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Buyers and suppliers to tuck in at virtual food and drinks tradeshow ‘The Pantry Live’ next month
Product Guru – the product discovery platform that allows brands to showcase their products to retail buyers – is continuing to champion emerging brands with the launch of The Pantry Live, a virtual alternative to food and drink trade shows.
Running from 5–6 October, the online experience offers a unique opportunity for suppliers to showcase their products in a virtual exhibition hall and to network with industry experts at a time where meeting face-to-face is challenging.
A new digital experience
For many food and drink suppliers, trade shows are crucial for lead generation within the sector – and with in-person events continuing to be pushed back to next year, Product Guru identified an opportunity to pioneer a new digital experience. The organisers are confident the new event will give suppliers a fantastic opportunity to get in front of major retail buyers and make instant connections – all from the comfort of their own home.
‘The Pantry Live’ embodies the Product Guru ethos of empowering emerging brands by giving them a platform from which to showcase their unique products to potential retail buyers. The virtual exhibition hall will be an extension of the company’s software platform, which has been designed to make it easy for buyers to identify suitable suppliers and view their products all in one place.
A gathering of major industry names
Industry response to the event has been overwhelmingly positive, with major names choosing to throw their support behind the exclusive virtual event, including GS1, Fairtrade Foundation, The Vegan Society, and the British Soft Drinks Association. Buyers confirmed for The Pantry Live include Tesco, Waitrose and WH Smith.
Exhibitors will be given a crucial opportunity to talk to organisations, providing them with the chance to ask questions and have important discussions. Exhibitors are also eligible to apply for an exclusive ‘Meet Your Match: Product Pitch’ session, where brands will be matched with a panel of buyers and given the opportunity to do a short pitch. This allows retail buyers to stay ahead of the competition and source new products to optimise their product range while working remotely.
The new foodie extravaganza
Attendees and exhibitors will also be offered the chance to hear from 30 prestigious speakers, and to attend a range of exclusive virtual sessions such as master-classes and discussion panels on industry hot topics including local sourcing, current food trends and brand success stories. One-of-a-kind online tasting tours and buying events will also be available where leaders from retail, food and drink will provide reviews on product samples.
The foodie extravaganza will be rounded off with a virtual awards ceremony to celebrate the crème de la crème of the food and drink sector.
Simon Coyle, founder of Product Guru says: “We decided to launch this virtual trade show after spotting a gap in the market. In the food and drink sector, trade shows are a vital way for suppliers to get in front of buyers and at the moment, this is very difficult because so many trade shows are being postponed until further notice.
“By launching this virtual event, we want to give brands the opportunity to be seen – and our hope is that this event will help create a space for talented and deserving food and drink producers to get themselves out there.
All-important visibility and instant connections
“The Pantry Live shows how we can adapt to an increasingly digital world, giving brands that all-important visibility despite not being able to meet face-to-face. We want to give brands the chance to be centre stage, wowing buyers with their delicious produce.”
Sara Cunnew, Buying Manager at Oxfam, commented “I’m delighted that The Pantry Live will open up more opportunities for Oxfam buyers to source new products. This year has been particularly challenging; all of our trade shows and press days have been cancelled.
“The Pantry Live is such a great way for our buyers to source the unique products that we need for our retail stores, by logging in to a virtual trade show with access to thousands of products that are immediately available and making instant connections with brands. It’s so important for us to keep growing our retail business to contribute to Oxfam’s work and sourcing products online at The Pantry Live will support that aim. I’m really excited to be involved.”
Tickets are on sale now. The event is free to attend for retail buyers, with cost-effective options available for exhibitors and suppliers. For more information or to sign up to The Pantry Live, visit: https://www.thepantry.live