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The LONGHORN SECTION OF THE INSTITUTE OF FOOD TECHNOLOGISTS invites you to join us for our annual SUPPLIERS' NIGHT.
This year Suppliers' Night will be held on October 18, 2018 at the Embassy Suites in Frisco, Texas. The Embassy Suites Dallas-Frisco Hotel, Convention Center & Spa puts the Dallas area’s outstanding recreation, shopping, dining and industry right at your fingertips. The hotel is located in the north Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas, adjacent to the Dr Pepper Ballpark, and less than a mile from The Ford Center at The Star, home of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and Training Facility. It is only 20 minutes from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), 15 miles from Dallas Love Field (DAL), and 10 miles from Addison Executive Airport with convenient access to restaurants, bars, shopping and sports facilities.  The convention space will accomodate all vendors in a single location as well as our free food and beverage stations. You can find more information concerning our event location by visiting their website http://www.embassysuitesfrisco.com.

Broker Registration Opens Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 9:00am
General Exhibitor Registration Opens Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 9:00am

DATE:

Thursday, October 18, 2018

LOCATION/HOTEL RESERVATIONS:

Embassy Suites Dallas-Frisco Hotel
7600 John Q. Hammons Drive
Frisco, Texas 75034
Conference 1st Floor
Frisco Grand Ballroom Hall A thru I
ph: 972-712-7200
fx: 972-712-7221
Click HERE for Online Hotel Reservations

SCHEDULE:

Technical Seminar:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm (lunch on your own)
Click HERE to view the Technical Seminar Schedule - Coming Soon
Click HERE for the CFS Continuing Education Form
Exhibits:
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Free to the food industry; including buffet and beverages)

EXHIBITOR COSTS:

Broker Registration Opens July 11, 2018 @ 9:00am CST
Exhibitor Registration Opens July 16, 2018 @ 9:00am CST

Click HERE to view the 2018 Suppliers' Night Floorplan

Booth Cost: $625.00 ea. (2 or more $575 ea.) **Booths Cannot be Split**
(Each Booth includes one table - additional tables are available for $25 each, up to 2 extra tables)

Whole Table Cost: $550.00 ea. (2 or more $500 ea.)

Half Table Cost: $400 ea.(Only available for Brokers)

Electricity by Request:$100.00 per booth, table or half table

VOLUNTEERS:

Volunteer Signup Here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4aaea92da6ff2-lift3

If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact:
Madalyn Thibodeaux
Madi2004@yahoo.com
337-298-8988

If you have any questions or concerns about Suppliers' Night please contact:

CO-CHAIRS:
Greg Hanks
Hanks Brokerage
ph: 1-800-872-7811
cell : 214-803-8952
email: greg.hanks@hanksbrokerage.com
Donna Henry
NutraGenecs Technichef
ph: 903-378-2423

cell: 903-486-2244
email:
donna@nutragenecs.com

REGISTRATION AND BOOTH SELECTION

Booth Cost: $625.00 ea. (2 or more $575 ea.) **Booths Cannot be Split**
8' x 8' booths will be set with 8' high blue & black back drape, 3' high blue side divider drape, (1) 6' x 30" black skirted table, (2) chairs, (1) wastebaskets, and (1) ID sign. (Additional tables are available for $25 each, up to 2 extra tables)

Whole Table Cost: $550.00 ea. (2 or more $500 ea.)
Table-top areas will be set with 8' high blue & black back drape, no side divider drape, (1) 8' x 30" black skirted table, (1) wastebaskets, and (1) ID sign.

Half Table Cost: $400 ea.(Only for Brokers)

Electricity by Request: $100.00 per booth, table or half table (One, 21- electrical outlet)

In general, booth selection will be determined on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED basis (based on the date we receive both the registration form AND registration fee). The exception to this rule will be for brokers who, together with the suppliers exhibiting with them, require more than 10 booths and Exhibitor requiring more than 3 booths. PAYMENTS can be made via PayPal during registration or a check can be mailed within 14 days to:
L.I.F.T.
c/o Hanks Brokerage, Inc.
13951 Senlac Drive, Suite 150
Dallas, TX 75234


The CANCELLATION POLICY for this show is a full refund for cancellations made prior to August 17, 2018. There will be a 50% refund for cancellations made after August 17, 2018 but prior to September 7, 2018. Cancellations for booth space made after September 7, 2018 will not be subject to a refund.

