New York City: SupplySide East

SupplySide is touted as “the leading destination for the exploration, discovery, innovation and market strategy that fuels the healthier marketplace”.   So, healthcare, right?  Nope, food and beverage, actually.  The event was built around the idea that “What’s Inside Matters”, as consumers seek products that are healthy, safe, effective and sustainable. Topics being chewed over and slurped up included Education on the Nine Hottest Ingredients.  Would that include Habanero chiles and Louisiana sauce, perhaps?  Actually no, dummy, we were talking about Omega-3s, Probiotics, Protein, Amino Acids, Carotenoids, Magnesium, Sweeteners, Antioxidants and Vitamin E, all available at reasonable prices to help formulators and marketers looking for ways to differentiate their products.  So, how’re those antioxidants goin’ down, bub?  And you said you wanted magnesium with your side of coleslaw, right?  #ingredients

New York City: Interphex & Biotechnica America

INTERPHEX is the shortened monicker of International Pharmaceutical Expo, and it’s positioned as a source for complete biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical manufacturing solutions “to confidently process all dosage forms for life-enhancing drugs”.  Hmmmmmm….  Anyway, there were 12,000 industry professionals in attendance, and more than 650 vendors showing the latest pharmaceutical & biopharmaceutical manufacturing technology.  You might be surprised how diverse it can be.  It ranges over Bioprocess Equipment, Systems & Services, Cleanroom Equipment & Supplies, Research, Development, Manufacturing & Packaging, Facility Design, Maintenance, Engineering, Construction & Commissioning, Laboratory & Testing Services, Laboratory Instrumentation, Material Handling, Logistics and Transportation, Processing Equipment, Raw Materials, Ingredients…  Not so different from cooking, then…  #INTERPHEX

New York City: International Restaurant & Foodservice Show

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…!!!!

New York City: AHR – International Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigerating

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….

New York City: National Retail Federation – Retail’s BIG Show – NRF

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…

New York City: Greater New York Dental Meeting – GNYDM

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

New York City: Gourmet Housewares at NYIGF

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…?