Applications are being accepted for the 2017 Fresh Summit Expo. Booths marked in blue on the 2017 floor plan are still available. 2016 exhibitors had the first opportunity to submit an application to select their 2017 booth. Read the booth assignments and cancellation policy for more information.
New for 2017 - the expo will take place on Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21, 2017. Take a look at the exhibitor schedule for any additional changes to the set up schedule.
All order forms can be found on the approved vendors list. PMA cannot guarantee service if you use other vendors. Place all orders by September 26, 2017 in order to take advantage of discount pricing.
What deadlines do I need to be aware of?
Am I allowed to set up my own booth?
Louisiana is a "right-to-work" state. Only full-time employees of your company are allowed to set-up your booth. They must have identification and proof of full-time employment available on the show floor. Otherwise, you can work with Global Experience Specialists (GES) or hire an exhibitor appointed contractor (they will need wristbands for show floor access) to hire labor to install your booth. For more information, review the show site labor jurisdictions.
Who does what at Fresh Summit in New Orleans?
Review the approved vendor list for a full list of vendors and order forms.
Can I serve samples in my booth?
Yes, food and beverage sampling is encouraged. On average, exhibitors hand out 500-700 samples per day (samples increase the closer you are to broadway). Food and/or beverage items used as traffic promoters (e.g. coffee, sodas, bottled waters) must be purchased from Centerplate. Review the product sampling and catering section for more information.
Can the convention center caterer help me prepare samples?
Absolutely! Kitchen facilities aren't available to exhibitors, so Centerplate is able to assist with kitchen prep and cooking. They provide a full catering menu, as well as other supplies and equipment you might need. If you would like their assistance, review the kitchen preparation guidelines.
You are allowed to make deliveries in a personally owned vehicle. Please check in at the Marshaling Yard before proceeding to the convention center. Loads will be weighed on a scale at the exhibit hall dock and are subject to the material handling rates. Exhibitors may also park and hand carry items into the exhibit hall (without the use of wheeled carts or dollies).
How can I track people visiting my booth?
You can go the old-fashioned route and collect business cards, or you can order badge scanners (lead retrieval equipment) from ExpoBadge. ExpoBadge offers desktop, mobile, and mobile app solutions to collect leads during Fresh Summit. If you are a first-time exhibitor, you'll also qualify for a 50% discount. Just don't forget to follow up with your leads after the show!
Do you have a list of attendees?
We sure do! All primary and secondary contacts for exhibiting companies can download an attendee list. Current registrants can also download and attendee list. Everyone wants to minimize the amount of email they receive these days, so please be courteous and only send emails out to people in your target market or key prospects. As we get closer to the show, you'll see more and more attendees appear on the list.
How can I interact with the media?
All exhibitors are encouraged to upload up to 5 press releases to the 2017 digital press room for the media to review. It's available through out the year. Download the press and media relations document for tips on coverage before, during, and after the show. We include information on receiving media lists, as well as how to use social media. We recommend extending media invitations three to four weeks prior to Fresh Summit, as schedules fill up quickly. Don't forget to reach out to food bloggers as well!
2017 exhibitors have the first opportunity to submit an application to select their 2018 booth. Applications will be available between June 26 and July 21, 2017. Booth selection will take place after Fresh Summit via computer teleconference.
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