Maine Food Means Business 2016 Summit

On October 19th, Maine’s food business community will discuss business best practices and trends, connect with like minded colleagues and celebrate each others successes.

New Ticket Price! $75 Members + $25 Additional Employees
$100 Food Industry Community – General Admission
Complimentary Marketplace Tabletops ~ Feature your product in the menu!


9 a.m. Registration
Marketplace & Scholarship Auction Preview

9:30 a.m.  Welcome & Annual Meeting
A Year in Review, Adopt New 3-year Strategic Plan & Elect Board Directors

10:15 a.m. Make Your Voice Heard – Election Day November 8, 2016 – What’s at Stake?
Facts behind the races, five-ballot questions, plus what are burgeoning issues on the horizon. Guests Senator Susan Collins and Greg Ferrara of the National Grocers Association.

11:30 a.m. Marketplace & Maine Feast Luncheon
Grab your shopping bag and place your orders!  View, taste and enjoy exclusive Summit discounts!

12:15 p.m. Marketplace Vendors’ Product & Service Introductions
Hear new to the market entrepreneurs and established businesses alike give their 1-minute “elevator speech”.  Emcee: Keith McBride, Freeport Economic Development.

1:00 p.m. Tracking Flavor Trends
Emerging food and beverage trends will blow your mind!  Contributors: Brian Todd of The Food Institute, John Rebar of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and Louis Bassano of the University of Maine.

2:00 p.m. Technology Innovation is Driving Change
Technology is driving change faster than businesses can keep up with, and consumers are more demanding than ever.  Speakers: Neil Spillane of Food Fork Lab, Kiersten Scarpati of VONT ETHOS and Shannon Kinney of Dream Local.

3:15 p.m. Debt & Equity: Funding your Business
New approaches to fund your start-up or expansion.  Hear what these experts have to say about the flow of Maine capital. Presenters: Bill Card of the Small Business Administration will facilitate a panel with Eric Holstein of Food Fork Lab, Stephen Lovejoy of the Small Business Development Centers, Skip Bates of Bangor Savings Bank, and Gray Harris, CEI.

4:15 p.m. Marketplace Spirits Tastings & Pairings
Maine Spirits Tasting. Join Gregg Mineo, Tim Poulin, BABLO, Sheila Gibbons and Don Potter, Maine Spirits, and David Woods, Wiggly Bridge in this interactive tastings and pairings!

5:00 p.m. Awards & 2016 Member Highlights
Presented by Jim Lesser, President of Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association

 Register Today!