ORLANDO, FL, August 29, 2018 - The inaugural Healthy Food Expo Florida, a new event that is focused on healthy, natural and organic food products, is co-locating with the 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show. One badge grants attendees access to both shows, over 450 industry-leading and innovative exhibitors and a new "Healthy" conference program that will educate restaurant, foodservice and retail professionals about the newest trends and practices in the health food industry - everything from gluten-free and allergen-free to vegan, vegetarian and plant-based foods and products. The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show and Healthy Food Expo Florida will be held from Thursday, September 6 to Saturday, September 8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.For information visit
"We have gathered top industry speakers who will lead our new education sessions for Healthy Food Expo, and fantastic exhibitors who will offer products and demonstrations to attendees looking to add healthy items to their menu, or expand existing options," said Tom Loughran, Vice President for the Clarion UX Food & Beverage Portfolio.  "Our attendees are at the forefront of the restaurant and foodservice industry, and we pride ourselves on keeping them up to date on industry trends and innovations. Healthy Food Expo Florida will bring our attendees access to world-class exhibitors and a comprehensive education program that will teach them all they need to know to keep up with the evolving healthy food industry."

The Healthy Food Expo Education Program will feature 20+ sessions, including:
  • Food Safety with Medically Fragile Consumers in Mind with Sarah Krieger, MPH, RDN
  • How to Incorporate Plant-Based Options on Your Menu presented by Kristine Thomas of Welli
  • Culinary Medicine presented by Mary Lu Williams of the Orlando VA Medical Center
  • Healthy's Not a Dirty Word presented by Betsy Craig of MenuTrinfo
  • 8 Great Food & Beverage Trends: How to Turn Them into Profit presented by Mareya Ibrahim of Green Grow Industries Inc.
  • Digesting the Local Food System Model: How Corporations Can Participate in the Local Food System presented by Jennifer Waxman-Lyod and Steven Brown of The Villages Grown
  • Gluten-Free: Not Just a Fad Anymore but Your Future presented by Marlisa Brown of Total Wellness Inc.
  • The Emerging Health and Tech Trends: Are You Ready? Presented by Anita Jones-Mueller of Healthy Dining
  • Feast on Florida: Tips and Ideas for Reducing Food Waste in a Sustainable Kitchenpresented by Jennifer Denlinger of Poinciana Campus of Valencia College
  • Power UP Yoga led by "Fit Foodie" and AFAA certified instructor, Mareya Ibrahim
  • Poke Craze: The Proof is in the Poke by Patrick Eichstaedt of Tupat's Hawaiian Poke Sauce
Other sessions in the Education Program will cover changing trends in wellness, how companies can pivot to natural foods, creating specialized menus, and more. For access to all session information as well as dates, times and locationclick here.
Healthy Food Expo Florida is supported by Eat Cleaner, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Gourmet Business, the Green Restaurant Association, Healthy Dining, MenuTrinfo and the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The show floor will feature industry leading exhibitors from across the healthy food and beverage industry including Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods, Chobani, Cusano's Bakery, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, Eat Cleaner, Export Solutions INT, Foodservice Express, Fresh Origins LLC, Gordon Food Service, Hayden Valley Foods Inc, Healthy Dining, ITO EN, MenuTrinfo, NatureSeal Inc., Pita Bread Company, LLC, Sysco Food Service, T. Marzetti Company, The Villages Grown and more. For a full list of exhibitors, visit this link.                
The 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will be held Thursday, September 6 - Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The tradeshow and conference will provide 8,000 industry professionals with access to hottest menu trends, state of the art design and decor, a renowned education program, special events including Hip Sip, Rapid Fire Challenge, several culinary demonstrations, and 450+ of the leading vendors and purveyors dedicated to serving the restaurant & foodservice community. For more information, visit

The tradeshow and conference, is managed by Clarion UX, ( and sponsored by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association ( The 2018 event will be co-locatedHealthy Food Expo Florida, and attendees will have access to both events with just one badge.  
About Clarion UX - Clarion UX produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events.  Clarion UX, which is the U.S. division of Clarion Events, UK, and backed by The Blackstone Group has become one of the fastest growing event companies in the U.S. with aggressive growth through both acquisition and launch.  Clarion acquired PennWell in early 2018, bringing 4 Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and super-charging the already rapid growth.  Clarion UX has offices in Trumbull, CT; Kennesaw, GA; Boca Raton, FL; Tacoma, WA, and Fairlawn, NJ.