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2017 Artisan Food Business Conference.

The launch of our first Artisan Food Business Conference will be held in collaboration with the Midwest Food Products Association (MWFPA) 2017 Annual Convention at the Mayo Center in Rochester, MN. November 29-30, 2017.

This invitation-only AFPN Business Conference brings together planners working to develop effective networks supporting small-batch and mid-tier contract food product manufacturing. Free conference admission November 29-30, 2017. A $280 value.

Download an AFPN conference introduction and registration form.

Download the AFPN / MWFPA registration form only.

Learn more about the full 2017 Midwest Food Products Association convention, including agendas, and travel information.

MWFPA and the Artisan Food Business Conference are also partnering with Feast!, At the Mayo Center Dec. 1-2, the day after MWFPA/Artisan Conference closes.

Attendees registering as Artisan or Feast! guests (using the form below)will receive free admission ( $280 value) with full access to exhibits and speakers at MWFPA's convention and the Artisan Food Business Conference speakers.
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Artisan Food Product Network Presentations.
Wednesday Nov. 29, 2017

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Minnesota Business Opportunities in Food and Agriculture.
Brian Erickson. Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Food Business Assistance & Market Development

Lauren Pradhan. Grow North. Resource & Connection Hub for Minnesota Food and Ag Entrepreneurs
9:30 - 10:30 AM. Room 112.
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Specialty Food Products with a Local Connection: Sourcing ingredients from regional farms.
Robert P. King, Ph.D. Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota.
Jan Joannides, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Renewing the Countryside.
10:45 - 11:45 AM. Room 113.
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Finance, food entrepreneurship and innovation. Smart ideas to grow our industry.
Tera Johnson, Director. Food Finance Institute.
3:15 - 4:00 PM. Room 112.
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Artisan Food Product Network Presentations.
Thursday Nov. 30, 2017

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New Food Product Development Opportunities at the Center for Dairy Research.
Vic Grassman, Center for Dairy Research. (CDR)
10:00 - 11:00 AM.
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The Artisan Food Products Network is working to develop artisan scale contract food manufacturing services across the region. Join us!.
Wednesday Nov. 29 and Thursday Nov. 30, 2017. Mayo Center. Rochester Minnesota

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Be sure to check out all the great events and opportunities at the Feast! Trade Show and Convention Dec. 1-2

Look for great Farm-to-Table meals at area restaurants all week!


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