Conferences & Signature Events

We know you look to FMI for vital business intelligence, up-to-date information on industry trends, access to markets and opportunities to interact with peers and partners. Across a wide range of topics - from finance and supply chain issues to technology, consumer trends and beyond - we are prepared to give you all the education and insight you need to grow your business.

We are the  Voice of Food Retail and are planning a full slate of conferences, forums, summits and opportunities for you to engage with your industry colleagues. Take an exclusive look at the list of cutting-edge FMI education events below and plan now to attend every single one that is relevant to you. 

Signature Events

 Midwinter Blue Logo

January 26-29, 2018 | National Doral Miami
  Miami, FL

1,100 attendees. You won't find a more qualified, captive audience of executive-level attendees anywhere else. The Midwinter Executive Conference is a member invitation-only event. Supplier partners quality for at least 2, and up to an unlimited amount of invitations, depending on your level of associate membership with FMI. 

Future Leaders eXperience

June 11-13, 2017 | Chicago, IL

The learning-laboratory being created for the 2017 Future Leaders event is an approach that will allow our industry's leaders of tomorrow a new idea of what will be required of industry leaders in the 21st century. 

Topic-Specific Conferences


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September 17-20, 2017 | JW Marriott
 Chicago, IL

The Annual Business Conference (ABC) provides a tremendous opportunity for CPG suppliers to interact with their retailer/wholesaler trading partners. Private meetings are hosted by participating CPG supplier companies and are 45 minutes in length. Retailers and suppliers make private appointments directly with each other using our user-friendly, online scheduling tool. 
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March 20-22, 2017 | Rosen Shingle Creek
 Orlando, FL

Previously known as the Asset Protection Conference, the ASAP Conference now includes a focus on ALL the areas most important protecting your company's profit. Food industry audit, safety, and asset protection are building this event for you from the ground up. 

Day in Washington

May 2-4, 2017 | The Liaison Capitol Hill
Washington, D.C. 

"A Day in Washington" brings senior level retailer and wholesaler executives together with Members of Congress and administration officials to address critical industry public policy issues. The annual public policy conference is held with the National Grocers Association and FIAE. 

September 24-27, 2017 | Hilton Bonnet Creek
Orlando, FL

650+ vice presidents, directors and managers in energy, refrigeration, and store development gather at the FMI Energy & Store Development Conference to learn from the best in the food retail industry about energy efficiency and conservation, as well as store design and merchandising. 

Executive Leadership Forum
June 13, 2017 | Chicago, IL

Now in its second year, the FMI Executive Leadership Forum, held on Tuesday, June 13 in conjunction with the FMI Future Leaders eXperience, is an exclusive event open to a limited number of food retail and wholesale executives and sponsors. During this enriching morning program, executives will receive actionable insights on the digitally connected consumer. The intimate format with fewer than 75 executives, allows for sharing with peers on a non-competitive basis as well as direct interaction with industry experts.

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May 21-24, 2017 | Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City
Arlington, VA

The 2017 Financial Executive Forum is the only event for financial leaders in food retail that keeps you ahead of what's next. Projected attendance is 175+, including CFO's, Vice Presidents of Finance, Controllers, Treasurers, Accounting Directors, and Financial Management Executives. 

Sustainability Summit

August 9-11, 2017 | Nashville, TN

FMI and GMA have developed the Sustainability Summit to give 400+ attendees the tools, connections and proactive solutions to take their sustainability programs to the next level. 

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April 2-4, 2017 | Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
Austin, TX 

More than 60 attendees. The only food industry specific legal conference, the Legal Conference is well attended by food industry leading executives from all sizes. 

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February 25-27, 2018 | Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Nashville, TN

Hosted by FMI and North American Meat Institute, this 1,000+ attendee Annual Meat Conference features 75 table top exhibitors to showcase technology and meat innovations and ways to remain competitive in global markets. 


June 13-14, 2017 | Chicago, IL

Join 200 merchandising, category management and sales professionals, CIOs, CMOs, vice presidents and directors of commerce, technology and mobile marketing at Pulse, which will provide a comprehensive look at tech-driven shopper insights, consumer trends and integrated technology solutions applied to merchandising, marketing and the associated supply chain. 

November 7-9, 2017 | Hyatt Regency Dallas
Dallas, TX

Designed to meet the needs of food safety and quality professionals in the manufacturing, retail and third party certification industry, the SQF International Conference brings together 700+ food safety professionals. 
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April 30-May 2, 2017 | Paradise Point Resort & Spa
San Diego, CA

More than 500 retailers, manufacturers, and technology solution providers will convene for the Supply Chain Conference hosted by FMI and GMA. A limited number of optimal sponsorship opportunities are available to CPG industry suppliers.