The Cheese Importers Association of America is thrilled to name the selected food retailers for its trip to the SIAL Trade Show in Paris, France, from October 20-24, 2012.
- Robert Cutler: Western Family Foods, Inc., Tigard, Ore.
- Debbie Harris: New Seasons Market, Portland, Ore.
- Shauna Howell: Town & Country Markets, Kirkland, Wash.
- Marc Nosal: Super Valu, Eden Prairie, Minn.
- Kristine Rogers: Fred Meyer, Portland, Ore.
- Nancy Wangles: Dierbergs Markets, Chesterfield, Mo.
Food retailers selling wholesale cheese were invited to apply for this all expense paid trip to SIAL, which is the world’s largest food trade show. The SIAL Show is held every two years in Paris, and this exceptional trade show features several exhibition halls of cheese and gourmet foods. The retailer guests were selected via a random lottery drawing, which was held in August.
As part of this exclusive trip, these U.S. retailers will attend the SIAL show as guests of the CIAA, and participate in all events and dinners with CIAA members, as part of the CIAA-sponsored SIAL trip. These U.S. retailers will have VIP access to the SIAL Show, where they will have numerous opportunities to network with international food manufacturers and professionals.
Additionally, the CIAA has partnered with Cniel, the organization representing French dairy processors, for a special tour of a wide array of French food retailers. The CIAA’s retailer guests will have the chance to tour the following French retail outlets: Rungis, the world’s largest fresh produce market; Carrefour, a French hypermarket; and upscale cheese shops and gourmet retailers.