Conferences

Across a wide range of topics - from finance and supply chain to technology, consumer trends and beyond - we offer you all the education and insight you need to grow your business.

Take a look at the list of cutting-edge FMI education events below and plan now to attend and advance your food retail career. 

Signature Events

Midwinter Blue Logo
January 25-28, 2019 | 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 X Logo Powered by Root

May 14-16, 2019 | Marriott St. Louis Grand
St. Louis, MO

Future Leaders 
is the industry’s premier training program for retailers, wholesalers, and suppliers. Future Leaders delivers an ideal, interactive learning experience, focused on the development of leadership skills, for 600+ attendees within all titles and job functions. 

Topic-Specific Conferences

ABC 2017 Discovery
September 30 - October 3, 2018 | 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. 


Day In Washington 2019

April 30- May 1, 2019 
Washington, DC 

 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. 
Energy and Store Development Conference
September 23 - 26, 2018  | Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
Atlanta, GA

600+ 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. 


 

 FE IA CON 2018 Miocrosite Logo
Spring 2019 | Location TBD

The Financial Executive and Internal Auditing Conference is the only event for financial and auditing leaders in food retail that keeps you ahead of what's next. Attendees include CFO's, Vice Presidents of Finance, Controllers, Treasurers, Accounting Directors, and Financial Management Executives. 
 FR 2020 Logo

Spring 2019 | Location TBD

By invitation, join in for executive collaboration on new business models and how the food retail workforce will change to meet the competitive landscape. Held in conjunction with FMI Future Leaders eXperience, the 2018 Food Retail 20/20 Imperative brings together FMI food retail and wholesale members to discuss the pressing issues around workforce planning. We will tackle tough conversations about pressing food retailers on business transformation, understanding the workforce needs and opportunities, future of work and how to plan and win
Fresh Forward Final Logo

September 16-18, 2018 | Catalyst Ranch
Chicago, IL

Fresh Forward is an exclusive executive-level event that brings together C- suite executives in the food retail and wholesale industry with their supplier and third party provider partners in the fresh foods supply chain to explore the future of fresh at retail. Expect a series of high-level strategic discussions and thought leadership presentations promoting interaction and collaboration among attendees.
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Oct 28-31, 2018 | Aria Hotel
Las Vegas, NV

FMI supports the launch of Groceryshop. Join 1,000+ attendees and 150+ speakers driving change from the team that created Shoptalk, Groceryshop covers the evolution of grocery retailers, including supermarkets, mass merchants, convenience stores, drug stores, club/warehouse stores, discount stores and ecommerce players. 

Legal Con Microsite Logo
Summer 2019 | Location TBA

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. 
Meat Logo no date

March 3-5, 2019 | Hilton Anatole
Dallas, TX

Hosted by FMI and North American Meat Institute, the 1,000+ attendee Annual Meat Conference features 90 exhibiting companies showcasing meat and poultry products and technology, and an education program on emerging consumer and industry trends.

NRF Protect

June 11-13, 2019 | Anaheim, CA

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and National Retail Federation (NRF) are partnering on PROTECT, combining existing risk and safety signature events into one cross-industry gathering. This partnership will afford our food retail members the opportunity to expand their horizons, network in a larger sphere and get at the root of what they seek to do best-mitigate risk.

Private Brands DC Summit Logo

October 11 - 12, 2018 | Le Méridien
Arlington, VA

At the Private Brands D.C. Summit, FMI member attendees will have the opportunity to explore and discuss a number of key regulatory and business related topics.

October 23-25, 2018 | Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

The SQF International Conference brings together 800+ food safety and quality professionals in the growing, processing, manufacturing and retail industries who are committed to protecting their brands, buyers & consumers through third party certification

Smart Label Summit Logo

September 26-27, 2018 | Hyatt Centric Arlington 
Arlington, VA

The FMI-GMA Trading Partner Alliance (TPA) SmartLabel® Summit is a workshop designed to meet the specific needs of companies using SmartLabel today or looking to get started with SmartLabel. This forum will focus on providing companies with best practices, tools, connections, and solutions to derive the best value from SmartLabel.
SupplyChain Logo no date
Spring 2019 | Location TBD

Over 500 retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and technology solution providers will convene for a joint conference hosted by FMI and GMA filled with interactive educational sessions, best practices sharing workshops, exhibits with the latest technology and relationship-building networking opportunities.