Last weekend we took the Maine Needham Company to our first live trade show, the New England Made Giftware and Specialty Foods Show, in Portland, Maine. We had a blast!
It was great getting to meet some of our existing customers face to face for the first time. We also made new friends with some of our fellow exhibitors - Jack’s Crackers, Rossam Sauces, and Coastal Maine Popcorn, just to name a few.
Although our feet were aching from standing, our voices were hoarse from talking, and our cheeks were sore from smiling ALL DAY, we loved being able to share our Needhams and the story of the “Maine potato candy.” It was fun introducing people to Needhams for the first time, seeing those incredulous looks when people learned we put potatoes in the candy, and then seeing those looks morph into pure enjoyment when they actually tasted it.
And, as if all this wasn’t enough, we were blown away when we received 1st Place for Best New Product in the Specialty Foods group! It was a great way to end a fantastic show. We’re so grateful to the buyers who voted for us and for the show organizers for putting on an amazing event.
We’re also grateful for our dear friend, Melissa, for joining us at the show to help out. She and her husband, Bill, have been and continue to be our biggest supporters.
We’re loving this journey we’re on, preserving, revitalizing, and expanding the tradition of the Maine Needham, and we can’t wait to see where we’re headed next.