Lemke said regional shows in the Southeast and the Northeast also took time to be established.
Rick Stock, general manager of sales and marketing for Plantation Sweets Vidalia Onions, Cobbstown, Ga., said Chicago is a great location for the show.
“Attendance was very good and it has been very brisk,” he said.
Foodservice buyers, terminal vendors, small independents and buyers for retail chains were at the show, he said.
John Heidkam, central division foodservice manager for Dole Fresh Fruit Co., Northfield, Ill., said there was an unexpected foodservice presence at the show.
“I think there was a little hunting and pecking going on.”
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