September 7 - 8, 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.

Who can participate in the Hosted Buyer Program?


The program is open to foodservice operators, retailers and distributors who meet PBW’s qualifications to participate.


  • Two Night Hotel Stay
  • Complimentary Conference Pass
  • Access to the Hosted Buyer Lounge


Contact Deanne Sabia at [email protected]. to learn more. 


The Hosted Buyer Program at Plant Based World Expo is a curated matchmaking program designed to connect industry buyers with PBW Exhibitors. New for 2023, the meetings are complimentary and all qualified exhibitors are invited to apply. Meetings will take place during the two show days to streamline scheduling and add value during show hours.

To participate simply contact [email protected] to apply!

Participating Buyers In 2023 

(as of May 15, 2023)

  • “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
  • “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. . . . 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
  • “My customers (largely Gen Z) want to eat healthier, are concerned about animal welfare, or truly understand the environmental impact of conventional animal products. . . . PBW allows me to source that super-cool new thing . . .”
    – Rob Morasco, Sodexo

Hosted Buyer Program Application:

Plant Based World Expo is the official tradeshow of the PBFA


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Plant Based World Expo is the only 100% plant-based event in the U.S. designed exclusively for food service professionals, retailers, distributors, buyers, brokers and non-profits. Plant Based World Expo connects and empowers businesses within the global supply network to successfully develop, source and distribute plant-based products.

September 7-8, 2023
Javits Center
New York, NY