Best Food & beverage Trade Shows You Need to Attend IN 2021

Food and beverage trade shows are the perfect opportunities for companies to showcase their products and potentially sell them to big retailers and companies in the industry.

Today we discuss the best food and beverage trade shows in the United States food manufacturer and companies in the Food & Beverage industry should attend.

Trade shows take place all over the country, giving food companies a chance to reach potential clients who otherwise would be hard to reach on their own.

They also allow for more time with attendees than you would get at a typical conference or meeting, which is beneficial for building lasting relationships with potential clients.

Food Trade Shows List 2021

Here is a quick look at all the food, beverage and agriculture trade shows in the country.

*We update this list regularly. However, know that some tradeshows may be canceled or postponed due to reasons outside our control. Be sure to visit their website to confirm dates.

January 6-8, 2021 (Reformatted)
Virtual Trade Show
Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade ShowBaltimoreMaryland
January 15-17, 2021 (Canceled)Gulf States Horticultural ExpoMobileAlabama
January 17-19, 2021 (Canceled)The Winter Fancy Food ShowSan FranciscoCalifornia
January 25-29, 2021 (Reformatted)
Virtual Trade Show
International Production and Processing ExpoAtlanta Georgia
February 1-2, 2021 (Canceled)Southern Nursery Association ConferenceBaltimoreMaryland
February 9-12, 2021 (Reformatted)
Virtual Trade Show
International Builders’ Show – National Association of Home BuildersLas VegasNevada 
March 5-7, 2021 (Canceled)National Fiery Foods & BBQ ShowAlbuquerqueNew Mexico
March 15-19, 2021 (Reformatted)
Virtual Trade Show
Seafood Expo North America Reconnect Virtual ConferenceBostonMassachusetts
March 25-27, 2021 (Postponed)
New Dates September 22-24. 2021
World Floral ExpoNew YorkNew York
March 28-30, 2021 (Postponed)
New Dates September 9-12, 2021
Craft Brewers Conference & Brew Expo AmericaDenverColorado
March 28-30, 2021 (Postponed)
New Dates August 22-24, 2021
SNAXPOCharlotteNorth Carolina
March 30 – April 1, 2021 (Reformatted)
Virtual Trade Show
International Mass Timber ConferencePortlandOregon
April 5-9, 2021 (Reformatted)
Virtual Trade Show
Duty Free & Travel Retail Summit of the AmericasOrlandoFlorida
April 21-22, 2021 (Postponed)
New Dates August 24-25, 2021
SupplySide EastSecaucusNew Jersey
April 23-26, 2021 (Postponed)
New Dates September 30-October 3, 2021
Specialty Coffee ExpoNew OrleansLouisiana
May 22-25, 2021 (Canceled)National Restaurant Association ShowChicagoIllinois
May 24-27, 2021 (Reformatted)
Virtual Trade Show
Natural Products Expo WestAnaheimCalifornia
June 6-8, 2021 (Canceled)International Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar & ExpoHoustonTexas
June 9-11, 2021World Pork Expo – National Pork Producers CouncilDes MoinesIowa
June 14-16, 2021 (Postponed)
New Dates September 16-18, 2021
International Floriculture ExpoMiami BeachFlorida
June 15-18, 2021Southern Association of Wholesale Distributors Annual MeetingPoint ClearAlabama
June 23-25, 2021Sweets & Snacks Expo – National Confectioners AssociationIndianapolisIndiana
June 24-26, 2021
United Fresh Convention and ExpoLos AngelesCalifornia
June 28-30, 2021Night Club & Bar Trade ShowLas VegasNevada 
July 11-13, 2021Seafood Expo North America MarketplaceBostonMassachusetts
July 18-20, 2021IFT Food ExpoChicagoIllinois
July 18-20, 2021International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New YorkNew YorkNew York
August 5-7, 2021Nursery & Landscape ExpoSan AntonioTexas
August 22-24, 2021
(Postponed 2022)
Western Foodservice & Hospitality ExpoAnaheimCalifornia
September 7-9, 2021AnamPueblaMexico
September 19-21, 2021NGA ShowLas VegasNevada
September 20-24, 2021Americas Food & Beverage ShowVirtual
September 22-25, 2021Natural Products Expo East PhiladelphiaPennsylvania
September 22-25, 2021All Things Organic Conference (co-located with Natural Products East)PhiladelphiaPennsylvania
September 27- October 8, 2021The Fancy Food ShowVirtual
September 28-October 2, 2021World Dairy ExpoMadisonWisconsin
October 4-5, 2021Cocina Sabrosa Trade ExpoLong BeachCalifornia
October 5-8, 2021NACS ShowChicagoIllinois
October 18-21, 2021IFSA ExpoLong BeachCalifornia
October 26-29, 2021 (Reformatted)
Virtual Trade Show
Food & Nutrition Conference & ExpoPhiladelphiaPennsylvania
October 28-30, 2021PMA Fresh Summit Convention and ExpoNew OrleansLouisiana
October 18-20, 2021Expo ANTADGuadalajaraMexico
November 9-10, 2021KosherfestSecaucusNew Jersey
November 14-16, 2021Private Label Trade Show ChicagoIllinois

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Top 10 Food Trade Shows

We know there are a lot of food trade shows and it’s nearly impossible to attend them all.

