2005 Annual Business Conference (ABC)

Saturday, March 12 - Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
1501 Gaylord Trail [map]
Grapevine, TX 76051-1945

The Food Marketing Institute's Annual Business Conference provides a tremendous opportunity for suppliers to interact with their distributor trading partners. Within this program, participants can communicate strategies, goals, and operational concerns in an effort to achieve greater efficiency and profitability. As the needs of consumers change and competition intensifies, increased dialogue between wholesalers/retailers and suppliers is critical to meeting today's business challenge. The communication established between wholesaler/retailer executives and their supplier counterparts produces mutual benefits throughout the year.

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Registration Includes:

Annual Business Meeting Conference receptions on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, as well as the Chairman's Club, Saturday-Tuesday.

Who Should Attend:

VENDEX: Distributor Executives with responsibilities in procurement, marketing, merchandising, category management, and supply chain. Supplier Executives with national sales and marketing responsibilities within the reatil food distribution channel.
BUSINESS CONFERENCE SUITE: Distributor and Supplier Senior Executives, including CEOs and their senior staffs, with responsibilities for overall corporate goal-setting, business development and strategic alliances.

Meeting Attire:

Business Casual For all ABC 2005 events.

Cancellation and Other Policies:

Requests for registration refunds must be postmarked by February 4, 2005. After February 4th, no refunds will be issued. Registration forms received after February 4th, are non-refundable.

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General Hotel Information:

Please contact the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center at (817) 778-2000 to reserve your accommodations for this event. For online reservations visit:

Travel Information:

Registrants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations directly with the Gaylord Texan Resort at (817) 778-2000. A block of rooms has been reserved until February 11, 2005.