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What is the Allinois Products Expo...A Food and Cooking Extravagana?

** A showcase of Illinois food products designed to allow Illinois food companies, agricultural groups and other agricultural entities the opportunity to promote, sample and sell Illinois food products.

** New uses of agricultural products will also be displayed, including soy candles, herbs, soaps, and lotions made from,corn and sopyubneans.

Who is coordinating the Expo?
** Illinois Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Marketing and Promotion, Springfield, IL

Who is sponsoring the Expo?
Illinois food companies, farm organizations and agricultural groups, governmental entities, other interested parties

Where will the Expo be held?
** Orr Building, IL State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
Directions to Fairgounds,   Map of Fairgrounds

Who will attend the Expo?
** Food buyers and consumers located within a 75-100 mile radius of Springfield, IL.

Who can exhibit at the Expo?
** Illinois food companies, agricultural food groups and companies who produce, process, package, and/or manufacture products made from agricultural-based commodities.

What is the cost to exhibit at the Expo?
** 10 ft. x 10 ft. manned exhibit space on the main floor - $175 (Electricity and two draped 6 ft. tablesprovided)

** NOTE: Exhibitors will need to receive a public health permit, but will not be charged for the permit.

What other activities will be held during the Expo?
** The "Illinois Wine & Cheese Garden" will be the location of Illinois wine and cheese companies. Samples of wine and cheese will be provided Illinois wine will be sold by the bottle.

**A Weber Genesis® Silver-C LP gas grill (retail value-$649.00) and numerous “Illinois Products” gift baskets will be given away as door prizes.
** Live Webcams and streaming video highlights coming soon

Can my company help to sponsor the Illinois Products Expo?
** YES! Levels of sponsorship include $5,000, $3,000, $1,000, $500 & $300. Your participation at any of these levels of sponsorship will allow you complimentary exhibit space plus additional benefits. (You can also help to sponsor and not exhibit if time/manpower is a problem.)

How will my sponsorship monies be used?
** Monies received from sponsors will be used to purchase television, radio and print advertising. We will also utilize an Internet promotional campaign.

What do previous Expo participants say?
Jay Nicole, Ray’s Brand Products, Inc., Decatur, IL “Since Ray’s originated in Springfield back in 1914, you would think that most would have tried our product at some point in their lives.  Yet we welcome the opportunity to get our name and products in front of consumers, along with grocery and food service industry associates and operators.  Our best bet in Springfield has been each and every Illinois Products Expo.  Each year, we are amazed at the reception and results we receive at the Expo.”

Mr. Chris Gualdoni, Louie’s Seasoning Company, Johnston City, IL “We continue to participate in the Illinois Products Expo because of the exposure that our product receives.  Vendors are able to network with each other to help increase distribution.  Consumers are able to sample products and we can direct them to locations to purchase our product.”   

Daryl and Kathy Keylor, Kathy’s Kitchen, Virginia, IL “Kathy’s Kitchen has participated in the Illinois Products Expo since its inception, 7 years ago.  We find the experience beneficial for a number of reasons:

  1. It’s an opportunity to advertise locations where customers can purchase our products, thus promoting repeat sales.
  2. The Expo facilitates an opportunity for Kathy’s Kitchen to enter into additional retail markets through the varied businesses invited by the IL Dept. of Agriculture each year. 
  3. Direct sales to the public at this event increases each year, resulting in additional promotions for our company.”

Who can I contact for more information?
** Larry Aldag, Bureau of Marketing and Promotion, Illinois Department of Agriculture, State Fairgrounds, P.O. Box 19281, Springfield, IL 62794-9281 (telephone - 217/524-3012; fax - 217/524-5960; e-mail -
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State of Illinois Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 19281, State Fairgrounds
Springfield, IL 62794-9281
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