Alaska's Wild Foods, Beverage and Bio Products Join Together to Stage Showcase for Restaurant, Grocery, Gift, Manufacturing and Food Service Market Buyers

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Alaska offers a huge natural food, beverage and bio products resource to the world. While it has always prided itself on its natural and wild products, the world is now coming on board seeking sustainable and healthy food sources. For the second time, this all natural food supply chain will come together at the Global Food Alaska 2009 Showcase and Conference to directly connect with international, national, regional and local buyers interested in accessing new products or creating new products from Alaska's all natural resource.

the timing could not be better to present face to face contact between buyer and harvester and include the entire supply chain under one roof. Markets have greater concerns about food safety and the environmental impact of their food sources and we are anxious to respond to concerns about sustainability, food security, carbon foot print and ways that we can be part of a meaningful solution.

Alaska's food suppliers and their supply chain partners will join together in Kenai on June 10-12th, 2009, at Global Food Alaska to present their companies, regions, products, and commercial capacity to those responsible for sourcing food, beverage or bio products around the world.    

"Think of Global Food Alaska as a supermarket of what Alaska produces and sells to commercial buyers", says Ruby Hollembaek, one of the co-organizers. It is a way to make the job of the commercial buyer easier by bringing decision makers and suppliers together under one roof, at one time, for an optimum Alaska sourcing solution. Suppliers are joined by supply chain professionals to showcase products and services to reduce costs and increase commercial success. Ruby saw the result in 2007 and is confidently states, "The result of having buyers in front of suppliers and supply chain partners forms the strongest possible supply chain solutions by having exactly the right people talking to and working with each other - directly. It is the most appropriate thing we could do to support the industry in challenging and changing economic circumstances"

"Growing concerns about obesity, diabetes and health care costs are another reason the timing of this event is so right", reports Robin Richardson, President of Global Food Collaborative. Robin continues, "Alaska has a bounty of marine and plants that offer great opportunity to support leadership in this area, from our seafood to our medicinal plants, yet we have never presented a window into those opportunities for the world to readily access or a way for them to collaborate with us on new solutions in this area."

Global Food Alaska will feature producers and harvesters will be represented from remote regions such as Kodiak, Delta, the Yukon River, Unalaska (Dutch Harbor), Cordova (home of the famous Copper River), Bristol Bay and much more. They will devote two days to sharing their stories of their harvests, sustainability, chain of custody, quality food processing systems and learn directly from commercial buyers ways to be responsive to buyer markets.

Nate Berga, CEO of R&J Seafoods, states that "the timing could not be better to present face to face contact between buyer and harvester and include the entire supply chain under one roof. Markets have greater concerns about food safety and the environmental impact of their food sources and we are anxious to respond to concerns about sustainability, food security, carbon foot print and ways that we can be part of a meaningful solution."

The event is being held in the summer season to show off Alaska's harvest season and provide full visibility into the bounty and supply chain. During the first evening of the two-day event, participants will collectively recognize and celebrate our bounty with a special presentation by Alaska Governor Sarah Palin* to those who have shown leadership in Alaska's creating sustainable products and business. The leadership event will feature a reception recognizing outstanding accomplishment in 3 categories; 1) harvester/grower 2) processor/manufacturer and 3) Alaska champion (responsible for pulling Alaska product into the marketplace).

Global Food Alaska - 2009 is a place for commercial buyers, sellers, investors and associated services of Alaska's food, beverage and bio products industry to meet and do business. It will feature 150 exhibits, a two-day conference featuring food/beverage and bio products buyers of all segments and sizes, dinner, awards and site tours around the region.

Event (Registration and Information) Website:
Global Food Alaska - http://www.globalfoodalaska.com

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