The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers Trade Show, also known as the NAFEM Show, takes place every two years and brings together over 500 manufacturers to showcase the latest products, review latest trends and provide other learning and networking opportunities for those in the foodservice industry. The 2017 show will take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL on February 9-11. If you are attending this year’s show, here are some helpful tips and products to look out for.
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The 2017 NAFEM Show schedule is as follows:
Wednesday February 8: Kick-off party from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday February 9: Show floor open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday February 10: Show floor open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday February 11: Show floor open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., after-show party from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Each year the after-show party features a dinner reception and live concert. This year’s concert will feature The Killers. (Didn’t buy tickets? Click here).
When it comes to the floor plan, there is much ground to be covered in the three days the show floor is open. The NAFEM Show map is helpful to determine which booths you may want to go to. The NAFEM Show mobile app is also available with benefits for attendees and exhibitors to have a successful show experience.
Sneak Peek of New Products
The most exciting part of the NAFEM Show is the opportunity to see new products from manufacturers. Each NAFEM, manufacturers unveil their latest and greatest items. In 2015, allergen identifiers and induction were hot topics. This year, expect to see more energy-efficient solutions in refrigeration, cooking and more! Our team will be on the show floor looking for the latest trends, so be sure to follow us this weekend as we give you the scoop!
Each show, NAFEM spotlights some of the newest product offerings in their WHAT’S HOT! WHAT’S COOL!® booth, located in Booth 1840. The booth this year will highlight some of the following trends:
- Better Tech
- Labor Lifesavers
- Consumer-First Innovations
- Eco (and Budget) Friendly Options
New this year to the WHAT’S HOT! WHAT’S COOL!® booth is their Inspiration Station – a series of four discussions designed to generate conversation around the latest equipment and supplies trends. The series will be led by Mike Colburn and Mary Esther Treat, founders of product design firm Ideas Well Done. Inspiration Station discussions will take place Feb. 10 and 11, from 11 – 11:30 a.m. and 2 – 2:30 p.m.