Vic Savanello – SpartanNash

“ If you’re on the sale side you can’t afford not to come. Everyone that is a customer is here. From a purchasing side you’re going to see every major supplier, all the people that are relevant in our industry. You can’t afford not to attend this show. ”

Myra Gordon – Hunts Point Terminal Market

“ If you look at the foot traffic of the show floor and you have a product that you want to expose, there probably is no singular better venue where everything is all in one place. ”

Maykool Lopez – Costa Rica / Procomer

“ The New York metro area is a great market for Costa Rica. It’s a melting pot itself, and it allows us to get close with the retailers, get close with the distributors and importers. ”

Marianne Santo – Wakefern

“ Seeing product that isn’t carried locally, yet from companies around the globe, it gives us a starting point for what we should do at retail. ”

Tim Payne – Sysco Foods

“ You come to the show and meet a different vendor, a different exhibitor, and find out they’re here locally, and we do have the opportunity to do business with them now. ”

Paul Kneeland – Gelson’s Markets

“ It really is important to us from a strategic standpoint to look at this show and look at how it fits in our company, and that’s the pieces that are missing where we can fill the gaps right here in the show. ”

Jim Blair – Wholly Guacamole

“ I personally know a lot of the people who make the key buying decisions in New York and New Jersey and even on up in New England and I’ve seen them all today. A lot of shows you don’t get that but at this show you do. ”

Benjamin Walker — Baldor Specialty Food

“ Ever since coming to the Javits Center, the show has come to a whole new level. We use these three days to really network, talk about how to improve our business not just from a customer standpoint, from our supplier/vendor relationships as well. ”

Rich Dachman — Brighter Bites

“ We’re able to very methodically walk through the show, casually meet with our suppliers. It tends to be a great environment to do business at the show. ”