"I really like events like this. I met a lot of new suppliers I’ve never heard of before, and gained lots of exposure. I’m thrilled with the discoveries I’ve made through ECRM, and will be back in the future to find more."
Brenda Kantor, Zoes Kitchen LLC
"I love the ECRM format. Pretty much everyone I met with really understood my business and catered their approach. I plan to follow up with about 50% of the vendors I met, and hopefully we can do some business. The ECRM concept is great, and the team is organized, helpful and hospitable."
David Tooley
Dot Foods, Inc.
"We like coming to this show because it’s a casual atmosphere. You can actually sit and talk to people, unlike when you’re at a big trade show you can have 20 people at your booth and you’re trying to talk to everyone at once. At this show, you can sit and talk to them during your meetings, out in the hallways, when you’re sitting for lunch and when you’re going to dinner. You’re constantly able to meet with people in a casual atmosphere. We find that this is a very good show for us. We enjoy the companies that we have had meetings with because when we put a meeting together we know that they have a need for us and we have a need to show them our product. The type of people that we are seeing here are a lot of restaurants, convenience stores and universities."
Lynn Setlich
Sunkist Foodservice Equipment
"When I came here, I didn’t really know what to expect or what I was even really looking for. I was just coming in with an open mind, to see what kind of products I could use in my locations. And I was able to target a lot of high quality products for grab-and-go’s at my restaurant, in my store units and also find different kinds of packaging to be able to send food out that we make in house. Very well organized, the sessions go well, you’re dealing with professionals, great looking products. Packaging is good, and it’s also just nice to be able to deal with the people directly that you’re going to be buying this product from. This is a great event, I highly recommend it. I think that anyone in the industry should come and see what’s out there because you don’t know until you see it."
Joe Bejos
Ford's Garage, LLC
"We love ECRM. We’re always looking for new ideas and new, upcoming companies that have a new product that might be the next hot thing on the market. We’re looking for partners and partnerships. We love looking for LTO items, and that’s what we get a lot of from ECRM. We’ve found 5, 6, 7 items in the past couple years from ECRM."
Victor Belocio, Travis Ballard
TopGolf International, Inc.
"I’ve been exposed to a lot of new vendors. Some that I’ve seen before, but very few. This is a different type of show that attracts a different type of vendor. And the exposure that I have had to these people will allow me to take back some ideas to implement into our company."
Brian Keyes
Connor Concepts Inc.
"ECRM events are awesome. I’ve stopped attending large food shows because I get so much more out of the ECRM sessions and knowledge from regional vendors with their product innovations and quality with clean ingredients . The meetings are relevant and focused, and everything is scheduled in advance."
Cecil Palanna
SYSCO Canada
"Being a company that primarily operates in the retail bakery industry, we were not sure how much value we would get out of participating in the Campus as well as the Commercial Foodservice event. As soon as we completed our first 20 minute meeting, we knew the week was going to bring value to our organization. The campus and the commercial buyers came in with a lot of energy which allowed for great conversations. I would highly recommend attending this event; the collaboration that happens within 20 minutes is amazing. If you don’t think you can get things done in 20 minutes, I would highly disagree. If you come prepared, know your product and bring good positive energy, you can get a lot accomplished. We actually started receiving orders that week directly from our 20 minute meetings."
Chadd Schurr
DecoPac, Inc.
"ECRM helps small suppliers get the audience and tell their story. It’s been a great investment of our time and I definitely endorse the process. I was impressed with the level of coordination and the attention to detail from the ECRM team."
Steve Lenderman
Delta Air Lines
"Many of the shows we go to just let you loose without any help. ECRM was so helpful every step of the way! We were very impressed with the support and customer service provided by the ECRM team from initial planning, all the way to the time of the show. We also found the private meeting format and the quality of the attendees to be a great match. We look forward to our next ECRM show!"