To help you narrow down your choice, below is a list of our favorite and biggest Food Trade Shows in America.

National Restaurant Association – NRA Show

The National Restaurant Association – NRA Show is a big event for restaurateurs and other hospitality professionals, with over 50,000 people. The show takes place in Chicago every year.

It’s perfect for those who want to stay up to date on the latest news or insight into discovering what’s new and next in the foodservice industry.

America’s Food & Beverage Show

One of the most popular trade shows in the United States for Food and Beverage companies. This event is an excellent opportunity to meet new clients and businesses. Held annually at Miami Beach Convention Center, it attracts 3000 visitors each year. 300+ exhibitors participate every time, with expo halls featuring a variety of products.

The show is sponsored by the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

Summer Fancy Food Show – NASFT

Summer Fancy Food Show is a yearly event organized by the Specialty Food Association. The show is the largest specialty food and beverage event in North America, with an expected attendance of 35,000 people, and it features more than 2400 exhibitors and hundreds of different types of products.

The Summer Fancy Food Show is a great time for foodservice professionals to attend, with many exhibitors and attendees. It takes place at the Javits Center. There are also educational lectures.

Attendees are specialty food artisans, purveyors, importers, and entrepreneurs, as well as distributors, retailers, and others involved in the specialty food trade.

Sweets and Snacks Expo

The Sweets and Snacks Expo is a trade show that takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana from at the Indiana Convention Center. The event will feature more than 500 exhibitors with an expected attendance of 16,000 people looking to find new products for their stores or restaurants.

The Sweets and Snacks Expo is a favorite event for anybody working in the confectionery or snack industry because it offers visitors an opportunity to see the latest product innovations, insights and to make connections with other members of that profession.

Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, this is your chance to see and taste all of the new goodies that are set to hit store shelves in time for holiday shoppers. You’ll find everything from traditional favorites like Hershey’s Kisses® and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups®, as well as innovative brands.

IDDBA Show -The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association

The IDDBA Show is dedicated to moving the Dairy-Deli-Bakery industry forward through education, training, and networking & selling opportunities.

It’s the premier event for Dairy-Deli-Bakery professionals from around the world, providing opportunities to learn about new developments in this dynamic industry and meet with peers.

Visitors will have access to exhibits of equipment, products, and services from leading suppliers at the forefront of design and innovation; discover solutions designed specifically to add value across all food channels for the dairy, deli, and bakery categories. The IDDBA Show provides a vast array of opportunities to grow your dairy, deli, and bakery business.

And it’s not just for professionals in the industry – this is an event that anyone who enjoys food will enjoy!

The NGA Show

The National Grocers Association Show independent retailers who seek to stay up to date on industry trends, powerful technologies, and innovative merchandising concepts at “The NGA Show.”

The show provides a unique opportunity for retailers, wholesalers, food retail industry executives, food/CPG manufacturers from all backgrounds and sizes to come together and engage with other industry professionals in a welcoming environment that supports education, networking, information, and business relationships.

PMA Fresh Summit Convention and Expo

The PMA Fresh Summit is a show for fruits, vegetables, and other foods grown or raised in the United States. It features high-profile speakers from across all levels of government, including leading academics and representatives from industry associations like NGA.

This event convenes more than 20,000 attendees throughout the global fresh produce, and floral supply chains come together as a community to learn, network, build relationships, and do business.

The PMA Fresh Summit covers the entire spectrum of produce, from field production to retail packaging, logistics, and distribution—from seedlings to shelf-ready products.

Private Label Trade Show  PLMA – Private Label Manufacturers Association Show

PLMA is an association of private label manufacturers and suppliers. The trade show provides a forum for label industry professionals to share their expertise.

The event features exhibitors that offer company branding solutions, including custom labels, packaging design & production services; promotional items such as pens, t-shirts, or other useful giveaways; plus graphics software solutions and more.

PLMA’s annual trade show has been the industry event of the year for more than 30 years, where retailers and wholesalers source their private label programs.

At the 2020 show, more than 1,500 companies from over 55 countries will exhibit their products, including 30 international pavilions. 

United Fresh Convention and Expo

The United Fresh Convention and Expo is the flagship event of the largest trade organization representing both fresh produce growers and their trading partners. The convention provides an important opportunity for agricultural businesses, growers, and fresh produce professionals to showcase new products, services, and innovations that will help shape future trends in produce retail.

United Fresh Produce expo supports all members throughout the fresh produce supply chain, from farmers to retailers. The event is an essential destination for suppliers and buyers to meet, learn about the latest industry trends and grow their business.

Exhibitors at the show include growers of fresh produce as well as all other segments in the supply chain, such as distributors, brokers, importers and exporters.

*This year’s show has been canceled