Commissaries look to add local flavor

| August 17, 2011 | 0 Comments
Eliichi Hirayama, of EMIRI company, dishes out tofu gelatin dessert to accent sushi samples at a past ALA Hawaii Food Show. DeCA buyers will taste an array of treats from many cultures, evaluating each one for possible sale in commissaries. (Molly Hayden | File Photo)

Eliichi Hirayama, of EMIRI company, dishes out tofu gelatin dessert to accent sushi samples at a past ALA Hawaii Food Show. DeCA buyers will taste an array of treats from many cultures, evaluating each one for possible sale in commissaries. (Molly Hayden | File Photo)

American Local Logistics
News Release

WAIKIKI — Local ice cream, honey, salsa and sizzling marinated beef will be among the tasty items displayed at the 14th Annual American Local Logistics Hawaii Food Show, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Aug. 17, at the Hawaii Prince Hotel, here.

About 80 small business owners from Hawaii will showcase their products to buyers, including key buyers from the Defense Commissary Agency, or DeCA.

Buyers will review products grown, produced or distributed in Hawaii. About 2,000 products will be showcased, including cookies, coffee and biodegradable paper goods.

Buyers are looking for products that reflect the unique tastes and culture of the Hawaiian Islands to satisfy military shoppers looking for products made in Hawaii.

Of the almost 1,000 products presented during last year’s show, 211 new items were selected for inclusion in the commissary system on Oahu.

Since 1998, almost 1,800 local products have been added to commissary shelves. Some of those products are now sold in commissaries worldwide.

The ALA is a voluntary, nonprofit organization of manufacturers, representatives, brokers, distributors, publishers and other companies that sell or provide products and services to the military.

To learn more about the ALA Hawaii Food Show, visit www.supporthawaiicompanies.wordpress.com. This show is open to buyers only.

Tags:

Category: Army Community Covenant, Community

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *