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The American Logistics Association Hawaii Show and Conference, August 15-18, Hawaii Prince Hotel, offers Hawaii companies an important business opportunity to bridge the gap between local companies and the military shopper. Worldwide Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) buyers touch, smell, and taste Hawaii products as they consider adding new items for sale in the Commissary system. The show also addresses requests from military members and their families who want to purchase more local products in the commissaries. The American Logistics Association (ALA Hawaii) is a trade association of manufacturers, brokers, and distributors who sell or provide products to the military. The August 17 ALA Hawaii food show features products Made in Hawaii, distributed solely in Hawaii, or unique to Hawaii. What started as a small food show thirteen years ago featuring a dozen companies has expanded to more than 80 companies annually showcasing their wares to key military buyers. Over the course of the show's history, 1782 local products have been added to Commissary shelves. Of the almost 1000 products presented during last year's show, 211 new items were selected for inclusion in the commissary system on O'ahu. This included products from seven companies that had previously never done business with DeCA. The ALA Hawaii Show continues to grow and evolve as a way to help local businesses increase their sales. With demonstrated success local companies have the opportunity to expand to ...