Highly successful global plant-based exhibition energizes and engages the food industry

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The third Plant Based World Expo North America (PBW) returned to the Javits Center in New York on September 8-9, 2022. Attendees of the Plant Based B2B event were able to enjoy innovative new plant-based products , information and inspirational speakers, and exclusive networking opportunities. There were 3,722 attendees, up around 20% from 2021, and 232 exhibitors.

“The response to this year’s Plant Based World Expo has been tremendous,” said Chris Nemchek, Managing Director. “One of our goals this year was to improve the quality of the audience and increase the number of retail and foodservice buyers at the show, and we are delighted to report that we have increased the number of buyers 20%.”

Trends on display included:

● Mushroom meats, snacks and jerky from Fable, Popadelics and Eat the Change.

● Plant-based meats and seafood from companies like Atlas Monroe, Hoya, Unlimeat, The Blue Butcher, Mind Blown Seafood and Finless Foods.

● Functional foods and beverages from Broma, True North, Remedy and Purposefuel.

● Snacks galore with Rule Breaker Snacks, Lupii, Mozaics and Fat Badger.

● Global culinary creativity and artisanal products.

● Convenient and accessible frozen and prepared entrees from companies like Strong Roots and Wicked Foods.

● Plant based cheeses raised from Good Plant Foods, Bedda Cheese, Selfish Cow Plant Based Cheese, Plant Perks, Nuts for Cheese, Wildbrine and Miyoko’s Creamery.

“The success of this year’s Plant Based World Expo demonstrates the continued excitement around the plant-based food industry,” said Rachel Dreskin, CEO of PBFA and the Institute. “Thanks to the strength of our partnership with the PBW team, we were able to put on a fantastic show with impactful conference sessions and many meaningful opportunities for our members to connect with industry leaders and buyers. We look forward to continued growth and expansion of our shared mission to showcase the power of plant-based products. »

Show exhibitors were enthusiastic about their experiences at the show, citing great relationships and the opportunity to showcase their products to a highly qualified audience as reasons they plan to return next year.

“This was Mind Blown’s first year exhibiting at the show and it was amazing from start to finish,” said Monica Talbert, co-founder of Mind Blown Plant Based Seafood Company. “The energy and enthusiasm of attendees and fellow exhibitors was truly electric and so many great connections truly make PBW a show not to be missed!”

Whether they tasted delicious plant-based frozen desserts and mouth-watering plant-based meals or learned from expert speakers, celebrity chefs and industry leaders, attendees agreed that it was the best PBW to date.

“The show was amazing. We’ve made a lot of good contacts with all the right people to get our product in the right places. We look forward to next year,” said Marc Elkman, co-founder, Mighty Yum.

“It was our first time at the show and we’ve made a lot of amazing relationships here – it gives me goosebumps – and we’re excited to follow along and our future,” said Camille Holder-Brown, co -founder of Kale Cafe.

Plant Based World Expo (PBW) is North America’s only 100% plant-based event designed exclusively for foodservice and retail professionals, distributors, investors and manufacturers. PBW combines a world-class conference with an exhibition showcasing thousands of innovative plant-based food products and brands from around the world, as well as high-level networking and tasting opportunities. PBW is the official show of the Plant Based Foods Association.