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New Buyers Confirmed for Hosted Buyer Program at Plant Based World Expo North America 2024

Plant Based World Expo North America 2024 is thrilled to announce the addition of four new prestigious buyers to its Hosted Buyer Program: Chartwells Higher Ed, a Division of Compass Group, INFRA (The Independent Natural Food Retailers Association), UNFI (United Natural Foods, Inc.), and 7-Eleven. This program, which is complimentary for all exhibitors and powered by SPINS data, is designed to match suppliers with buyers who have specific needs for their products, ensuring a productive and tailored experience for all participants. 

Here’s a closer look at these new buyers and their significance to the expo:

Chartwells Higher Ed, a Division of Compass Group
Chartwells, part of the Compass Group, is a leading provider of dining services for educational institutions. Serving millions of students across the United States, Chartwells is dedicated to offering nutritious and diverse meal options. Their participation in the Hosted Buyer Program presents a significant opportunity for exhibitors to introduce their plant-based products to a large, young, and health-conscious demographic. Partnering with Chartwells can help exhibitors tap into the growing demand for sustainable and nutritious food options in schools and universities.

INFRA represents a network of independently owned natural food retailers committed to sustainable practices and high-quality natural products. As a buyer, INFRA brings valuable insights and access to a diverse array of community-focused stores that prioritize natural and organic foods. Exhibitors at the Plant Based World Expo can benefit from INFRA’s extensive reach and commitment to promoting innovative, health-conscious products. This partnership offers a unique chance for suppliers to connect with retailers who are passionate about sustainability and natural living.

UNFI is one of the largest distributors of natural, organic, and specialty foods in North America. Known for its extensive distribution network and commitment to bringing healthier food options to consumers, UNFI’s involvement in the Hosted Buyer Program is a boon for exhibitors. By engaging with UNFI, exhibitors have the opportunity to scale their distribution capabilities and reach a wider market. UNFI’s interest in plant-based products aligns perfectly with the expo’s mission to promote sustainable and health-focused food options.

7-Eleven, the world’s largest convenience retailer, offers an unmatched platform for introducing plant-based products to a broad and diverse customer base. With thousands of locations worldwide, 7-Eleven’s participation in the Hosted Buyer Program is an exciting development for exhibitors looking to expand their market presence. The convenience store giant’s commitment to diversifying its product offerings to include healthier and more sustainable options makes it an ideal partner for plant-based suppliers. Exhibitors can leverage this opportunity to place their products in front of millions of consumers seeking quick, convenient, and nutritious food choices.

These buyers join an already impressive lineup of confirmed names including Whole Foods Market, Kroger, Hannaford, Sodexo, American Cruise Lines, and more! 

Why the Hosted Buyer Program Matters
The Hosted Buyer Program at Plant Based World Expo North America 2024, powered by SPINS data, ensures that exhibitors are matched with buyers who are specifically interested in their products. This data-driven approach maximizes the efficiency and effectiveness of meetings, helping suppliers forge meaningful connections and secure valuable partnerships. The program’s complimentary nature makes it an attractive feature for exhibitors, providing them with unparalleled opportunities to grow their business and expand their reach.

For companies interested in exhibiting and taking advantage of this unique program, please contact James Cowell-Crook at [email protected]. Don’t miss the chance to connect with leading buyers and showcase your innovative plant-based products at the premier event for the plant-based industry.