>>In 2017, over 315 new items and sixteen new companies were added to the commissaries and exchanges on O’ahu.
>>A great business relationship between the community and military patrons.
>>Buyers are looking for products that reflect the unique tastes and culture of the Hawaiian Islands to satisfy the huge demand military shoppers have for products made in Hawaii.
>>Commissary shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent* worldwide on purchases, compared to commercial prices.
>>Average savings in Hawaii is 40 percent.
>>Commissaries and exchanges are separate entities. Exchanges apply a markup and generate earnings on goods sold to fund employee salaries, operating expenses and facility construction. A portion of their earnings is provided to the military services to fund Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs.
>>Sales from all four commissaries in Hawaii totaled $225 million. Commissaries in Hawaii purchased nearly $8 million from Hawaii-based brands and another $6.5 million in locally grown fruits and vegetables last year.
>>ALA Hawaii has donated over $20,000 to the Wounded Warrior Program in Hawaii and PSTD
>>The event provides buyers with the opportunity to taste-test locally produced products and interact one-on-one with business owners before selecting new products for commissary shelves.
>>The show is hosted by the American Logistics Association, known as ALA, a nonprofit trade association of manufacturers, manufacturer’s representatives, brokers, distributors, publishers and service providers.