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Come to free expo and learn how to manufacture your own food products

February 19, 2014 - Carla Tracy

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Maui Food Technology Center (MFTC) will hold its first Supply and Service Expo at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani — and it’s free and open to the public.

“This is the perfect opportunity for new or existing food producers wanting assistance with the many challenges of developing a product and getting it into the marketplace, entrepreneurs planning to expand their network opportunities and resources, and consumers interested in attending the tradeshow and hearing the latest from experts in the food manufacturing, distribution and hospitality industries,” says publicist Linn Nishikawa.

Featured speakers will include: Marc McDowell, Executive Chef of Makena Resort on “Developing Local Products From Start To Finish”; Dr. Aurora Saulo, Professor and Extension Specialist in Food Technology with the University of Hawaii Maui College on “Food Safety Certified: What Does That Mean?”; Marty Parisien, Co-Owner/CEO at Singing Dog Vanilla on “Social Media Zen”, and Mike Abrams, MFTC Founder and Owner of Flavor Waves, on “Networking for Flavor Success.”

The trade show will feature national, state and local service providers will feature manufacturers and distributors of food, ingredients, equipment and packaging supplies; dealers, brokers and traders; and more.

Door prizes will be given away. You must be present to win. Attendees are also eligible to win a 32 GB i-Pad Mini. The first 100 people will receive a free Expo tote.

“Since the Maui Food Technology Center was established in 2004, our non-profit organization has been focused on growing Hawaii’s food industry, connecting students, food producers and farmers through the practice of food science,” said MFTC President Luana Mahi. “This Supply and Service Expo offers an excellent opportunity for food manufacturers and entrepreneurs to hear from industry experts and to expand their network and resources.”

Major event sponsors include The Maui News along with the County of Maui Office of Economic Development and many others.

For more details, visit Maui Food Technology

or call 888 948-6382.


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Chef Marc McDowell of Makena Beach & Golf Resort