Exhibitor space for the Midwest Produce Conference & Expo has been expanded because available space sold out so quickly for the August trade show in Chicago.

“Exhibitor response has been especially strong,” said Shannon Shuman, publisher of The Packer, which is launching the show this year.

“We will be able to add some exhibit space to help us through the next few weeks, but we expect to sell out again and have a waiting list as we open the doors on Aug. 14.”

The exhibition floor at the conference will include growers, suppliers and distributors of fresh produce, nuts and floral commodities related to the retail grocery industry. The exhibits are scheduled to be open for five hours.

The conference includes sessions on local sourcing and working with nonprofits. Optional events include backstage tours of retail and supplier facilities. Registration details are available at www.midwestproduceexpo.com.

The event is open to retail executives, produce executives and managers, foodservice managers, produce distributors and wholesalers, specialty food retailers and buyers of produce from any industry.