Maine Made Businesses to Be Featured at Major West Coast Food Show

AUGUSTA – The Maine International Trade Center (MITC) and the Maine Made program – a successful business marketing initiative administered by the Maine Department of Economic & Community Development - will tout a handful of unique Maine food products at an international food show that starts this Sunday. Six Maine Made members will represent the state’s diverse and exceptional culinary industry at the 39th annual Winter Fancy Foods Show (WFFS) at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. A strong presence at the widely attended showcase is expected to bring new revenue to Maine businesses from the over 18,000 buyers touring the three-day event. As many as 80,000 food items from over 35 countries will be featured at the show.

“Exposure for Maine’s specialty food entrepreneurs at a show of this magnitude is incredibly valuable and has the potential to yield tremendous windfalls,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “It offers these companies a unique opportunity to showcase their amazing products. I’m very proud of these Maine enterprises and our tremendous Maine Made program. Together they help grow employment in our state by attracting and generating new investment from national and international audiences.”

The six Maine companies selected for the 2014 Winter Fancy Foods Show are Lucy’s Granola (East Blue Hill); Northwoods Gourmet Girl (Greenville); Bixby & Co. (Rockland); Gelato Fiasco (Brunswick); Sullivan Harbor Farm Smokehouse (Sullivan); and Shucks Maine Lobster (Richmond).

“The Winter Fancy Food show presents a tremendous opportunity for Maine’s specialty food companies,” said Jeff Bennett, Senior Trade Specialist from MITC. “Key buyers and distributors from the west coast and international markets are there to make purchasing decisions and product selections for the upcoming year. By branding together as Maine Made, we can really highlight what the state of Maine has to offer.”

The Maine Made Program has over 1,700 businesses enrolled throughout the state, with membership continuously growing. The program provides businesses access to unique branding and a distinct marketing advantage.

The WFFS is the west coast’s largest specialty food and beverage event – with over 1,300 participating exhibitors, and an estimated 18,000 buyers in attendance throughout the showcase. It will be held over the course of three days at the Moscone Center, on 747 Howard Street, San Francisco.

Dates and times of the showcase are as follows:

Sunday, January 19th, 10am-5pm; Monday the 20th, 10am-5pm; Tuesday the 21st, 10am-5pm

For more information on the WFFS, and the Maine Made members in attendance, please visit the links below:

Lucy’s Granola: http://lucysgranola.com/about1.html Northwoods Gourmet Girl: http://northwoodsgourmetgirl.com/site/NorthwoodsGourmetGirl.html Bixby & Co.: http://www.bixbyco.com/ Gelato Fiasco: http://www.gelatofiasco.com/ Sullivan Harbor Farm Smokehouse: http://www.sullivanharborfarm.com/default.asp Shucks Maine Lobster: http://shucksmainelobster.com/ Specialty Food Association Homepage: http://www.specialtyfood.com/

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The 39th Annual Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco to Host Six Maine Made Businesses, Members of the Maine International Trade Center, and Over 18,000 Potential Buyers