KeHE Distributors hosted its 2022 Holiday Show on June 15-16 in Chicago, bringing together sought-after products, cutting-edge brands and top retailers.
The in-person event offered opportunities to learn about innovative new products, insights for the latest trends and buying or selling opportunities for the holiday buying season. The 2022 show, which made its first in-person return since 2019, showcased more than 800 suppliers, thousands of buyers and reached record-breaking sales – 40 percent higher than last time.
“We are beyond pleased with the food industry’s attendance and engagement at the KeHE Holiday Show, and we were thrilled to host such a successful event for our customers and supplier partners,” said Ari Goldsmith, VP of marketing and digital media at KeHE.
“Returning to an in-person event added a new energy and collaborative element to the show experience. We are proud to host an event that enables innovation, partnerships, and profitable sales growth for our supplier and retailer partners and can’t wait for our next event.”
During the show, attendees were able to sample, explore and buy natural, organic, specialty and fresh products to stock their shelves ahead of the holiday buying season. As part of the show, KeHE welcomed Andrew Zimmern, Emmy Award-winning celebrity chef, for special cooking demonstrations and tastings.
The 2022 KeHE Holiday Show also celebrated the On Trend winners selected for the show. The 15 winners include:
- Appetizers and Snacks: SOMOS
- Baking, Sweetener and Spices: King Arthur Baking Company
- Beverage: HEART WATER
- Candy & Confections: JOJO’s Chocolate
- Dairy & Refrigerated: nutpods
- Diversity: Mingle Mocktails
- Fresh: Grillies
- Frozen: Snow Days
- Furry Friends and Household Products: Hosted
- HBC, Personal Care & Baby: Hume Supernatural
- Mission – Based Brand: Our Gorongosa
- Best of Show: Chickapea
- Condiment, Spreads & Toppers: Fila Manila Filipino American Kitchen
- Pantry Staples: Yishi
- VMS: So Good So You
“We couldn’t be more excited with the winners,” said Rachelle Radcliffe, director of brand development at KeHE. “This array of brands will add a new flair to our company and to the industry as a whole and we are certain that this selection will add an unparalleled level of variety and innovation to grocery stores this holiday season.”
The in-person event concluded with an attendee-only after-show party at Chicago’s Field Museum.
To learn more about KeHE’s national trade shows and about the company’s next show, visit kehe.com/events.