The Texas International Produce Association Announces the Cancellation of the 2020 Viva Fresh Expo

Mission, Texas; March, 16 2020:   The 2020 Viva Fresh Expo has been cancelled due to the increased concern for the health and safety of the exhibitors and attendees.  Going forward, the 2021 Viva Fresh Expo is scheduled for March 23-28, 2021 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.

“We continued to weigh options for postponement but in light of the rapid escalation of COVID-19 and the dangers to public health, we could not in good conscience continue,” stated Dante Galeazzi, President & CEO of Texas International Produce Association (TIPA).  “This combined with the fact that the Center of Disease Control has recently stated that the evolving coronavirus outbreak could persist in the United States for several more months contributed to this decision.  The bottom line is that we will not put our exhibitors and attendees at risk.”

TIPA is also reviewing options to create an online platform to showcase the final results of  the Clean Eating Challenge which began last November and is due to wrap up on April 30.

Sponsors, exhibitors and paid attendees have the option to receive full credit that can be applied to the 2021 Viva Fresh Expo.  If they would like a refund, TIPA is asking to provide between 80-100% (less Paypal fees for payments made by card) by April 15, 2020.  “Because a considerable amount of costs have already been incurred to develop the 2020 Viva Fresh Expo and much of the promotion had taken place, we’re asking for this support on a situational basis,”  remarked Galeazzi.

Galeazzi also noted, “This will go a long way in ensuring our ability to continue to deliver the exceptional trade show experience that the Viva Fresh Expo has become known for.  We sent out a communication to all of the exhibitors, sponsors and attendees and we have received overwhelming support.  It is heartening for us to witness firsthand how the produce industry stands together during these difficult times.  We’re looking forward to the 2021 Viva Fresh Expo which will be held for the first time in the Dallas area.”

EXHIBITORS

EXHIBITOR GUIDE DOWNLOAD

IMPORTANT DATES

REQUIREMENTS FOR EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION

  • Must be a member of the Texas International Produce Association (TIPA)

  • Growers, Shippers & Importers with physical operations in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana & New Mexico
  • Growers, Shippers & Importers who are not located in Texas or Mexico, must transport their produce via ground through a Texas port-of-entry.

Exhibitors Must be TIPA Members

TIPA Member

$3,000
  • Each exhibitor will receive the following booth package from Freeman with their booth space:

    • One 8′ x 10′ booth space (one per company)
    • Up to five show badges
    • Access to all the educational workshops and sessions
    • Keynote speaker session
    • Expo receptions
    • 8‘ high backwall and 3’ high side drape
    • One 7” x 44” one-line ID Sign
    • One 6’ x 30” skirted table
    • Two side chairs
    • One waste basket
  • To become a TIPA Member, download application and submit to hector@texipa.org.

  • Exhibitor Cancellation Policy coming soon.

2020 EXHIBITOR MAP COMING SOON

COMING SOON

EXHIBITOR SERVICE CONTRACTOR

Ordering Booth Materials:

Exhibitors will have the option to order additional booth materials (electricity, internet access, and additional furnishings) directly from Freeman. Booth materials can be shipped in advance of the Expo. View details with Freeman’s Exhibitor Services Kit.

Freeman is the official Exhibitor Services Contractor for the Viva Fresh Produce Expo. Each Exhibitor will receive the following booth package from Freeman with their booth space:

  • 8′ high backwall and 3′ high-side drape
  • All booth spaces are 10′ wide and 8′ long
  • One 7″ x 44″ one-line ID Sign
  • One 6′ x 30′ skirted table
  • Two side chairs
  • One waste basket
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JW MARRIOTT HILL COUNTRY RESORT AND SPA

Back by popular demand, the JW Marriott provides a luxurious backdrop for the Viva Fresh Expo that offers networking, quality education and elevated food experiences.  Nestled in the San Antonio Hill Country, this expansive property has fairways and spa treatments for the adults, a lazy river plus waterslides for the kids and several restaurants to choose from.

We expect the JW Marriott to sell out quickly again this year, so be sure to register early at the special reduced rate starting at $264 per night using this link.

ROOM BLOCK SOLD OUT

Courtyard San Antonio North/Stone Oak at Legacy

SHUTTLES WILL BE PROVIDED FROM THE OVERFLOW HOTELS TO THE JW MARRIOTT FROM APRIL 30 – MAY 2, 2020.

New room rates available for attendees. Courtyard San Antonio North/Stone Oak at Legacy for 199 USD per night

COURTYARD SAN ANTONIO / STONE OAK

HOTEL WARNING

Rooms should be reserved and confirmed ONLY with by either using this link to the Viva Fresh hotel reservations site or by contacting the JW Marriott directly at (210) 276-2500.   In the past, Viva Fresh has received reports about brokers contacting exhibitors to book hotel reservations.   These brokers falsely imply they are affiliated with show management and secure full or partial prepayment for their rooms from exhibiting companies. TIPA reminds its exhibitors that we have no affiliation with any of these room brokers. Please do not provide them with any details of your reservation and do not give them your credit card or any personal information.

JW Marriott
23808 Resort Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78261

Phone: 210-276-2500

UPDATED HOTEL CANCELLATIONS & CHANGES POLICY

All cancellations must be received by March 20, 2020. Deposits are non-refundable after March 20, 2020.  Contact Lilly Garcia at (956) 581-8632 to make any changes or cancel a reservation, on or before March 20, 2020.  If cancellations are made after March 20, 2020, you will not receive your deposit or may be subject to pay the full price of the reservation.

In addition, failure to check-in on the scheduled date of arrival may result in the loss of deposit and cancellation of room for the remainder of the stay.

San Antonio International Airport – SAT
9800 Airport Boulevard
San Antonio, TX 78216
The hotel and expo do not provide transportation to and from the airport

Valley International Airport – HRL
3002 Heritage Way
Harlingen, TX 78550

Holiday Inn San Antonio N – Stone Oak Area
7 miles from event hotel
Courtyard By Marriott San Antonio North/Stone Oak at Legacy
7 miles from event hotel
Hyatt Place San Antonio North/Stone Oak
7 miles from event hotel
Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio North Stone Oak
8 miles from event hotel

MARKETING RESOURCES

Viva Fresh is committed to your success as an exhibitor, and provides the promotional graphics below to help promote your company’s attendance at Viva Fresh. Simply download the desired graphics for your social media channels, and attach to your posts. Don’t forget to include your booth number.