Naperville, IL (October 10, 2018) — KeHE welcomed more than 2,200 industry professionals to Salt Lake City, UT, October 3-4 for the 2018 KeHE Spring Show.
Attendees connected around the purchasing of natural & organic, specialty and fresh products for the first quarter of 2019. The show started with an educational panel of industry leaders who shared tangible ways to harness data to drive actionable insights.
“We take it one step further to educate show attendees on the data available and the power it has to grow a business. It allows them to leave with products backed by a strategy. We are proud to continue to connect thousands of retailers with the products consumers crave to drive success in the marketplace,” said Brandon Barnholt, KeHE’s President & CEO.
More than 160 brands were featured in the New Products Showcase, which also highlighted items from Certified B Corp vendors and KeHE’s CAREtrade™ partners.
Attendees voted using the KeHE Events Mobile App for the winners of the Best of New Products Awards:
- Best of Show – Garcia de la Cruz
- Best of Beverages – Berri Fit
- Best of Breakfast- The Coconut Collaborative
- Best of Condiments & Sauces – Corine’s Cuisine
- Best of Confections & Baking- Pacari Chocolate
- Best of Fresh & Frozen – Frozen Garden
- Best of Health & Wellness – Alaffia
- Best of Mission-Based Brands – Argania
- Best of Snack Foods – Maxine’s Heavenly
- Best of Staple Goods & Grains – Fillo’s Sofrito Beans
Show attendees received a wooden KeHE Cares™ token to drop into a bucket representing one of four partner organizations around the world – Restoration61 (Chicago), Stung Treng School (Cambodia), Warriors Circle (North Dakota), and Mission Lazarus (Honduras). For each token placed in its bucket, the organization received a $5 donation from KeHE Cares™.
“Simply by doing business with KeHE, our retailer and supplier partners play a large role in KeHE Cares,” said Gene Carter, KeHE’s Chief Operating Officer. “Because of that, it’s very important to us that they learn about the supported programs and have the opportunity to get more involved in KeHE’s mission to SERVE to make lives better®.”
Following the show, the KeHE community donated 22,000 pounds of food products to the Utah Food Bank.
KeHE’s next show will be held February 5-6, 2019 in Nashville. The show is invite-only. For more information, visit KeHE.com.
KeHE Distributors, LLC (KeHE) provides Natural & Organic, Specialty and Fresh products to natural food stores, chain grocery stores, independent grocery stores and other specialty product retailers throughout North America. KeHE is the trusted B Corp Certified and employee-owned company with more than 5,500 CareholdersTM in the U.S. and Canada. For more about KeHE, visit KeHE.com.