All Exhibitors will also receive printed badges for their company's representatives (pending name information submitted by due date).
There is an office supply located down the hall from the exhibit hall for last minute purchases.

If any SPECIAL SERVICE is required (such as ice/ refrigeration/ etc.) please contact Donna Henry at donna@nutragenecs.com with specific needs a minimum of 7 days prior to the event to arrange for the needs.  All charges will be billed to the exhibitor's representative if not otherwise pre-arranged.

SHIPMENTS

Any booth, product, information, or giveaways that need to be shipped for use at the Longhorn IFT Suppliers' Night event will need to be shipped through Freeman, our contract shipping service for the convention center. Please DO NOT ship your company items to the Embassy Suites Hotel for use in the convention center. Since our event is large enough to be in a convention center, we are required to use the convention center services for receiving our shipped items. These services are different and not affiliated with the hotel even though the hotel is connected to the convention center.

Freeman eKit for LIFT Suppliers Night 2018

Please note: When you ship with Freeman the boxes will be delivered to your booth. If you choose to ship directly to the hotel we have no way to track or locate the packages, you will have to be responsible for locating your package and take it to your booth.

SUPPLIERS’ NIGHT TIME LINE
During the evening, an extensive dinner buffet, beer and soft drinks will be provided free of charge. A cash bar will also be available. LIFT awards door prizes throughout the evening to add to participants' enjoyment. Please send an email to donna@nutragenecs.com if you are willing to contribute a door prize. If you are donating a door prize, please bring it to the registration booth before 3:00 p.m.

Exhibitors CHECK-IN at Registration Booth
Please pick up your packet at the registration booth before entering the exhibit area. If you are exhibiting with a broker, your packet will be under your broker’s name. Registration packets will include badges, booth assignments and a layout of the exhibits.

Please be prepared to have some identification such as a name tag or something with the Longhorn IFT Supplier's Night registration information on it to enter or exit the ballroom, as there will be Security posted at each entrance during set-up for the exhibitors, there will be no admitance without identification that you are affiliated with our show.

Exhibitor Setup Hours: 12:00-3:00pm. There will be complimentary beverages and snacks during set-up for the exhibitors.
Event Hours: 3:00 - 8:00 pm
Exhibitor Move Out Hours: 8:15 - 10:00 pm

ADVERTISING & SPONSORSHIPS
Reserve your ad space today! The Expo Buyer's Guide is given out to all Expo attendees & buyers, distributed to our membership, posted on signage at the event area of sponsorship, and is also posted on our website for a full year following the event. ALL SPONSORS WILL BE RECOGNIZED, AND SPONSORSHIPS AND CASH DONATIONS TO L.I.F.T. ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. If you have any questions, contact Donna Henry 903-378-2423 or liftmedia@nutragenecs.com.

 

GOLF TOURNAMENT
The Annual LIFT Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Click HERE for more information.

TECHNICAL SEMINAR
LIFT is sponsoring a technical seminar at the hotel on Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. The seminar is free to all participants. Technical Seminar Schedule Coming Soon.

If you have questions you can contact:
Nitin Joshi, Ph.D
nitin.joshi@yum.com
Phone: 972-338-7265

POST EXPO HOSPITALITY MIXER

There will be a Post Expo Hosptality Mixer on Thursday, October 18, 2018 starting at 8:00 pm. Snacks and finger foods and the remaining beer will be provided starting at 8:00pm. There will be an open bar available to purchase drinks and beverages for your customers.

Reservations for table space for you and your team or customers can be made for this event. We can block off as few as four spots or as many as 30 for your group under your's or your company's name. There will be open seating areas as well but we highly recommend that you block off a section of seats if needed. You can reserve 6 spots for $50 or 12 spots for $75. To reserve seating or to answer any questions, please contact Janet Adams at Janet.Adams@hanksbrokerage.com or at 469-271-7313.