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Question of the day: How does this show compare to previous Expo Wests?

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Bob Walsh
Pom Wonderful

“It’s better than expected but not as busy as last year. Many of the main buyers have come, but not as many people are with them, and there are fewer people from independent stores.”

Mark Poper
Boulder Canyon Natural Foods

“West has always been a good show for us. I was a little nervous about the show this year in this economy, but it seems like there are even more people than last year. Someone asked me: ‘Do you think there are more people here because they’re unemployed, so they have more time on their hands?’”

Mike Webb
Applegate Farms

“I’ve been here the last three years and I don’t think the attendance has dropped at all. There might be a few less green badges, but we’re still getting a hot dog line that stretches through infinity. Last year we gave out 7,000 hot dogs--who knows what we’ll do this year!”

David Sorley

“My sense is there’s a little less traffic--maybe 20 percent less this year. But it’s still a great show--it’s vibrant, interesting, fun and passionate.”

Sue Ann Stewart
Shikai Products

“We are pleasantly surprised. It’s been very busy, and with the tough economy, we were a little worried. We’ve had wonderful feedback on our new packaging, and it’s been a great show for us.”

Aimee Sands

“I think the Expo seems to be pretty good. We kicked off our 20th anniversary celebration yesterday. It seems like we were busier Friday, but Saturday as I walked through the floor, it looked like the crowd just shifts. We’ve had good customer meetings and good marketing meetings, and it’s always good to just connect with old friends and new friends.”

Anna Blazevich and Maxwell Flowers
Giovanni Organic Cosmetics

“There are a lot more people than in Boston, and it seems less negative. There has been a lot of positive feedback.”

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