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

2021 will not be an average year for business planning – it's imperative we re-ignite innovation, re-inspire shoppers and re-tool our competitive spirit. To help you and your teams prepare for post-crisis planning and operations, our events are changing in 2021 to offer the best possible platforms and venues to carry out your objectives. 

Topic-Specific Conferences


DayWashington 2020

April 20 - 21, 2021 
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. 

ESD 2020
September 12 - 15, 2021  | 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
2021 Dates and 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. 
FreshForward 2020
August 17 - 19, 2021
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

Spring 2021   
An Online Education Program
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 19-22, 2021 | Mandalay Bay
Las Vegas, NV 

FMI supports Groceryshop in 2021. 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 3-5, 2021 | 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 Con 2021 logo
March 22 - 25, 2021
A Virtual Event

Hosted by FMI and North American Meat Institute, the Annual Meat Conference is the premier event industry for meat operations. It features 1,500+ attendees from all facets of the meat industry, an education program on emerging consumer and industry trends, and suppliers from across the globe showcasing the latest in meat products and state-of-the-art technology. With professional growth and networking being key components of the event, attendees with similar responsibilities and challenges have a place to meet, share ideas, and find solutions. 

PB Summit 2020 logo
Fall 2021

Through meaningful collaboration and engagement between service providers, manufacturers, and their retail/wholesale trading partners. The Private brands summit and business conference suites provide an essential platform to explore and prioritize a variety of topics from regulation, to the impacts of COVID-19, to new and more importantly, sustainable consumer and marketplace trends as a result.  

 

October, 2021
Orlando, FL
Join a worldwide gathering of food safety leaders. SQF Global is where a dynamic community of food producers, retailers and service innovators meet to push the boundaries of productivity and profitability-together. Connect with your peers on a global scale, improve the efficacy of your food safety and quality assurance programs, create new partner opportunities, learn directly from SQF technical experts about upcoming changes to the SQF program, and gain insights in the realm of food safety now and into the future.