Returning 2019 exhibitors who apply before December 12 will have the benefit of being part of the early booth assignments, which will occur via teleconference in late-January/early February in priority point order. Appointment times will be emailed in mid-December.
All non-returning exhibitors as well as anyone who applies after December 12 will be assigned based on the order in which applications with full payment are received.
Selecting Your Booth Location/Segment:
The expo will be segmented into marketplaces (NOT commodity based), all still within one contiguous space. This provides greater opportunity for you to connect with buyers and buyers with an easier, more efficient way to navigate the floor, with more time to see new and different products, services and companies.
Booth location assignments for returning exhibitors will be done in priority point order within the Marketplace your booth will be located, which is based on your company business type. If you qualify for multiple Marketplaces, you may choose to have separate booths in each or one booth in the Marketplace that is best aligned with your primary product/service. PMA will review and verify segments prior to booth assignments.
New in 2020: A Retail Solutions Pavilion inside the Produce Marketplace has been created for retailers to easily find the equipment and technology they need to bring their produce aisle to life. A company may be eligible to be part of this pavilion if Retailers are their primary customer and they are showcasing products such as merchandising solutions, signage/decor, or retail technologies that a retailer would directly purchase from them. To verify eligibility, contact Colleen McDonnell.
There are two options for companies that wish to exhibit with other affiliated companies/brands: "Booth Sharing" or creating a "Pavilion."
In order to “Booth Share” or create a “Pavilion,” a minimum of 100 sq. ft. of space must be reserved for each company that will participate, and companies/brands must be affiliated in one of the following ways:
The primary differences between the two options are who will assume financial responsibility for the booth space and how priority points are used to determine the order in which the booth location will be selected during virtual booth assignments (for those who participate).
If your company will be “Booth Sharing,” on the booth application you will have the ability to choose how you wish to manage booth benefits and expo communications.
Any company submitting written notice of cancellation of all or any portion of exhibit space on or before April 15, shall receive a refund of all fees paid, minus a $150 processing fee. After April 15, no refunds for full or partial space cancellations will be issued. Any booth with an outstanding balance after April 15 is subject to release and all corresponding benefits will be forfeited.
Changes in booth sizes (increases or downsizes) can affect the ability to keep your booth in its existing location. PMA cannot guarantee a booth location should your booth size change. The booth size you are requesting, layout of the show floor and booths surrounding that location will determine if relocation is necessary. All efforts will be made to avoid relocation and all booth size/location options will be discussed with exhibitor prior to relocation.
Priority Points are used to determine the order in which current exhibitors select booth space for next year. Points are based on an annual term beginning August 1 through July 31 and will be reset each year.
Priority Points are awarded in three categories and are based on the participation of the exhibiting company(s) who holds the contract with PMA only:
• 25 years as an exhibitor: 5 bonus points
• 50 years: 10 bonus points
• 75 years: 15 bonus points
• Event registrations for any PMA and/or Center for Growing Talent event
• Participation in any PMA exposition
• Sponsorship or advertising with PMA and/or Center for Growing Talent event
• PMA Foundation campaign contributions
• Contribution to PMA’s Gold Circle program
• Miscellaneous other participation (Fresh Ideas Showcase spaces, badge purchases, etc.)
• points from the company with the longest “Fresh Summit Exhibitor Loyalty”
• points from the company with the longest “PMA Member Loyalty” and
In this example, Pavilion A would have a total of 35 points:
|Pavilion A||Fresh Summit Exhibitor Loyalty||PMA Member Loyalty||Participation|
Credit for each of the three award categories may be transferred from one exhibiting company to another within the set annual award period under the following circumstances:
Determination of credit will be made on a case-by-case basis and will be based on the specific terms of the acquisition and/or merger.