Last updated on March 25th, 2021 at 07:18 pm
KeHE welcomed more than 4,000 industry professionals to the 2019 KeHE Summer Show at Nashville’s Music City Center, Feb. 5-6. Products were featured by nearly 750 exhibitors across all product categories, which enabled retailers to experience first-hand new and on-trend products for the summer season and beyond.
“Each year, this show continues to gain momentum,” said Brandon Barnholt, president and CEO, KeHE. “KeHE’s Summer Show is what our customers count on to stock their shelves with the hottest deals from new and established brands and to learn the compelling stories behind the brand. It also allows our suppliers to develop meaningful connections with our retail partners from around the country.”
Both days of the show started with an education session featuring industry leaders who shared tangible ways to capitalize on top trends, including health and wellness and global flavors.
“Our partners have come to know KeHE as a leader in trends and insights,” said Katie Paul, KeHE’s VP of category management and growth solutions. “By educating our show attendees with tangible ways to implement hot trends, they leave with a retail strategy to succeed.”
Attendees explored innovative items from more than 260 companies featured in the New Product Showcase, which also highlighted items from Certified B Corp suppliers and KeHE’s CAREtrade partners. Retailers cast their votes for their favorites in 10 categories.
- Best of Show—Nannocare
- Best of Beverages—Berri Fit
- Best of Breakfast—TBJ Gourmet
- Best of Condiments & Sauces—Yo Mama’s Foods
- Best of Confections & Baking—Tony’s Chocolonely
- Best of Fresh & Frozen—Frozen Garden
- Best of Health & Wellness—Green Goo
- Best of Mission-Based Brands—ArganiaButter
- Best of Snack Foods—Hen of the Woods
- Best of Staple Goods & Grains—The Real Co.
In the exhibit hall, all attendees received a five dollar wooden KeHE Cares token to drop into a collection cylinder representing one of four philanthropic partner organizations around the world. As a result, the organizations received a sizable donation from KeHE Cares.
Also at the show, the 2019 partners in KeHE CAREtrade initiative, including Bhakti, Nuttzo, The Soulfull Project, This Bar Saves Lives and World Centric, were debuted.
“CAREtrade bridges the gap between the business of KeHE and the heart of KeHE Cares, it’s the next evolution in serving,” said Ari Goldsmith, KeHE’s executive director of marketing. “Each CAREtrade partner has a unique business approach that combines commercial success with making the world a better place. Because the commerce that happens at our shows directly impacts our contribution to KeHE Cares foundation, it’s extremely important to us that our attendees learn more about their philanthropic activities because they support them by doing business with KeHE.”
Following the show, the KeHE community donated more than 45,000 pounds of food products to the Nashville Rescue Mission.
The 2019 KeHE Holiday Show will be held June 12-13 at McCormick Place in Chicago. The show is invite-only.
Naperville, Illinois-based KeHE Distributors provides natural & organic, specialty and fresh products to natural food stores, chain grocery stores, independent grocery stores and other specialty product retailers throughout North America.