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

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January 24 - 27, 2020 | 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. 
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September 15 - 18, 2019 | 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. 

Topic-Specific Conferences


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April 28-29, 2020 
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. 
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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. 


 

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

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

January 23, 2020, 12:00 - 5:00 pm
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge 
   Phoenix, AZ

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's Midwinter Executive Leadership Conference, we bring together FMI food retail and wholesale members to discuss the pressing issues around workforce planning. 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

Fall 2020 | Location: TBD

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.

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

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. 

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September 15-18, 2019 | Venetian
Las Vegas, NV

FMI supports Groceryshop in 2019. 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 Conference
Fall 2020 | Location TBD

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. 
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March 2-4, 2020 | Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Nashville, TN

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. 

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

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.

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September 26-27, 2019 | Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, VA 

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

November 5-7, 2019 | JW Marriott San Antonio Hill 
San Antonio, TX 

The SQF Conference is a unique education and networking event for SQF stakeholders and food safety professionals in the manufacturing, retail and foodservice industries. It provides practical knowledge and skills to improve the efficacy of food safety and quality assurance programs and ensure compliance with government food safety regulations, corporate policies, and the SQF Code.
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Hosted by FMI and GMA, the 2019 Transportation Summit is a workshop specifically tailored to the needs of professionals dealing with transportation in the supply chain. Built as a workshop-style meeting, participants can expect an education focused on problem-solving and idea exchanges related to the most pressing issues in transportation today. Led by transportation experts and moderators, dive into progressive thinking, brainstorming and learning with your peers.