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Big Easy, big
New Orleans plays host to IDDBA '18
by Andy Nelson
ew Orleans is famous for its jazz, its cultural diversity, its unique
status at the crossroads of colonial claims on the New World.
And it's not only surviving, it's thriving. New Orleans' Ernest N. Morial
Convention Center is still pulling in business professionals from around
the world, and on June 10-12, it will play host to the Madison, Wisconsinbased International Deli Dairy Bakery Association's annual show.
"Just as New Orleans has faced
challenges to its survival since its
founding exactly 300 years ago,
so too does the food industry in an
ever-changing omnichannel world."
Mike Eardley, IDDBA
"Just as New Orleans has faced challenges to its survival since its
founding exactly 300 years ago, so too does the food industry in an
ever-changing omnichannel world," says Eardley. "New Orleans has
continued to thrive and succeed, and our fresh departments shall do
the same. Our dairy, deli, bakery, cheese and prepared foods professionals have a lot of shared values."
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But "The Big Easy" is famous for something else. It's a survivor.
Any city still standing after three centuries of war, weather and other
mayhem has to be. New Orleans made it through Hurricane Katrina,
the War of 1812 and the Civil War -just to name a few.
New Orleans' status as a survivor hits home for Mike Eardley, president
and CEO of IDDBA. And he thinks it will also resonate with the more
than 10,000 industry professionals expected to attend IDDBA '18.