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.

Signature Events

Midwinter 2020
January 22 - 25, 2021 | JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge 
   Phoenix, AZ
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 qualify for at least 2, and up to an unlimited amount of invitations, depending on your level of associate membership with FMI. 
ABC 2020
September 13-16, 2020 | Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
Grapevine, TX
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. 

Topic-Specific Conferences


DayWashington 2020

April 28-29, 2020 
Washington, DC 

We are planning to conduct the FMI-NGA Annual Day in Washington Fly-in remotely utilizing a virtual video conferencing platform on April 28-29th. Please continue to preserve your availability on these days. Please stay tuned for more details as this situation unfolds.

 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. 
ESD 2020
September 21 - 24, 2020  | Baltimore Hilton Inner Harbor 
Baltimore, MD
600+ vice presidents, directors and managers in energy, refrigeration, and store development gather at the Energy & Store Development Conference to learn from the best in the food retail industry about new refrigeration technologies, expanded energy resources and innovative store designs. 


 

 FEIA 2020
May 3-5, 2020 | Hyatt Regency St. Louis At The Arch
St. Louis, MO


CANCELED

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. 
FreshForward 2020
August 18-20, 2020 | McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
FreshForward 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.

FLeX 2020

May 12-14, 2020 | Hyatt Regency Orlando
Orlando, FL

CANCELED

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. 

Groceryshop

September 13-16, 2020 | Mandalay Bay
Las Vegas, NV 

FMI supports Groceryshop in 2020. 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 2020
October 4-6, 2020 | LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort 
Naples, FL

The only industry conference specifically tailored to legal, regulatory and compliance issues affecting the food retail and wholesale industry. Attended by a diverse community of food retail representatives, attendees discuss developing legal topics and best practices for regulatory compliance. Continuing legal education (CLE) credits are available for attending. 

Meat Conference Logo
March 21-23, 2021 | Hilton Anatole
Dallas, TX 

Hosted by FMI and North American Meat Institute, the 1,500+ attendee Annual Meat Conference features more than 100 exhibiting companies showcasing meat and poultry products and technology, and an education program on emerging consumer and industry trends. 

nrf-protect

June 22-24, 2020 | David L. Lawrence Convention Center 
Pittsburgh, PA

The 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 2020
October 1-2, 2020  | Westin Arlington Gateway
Washington, DC

Whether you are beginning to explore private brands processes or looking to strengthen your program or brands, the Private Brands DC Summit gives attendees the opportunity to explore key regulatory and business related topics. Expect meaningful collaboration and engagement between retailer trading partners and suppliers.  

October 27-29, 2020 | Hyatt Regency Orlando
Orlando, FL 
The SQF Conference  is a unique education and networking event for SQF stakeholders and food safety professionals in the manufacturing, retail and foodservice industries. Get practical knowledge and skills to improve the efficacy of your food safety and quality assurance programs, learn directly from SQF technical experts about upcoming changes to the SQF Program and discuss future challenges and opportunities in the realm of food safety and quality.