See What You Missed at the 2015 FABREO Expo

Discover Bolder, Brighter, Fresher!

Food & Beverage Opportunities in the Columbia Basin.

The Columbia Basin is famous for growing world-class grapes, chickpeas, apples, pears, potatoes, sweet cherries, fresh peas, sweet corn, asparagus, carrots, mint and more, much more, all nurtured by abundant sun, rich soil and the nurturing Columbia, Snake and Yakima Rivers. The Columbia Basin is not only growing amazing crops, but is also growing some of the most amazing, might I say bolder, brighter and fresher, food and beverage processing companies on the planet.

Those companies, with their visionary, entrepreneurial owners attended the first annual FABREO Expo, Friday, June 12, 2015 at the TRAC Center, Pasco, WA.

Who Exhibited?

  • Wineries from Washington State’s # 1 wine producing region: the Columbia Basin.
  • Innovative food and beverage processing companies, with some of the most amazing brand stories ever told.
  • Fresh produce for fresh buyers, from local artisan farmers.
  • Food, beverage and hospitality project developers.

Who Attended?

  • Food and beverage brokers, distributors, retailers, gift buyers and restaurants looking for the newest and most unique products from the Pacific Northwest.
  • Investors looking for unique business opportunities in the food, beverage and hospitality industries.

Anything else? You bet!

  • Some of the hottest, make that the coolest, new restaurant concepts around
  • Live music, capturing a wide selection of musical tastes
  • Seminars bringing you up-to-date before you become out-of-date
  • Industry networking opportunities
  • And more!

It sounds like a party, and it was! A party with a purpose: to present amazing business opportunities from the Columbia Basin. Everyone likes a good party, and this was a great one!


Success Seminars

(1:00 – 5:00 PM), Room #2

Go from good to great with these food and beverage specific seminars. Some of the best in the business will be covering some of the industry’s need to know topics.

Make it in Washington Program Overview (1:00 – 2:00 PM)

Presented by Patric Sazama, Regional Project Director, Eastern and Central Washington and Certified Growth Coach.

Make it in Washington is a program that offers manufacturers in qualified Washington counties the following at no cost:

  • Educational assistance
  • Company business evaluation and assessment
  • Consulting assistance (primarily marketing development, branding, supply chain, and operation effectiveness)
  • Technology Development


Patric Sazama has an MBA with a focus in International Business and a Bachelor of Science in Management Technology. Prior to working for Impact Washington, Patric ran his own consulting business focusing on Organization Alignment and Excellence. Prior to consulting, he had a 21 year career with Hewlett-Packard. Patric is also a certified Black Belt in Innovation Engineering (, a management system for increasing the speed and decreasing the risks in development and commercialization of meaningfully unique innovations.

Hospitality Business Management Trends and Outlook (2:00 – 2:30 PM)

Presented by Dr. Robert Harrington, Professor of Hospitality Business Management, Washington State University Tri-Cities.


Dr. Harrington’s many impressive accomplishments include writing Food and Wine Pairing: A Sensory Experience, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Culinary Science & Technology, and author or co-author of numerous articles in top-tier hospitality, tourism and business journals.  Recent research, taking advantage of his background as an executive chef, is centered on managing the hospitality innovation process, culinary tourism success and enhancing the food and beverage experience through sensory matching. Dr. Harrington was formerly the 21st Century Endowed Chair in Hospitality at the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR).

Wine Science and the Cutting Edge Research Being Conducted at the World Class Washington State University Tri-Cities Wine Science Center (2:30 – 3:00 PM)

Presented by Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling, Director of Viticulture & Enology Program, Washington State University Tri-Cities.


Dr. Henick-Kling is Director of the Washington State University Viticulture and Enology Program since 2009. He played a key role in planning the Wine Science Center at WSU-TC. He specializes in wine research and practical application of its results: physiology of lactic acid bacteria, wine yeast ecology, molecular characterization of wine yeast and bacteria, modification of wine flavor by yeast and bacteria, and winemaking technology. Dr. Henick-Kling has commercial and experimental winemaking experience and extensive knowledge of wines from Europe, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.  Dr Henick-Kling was formerly the Director of the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre at Charles Sturt University, Australia.

These seminars will explore the emerging trends in the fields of hospitality management and wine science.  These two world class experts will discuss the steps being taken by Washington State University, Tri-Cities to provide cutting edge experiential learning opportunities for students, top tier research for subject matter related industries and community interaction with interested partners. Specifically, these two subject matter experts will share recent research, trends and an outlook for the hospitality and wine sectors.