Olympia Foods
"After you attend an ECRM session, you will never want to attend a regular tradeshow again! We had a productive and great experience at this event, primarily due to the intimate nature of the show. While 10-minute meetings may seem short, it was all the time we needed to obtain a clear and focused discussion, especially since there isn’t the noise and distraction of a traditional tradeshow. I also give kudos to the ECRM team for bringing in great buyers who we typically don’t get to meet at regular shows. Overall, the relaxed and professional vibe and the small scale of the event allows for super productive meetings and a fun environment for all attendees. Huge thanks to the ECRM team for making our experience great!"
Andy Aussie
Earnest Eats
"My first time at an ECRM show, and it exceeded my expectations! I’ve done many typical tradeshows and found ECRM to be much more efficient and effective. I had great meetings and accomplished in one week what would have taken 6 months of cold calling and traveling to meet buyers around the country. The execution of the show and the staff was very professional. I am very happy with my ECRM experience and will definitely be participating in future shows."
Danny Grossfield
HotShot USA
"Overall, we loved ECRM! We were able to meet with critical decision makers from industry leading companies. We had insightful and impactful meetings in a very efficient manner. We look forward to seeing these connections drive our business forward. Also, the ECRM staff is incredible. They ensured we had a smooth, set-up process and a great time during our meetings."
Annie Finfrock
"This was my first event and it was a great experience! At first, I was skeptical about the format, however, I am surprised and happy with the results from the Foodservice session."
Aakaar Gandhi
Caffe Di Artisan Inc.
"Terrific organization & logistics! The show runs like clockwork. Wonderful social environment and getting together enables development of relationships. Buyers are motivated, interested and clear about products that want need/ or don’t want/need so you can prioritize leads easily. Many of these accounts are ones that would have been very hard for us to meet with outside of ECRM. Overall a great show, clearly a more relaxed, engaging and powerfully rewarding experience compared to most traditional tradeshows."
Phil Robbins
Homefree, LLC
"This was our first show, and it was a huge success! It was refreshing to have a show platform that facilitated such genuine connections & opportunities. Not to mention, everyone who works for ECRM is super helpful, knowledgeable and fun!"
Chrissy Haller
Wild Things Snacks, Inc
"I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect when I first committed to the event, but I have to say, this session exceeded my expectations. I probably found 4-5 items that I want to explore incorporating into our menus. In addition to some great meetings, the format promoted networking in a fun, relaxing environment."
Rick Petralia
Fazoli's System Management LLC
"I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect when I first committed to the event, but I have to say, this session exceeded my expectations. I probably found 4-5 items that I want to explore incorporating into our menus. In addition to some great meetings, the format promoted networking in a fun, relaxing environment."
Rick Petralia
Fazoli's System Management LLC
"I’ve been to shows of all shapes and sizes and the biggest challenge is being able to wade through the overwhelming number of booths & products with any sort of true focus. The ECRM Sessions were different. I got pre-scheduled one-on-one time with each relevant supplier which really allowed me to better understand them & their products, and them to better understand us and our objectives. All of the details from travel, to my schedule and more were taken care of for me and everything ran very smoothly. I found more than one new supplier that we are now actively pursuing business with, and I requested samples from about 60% of my meeting list with some very promising opportunities. I accomplished all of this is just a couple days, and without feeling overwhelmed."
Saphia Merkus
Panago Pizza Inc.
"ECRM offers a place for new, emerging brands to gain exposure. It’s a great place for product discovery, and I found several items that I will be presenting to my team at our next Bar Review. In addition, the Educational Sessions added a lot of value to my time away; I only wish that some of them were longer!"
Shannon Salupo
Quaker Steak & Lube
"I like ECRM Sessions because they give me the opportunity to find great new items I might not normally see at one of the big shows."
Chad Miller
Lehigh Valley Restaurant Group
"I go into my meetings at ECRM Sessions with an open mind. Not everything is a perfect fit, but you never know what may happen down the line. I’ve attended a couple of these sessions now, and I have to say that each year, the meetings get better and better."
Dave Hatcher
Sodexo USA
"We truly enjoyed our first ECRM EPPS. I loved how organized it was, and thought the villas were a great way to present our food/concepts. We were also impressed with the quality/participation of the folks in our appointments. We are already looking forward to come back next year!"
