Mike Eardley, the CEO and president of the IDDBA announced that due to concerns for the wellbeing of the public the annual International Dairy Deli and Bakery Association expo is cancelled.
His statement to the public follows: “We are disheartened to announce that IDDBA 2020 will be canceled this year due to the rapid COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. We remained optimistic that we would be able to put the show on in Indianapolis on May 31-June 2. The exponential progression of the virus continues. With the global impacts and hardships our members, community, and industry continue to face while carrying the daunting responsibility to keep food on our tables during these difficult times, we had to make the unavoidable decision to cancel.
“While we continued to plan the show as scheduled, the U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams’ announcement on March 29, 2020 deeming Indianapolis, Indiana as an emerging hotspot for COVID-19 makes it painfully evident that continuing to plan the show puts the health and well-being of those we serve and our partners at risk.
“We understand that our tradeshow is an important contributor to the growth of the industry and business, but in these unprecedented times our top priority is the health and safety of all attendees, exhibitors, staff, volunteers, and industry partners. We have cultivated a strong and supportive Community over the years, which is a key component in order to keep persevering and navigating through these upcoming months of uncertainty.
“Thank you to all IDDBA supporters and volunteers who worked tirelessly to plan IDDBA 2020. Your work and contributions to our mission have not gone unseen nor unappreciated. We can only look forward from this point on, and we have our eyes set on IDDBA 2021 in Houston, June 6 – 8.
“Thank you for your understanding, patience, and continued support. Please stay healthy. Take care of your fellow associates, your families and yourselves.”
Michael J. Eardley
President & CEO
Registration and exhibitor fees will be fully refunded. IDDBA 2020 exhibitors will have two options:
- Full credit toward IDDBA 2021
- Full refund of fees paid to IDDBA for IDDBA 2020
Exhibitors are asked to notify IDDBA by May 1 with their decision by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be in contact with further details for our registered attendees and exhibitors via email.
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