Explore Your Export Opportunities… Asia! (3:00 – 4:00 PM)

Join us for this special seminar followed by one-one-on consultations with Asian Experts. The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Trade Representatives from China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam will be discussing food and beverage export opportunities in their countries of expertise. These four markets are some of the fastest growing in the world, ranking in the State’s top ten export destinations, eager for food and beverage products from Washington State.

One-On-One Consultations

Gain market information specific to your company, evaluate your export readiness and strategies, discover resources available and explore ways to tap into these Asian markets by meeting one-on-one with the Trade Representatives. Schedule a consultation for Thursday afternoon, June 11th or Friday morning, June 12by contacting Julie Johnson at 360-902-1940 or Learn more about the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s International Marketing Program by visiting

WSDA-IM Trade Team

Back Row (L-R): Li Haidong, China Trade Representative; Scott Hitchman, Japan Trade Representative; Joseph Bippert, International Marketing Program Manager; Francis Lee, Vietnam Trade Representative  Front Row (L-R): Julie Johnson, Market Development Trade Specialist; Danny Kim, Korea Trade Representative; Rebecca Weber, Export Assistance Trade Specialist

Workforce Ready (4:00 – 4:30 PM)

Presented by Scott Koopman, Manager, Career Development, Washington State University Tri-Cities.

This seminar will explain how WSU Tri-Cities is producing career ready graduates and how industry partners can “try before you buy” through internships, co-ops and other experiential learning programs.


Scott Koopman came to WSU in 2011 with 20 years of non-profit organization experience. Scott joined the Career Development Center in 2011 as a graduate staff assistant working with students as a career coach and event organizer. Scott earned his master’s degree in Business Administration in 2013 with special projects in student satisfaction surveys, career preparation workshops, one-on-one career coaching, and community partnerships. Koopman is involved in student life as the Gaming Club advisor and supporter of student clubs in general.

Research That Matters to Today’s Agricultural Constituencies (4:30 – 5:00 PM)

Presented by Dr. Akram Hossain, Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and External Program, Washington State University Tri-Cities.

This seminar will review the cutting edge research being conducted regarding bio-fuels and energy.


Dr. Hossain has been at WSU Tri-Cities since 1994. He is currently the Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies, and External Programs.  He is also a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  He is considered an excellent educator and a researcher by his peers.  Dr. Hossain’s research interest centers around numerical aspects of containment transport modeling, applied remediation, and modeling groundwater flow and its interaction with surface water, and reaction kinetics.

2015 Columbia Basin Bites & Bevs Tradeshow

Food and beverage processors, vendors, buyers, service providers and investors from throughout the Pacific Northwest took part in this uniquely formatted trade show as an exhibitor or attendee. They discovered and connected with new customers, new products, new investment opportunities, and networked with industry professionals developing strategic alliances and expanding their business horizons.

Columbia Basin Cuisine…Unique and Wonderful

We grow it, we process it and local restaurants have mastered the art of turning the Columbia Basin’s cornucopia of delectable delights into a unique culinary style to savor and enjoy. Much to the delight of the attendees and exhibitors, the following local restaurants provided tastings:

Homegrown Musicians

In addition to growing and producing wonderful food, the Columbia Basin is home to many talented musicians. We were honored to have the following groups perform at the 2015 FABREO Expo.

The Knutzen Brothers

KnutzenBrosThe Knutzen Brothers have been delighting audiences in the Pacific Northwest for over a decade with their acoustic folk and wide selection of foot stomping Americana music. Gabriel Knutzen is featured on lead vocals while playing rhythm and lead guitars, drums, keyboards and the ukulele. Brother Caleb adds his own special talent to lead and rhythm guitars and keyboards while providing backup harmony on vocals.

Check them out at

The Frazer Wambeke Trio

FW3The Frazer Wambeke Trio is a well-established and versatile group who’ve played all over North America since 2007. Their adaptability to nearly any musical style is what makes them so enjoyable to listen to, as influences from jazz to funk, latin to country — and everything in between — sneaks into their well-crafted originals and unique covers. The group features Frazer Wambeke on piano/guitar/vocals, Tim Coronado on bass, and Derek Munson on drums.

Check them out at or on Facebook at

To learn more about the demographics and business climate of the Columbia Basin, visit TRIDEC.