August 10, 2007

Sneak Look at Food Set for Our Tables

By MILLER, Grant

It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it.

Members of Foodstuffs will browse two buildings' worth of food today and tomorrow so they know which products should be in most of our nation's supermarkets.

"There's going to be a lot of tasting going on," says event co- ordinator Joanna Fifita.

One hundred and fifty exhibitors will display meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables, bread, liquor and other products at the national expo.

The annual expo at Arena Manawatu has been staged in Palmerston North since it started in 1996.

The theme alternates between fresh food and groceries - this year displays of fresh food fill Arena 2 and 3.

The expo, for members of New Zealand's largest grocery distributor, is not open to the public.

However, surplus food will be donated to Manawatu community organisations or charities.

Supermarket chains such as Pak 'N Save, New World, Shop Rite and Four Square are part of the Foodstuffs stable.

Mrs Fifita says about 2000 members will inspect the food and about 1800 more people will be aligned with exhibits.

She says accommodation in Palmerston North is booked out.

Some exhibitors are competitors of others at the expo, but there should be no food fight.

"They are here, but they're not next to each other," Mrs Fifita says.


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