The 2019 Flavors of Carolina show was held on April 1 at the Embassy Suites Golf Resort & Spa in Concord. More than 160 vendors attended the show to display their products to buyers from grocery stores, restaurants, gourmet food stores and food service companies. International buyers from Australia, China, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Sweden were also at the show. Buyers were looking for farm-fresh foods and value-added products to add to their inventory.

Prior to the food show, exhibitors participated in the “Doing Business With…” session where representatives from Harris Teeter, Fresh Point and Carolina CoPacking presented on what they look for when considering local products, the process to get on their shelves and what services they offer. North Carolina agribusiness companies also had the opportunity to attend the NC Ag Export Seminar on April 2. Participants learned how to take their value-added products or commodities worldwide by attending classes on global marketing, finance and international trade law.

Since 1982, the Flavors of Carolina show has connected buyers and sellers and has helped generate millions of dollars to North Carolina’s economy. For North Carolina food companies, exhibiting at the Flavors of Carolina show is the most convenient and cost-effective way to meet buyers from major food and beverage buying channels in and across the state line.