Even though the 2022 International Dairy Deli and Bakery Association (IDDBA) expo has wrapped, the praise is still coming in strong—a testament to the energy, opportunities, and comradery that swept through the incredible environment in Atlanta, Georgia, this week.
From new products and buy-side strategies to thriving partnerships and warm handshakes, the attendees and exhibitors felt the support and invigorating passion of IDDBA and the specialty foods community in invaluable ways.
Check out what some of our Deli Market News friends had to say about the 2022 IDDBA event!
Jim Anderko Vice President Sales and Marketing, Venus Wafers
"I just returned home from the 2022 IDDBA Show. There was lots of excitement and energy on the trade show floor this year. The speakers were terrific, the event was well organized, and it was great to be back after two years away."
Giuseppe Ficacci, Co-Owner, Ficacci Olive Company
“Top quality leads attended the show. There’s a will to restart and find disruptive innovations. Here at the Ficacci booth, the most demanding buyers find our eco-friendly PaperTray that exceeds their expectations in terms of sustainability and high-quality olives. Also, the 1964 has been welcomed by the buyers as a complement for their cheese boards and gift baskets. We are so proud and excited to see our latest creations very soon displayed in the most important American supermarkets.”
Debbie Crave, Vice President, Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese
“We haven’t been to IDDBA in years. We booked for 2020 and were sad the show was canceled. It was a thrill to have such a great trade show in Atlanta. We talked to the buyers and contacts we needed to, and it was wonderful to be able to visit one on one with other colleagues and friends in the industry!”
Pablo Rivero, Vice President of Marketing, Fresh Del Monte Produce, North America
“As one of the world’s leading vertically integrated producers, marketers, and distributors of high-quality fresh and fresh-cut fruit and vegetables, as well as prepared food, Fresh Del Monte is committed to product innovation. The IDDBA show convenes today’s leaders with tomorrow’s innovators to grow the future of their business, so it’s a strong fit with our strategic business objectives as well as our retail distribution.
We view this show as an opportunity to connect with our customers, both existing and prospective—top retailers, wholesalers, convenience stores, and major independents—for invaluable conversations about what’s new and how we can create or strengthen partnerships. Fresh Del Monte values fulfilling retailer needs through new and unique product offerings, so it’s always enjoyable to be inspired by new products and trends and to gather with others who share our passion for food and the industry.”
Inanna Eshoo, Foodservice Sales Director, Atoria’s Family Bakery
“We had an amazing time at IDDBA. We were able to reconnect with current customers and show new retailers we’ve been communicating with what our brand and team are all about. Reuniting the industry after three years was something special, and it felt like the place to be!”
Matt Middleton, President and Chief Executive Officer, Middleton & Sons Consulting
“It was great to see everyone in the industry together again! There was an energetic vibe throughout every day of the show and a lot of pent-up desire to see new ideas and innovation. The vendors didn’t disappoint. From pickled bologna to plant-based bacon that tasted really good, there was a lot to see and try. Kudos to the IDDBA team for putting on such a great event for us all!”
For more on the recent IDDBA expo, please check out our recap as well!
A huge thank you to the IDDBA team and all in attendance for elevating this amazing industry every day!