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 Four WV Agri-businesses to Participate in International Gift and Home Show


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Four West Virginia agri-businesses will be attending the

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,”

Leonhardt said.


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.


For more information, contact Crescent Gallagher at cgallagher@wvda.us or 304-558-5050

Contact Information

Crescent Gallagher, Communications Director cgallagher@wvda.us, 304-558-3708 or 304-380-3922