This past week (July 28th) was the Annual Fresno Food Expo. It is a gathering and exhibition of food companies from all over the valley of California to show off their products and tell their story. There is a lot to be thankful for in the valley as so many great products and foods are grown and created here.
Lanna has participated for many years and we were excited this year to be able to show off our new branding (from years past) as well as our newly released Cold Brew product.
We entered out bottled cold brew in the best new product this year. We made it to the top 10 and had to present to a celebrity panel this year. At the awards ceremony we were honored with winning the 3rd place for the best new product! We were completely surprised and honored. 2nd place was given to Tioga Sequoia a neighbor and beer company for their newly released cans of 99 Golden Ale and 1st place was to Aubrey's Jerky. It was an honor to be among these other fine companies and even to make it into the top 10!
We also were privledged to be awarded the Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial award! The goal being to "formally recognize individuals and/or companies who have demonstrated leadership, innovation and community stewardship and have positively impacted the Central California Food Industry."
Fred Ruiz is a local legend who has grown Ruiz Foods into the Nations Largest Mexican Food Manufacturer. This is really encouraging and something that we are very excited about. Being able to glean wisdom from Fred will be incredible in the coming months and to have time to see how to continue to grow Lanna into a company that can continue to make a difference in the valley will be fun! This is the 2nd annual award and the last years winner was Rosa Brothers Milk
The week was a lot of fun and we were thrilled to win a few awards, pass out many samples of our regular and nitro cold brew and be able to talk to buyers from all over the valley. We want to grow Lanna to be a product that is known for quality with a mission that is unbeatable. Thank you all for your support and partnership. Without you we have nothing. Below is our amazing team, that made it all possible. Seriously, they were amazing, from selling bags of coffee to casting the vision of what Lanna is and the good that we are trying to seek as a business. They kept the energy high and the coffee flowing!
Justin our Executive Intern
Kelsey our Event Coordinator/Super Women
Bryan our CEO
Kelly our Administrator and all around Organizer
Ryan - Not Pictured but doing amazing things.
Mike and Becky Mann got to check out the Booth on their US Trip being in the States from Thailand. It was an honor to share this with them!