The Hub

The center of activity at the conference — “The Hub” is the place to begin and end your day during AFFI-CON 2018.

The Hub is the one-stop shop for all things AFFI-CON, and is the perfect spot to meet up with other registered attendees, grab a snack or coffee and get all your conference questions answered. Take advantage of free Wi-Fi and the first come, first served meeting tables available in The Hub. New this year, The Hub will also include a meeting space for AFFI-CON’s education programs and an expanded Networking Lounge.

Want to learn more about AFFI? Visit the AFFI booth located in the center of The Hub.

Networking Lounge

If you’re looking for space to have a quick impromptu meeting, or recharge your phone, head over to the expanded Networking Lounge located in The Hub.

Evening Receptions

Another great way to connect with AFFI-CON attendees is during the evening receptions. Evening receptions are designed to provide an avenue for networking and to cap off a successful day of business meetings. Come socialize with your AFFI friends, colleagues and clients!

Need restaurant recommendations to continue your business meetings over dinner? The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas restaurant collection houses world renown restaurants from acclaimed chefs.
Restaurant Overview

Saturday, March 3

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
First Timers Reception

Is this your first time attending AFFI-CON? Join AFFI’s Board of Directors, staff and members of the Conferences & Member Services Council to learn more about what to expect and get AFFI-CON insider tips.

The Hub Meeting Room
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
AFFI-CON Welcome Reception

The AFFI-CON Welcome Reception kicks off the conference and sets the tone for four successful days of business meetings and education. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres and then head out to dinner with your current and potential clients.

The Hub

Sunday, March 4

7:15 am - 7:45 am
Morning Buzz Education Session
  • From Unpredictable to Possible: Competing in a World of Constant Change
    Larry Robertson, Founder, President Lighthouse Consulting
    Award-winning author of The Language of Man and A Deliberate Pause
More Details »
The Hub Meeting Room
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Craft Beer & Wine Tasting Reception

AFFI-CON’s Craft Beer & Wine Tasting Reception is the most highly attended reception of the conference. Dreisbach Enterprises brings us the highest quality wines, making you feel as though you’re wine tasting in Napa. Not a wine drinker? No problem. We’ve also selected the best craft beers in the area for you to try. This reception is a great place to continue those face-to-face business meetings and then head off to dinner.

The Hub

Monday, March 5

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Afternoon Education Session
  • Big Data and Analytics Come to Frozen Manufacturing
    Timothy Freier, Division Vice President, Scientific Affairs & Microbiology
    Mérieux NutriSciences
More Details »
The Hub Meeting Room
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
AFFI’s NextGen Happy Hour & Education

AFFI’s NextGen is a program designed to engage the next generation of leaders within the frozen food and beverage industry, creating a space to foster their professional development, provide exclusive networking and education while continuing to strengthen the relationship between the industry and AFFI. Hear from experts on leadership while enjoying drinks with your peers and viewing the beautiful sites of Las Vegas.

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Frozen Food Foundation Fundraiser at TopGolf Las Vegas

Spend some extra time with AFFI-CON attendees enjoying food and drinks and a little friendly competition at TopGolf Las Vegas, while supporting the work of AFFI’s Frozen Food Foundation. $250 per player.

Foundation Fundraiser Registration Form

TopGolf Las Vegas

All attendees will be required to wear a badge. AFFI implements a strict no badge, no drink policy. Security will be present to monitor all events. Please make sure to plan accordingly.

AFFI-CON Exhibitors

Armer Foods is a leading producer of organic frozen fruits and vegetables. We control all stages beginning from seeding, harvesting, production, distribution using the most recent and advanced technologies and top quality personnel. We believe that flexibility, quality and safety is the key to customer satisfaction.

Buhler Group is a leading global supplier of optical sorting solutions to the frozen fruit and vegetable industries and has been at the forefront of optical sorting technology for over 70 years. Our latest development, the SORTEX F, redefines fruit and vegetable sorting using cutting edge SORTEX PolarVision™ and LED Xenon lighting technology.

Delkor Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures packaging equipment that provides efficient solutions for tray forming of cartons, cases and trays (Trayfecta®), case packing (Flex Loader®), shrink-bundled, flat-pad shippers (Spot-Pak®), retail-ready shippers (Cabrio Case®), robotic loading, stackable club trays and other forms of secondary packaging.

We are excited to announce our U.S. expansion with our new state-of-the-art IQF plant in Memphis, Tennessee. Ebrofrost is the largest independent producer of cooked IQF Rice, Pasta and grain products worldwide.  Like Riviana Foods, Ebrofrost is part of the Ebro Foods group, the largest rice and the 2nd largest pasta manufacturer worldwide. Adding to our 3 IQF facilities in Europe, this significant new capacity will allow us to service the Americas directly from the US plant. We will have our commercial operation together with Riviana Foods HQ in Houston, TX. Ebrofrost consistently produces a uniform product with superior, flavor, clean aroma, and excellent texture.  We are your full-service IQF rice, grains, and pasta solutions supplier.

