here. This Trade Show is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department for Agricultural Resources. Exhibition booths are free for specialty crop farmers and other specialty crop producers.