Uncovering Possibilities: Food Retailers Address Sustainable Business Choices through Unexpected Models

September 10, 2012
WHAT: 2012 FMI/GMA Sustainability Summit

WHEN: Oct. 3-5, Washington, D.C.

WHERE: Hyatt Regency, Capitol Hill

ARLINGTON, VA – September 10, 2012 – The 2012 FMI/GMA Sustainability Summit, hosted by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), will address business issues that sustainability executives can demonstrate worthy of investment.

“Retailers have seen the value in implementing sustainable practices inside their stores, such as energy-efficiency equipment and reusable shopping bags,  but now we’re thinking about more complicated goals – such as addressing 121 billion pounds of food waste and tackling this issue with an aggressive strategy that will send more edible food to the hungry and move food waste from landfills toward productive uses, such as animal feed, waste-to-energy and composting,” said Jeanne von Zastrow, senior director of sustainability at FMI. “The Summit will challenge us to address the issues that not only benefit our environment, but also our customers and our bottom lines.”

The Summit, taking place October 3 -5 in Washington, D.C., will address the business challenges associated with high-impact sustainability issues. In particular, Bob Willard, consultant and author of “The New Sustainability Advantage,” will demonstrate to executives how sustainability initiatives are effectively transforming the business, creating competitive advantages, spurring innovation, attracting new talent and opening up new revenue streams.

The Summit includes applications from other businesses with innovative practices to ensure the event is as sustainable as possible, partnering with Compost Cab, an urban compost collection service, and Main Event Caterers, a full circle, zero-waste catering service. In addition, social and non-governmental organization participation in the Summit will provide unique consumer outlooks and yield opportunities for collaboration.

More information
: www.fmi.org/sustainability
2012 FMI/GMA Sustainability Summit: www.tpasustainabilitysummit.org

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org