Known for “Yes, We Can!” solutions, Hanson Logistics is a leading provider of temperature-controlled warehousing and transportation services, including Velocities™ Multi-Vendor Consolidation with nationwide delivery.

Happy D Corporation is passionate about offering the best frozen food in the industry.  Our focus is on growing, processing, and distributing innovative IQF roasted and non-roasted vegetables. With quality second to none, competitive pricing, and a sales office located in California, we’re ready to serve all your needs.

ISIK Organic is a leading processor, packer and exporter of Organic Frozen Fruits in Turkey. Every year, we export over 35 million lbs. of fruits to more than 30 countries in the world with certifications of NOP, EU, COR, Bio-Suisse, JAS, Bio-dynamic, BRC Grade-A.

Key Technology is the most comprehensive source of digital sorting, conveying and process automation technologies. As a global leader, Key is committed to continually advancing customers’ efficiencies and profits through complete solutions and efficient innovations. With Key Technology, you have the ultimate partner of choice working to advance your business.

Mérieux NutriSciences is dedicated to protecting consumers’ health, by delivering a wide range of testing, labeling, auditing, consulting, sensory, training and research services specific to the frozen food industry. We are proud to partner with AFFI on food safety and quality initiatives for the future.

Since 1954, RefrigiWear has been the leading manufacturer of insulated industrial workwear. We aim to provide the highest quality products at the best value to our customers. Our products lines consist of insulated clothing, handwear, headwear and footwear. The RW Protect product line protects temperature-sensitive products during storage and transportation.

One of the largest mushroom growers in the USA. Offering IQF mushrooms: fresh, blanched or fire roasted/grilled. All mushroom varieties and cut sizes: sliced, diced and whole. Seeking relationships with end users and brokers: also companies seeking co-packaging services. Call for a meeting, or visit us in exhibit area.

Tippmann Group designs and builds temperature controlled food processing plants and distribution centers, and developed the QFR Zone®, a more energy and labor efficient way to blast freeze products.  Interstate Warehousing, a Tippmann Group company, owns and operates 100 million cubic feet of public refrigerated warehouse space throughout the U.S.

Designing and building advanced cold storage facilities is the cornerstone of what we do, but it’s just the beginning. We also work with existing buildings, providing creative solutions to modernize working cold storage and freezing facilities. We help lengthen the lifespan of existing buildings, modernize operations and solve complicated logistic problems. Tippmann Innovation also brings all of our industry expertise to several high-tech and modern public refrigeration warehouses with services that go beyond the ordinary and we bring innovative products to market that facilitate freezing and help cut costs.

USHBC is the trade association representing highbush blueberries in the USA.   Frozen blueberries are an important part of the blueberry business and the Council is active with research, promotions for consumers, food service and food industry in North America and abroad.

Become an Exhibitor

Expand your company’s presence in the frozen food and beverage industry by obtaining booth space in The Hub area during AFFI-CON. Exhibiting allows you to put your product directly in front of potential customers. All exhibits will be housed in “The Hub,” which is the center of conference activity, registration and home to evening receptions and education to ensure maximum visibility and traffic.

Please contact AFFI’s Vice President of Conferences Brynn Horne at or (703) 821-0770 ext. 7002 for more information.

Exhibitor Floorplan


All Booths Include

  • 10ft.x10ft. space with a 6ft. table, two chairs, pipe and drape;
  • One complimentary registration (additional registrations will be charged at the appropriate rate);
  • Company description in the Program & Directory and AFFI-CON website;
  • AFFI-CON pre-registration list in Excel format;
  • 10 percent discount on ads in the Program & Directory.

Exhibit Costs

  • Early AFFI Member Exhibit Booth: $1,850 (before Feb. 1, 2018)
  • Late AFFI Member Exhibit Booth: $2,100
  • Early Non-member Exhibit Booth: $3,700 (before Feb. 1, 2018)
  • Late Non-member Exhibit Booth: $4,000

Assignment of Space:

Booth space is available on a first come, first served basis. AFFI will provide you with the most recent floor plan, and companies will designate their top three booth space choices. Once the form and full payment is received, AFFI will send a confirmation email with a booth number. AFFI reserves the right to relocate exhibitors onsite due to fire marshal regulations and failure to be set by show opening.

Giveaway Policy for Exhibitors:

Samples, catalogues, pamphlets, souvenirs, etc. may be distributed by exhibitors within their booth. Exhibitors interested in conducting prize drawings, awards for signing of names, email addresses, etc. must submit their request in writing and receive written approval from AFFI prior to publishing advertisements for any giveaway or prize drawing. Signs showing the price of prize items may not be displayed. Failure to meet these requirements will result in a forfeited prize drawing and/or exhibit registration.