Join Your Fellow Attendees: Build New Relationships and Strengthen Existing Contacts 

Take advantage of these opportunities to meet key players in the industry, share ideas and form strategic relationships.

More than 1,000 of the food retail industry's most important decision-makers will be at the Midwinter Executive Conference. Take full advantage of this opportunity to expand your network by connecting in unique ways you wont find at other industry events.

You can view the entire schedule HERE.

First-Timers Welcome Reception

Friday, January 26 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM – Living Room Veranda

Mingle with many first-timers and FMI staff to make the most of your investment! A few veteran attendees will be onsite to answer any of your questions and provide tips about how to most effectively use your time at Midwinter.

MIdwinter 1st Timers Reception

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PepsiCo Presents: Flashback Friday at FMI Midwinter

Friday, January 26 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM – Grand Ballroom

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In the midst of evolving food retailing, music from past decades can remind us of our history and changes in consumer behaviors and preferences. Join in as we go down memory lane with tunes from Buddy Holly to The Beatles, the Bee Gees to Bon Jovi, and more.

Featuring hot eats, cool cocktails, and a live performance by The Midtown Men – Stars from the Original Broadway Cast of Jersey Boys

Midwinter is a great time to place the changes in perspective, reconnect, and of course, PARTY! 

What better way than connecting the decades through the songs of the decades? 

All attendees welcome. This is a party you will not want to miss!

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Refresh Lounge

In anticipation that you will need some relaxation and down time, the Midwinter Refresh Lounge is open to all attendees during peak conference hours. The Refresh Lounge is the perfect spot to reenergize between conference events, SEE meetings and education sessions, and is conveniently located in the Living Room Lounge of the resort clubhouse. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be available for your enjoyment courtesy of our friends at Anheuser- Busch, Chobani, Conagra Brands, Musco Family Olive Co., SAP, The Coca-Cola Company, The Hershey Company, The Kraft Heinz Company .

Refresh Lounge

Lounge Hours:

Friday, January 26:
7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday, January 27:
7:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Beer & wine offered 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday, January 28:
7:30 to 4:00 PM
Beer & wine offered 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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Midwinter Reception

Saturday, January 27 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM – North Foyer and Grand Patio

Join us for the Midwinter Reception immediately following the Saturday keynote sessions. Come enjoy food and drinks while you mingle and network with your peers in a fun and relaxed environment. This is a great opportunity to connect with other attendees, expand your network of resources and develop true working relationships. Learn more here. We look forward to seeing you there! 

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FMI Midwinter Sunrise Run/Walk

Sunday, January 28
6:15 AM - Registration & Warm Up
6:45 AM - Run/Walk Start

Walk Run Event

Join your colleagues and friends for the 2nd Annual FMI Midwinter Sunrise Run/Walk!  It’s a great way to kick off your conference day. Runners and walkers of all speeds are invited to participate. Registration is open to all FMI Midwinter conference attendees and guests. All participants will receive a race number and commemorative race t-shirt. Music and morning refreshments will be provided. REGISTER today!

Registration is complimentary for all runners and walkers thanks to support from:

FMI Morning Yoga

Sunday, January 28  9:30 AM - 10:30 AM - National Doral Spa

Join fellow attendees for a 60 minute guided yoga class. "Awakening Yoga" is a dynamic, physically energizing form of yoga that will stretch your limbs and awaken your senses with the guidance of your own heart beat getting in tune with the rhythm of the day. Suitable for all levels. Open to all attendees. Space is limited; please visit the FMI registration desk for availability and to register.

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Spouse & Guest Luncheon

Sunday, January 28 12:00PM - 2:00 PM

Spouses and guests are invited to enjoy a gourmet lunch designed by a Chef Richard of Campbell Soup Company. The luncheon will be followed by a talk by Sheila Mains, Founder of Brownie Brittle. Sheila's story is one of resilience and hard work. Once on the unemployment line, Sheila took her drive and energy and focused on realizing her dream of starting her own company in what she knows best... Baking! In appreciation for your participation in this event, guests will also receive a special gift. To RSVP for this event, please contact Gladys Swearingen at

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FMI Foundation presents: Stir It Up!


Sunday, January 28 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

We look forward to seeing you at this no-suit, no-tie, FMI Foundation fundraising event, where food industry leaders Stir It Up!—preparing, sharing and daring to make the best family meal.

In this friendly cooking competition, our own FMI Foundation supporters design and serve tasting menus from demo kitchen stations that will be set up for casual dining and your entertainment. Each demo kitchen station will compete to raise the most money and win awards honoring family meals, with nods for cooking the Healthiest, Easiest, Tastiest and Most Affordable meals, in addition to Best Breakfast, Best Lunch and Best Culinary Adventure.

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FMI Food Industry Golf Tournament

Blue Monster Course

Sunday, January 28 11:00 AM - Blue Monster Course

Please join us for the FMI Food Industry Golf Tournament on Sunday, January 28, 2018. Enjoy a great day of golf, during the Midwinter Executive Conference, on the legendary Blue Monster Course at the National Doral Miami.  A luncheon generously sponsored by Precima will begin at 11:00 a.m with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.! 

Join your colleagues at the premier top-to-top golf outing at FMI's Midwinter 2018! There is no cost for FMI retailer/wholesaler members to attend, thanks to our generous sponsors.

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A very special Thank You to our 2018 Title Sponsors