The NAFEM Show 2019 exceeds record for attendees and exhibitors

CHICAGO—The NAFEM Show, the world’s leading biennial showcase of innovative foodservice equipment and supplies for food prep, cooking, storage and table service, started off the year by breaking its record for attendees, exhibitors and the most exhibit space in the show’s history.

Taking place Feb. 7 – 9, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., The NAFEM Show had 643 exhibiting companies, up eight percent from 2017, that occupied 378,722 square feet of space. This year, there were more than 22,000 registrants, up two percent from the 2017 show. Attendees came to see and learn about the latest equipment and supplies.

“This show continues to set records,” said NAFEM President Joe Carlson, CFSP, president, Lakeside Manufacturing, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisc. “Our exhibitors capture the attention of attendees by bringing new ideas and products to light. This is the place to be if you are in the foodservice equipment and supplies business.”

Show highlights included the WHAT’S HOT! WHAT’S COOL! ® What Works! product lounges. This year, 23 unique, innovative solutions were featured in four lounges throughout the show and included equipment and supplies that helped foodservice operators improve production, reduce energy consumption, and eliminate bottlenecks and labor costs.

In 2021, The NAFEM Show heads to New Orleans, Feb. 4 – 6, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. For more information on what’s to come and to keep up with the latest E&S news, visit

The NAFEM Show is a biennial experience brought to you by the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM), a trade association of more than 550 foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturers providing products for food preparation, cooking, storage and table service.