The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York & PMQ’s NY Pizza Show, hey? Yeah, the title really is quite a mouthful… It’s billed as “the only event in New York exclusively serving the restaurant and foodservice industry”, and is apparently “a must-attend event for anyone involved in the restaurant, foodservice or hospitality industry”. That would be Restaurant Owners, QSR and Quick Serve Establishment Operators, Caterers, Bakers, Chefs, plus bars, nightclubs, hospitals, hotels and commercial foodservice operations. Suppliers were there showing their latest and most innovative products and solutions — 550 leading vendors in total. There were idea-generating events such as: the US Pastry Competition, the Ultimate Barista Challenge and the Foodservice Council for Women. You needed to see the newly expanded Japan Pavilion, and the new Food Trends Experience provided direct access to product, flavors and ingredients driving trends in the market. Mmmmmmmm…!!!!
The AHR show is all about International Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration. “The drive for greater energy efficiency, greener products and sustainable technologies has accelerated the pace at which new products and innovations are coming to market”, we heard. “In this challenging economy, HVACR professionals must also be more innovative in their businesses or be left behind”. There were 1,800 manufacturers and suppliers of the latest HVACR systems, equipment, products and services in areas such as: AC, Heating & Refrigeration Systems, Equipment & Components; Building Automation, Controls & Facility Management Products; Specialized Climate Control Systems; Radiant Heating & Hydronic Systems, Plumbing Products; plus Ventilation and Air Movement Products.
… So c’mon… breeze in, warm up, and chill out… not necessarily in that order….
NRF is the National Retail Federation, and this is billed as “Retail’s BIG Show”. More than 27,600 retail professionals from around the world gathered to find solutions, ignite partnerships, help to spur the next great innovation and move the retail industry forward, making this year’s show “the largest BIG Show in the event’s 102-year history”, we heard. There were 82 countries represented, with the most attendees coming from Brazil with 1,736 attendees — aside from the USA itself, ‘a course. Countries sending 1 attendee included Kenya, Montenegro, Sri Lanka, Vanuatu and Zambia. There were nearly 300 speakers and 125 educational sessions, so listening was the big activity for these retail mavens. Oh, and eating things that may not be good for you but are difficult to say no to: 6,000 Krispy Kreme doughnuts were delivered for attendees to scarf down in between learning experiences…
GNYDM is the Greater New York Dental Meeting. This meet is billed as the largest dental convention in the United States. GNYDM attracted over 54,000 attendees from all 50 states and 130 foreign countries, so the turnout was something like 20,000 dentists. There were over 1500 Technical Exhibits, demonstrating the newest technology for the dental profession, for instance a greatly expanded Implant Expo. The educational program featured some of the most highly regarded educators in the field of dentistry. There was a choice of full-day seminars, half-day seminars, essays, hands-on workshops, glass-enclosed demos, and a Live Patient Demonstration Area which offered a sense of immediacy to even the most jaded dentist and staff. Attendees could interact with over 600 exhibitors who enhanced the meeting, all there to demonstrate and teach delegates about new products and technology from around the world. Visitors could touch, use and compare the newest materials and technologies used in dentistry today. Quite a lot to get your teeth into… #GNYDM
Aug. 19-22, 2012. Design, we were told, moves markets. It creates trends. It infuses energy, breeds innovation and unleashes the new. Design drives business by differentiating. Hence the success of the Gourmet Housewares Show at the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF). Key categories included cookware, bakeware, kitchen gadgets, kitchen textiles, bar and wine accessories, small electrics, specialty food, cookbooks, storage/containers, picnic and barbecue accessories. This reflected a significant lifestyle interest in home entertaining. Cross category home and gift retailers continued to add design-led cookware and innovative bar and kitchen accessories to their assortments. The Tabletop and Housewares division showcased a major concentration of Gourmet Housewares Companies. OK, who wants to try one of these designer waffles…?
May 20-23, 2012. So what do you do when you go to a “stationery show”? Stand very still for as long as possible? Ah, no, that would be a stationARY, show, and this one was a StationERY show, sorry ’bout that… Stationery? Well, you know, everything from albums and adhesives to writing instruments, with several letters of the alphabet in between. This Expo was supposed to be about Paper Power, but that didn’t stop the organizers from encouraging delegates to download an electronic Stationery Show App to their mobile phones…. But don’t fret, paper stationery was being lauded as still the right way to do weddings, celebrations, lifestyle statements, luxury communications etc. If a thing’s worth saying, in other words, it’s worth saying on paper…
May 1-3, 2012. It’s about innovation, intelligence and passion, we heard. In the most pharmaceutical kind of way, of course… INTERPHEX is supposed to be the leading annual pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical trade show. Key decision makers came for the networking opportunities, products, services and information they needed to ensure quality and maximize efficiency, agility, and flexibility in their manufacturing and supply chain areas. This show is where intelligence and passion intersect with the full spectrum of industry products and services (over 650 suppliers exhibiting) to create new insights and innovation — hence the motto above. There were over fifty conference sessions, including an event convened to fight childhood cancer, and a program to track the way firms move a product to market, strengthening the alignment between INTERPHEX’s traditionally strong exhibit platform and its educational components. Hey, what does this blue pill do?