Hosted Buyer Program 2023

The Hosted Buyer Program is a curated business-to-business matchmaking program designed to connect qualified exhibitors and buyers  from retail and foodservice.  This is an excellent opportunity to have valuable and efficient pre-scheduled meetings to enhance the show experience.

  • Matches are pre-qualified to meet the goals of both buyers and suppliers.
  • Meetings are one-on-one so you have the undivided attention of your new contact.
  • Each meeting is 15 minutes so you can make the most of your valuable time.

September 7, 2022, 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
September 8, 2023, 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Javits Center, during Plant Based World Expo

2023 Hosted Buyer Program Participants (as of 3/29/23):   DPI Speciality Foods, Delaware North, Dot Foods, Gilette Stadium, KeHe, Kroger, Nourish Inc, Schuck’s Market, Whole Foods Market, Grocery Outlet, PlantX, Sodexo and Waitrose.

What Buyers have to say about the 2022 Hosted Buyer Program:

"The 2022 Hosted Buyer Program opened my eyes to potential suppliers that I wasn't previously aware of. I continue to have conversations with several suppliers that I 'Connected' with for future alignment and partnership." - Steve Englert, Schnuck’s Market

“There is no better way to get to know a brand and understand what they stand for than a 1 on 1 meeting at the PBW Connect event. “ - CJ Pilliod- DOT Foods

“My customers (largely Gen Z) want to eat healthier, are concerned about animal welfare, or truly understand the environmental impact of conventional animal products.  They are looking for these alt products and if we don’t offer them, they will go somewhere else.  PBW allows me to source that super-cool new thing Gen Z is looking for” – Rob Morasco, Sodexo

“The matchmaking program at PBW is a great opportunity to meet suppliers before the show” – Michele Rosenfeld, Grocery Outlet

"I find the business to business programs highly beneficial. As someone who recommends products to our sales team it is a great opportunity to really connect with a company and learn about what makes them unique. That one on one time is priceless in a world where a connection to what you buy means more and more."  – Erica Gibson, DPI Specialty Foods


Are you a Buyer interested in participating in PBW Connect! ?  Contact Deanne Sabia at

Are you a current Exhibitor interested in participating in PBW Connect! ?  Contact Katie Nehmer at