Best of Show Contest

Categories & Prizes

Our judges will select 1 winner for the following:

  • Best of Show First Place Winner
  • Best of Show Second Place Winner
  • Best Product Promo Winner

All winners receive:

  • framed award
  • announcement on the show floor
  • recognition on PMA’s website, including photos of the booth
  • recognition in a PMA Press Release

In addition...

Best of Show First Place Winner will receive:
  • First choice of booth space in the next year's Foodservice Produce Expo
Best of Show Second Place Winner will receive:
  • One All Access Pass to the next year's Foodservice Conference
Best Product Promo Winner will receive:
  • digital advertising

How the Contest Works

How/When Will Booths be Judged?

  • Judging will be conducted by a team of industry professionals during show hours on Saturday.
  • After evaluating each booth, winners will be announced on the show floor at 3:45 p.m.

Who are the Judges?

  • The judges will remain anonymous, meaning you could be observed one time or several times throughout the day, and at any moment – so be ready! 

Best of Show Judging Criteria

Staff Performance:

  • Proactive Engagement: How well the staff engages attendees off the aisle rather than waiting for an attendee to approach them.
  • Adequate Staffing: Evaluates if there are too many or too few staff for the exhibit space. Can visitors find a staffer with ease?
  • Positions/Placement: Where does staff stand – behind or next to counters?
  • Professionalism/Appearance: Are staff professional and dressed appropriately for the audience and environment?
  • Non-verbal Communications: Do staff exhibit negative non-verbal behavior, such as arms crossed, or sitting, talking with each other or on the phone?

Booth Attraction:

  • Hierarchy of Graphics: Tells who the company is, what they do and what they’re offering at each vantage point for the visitor to see.
  • Exhibit Design: How easily the exhibit attracts attention, how well the space is laid out, uniqueness of design’s effectiveness at communicating who they are and what they do.
  • Overall Exhibit Appeal: How welcoming and inviting the space is to attendees

Products & Messaging

  • Display: Color, size, location and uniqueness.
  • Eye Appeal: Ability to draw the visitor’s attention visually.
  • Benefit Messaging: How effectively the brand/product communicates product benefits.
  • Integrated Brand Messaging: How well brand messaging has been integrated in graphics, signage, themes, literature, etc.

Best Product Promo Judging Criteria

  • Online product listing in the exhibitor directory (pre-show evaluation)
  • On-site showcase display
  • Promotion of the new product in your booth


Kyle McMillan

Kyle McMillan

Trade Show Manager

+1 (302) 607-2130

Email Kyle

Belinda Keota

Belinda Harvey

Event & Program Manager

+1 (302) 607-2154

Email Belinda

Jamie Hillegas

Jamie Romano Hillegas

Director, Trade Shows

+1 (302) 607-2123

Email Jamie