Food trade shows can become tiring if food brands fail to invest themselves in their importance and enter those double doors without renewed excitement for the opportunities that lie ahead.
Here are five ways the best growing challenger food brands hustle to make the most of their food trade shows, whether exhibiting or simply walking the floor.
1. Reconnect with peers.
To walk up and down the seemingly endless aisles of the food trade show is the most basic way to absorb the vastness of the food industry. Clients that continuously do so, all the while looking for emerging trends, are able to effectively spot those that are a passing fad and those that are here to stay. They are also the clients who are most in tune with the industry … and win (big) in the long run.
2. Connect with the media.
Attending a food trade show is a prime opportunity to connect with the media face to face. Use each conversation as a platform to showcase your brand. Share what’s new, how you’ve innovated and even the product and package development you’ve taken on. Use this as an opportunity to prove just how extraordinary you are!
3. Make time for your agency.
The best agency will ask to be an active participant in the role your brand plays as an exhibitor. From time in the booth spent connecting with consumers to taking a few moments throughout the day to catch up with your executive team, your agency should be your support system.
You are never too old or too seasoned to learn something new. The best shows include educational seminars that feature discussions that are topical. Even if you walk away with one or two ideas, they certainly add up over time. If you can’t make the schedule seminars, be sure your agency does. A true agency partner is just as passionate about your industry as you are. If they aren’t, they will become old and outdated quickly.
5. Renew your passion.
The food industry is the most beautiful of all industries. Food nurtures us, it is where our traditions are fostered and is where our heritage shines brightest. For that reason, there is no place like a food trade show. Expo West, Expo East, Fancy Food, Snacks and Sweets and the NRA Show all reconnect us to our passion for food, so celebrate it before, during and after hours.
Sue is a the head of client brand strategy at RMD, based in Columbus, Ohio. Her love affair with the agency world and the food industry sprouted at a very young age – and she’s spent nearly three decades working tirelessly to build the client brands she loves. Today, she mostly helps consumers and customers better connect with the nostalgic nature of the food she strategizes for.