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Moving the Summer Fancy Food Show from New York to D.C. this year didn’t dissuade vendors from participating so much. The annual orgy of specialty food demonstrations, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, still sold-out with more than 2,400 exhibitors taking part, showcasing some 180,000 different products. The big difference was in attendance. BizBash reports: “In 2010, some 24,000 hit the aisles at the New York show. In Washington, that number dropped by 6,000 with the venue move absorbing blame.” Ron Tanner of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, which organizes the annual event, tells the trade magazine that, given the relocation, “a lot of companies cut back on the number of people in their operation attending. They just sent the buyers.”
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