Get Connected

Face-to-face interaction and networking are critical to building successful business relationships. With more than 600 professionals in attendance, the Energy & Store Development Conference is your opportunity to learn about the latest products, services and insights for energy-efficiency and conservation, refrigeration, store design and merchandising in the food retail industry. 

E+SD offers multiple opportunities for attendees to connect with each other through social events, store and facility tours, and the Manufacturer + Retailer Exchange. Read on to learn more about each!

Our sponsor packages also offer ample opportunities to join up with retailers throughout the conference. Learn about our 2018 sponsor opportunities here.

Manufacturer + Retailer Exchange (M+RE):
Strategic gathering to build your business

What is the 
Manufacturer + Retailer Exchange?

The M+RE consists of two successive evening networking receptions where suppliers can connect with retailers while having meaningful conversations about their offered products and services with visual table-top displays:

Sunday, September 23 - 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Monday, September 24 - 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Manufacturer + Retailer Exchange (M+RE) includes:

  • Opening Networking Reception on Sunday
  • Second Networking Reception on Monday
  • 6’ table to display your latest products and services information.

Registered suppliers and retailers can participate in E+SD sessions.

Suppliers have the opportunity to:

  • Showcase products and services to dozens of leading retailers representing energy, refrigeration and store design.
  • Network with new and existing customers.

Retailers attend to:

  • Connect with new and current suppliers.
  • Get “in the know” on the latest equipment, products and services offered in energy management, HVAC, refrigeration, design, construction and lighting.
  • Gather ideas for purchase decisions.

See who attends the E+SD Conference here.

Manufacturer + Retailer Exchange Fees:

Tabletop DisplayMRE
6' Tabletop Fee: $1, 000
(badge not included, but required)

Badge Registration
FMI Member Supplier: $1,275
Non-Member Supplier: $1,500

Example: One tabletop and two FMI Associate Member registrations costs $3,550 ($1000 + $1,275 + $1,275)

MRE tables are SOLD OUT! But you can still register today to take part in all of the networking, receptions and education sessions!


Interested in participating in the Manufacturer + Retailer Exchange?

Store and Facility Tours

Wednesday, September 26
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Facility Tour to Bitzer and Hussmann

Join us for a tour of two cutting-edge manufacturing facilities while you’re in Atlanta! 

Bitzer’s newly enlarged reciprocating compressor plant will showcase compressor assembly process from raw components to final finished products. Learn Bitzer’s exclusive processes to prepare, stage, assemble, leak-check, run-test, paint and final-finish each compressor. 

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Tour the Hussmann manufacturing plant and display showroom in Suwanee. Learn about the latest technologies in distributed systems and the benefits they have for the industry.

NOTE:  The Facility Tour is open to all food retailers and wholesalers, as well as suppliers that don’t compete with Bitzer or Hussmann.  Tour registrants will be notified if they are not permitted on the tour.

Wednesday, September 26
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Store Design Tour

Join us for a compelling tour of innovative retail food destinations in the Atlanta area, including the Kroger Marketplace Glenwood Station and the DeKalb Farmers Market. 

The Kroger Marketplace opened in 2016 and incorporates amenities not typically found in a grocery store, including expanded take-out options offering wood-fired pizza, freshly prepared pan-Asian bowls and a fast-serve burrito station. The store boasts an in-house bar serving wine and has local beers on tap, with a large café seating area. Additionally, there are home decor, kitchenware and automotive areas.


The DeKalb Farmers Market began in 1977 as a small 7,500-square-foot produce stand, which has since grown into a massive 140,000-square-foot indoor world market. The aisles are filled with fresh produce, meat, seafood, breads, cheeses, and beer and wine from around the world. Prepared foods, fresh pressed juice, a restaurant and a hot bar are among the other features interspersed throughout the store. Locals consider the market a mini-United Nations, proudly serving and employing people from around the world.


Ponce City Market is an historic mixed-use community hub focused on artisanal food, fashion, and technology. Reinvented to house a central food hall, various shops, apartments and offices, tour participants can explore the vast selection of food options in this very unique space, as well as the self-guided history exhibit of this iconic landmark.

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Join the adventure at the World of Coca-Cola!

Tuesday, September 25
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Immerse yourself in the story of one of the world's most famous beverage brands at the World of Coca-Cola multimedia museum. View over 1,200 never-before-displayed artifacts and get a behind-the-scenes look at the bottling process. Take your taste buds on a trip around the globe and sample over 100 different beverages made by The Coca-Cola Company from around the world, followed by a delicious meal. We promise lots to do and see, and plenty of surprises! Open to all attendees.

World of Coca Cola