The Show & Sell Center sits in the middle of the expo floor, allowing conference goers to wander in.
“Basic hot dogs are long gone,” said Jon Gazin, Team Canada.
A Quebecois dish, poutine is made by pouring hot gravy over french fries and cheese curds. New varieties are being created every day, according to Gazin (pictured). A Portuguese version of poutine uses brown gravy and chorizo.
This "amped up" mac and cheese has chicken, meatballs and sausage. It was part of the "Dude Food" display.
Another "Dude Food" item: hot dogs, wrapped with cheese and bacon.
“That’s about a 25-pound sandwich,” said Ron Fischer, Hugo's Family Marketplace.
The Homage to Fromage and Piggy Bites displays only included items with cheese or bacon
Here bacon is woven over a baked brie.
One display showed meal ideas above, with grab-and-go items that were used in the meals below.
A bakery display showed that varying heights can create a more interesting appearance for shippers.
The bakery team put their own spin on "grilled foods."
In-store bakeries can add to the barbie doll cake's train in order to make a cake for a bigger group of people.
Slices of rolled out, flavored fondant on top of cupcakes showed the versatility of the icing.
Expanding on the smaller portion trend, this cake merchandised half cakes and pies.
Show attendees were able to sample products from a variety of deli, dairy and bakery suppliers.
The show, which also included talks by industry experts and stars like Bill O'Reilly, was well attended.