FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |
September 28, 2004
Thousands of Midwest food buyers invited to sample products from Illinois food companies and agriculture associations
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture will hold a large food show in suburban Chicago Thursday, Sept. 30, to promote the consumption of Illinois food products.
More than 3,000 buyers for restaurants, grocery stores, catering services, wholesale food suppliers and food distributors throughout the Midwest have been invited to attend the inaugural Illinois Food Expo at the Drury Lane Theatre Center in Oakbrook Terrace. The show will allow the buyers to sample and order products from 45 Illinois food companies and three Illinois trade associations.
"Marketing Illinois food products is an important part of our mission, and this show will give Illinois food companies an excellent opportunity to meet new customers and increase sales of their products," Agriculture Director Chuck Hartke said. "Every event we sponsor that creates demand for our agricultural production helps to preserve jobs in an industry that employs more than 136,000 Illinoisans."
Illinois ranks second nationally in food processing employment. According to the state Department of Employment Security, 87 of the state’s 102 counties have at least one food processing plant.
The Illinois Food Expo is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. It will include an elegant buffet table in the center of the theatre and company booths around its perimeter.
A list of the participating companies follows: