Mission, Texas: The Texas International Produce Association is pleased to announce that the 2021 Viva Fresh Produce Expo will proceed as a hybrid event to include both in-person and virtual components that offer solutions for all attendees.
The Viva Fresh steering committee spent extensive time and effort this summer and early fall conducting exhibitor, retail and foodservice attendee research to learn and understand opinions and company regulations surrounding travel and trade show participation.
While there is still uncertainty in policies and positions regarding the coming months, the overall perception from those polled was that while business travel might not be ideal today, there is a strong desire to resume important interactions in quarters one and two of 2021.
The Viva Fresh hybrid model will provide in-person elements similar to the traditional Viva Fresh Produce Expo such as the trade show, golf tournament and reception. It will also provide virtual elements that both those attending and those joining from home will be able to participate in – like the Clean Eating Challenge which kicked off October 1, as well as In Bloom and Aggies-for-Fresh, among others.
The face-to-face portion of the show will take place as scheduled on March 26 and 27 at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas – a scant 5.5 miles away from Dallas Forth Worth International Airport which will accommodate easy in/out travel from nearly anywhere in the country. In order to provide a safe experience for those interested in attending, the show will also become more exclusive than previous years as they limit the number of attendees per company, as part of the new safety protocols.
“We did not take the decision to move forward with a hybrid model lightly” remarked Dante Galeazzi, President & CEO of TIPA. “We recognize and respect the choices and challenges before our attendees. One thing was clear as we polled our exhibitors and retail/foodservice attendees: there is not only the ability but also a strong preference to move forward with certain in person experiences. We will put the utmost emphasis on safety as we balance the concern of today’s world by providing content and engement opportunjites in the virtual space as well.”
Just a few of the additional safety protocols already worked into the show plans include:
- Masks required in all trade show areas
- Temperature checks prior to entry into expo areas
- Sanitation intervals during show
- Contactless payment and registration
As planning continues, TIPA will share more information and details to aid attendees, exhibitors and sponsors in the very near future, including lists of events happening on-line and in-person, sponsorship opportunities, safety features and protocols, exhibitor information, registration, hotel bookings and more. Please be sure to visit www.vivafreshexpo.com often for updates and be on the lookout for future email notices.
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About the Viva Fresh Produce Expo
The Viva Fresh Produce Expo was established in 2015 by the Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) in order to create meaningful networking and educational opportunities for its members while shining a light on the importance of the Rio Grande Valley as an emerging trade corridor and production zone for healthy and nutritious fruits and vegetables available all year long. For more information, please visit www.vivafreshexpo.com.
About the Texas International Produce Association
Founded in 1942, the Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) promotes, advocates, educates and represents the nearly $8 billion in fresh produce that is either grown in the state or calls Texas the first point of US-arrival for North American distribution. For more information about TIPA visit www.texipa.org or call 956-581-8632.