Frequently Asked Questions for Exhibitors
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics invites exhibitors to participate in the 2020 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ in Indianapolis, Ind., held October 17 – 20. FNCE® 2020 offers an unmatched marketplace of specialized food products, food delivery equipment, cooking products, food management, nutritional assessment tools, technology, apps and much more! Learn more about the conference and expo with these exhibitor frequently asked questions.
We do not provide FNCE® Attendee lists. However, confirmed FNCE® exhibitors may purchase pre- and/or post-FNCE® eblasts through TrafficMax. This is an eblast that is sent by TrafficMax to FNCE® attendees or a targeted list of FNCE® attendees that have opted in to receive exhibitor communications. TrafficMax is run through our Registration Company, Compusystems, and can be accessed through the Exhibitor Console. TrafficMax for FNCE® is now closed.
Please be advised that Compusystems is the only company that manages the Academy’s FNCE® attendee email list and InFocus Marketing the organization-wide list rental program. There are numerous vendors who claim to have access to Academy members and FNCE® attendees. These companies are not legitimate and the data they sell is many times inaccurate or incomplete. We ask all exhibitors to forward any of these solicitations to the Academy so we may send “Cease and Desist” communications.
The Exhibitor Service Kit, monthly exhibitor emails, and the Exhibitor website are designed to assist you in planning for a successful FNCE®.
With so many people in one building, it is our goal to ensure the safety of and enjoyment for both attendees and exhibitors. We appreciate your cooperation in adhering to all of the Academy’s Official Show Policy. These cover: Distribution of Literature, Products, Food and Beverages; Rolling Carts and Strollers; Attendance Policies; Photography and Videography Policies; Social Media Guidelines; Children; Suitcasing and the Cancellation/Refund Policy.
The Exhibitor Service Kit is a comprehensive online tool for ordering all of your show services for FNCE® including all the approved vendor forms: booth furniture and carpet rental, electrical, AV, lead retrieval, floral, photography, catering and more. Plus, use the Exhibitor Service Kit to keep track of important deadlines and receive advance notice of early-bird pricing for show services.
As an exhibitor, you receive:
- Choice selection from booth locations in the Expo Hall
- 8′- high back drape
- 3′- high side rail drape
- Identification sign for all inline booths
- 24-hour perimeter security
- Description of your products/services in the official FNCE® Interactive Floor plan and FNCE® Mobile App
Note: Carpeting or floor covering is mandatory for all Exhibit booth spaces at FNCE® 2020. Booth carpet/flooring and furnishings are not included in your booth rental and must be ordered separately.
Exhibitors can access and edit their company information via the Exhibitor Login page. Confirmed exhibitors should login and update company information, description, product categories, etc.
The priority point system governs assignment of booth space during onsite booth selection appointments at FNCE®.
Points are accumulated as follows:
- Two points per 100 square feet of booth space utilized per year for the past five years.
- Ten bonus points for five consecutive years of exhibiting at FNCE®.
- The bonus points are forfeited if the exhibitor misses a year during this five year period.
Thursday, October 15, 2020: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday, October 16, 2020: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 17, 2020: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 18, 2020: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Monday, October 19, 2020: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
*All booths must be set up by 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 17.
**All FNCE® Exhibitors can access the Expo Hall two hours before the hall opens (7 a.m.) and can stay one hour after the Hall closes each day of the show.
These are times during show days when the Expo Hall is open and Educational Sessions do not occur.
Sunday, October 18, 2020
- 9:30 – 10 a.m.
- 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- 3 – 3:30 p.m.
Monday, October 19, 2020
- 9:30 – 10 a.m.
- Noon – 1:30 p.m.
- 3 – 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
- 11:15 a.m. – noon
Tuesday, October 20, 2020: 1 – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 8 a.m. – noon
Hotel arrangements should be made through the Academy’s official housing bureau, onPeak, LLC. Group blocks will NOT be allowed at the JW Marriott Indianapolis, the FNCE® 2020 headquarter hotel.
Exhibitor Badge Registration will open June 16, 2020. To register booth badges go to the Exhibitor Console. Badges must be worn by all exhibit booth personnel at all times. Early-bird registration ends September 4, 2020. All badges will need to be picked up at onsite registration through our Exhibitor badge pick-up. Exhibit badges WILL NOT be mailed out in advance.
We offer exhibitors two badge types – Exhibitor Booth Badges and Exhibitor Conference badges. Each exhibiting company is provided a complimentary allotment of badges per net square feet occupied.
Exhibitor Booth Badge Access:
The Expo Hall during Set-up, Tear-down, Show hours, and the Opening and Closing Sessions only.
Exhibitor Conference Badge Access:
The Expo Hall during Set-up, Tear-down, Show hours, the Opening and Closing sessions, and FNCE® educational sessions.
All badges must be picked up onsite at registration starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, October 16, 2020. Exhibit badges will not be mailed out in advance. Exhibitors are encouraged to pre-register their exhibit booth personnel in advance.
Any request to cancel or downsize exhibit booth space must be made in writing to Show Management.
- If booth space is reduced, the net reduction of booth space will be treated as a cancellation of that booth space. For cancellations on or prior to June 1, 2020, exhibitors are liable for 50% of the cost of booth space. Cancellations after June 1, 2020, no refunds will be provided.
- Any space not occupied by 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2020 for which no special arrangements have been made, may be reassigned by the Academy without refund.
FNCE® 2020 booth reservations are available online. As a new company, you need to add your company into the system and then it will prompt you to access your Exhibitor Console and reserve space.
Payments can be made by check (in U.S. funds, payable to Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics), Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. All exhibitors agree to pay the balance due no later than June 1, 2020. Contracts received after June 1, 2020 must be accompanied by the full payment. All applications are subject to review and approval by the Academy and all exhibitors must agree to abide by all requirements, restrictions and obligations set forth in the Rules and Regulations in the Exhibit Application and Contract.
The 2020 Call for Sessions has closed. Opportunities to present research, food and nutrition information, culinary demos and breaking news are included in the 2020 FNCE® Exhibitor Supporter Packages. For more information, contact Daun Longshore.
Within the Academy are 26 dietetic practice groups (DPGs) that provide focus for specialized areas of practice. Several of the DPGs host in-person symposiums in the spring of each year and year-round virtual, educational events.
The Academy also maintains 53 affiliate organizations. These geographically affiliated organizations include the 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and the International Affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Although affiliated with the Academy, many of these organizations plan their own events throughout the spring and several in the fall.