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Press Release: February 28, 2014

ILLINOIS PRODUCTS EXPO TO FEATURE NEW FOOD AND WINE COMPANIES

IDOA-sponsored show to be held this weekend on the Illinois State Fairgrounds

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Fourteen new exhibitors will be among the 80 Illinois food companies, wineries and agriculture associations that participate in the Illinois Products Expo. The 16th annual "Food and Cooking Extravaganza" will be held March 1-2 in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. "Illinois is widely recognized as a leading producer of agricultural commodities, but many may not realize it also is a leading food manufacturer," Governor Quinn said. "This weekend's Illinois Products Expo will help grow our share of the marketplace by giving consumers a chance to try great Illinois-made products. From pickled asparagus to pasta, the Expo will help boost awareness of Illinois companies, create demand for our products and support jobs in our food industry." Illinois ranks first in the United States in sales of processed food products and fourth in food processing jobs. The state's 2,640 food companies employ more than 75,000 workers and boast sales of $181 billion. "Among the thousands of Expo visitors we're expecting 75 food buyers," Agriculture Director Bob Flider said. "Their attendance is important if we're going to get more Illinois products on store shelves and begin to realize the economic potential of local foods." The Expo's food offerings, which can be sampled for free as well as purchased, will include fresh meat products, candy, gourmet seasonings and sauces, homemade jams and jellies and specialty dressings. A few non-food items, such as soy candles and agricultural-based soaps and lotions, will be on display and available for purchase, too. To quench their thirst, Expo visitors will have wines from 20 vintners and beer from two breweries to choose from, as well as coffee and soda. However, while the food samples are free, there is a charge for the drinks Expo hours are Saturday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5. Children 10 and younger will be admitted free of charge. A list of the participating food companies, wineries and agribusinesses follows: Ahruns Famous, Crystal Lake American Egg Board, Springfield Bloodshot Bloody Mary Mix, Springfield Butch's Pizza, Morton C & C Fudge, Lincoln *Chocolate Enrapture, Champaign Country Lights Soy Candles, Leland Crowridge Farm Ice Cream, Elliott Eagle Bridges Soy Candles, Jacksonville *Flat Branch Farm, Taylorville Golden Prairie Popcorn, Nokomis Gramp's Gourmet Foods, Scales Mound Hickory Grove Products, Assumption *Homer Soda Company, Homer *Hilltop Maple Syrup and Honey Co., Altamont *Humphrey's Market, Springfield Ill. Grape Growers & Vintners Assn., Springfield Alto Vineyards, Alto Pass August Hill Winery, Utica Baxter's Vineyards, Nauvoo Berryville Vineyards, Berryville Collver Family Winery, Barry Fox Creek Vineyards, Olney Hill Prairie Winery, Oakford Hopewell Winery, Rockport *Kite Hill Vineyard, Carbondale Lasata Wines, Lawrenceville Lyn-Nita Vineyards, Elkville Pheasant Hollow Winery, Whittington *Piasa Villa Marie Winery, Maryville Prairie State Winery, Genoa Shawnee Winery, Vienna Sleepy Creek Vineyards, Fairmount Spirit Knob Winery, Ursa Vahling Vineyards, Stewardson *Wild Blossom, Chicago Willett's Winery & Cellar, Manito Ill. Association FFA Ill. Pork Producers Assn., Springfield Ill. Specialty Growers Assn., Bloomington Ill. State Beekeepers Assn., Springfield *Irish Indulgences, Springfield J.D. Mullen Company, Palestine Jimmy B's Super Salsa, Springfield Jones Boys Market, Ashland Julie's Corner Store, Lacon *La Mexicana, Chicago Ludwig Farmstead Creamery, Fithian M & G Foods (Grandpa G's), Hamilton Meatsmack, Chatham *Millie's Chili, Springfield Oakland Noodle Company, Oakland Onofrio's Classic Sauces, Springfield *Papa's Midwest Kettle Corn, Chatham Pasta Alley, Decatur Perfect Pasta, Addison *Pigchaser, Inc., Grayslake Red Cactus, Quincy Reinneck Ranch, Mascoutah ReMARKable Caramels, Danville Rolling Meadows Brewery, Cantrall Ropp Jersey Cheese, Normal Sasse's Apiary, Chestnut *SenTEAmental Moods, Chicago Skeff Distributing, Decatur Smo Diddly's Pickled Asparagus, Lynn Center Spice of Life, Decatur SS Backwards Longhorn Meats, Medora Steidinger Foods, Fairbury Sweet Betty Jane's, Dawson Sweet Slap'n Salsa Co., Ringwood The Homestead Bakery, Arthur Toohill Seed & Beef Service, Heyworth Turasky Meats, Springfield Two Fat Guys Gourmet Sauces, McHenry Uncle Joe's Sauces, Ina V Walker Enterprises, Bloomington Voss Pecans, Carlyle Wind Ridge Herb Farm, Caledonia Zillion's Chili, Springfield *new exhibitor

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