International Gift and Home Show July 10 through the 14 hosted by Americas Mart in
Atlanta, Georgia. The four businesses attending, Sassy Gal Gourmet Treats (Jackson
County), Leavitt Farms (Jackson County), Uncle Bunks (Tyler County) and Rozy’s Peppers
(Marion County), are participating as part of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture’s
(WVDA) West Virginia Grown booth.
“Businesses from all across the United States as well as International buyers attend this event
to find the perfect items for their stores. Meeting with these folks face to face is what can
spark a business relationship that lasts for years,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent
Leonhardt. “This is an amazing opportunity for our vendors to grow their businesses.”
Americas Mart Atlanta is a wholesale trade center located in downtown Atlanta. The
exhibition center is one of the largest permanent wholesale trade centers in the world. West
Virginia businesses in attendance will be exhibiting within the gourmet food section of the
“Beyond having a presence at these trade shows to promote our state’s branding program,
West Virginia Grown, its great to have businesses that have shown they are ready to scaleup.
Meeting with new, potential business partners to understand emerging markets is the first
step of that process. Regardless of the size of your business, the market drives demand,”
All four companies are attending the exhibit through a Specialty Crop Block Grant awarded
to the WVDA from the United States Department of Agriculture. The grant’s purpose was to
partner with at least 10 West Virginia value-added specialty crop growers, processors
and/or producers to exhibit in two different retail markets targeting high end gift gourmet
foods. The objective is to present a unified West Virginia specialty crop presence to enhance
brand recognition and develop additional retail avenues for increased sales.