The seventh annual Fresno Food Expo is scheduled for July 26 and 27 at the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center. Applications for the fifth annual New Product Awards and third annual Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Award are still being accepted. Winners will be announced during the official opening reception of the Expo on July 26.
There have been over 160 new products launched since the New Product Awards program first began in 2013. Central California food and beverage companies submit their new products or packaging concepts for judging by a group of four celebrity judges who are experts in the foods industry. New Product Awards include two distinctive awards: the Buyer’s Choice Award and the People’s Choice Award.
Named in honor of Fred Ruiz, founder of Ruiz Food Products, Inc., the Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Award honors companies who have positively impacted the Central California food industry through leadership, innovation and community stewardship.
The Fresno Food Expo was originally created as an economic development initiative by the City of Fresno in 2011. Since then the Expo has grown in notoriety, as the nation’s only exclusively regional food show. The Expo is a celebration of food, showcasing more than 150 growers, producers, brewers and wine makers from around the Valley.
Applications can be submitted at www.FresnoFoodExpo.com. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. on Friday, June 30.