Registration for exhibitors and attendees for the 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, which is expected to attract 450 vendors and over 8,000 attendees to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, is now open. The comprehensive trade show will run September 6th through 8th with special events throughout those three days.  

An exciting development for 2018 is that the trade show will now be co-located with Healthy Food Expo, which should help draw even more food service industry professionals to the show. The comprehensive trade show is sponsored by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and managed by Clarion UX. Surveys of attendees at past Florida Restaurant & Lodging Shows indicate 63% of show attendees are involved in their company's purchasing decisions and 51% of attendees plan to spend at least $100,000 on products and equipment at the show. 

The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show exhibitor areas are arranged in pavilions, including one for new exhibitors attending for the first time! The product showcase special event will allow all to see the newest products on the market and a chance for attendees to vote on Best Product of the Show. Do you have a new product you think the food service industry needs to know about? This showcase and winning the vote is a great way to launch your sales! 

There is an excellent education program to the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show where you can receive continuing education hours from the American Culinary Federation. Classes and trainings range from boosting beverage sales to ways to build loyalty among your staff.  

Healthy Food Expo Florida is an exciting addition to the annual show, which will feature sources of healthy food for the food service industry: organic, vegan, gluten-free, allergy-safe, hormone-free, non-GMO, raw, low-sodium, low-fat, and more. If you are a food distributor of one of these categories, this is the PERFECT opportunity to get in front of thousands of food service industry members. 

Make sure your company signs up as an exhibitor today at the 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show in Orlando!  Plenty of sponsorship opportunities are still available as well. The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association is a non-profit trade organization representing Florida's hospitality industry. 

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