With incredible attendance at this year’s FoodShow and Annual Meeting, hopes soared for extraordinary sales results in 2023 and retailers and the team delivered. In 2022, FoodShow sales surpassed the $28 million dollar goal in a big way bringing in $31.7 million. Adjusting for inflation, the 2023 goal was exceeded resulting in $29.2 million in sales.

Grocery and seasonal general merchandise saw great sales. Additionally, produce experienced a big lift during the show. Other departments also saw impressive results.

The FoodShow auction, which allows retailers to bid on some of AFS’ best opportunities, resulted in more than $10 million in sales. Auctioneers Todd Bell, Gordon Sanders and Kris Romeril deserve a special shout out for not only facilitating millions of dollars in sales, but also bringing a spirit of fun and entertainment value to the festivities.

“Overall, the entire week was a tremendous success,” said Roger White, executive vice president and COO. “It was terrific to see so many people in person and feedback from retailers, team members and vendors has been incredibly positive. We can’t wait until next year.”