American Southeast Europe Beverage Expo

By akim|August 3, 2011|AmSECC Events|0 comments

mainlogoAmerican Southeast Europe Chamber of Commerce (AmSECC) hosted the first American Southeast Europe Beverage Expo in the Walnut Room of Hotel Allegro in Chicago on October 13th and 14th. The Beverage Expo was made possible through partnerships with Illinois Trade and Commission, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, General Consulates of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Turkey.

The official sponsors of the event were Anderson Economic Group, Sigel Moses & Schoenstadt PC, City Fresh Market, A.B. Company and The House of Glunz.

The Beverage Expo was officially opened on Thursday, October 13th by Mr. Adam Pollet, Acting Deputy Director of Illinois Office of Trade and Investment. In welcoming remarks, President of AmSECC, Mr. Igor Jokanovic, pointed out that this event is the first expo in Chicago focusing on a single industry in the Southeast Europe (SEE), and that there are plans to organize a similar event next year, which will also feature fine food items from SEE region. The reception was attended by 16 representatives of beverage producers from the region of Southeast Europe and distributors and importers in the USA. Hundreds of attendees had the opportunity to taste more than 70 kinds of drinks from the region, both alcoholic and nonalcoholic. Musicians, Sasha Brusin and Donald Jacobs provided upbeat music selections from SEE and the United States. For a complete list of companies represented and the complete list of beverages please click here.

On Friday, October 14th lectures were organized for guests from the SEE region where industry speakers provided business and legal information for research into marketing their products to the largest beverage market in the world (USA). The presenters were Mr. Michael Moses, from the law offices of Moses, Siegel & Schoenstadt; Mr. Patrick Anderson, President of Anderson Economic Group, and Mr. Atakan Arica, President of Arica Consulting Group. Afternoon meetings were organized between representatives of SEE companies and industry professionals from the United States. The Beverage Expo ended on Friday evening with a visit and wine tasting at one of Chicagoland’s oldest and finest wine and spirits destinations – The House of Glunz.

AmSECC would like to extend a special thank you to the numerous volunteers making this event possible, and to Hotel Allegro.

If you are a manufacturer and producer of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and fine food products in the Southeast Europe, or a distributor, importer, retailer, or producer here in United States please contact us for next year’s expo, and to reserve your place at: info@amsecc.org .
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