NAFEM 2019 exceeds expectations breaking attendee and exhibitor records


Organisers of the NAFEM Show have confirmed they kicked off the year by breaking the show record for attendees, exhibitors and the most exhibit space in the show’s history.

Taking place February 7-9 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, NAFEM had 643 exhibiting companies, an eight percent rise on those exhibiting at the last show in 2017.

This year, there were more than 22,000 registrants, up two percent from the 2017 show.

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NAFEM president Joe Carlson, CFSP, president, Lakeside Manufacturing commented on the uptake in numbers.

He said: “This show continues to set records. Our exhibitors capture the attention of attendees by bringing new ideas and products to light. This is the place to be if you are in the foodservice equipment and supplies business.”

This year there was a ‘What’s Hot! What’s Cool! What Works!?’ area created to showcase the industry’s latest innovations.

The lounge sessions were designed to highlight the impact the equipment has had on real-life foodservice operations and share current working examples with the industry.

The instrumental pieces included energy saving ovens and customized cocktail dispensing systems. All products listed focused on saving time, energy, labor costs or a combination of the three.

Big players in attendance this year included AccuTemp, Alto-Shaam, Belshaw Adamatic, BKI Worldwide, Cadco, Cambro Manufacturing, Hoshizaki, Perlick, Vollrath and Welbilt.

In 2021, The NAFEM Show is set to head to New Orleans on February 4–6 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Zoe Monk

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