The Illinois Department of Agriculture offers programs for marketing food and agribusinesses.

Upcoming Deadlines

Americas Food & Beverage Show - Miami
Oct. 28-29, 2013 Deadline: July 26
Largest show of its kind in the Western Hemisphere targeting the Caribbean, Central & South America and U.S. markets. More Info
FMI Show coming back to Chicago in 2014!

Food Marketing Institute Show (FMI), June 10-13, 2014- IDOA plans to sponsor a pavilion at the show and offer cost assistance on the booth. FMI attracts the entire food retail industry, including retail grocery chains, independent retailers, drug stores, clubs & mass merchants, convenience stores, super stores and distributors. The show draws 10,000 attendees from 90 countries.

To be placed on the prospect list when more details become available such as registration/pricing etc., please contact Kim Hamilton, by Email or Tel: 217/782-5809

2013 NRA Show Huge Success for Illinois

Twenty-two Illinois food and beverage companies participated in the National Restaurant Show, May 18-21, Chicago. This year's event attracted more than 62,500 registrants from all 50 states and 100+ countries representing a second consecutive year of growth. The lodging category saw the largest increase in registrants by more than 10%. Restaurant/foodservice, retail, and press registration also experienced growth. Exhibit space totaled more than 579,000 square feet, a 6.8% jump over 2012 with more than 2,100 exhibiting companies.

In Illinois, an estimated 517,900 people are employed in the restaurant industry. Sales statewide in 2013 are expected to hit $21.7 billion, a 3.8 percent increase from 2012.

As a result of the show, Illinois companies have reported $1,117,000 in actual and $12,535,000 in projected sales and 1967 in buyer/seller introductions.

Mark Your Calendars!
Next NRA Show will be held in Chicago, May 17-20, 2014.

Food Export Activities
AES: How to Complete the Electronic Exporter Information on (EEI),
June 11, 2:00 CDT

Buyers' Missions:
Food Ingredients Buyers' Mission at the IFT Show, July 13-14, Chicago, Registration Deadline: July 1
Midwest Buyers Mission, September 16-17, Chicago, IL-Early Registration Deadline: July 15

Trade Missions:
Focused Trade Mission for Specialty & Natural Products,
Hong Kong (Aug 21-23), Japan (Aug 25-27), & Korea (Aug 28-30) -Registration Deadline: June 10

Focused Trade Mission to Canada for Specialty & Natural Products, September 4-5, Toronto, Registration Deadline: June 12
Focused Trade Mission to India for Retail & Foodservice Products, September 22-26, New Delhi & Mumbai, Registration Deadline: July 12
Focused Trade Mission to Guangzhou for Retail & Foodservice Products, November 9-11-Early Registration Deadline: July 19
Focused Trade Mission to Taiwan for Retail & Foodservice Products, November 16-19, Taipei-Early Registration Deadline: July 12

Based on history and current allocation rates, Food Export will most likely be unable to fund additional allocation requests beyond this September for the program year. Please submit applications, amendments, and completed claims now!

IDOA supports Illinois Food Companies
at International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA)

Fifteen Illinois food companies participated in the recent International Dairy Deli Bakery Association Show in Orlando, Florida June 2-4, 2013. As a result of the show, Illinois companies reported 503 leads, $2,393,000 in actual sales and an additional $7 million in projected sales.