Big Easy energizes PMA show - The Packer

Big Easy energizes PMA show

11/01/2013 09:38:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

“It’s to the point where it’s really challenging for buyers to get through the whole show floor because it’s so big,” Caplan said.

“I heard quite a bit of concerns about the show going to only two days.”

Many first-time exhibitors stated they gained much from exhibiting and others, including Henderson, Colo.-based food safety materials provider Birko, are considering exhibiting at next year’s show.

“It’s humongous here,” said Philip Snellen, vice president of sales.

“We’re trying to absorb all of this. There’s so much going on here. It would be strategic to exhibit, but it would be easy to get swallowed up.”

To be fair, not everyone’s a fan of the city.

They liked the show but weren’t too happy about all the obnoxious partying in the city’s French Quarter that spilled into the show.

They said they noticed many buyers didn’t begin walking the show floor that first day until after noon and for those kinds of reasons, stated they don’t think New Orleans makes for a great business show destination.

dohlemeier@thepacker.com

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