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April 13, 2021
VDACS to Host Virtual Trade Show Series to Feature Virginia’s Finest Producers
Contact: Michael Wallace

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is hosting the Virginia’s Finest Specialty Food and Beverage Virtual Trade Show Series, on April 15 and April 22. These two virtual sessions are designed to help connect Virginia’s Finest specialty food and beverage producers to food industry buyers and merchants from across the United States. The live sessions will feature Virginia’s Finest products in the categories of Dairy, Deli and Baked Goods and Sweets and Snacks.

Each virtual session is a live and moderated tasting. A group of seven exhibitors will guide buyers through a tasting of up to three pre-shipped products. Each exhibitor will share their stories and describe what makes their food and drink unique. An added benefit of the virtual setting is that buyers will gain an insider’s perspective as exhibitors invite them into their kitchens and onto their farms.

“This virtual trade show series furthers our efforts to enhance the economic opportunities and success of Virginia’s specialty food companies, processors, and agriculture producers by connecting them with food industry buyers," said VDACS Commissioner Dr. Jewel Bronaugh. “These virtual trade shows provide industry partners and those in search of private-label brands, exposure to Virginia’s Finest products that are packaged and labeled for retail and wholesale settings.”

Companies participating in the Dairy, Deli and Baked Goods session include:

  • Birdie’s Pimento Cheese, South Hill, VA
  • Locksley Farmstead Cheese, Loudon, VA
  • Edwards Virginia Smokehouse, Surry, VA
  • HoneyCakes Desserts, Lorton, VA
  • Rodgers Pudding, Chesapeake, VA
  • The Perfect Pita, Springfield, VA

Companies participating in the Snacks and Sweets session include:

  • Bakefully Yours, Manassas, VA
  • Belmont Peanuts, Courtland, VA
  • Clean Conscience Chocolates, Zion’s Crossroads, VA
  • Don’t Forget the Cake, Alexandria, VA
  • Jody’s Popcorn, Norfolk, VA
  • PastryBase, Richmond, VA
  • PIZOOTZ, Portsmouth, VA

Please visit www.vafoodbeverageexpo.com for more information on the virtual trade show series.

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