Iowa Economic Development Authority seeks participants for international trade missions, shows

The Iowa Economic Authority’s International Trade Office organizes trade missions and trade shows to support Iowa companies grow and expand exports. Companies interested in participating should contact individuals listed in the below calendar of events.  Want to learn more about international trade resources available to your business? Contact the Quad Cities Chamber's Michelle Lewis, Director of Regional Business Development, at 563-823-2692 or

Food Export – Midwest is a partner helping grow U.S. exports of dog and cat food packaged for retail, which set yet another record high in 2017. They will offer numerous opportunities in 2019 to connect with qualified international buyers of pet food. Upcoming events include:

Pet Food Buyers Mission at the 2019 Global Pet Expo – Orlando, Florida 
March 19, 2019
This mission will feature approximately 10 international buyers seeking U.S. dog and cat food, dog and cat treats, bird food, animal supplements and other pet food products.

Pet Food Ingredient Buyers at 2019 Pet Food Forum – Kansas City, Missouri 
May 1, 2019

This mission will feature approximately eight international buyers seeking ingredients to be used for dog and cat food and other animal food products.

For more information, contact Mark Fischer of the IEDA International Trade Office at or 515-348-6241.

SIAL CANADA – Toronto, Canada
April 30–May 2, 2019

You’re invited to exhibit in an Iowa/USA Pavilion at North America’s premier trade show in Toronto for the food industry. Each year, SIAL Canada brings together all the industry’s major players under one roof. The opportunity to participate with North American and international exhibitors and buyers, but also to take part in events and conferences, will allow attendees to discover the industry’s latest trends and innovations. SIAL Canada is North America’s biggest food tradeshow of any type, bringing together up-and-coming brands, as well as major leaders in the agri-food industry. The show offers a complete range of food products and of food-related equipment and technologies. These integrated offerings fulfill the needs of the retail, food service and food processing sectors. This incredible gathering will host over 18,000 buyers from Canada, the United States and 60 other countries; it will help make cross-border connections needed to compete in the global market. Iowa exhibitors receive support during the exhibition, discounted space, advance promotion and more. Contact Andrea Smith at or 515-348-6240 for more information.

AGRO 2019
June 6–9, 2019
AGRO is the largest agricultural exhibition of the CIS and Eastern Europe and the leading Ukrainian trade fair for agricultural machinery, animal farming, renewable and alternative energy and organic farming. The organizer of AGRO is the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine. Both indoor and outdoor space is planned for the U.S. Pavilion in 2019 and details should be available soon. Contact Peggy Kerr at or 515.348.6242 to stay informed of the potential Iowa pavilion.

AGRITECHNICA – Hannover, Germany
Nov. 10-16, 2019

An Iowa pavilion is planned at AGRITECHNICA in Hannover, Germany. AGRITECHNICA is the world’s leading trade fair for agricultural technology. The Iowa pavilion will offer shared booth space for companies that don’t have the international marketing budget for a solo booth at this trade show and need assistance with exhibit space, logistics, etc. at an exhibition of this size. A detailed product index for this exhibition is available at Contact Peggy Kerr at or 515-348-6242 immediately if you’re interested in shared space at AGRITECHNICA, or if your company will exhibit in your own space.



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