Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why should I attend Innovations?

Innovations is not just a trade show; it’s a fun experience designed to grow your career and business. From the wide range of attendees to after-hours entertainment, there is something for everyone at Innovations. Hear what attendees from our 2019 show had to say. 

What are the dates and location of Innovations 2021?

Innovations will be held July 21-23 at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Who can attend Innovations?

Innovations is an invite-only event. Only Dot Foods customers, national account operators, and supplier partners who signed up to attend or exhibit can be at our show. 

What is your cancellation policy?

If Dot cancels the show:

We will do everything we can to put on the show safely and in person. However, if we are required to cancel Innovations, the total cost of your exhibitor package and any additional booths, badges, and sponsorships will be rolled over to Innovations 2022 or refunded in full. 

If you cancel your exhibition: 

If you cancel your Innovations package for any reason, the following provisions will apply: 

  • If Dot Foods receives your cancellation prior to May 21, 2021, the total cost of your exhibitor package and any additional booths, badges, and sponsorships will be rolled over to Innovations 2022 or refunded in full.
  • If Dot Foods receives your cancellation on or after May 21, 2021, you will pay a cancellation fee equal to the full cost of your exhibitor package and any additional booths, badges, and sponsorships. 
What are the logo and creative requirements for features and sponsorships?

Our marketing team will work with you to execute your features and sponsorships closer to the show. We’ll reach out to you with more details. 

Will there be any health and safety protocols?

Safety will be our top priority at Innovations. All aspects of Innovations will be reviewed to adhere to CDC recommendations as well as state and local mandates. Review our health and safety measures here. 

How many people from my company can attend?

Each package comes with a specified number of badges. Details about our exhibitor badges can be found here. Additional badges can be purchased for $250. 

Some of our features require a culinary or national account contact to be present. Requirements for each feature can be found here.  

Depending on the state of the pandemic by July, capacity limits may be in place. If we are unable to accommodate everyone from your company, we will issue a refund for additional badges. 

Everybody attending from your company must sign up here.

What are the other supplier marketing opportunities available at Dot?

Innovations is just one component of our Dot Marketing program. Through Product Marketing, you generate leads and build customer relationships for the entire year. Use our campaigns to  get your products in front of hard-to-reach distributors and national account operators. LEARN MORE

By participating in Innovations and Product Marketing, you work towards becoming eligible for our Incentive Program. Through our program, customers who buy any of your products for the first time earn points to go on our Dot Trip, an all-inclusive vacation. Your company can also earn an invitation to our trip. Find out more about the Incentive Program on our website. VISIT SITE 

Will the prices on any of the packages and other offerings change?

All prices will stay the same except for the cost of our exhibitor packages. On April 1, the price of each package will increase by $1,000. That means the Introductory Package will be $9,000, the Basic Package will be $16,000, and the Premium Package will be $31,000.

I don’t see my question listed here.

Contact your business development manager or email our Trade Show Manager Charlsie Pinkerton at with any of your questions. 

How do I make arrangements for my booth, features, sponsorships, show specials, and/or samples?

Everything you need to exhibit at Innovations and provide show specials will be available here.

Where can I access the Innovations agenda, hotel and travel details, attendee list, and other information?

Learn more about what to expect at our trade show here.