Pat Newsham
Arcobasso Foods Manufacturing Co
"ECRM is like Shark Tank: a place where small companies can become something big. I attend because it’s the perfect forum to find innovation, and I always walk away with at least 3-4 items I can incorporate into our menus."
Mike Turner
Walk-On's Enterprises
"I feel this was one of the best shows that I have worked. We met lots of interested key buyers. I am confident that we will gain new business from this show."
Al Salgado
Devanco Foods
"ECRM has a very unique system. It is like speed dating, but with suppliers. The format allows us time to see products that we would otherwise not find in other big shows. We also like the time we spend with the suppliers to talk about what works for us, and how we can work together on future opportunities. Big shows do not give us the time to really talk about how we can partner with them to board a product on our planes. United comes to the ECRM food shows and has found many items that have great promise to board on our planes. One of the most popular ones that we found that is currently flying is the stroopwafle."
Marisol Otero
United Airlines
"There’s a reason I keep coming back to ECRM Events. If I review my potential schedule and find at least five different buyers I need, I choose to attend. After the event is over, we always walk away with 10-15 solid leads and I always close business."
Steve Hayes
Cosmos Creations
"I attend ECRM for a few reasons and all of them are equally compelling to me: 1. I know there are like-minded people in attendance who want prompt solutions to their needs. 2. There are plenty of newer products that you do not always see on the huge show floor at food shows. 3. I receive uninterrupted one on one time with each vendor and this makes it highly productive for my time. 4. ECRM team never disappoints, they know what needs to happen and they make it happen. The team is outstanding and they make a huge impact on the success of each individual."
Charles Riley
Omni Mandalay Hotel
"We recently attended the April 2014 Food Service ECRM event in Cape Coral Florida. We have attended several Retail Dry Grocery Events but this was our first Food Service Event. All ECRM events are well managed and they attract a good selection of quality, key decision makers. While some of these events are more expensive than exhibiting at "traditional tradeshows", the quality of leads we obtain and the customers gained is worth the time and expense. It is simply a much better use of my Sales staff time to have short quality meetings at ECRM, versus working a tradeshow for three 10 hour days hoping your buyers stop by your booth."
Steve Morris
Atlantic Natural Foods, LLC
"The ECRM event was extremely well organized with a numerous amount of things going on. The venue for the event was nice and well maintained. During the event ECRM did a wonderful job having several places to networks/connect with attendees such as lunch, dinner, cocktail hour and the offsite dinner. It was a great event to network at. The appointments were very productive. The staff was delightful and very accommodating, great team work. The other thing that is nice about the ECRM event is the Profile book you receive; it acts as a great reference guide! The Buyers were truly engaged in event and meetings, no wasted time. Every attendee, buyers and vendors were very involved and trying to make deals at the event. The iPad that was provided for us was very useful and an ideal reference tool! Overall from the event there has been very positive follow-up with buyer I met with, great networking source."
David Edelstein
Barney Butter
"This format is an excellent use of productivity in my opinion for both me as a buyer/end user and for the vendors. I think product representatives are doing well to see two clients on a good day in ordinary circumstances; At ECRM they see thirty a day. It keeps it practical for me as an operator because in my operation I frequently have to decline requests for vendor appointments or change the time due to operational issues. At ECRM you are on a schedule, you are not locked into your operation, so there is no reason to distract me from meeting all of the potential partners. It is a WIN/WIN proposition!"
Charles Riley
Omni Mandalay Hotel
"ECRM does an outstanding job at pairing up customers with potential vendors. The ECRM team is one of the best I have ever worked with. They are friendly, well-educated and they help with invaluable networking. Their hospitality, vendor networking and technology make this a must on my calendar for next time."
Steve Brooks
Tumbleweed Inc.
"This ECRM foodservice event has been very positive for our company. Because we are small manufacturer, it’s not always easy to get meetings with the big retailers. But, this format allows us to get the return on investment and spend casual networking time with our target customers that we might not usually obtain. The fee to attend is only a fraction of the travel fees it would cost to see every one of these customers at their office."
Gregg Raffensperger
Delizza Patisserie