Thank you to the following organizations for their continued support and participation in the Fresno Food Expo.
California Centers for International Trade Development (CITD)
California Centers for International Trade’s (CITD) mission is to promote the State’s international trade and competitiveness, assist exporters and importers, and advance economic and job growth. CITD is an invaluable resource to California-based food and agriculture businesses providing a wide-array of services and advocating on behalf of the industry. From hosting incoming buying missions and coordinating outgoing buying missions to matching international buyers with food producers and agricultural exporters to providing one-on-one counseling and export training services, CITD makes it easier to get California’s products into foreign markets. For over 20 years, the CITD boasts a proven track record, having served thousands of companies and has generated over $750 million in export sales. During the 2011/2012 program year alone, $12.1 million in new export sales was documented. Since 1989, CITD has coordinated and led over 300 agricultural trade missions to and from California and trained over 5,000 companies. Since 2005, the CITD has maintained a Memorandum of Agreement with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Through the MOA, the CITD serves as the “ex officio” export division of CDFA and host to all incoming buying mission to California. CITD serves as the lead sponsor for international inbound buying missions for the 2013 Fresno Food Expo. For more information on CITD, please visit http://fresnocitd.org
Fresno State – Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences & Technology, Department of Agricultural Business
The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences & Technology, Department of Agricultural Business from California State University, Fresno will have six students participating in the 2013 Fresno Food Expo with 20 hours of service hours dedicated to volunteering for the 3rd Annual Fresno Food Expo. Since its inception, the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences has specialized in offering high quality undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs that conduct applied research and public service in the areas of agriculture, food & family sciences, and industrial technology. This makes Fresno not only the number one agriculture region in the world, but also one of the foremost producers of leading agricultural professionals. For more information, visit www.jcast.csufresno.edu.
Fresno Chamber of Commerce
Continued support from the Fresno Chamber of Commerce has helped engage the local business community for the 2013 Fresno Food Expo. The Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce works hard to strengthen our community, encourage growth and identify needs and opportunities of the business community. The Chamber develops events, projects and programs that are vital to local and regional business development. With core objectives to promote a strong local economy and provide opportunities to network and build relationships, what better opportunity than the Fresno Food Expo to align those objectives with the leading food producers, manufacturers, and distributers in our region. For more information on the Fresno Chamber of Commerce, visit www.fresnochamber.com.
Economic Development Corporation serving Fresno County and the California Central Valley EDC
We are proud to have partnered with the Fresno County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and the California Central Valley EDC, who has helped us connect to the northern and southern areas of the San Joaquin Valley. A natural fit for the Fresno Food Expo, both sharing a similar mission and aligned goals. The EDC is a nonprofit organization established to market the San Joaquin Valley as the premier location to expand and grow core industries. This is accomplished by assisting business expansion, attraction, and retention through alliances with collaborative partners and resources such as the Fresno Food Expo and all of the featured exhibitors of Fresno County. For more information, visit www.fresnoedc.com and www.centralcalifornia.org.
Fresno/Clovis Convention Visitors Bureau
The Fresno/Clovis Convention Visitors Bureau is focused on promoting the cities of Fresno and Clovis, as well as the entire region, as a premier travel destination highlighting the area’s best assets, including our strong agricultural, food processing and food producing industries. The bureau’s ultimate goals of increasing visitor spending, local tax receipts, and job development made a partnership with the Fresno Food Expo an organic process. Highlighting and connecting the San Joaquin Valley’s top food producers, manufacturers and distributors, including those in the Fresno/Clovis region, with buyers and audiences on both a statewide and national level succeeds in highlighting one of the areas strongest industries. For more information on the Fresno Clovis Convention Visitors Bureau, visit www.playfresno.org.