2015 Energy & Store Development Conference


Retailers will have the opportunity to meet more than 100 leading suppliers of energy management, HVAC, refrigeration, design, construction and lighting systems at the 2015 Energy & Store Development Conference.

Suppliers will have the opportunity to get to know supermarket operators and answer their questions concerning your company and the development of new equipment, products and services. Suppliers with a table in the Manufacturer/Retailer Exchange (MRE) can include table-top displays. 

CLICK HERE to review the MRE Guidelines and the type of displays that will be allowed. 

Deadline to Reserve a Table: August 14th



Wednesday, September 30
7:30 am – 12:00 noon

Join us for a tour before you leave San Diego!  Choose from the following options:

  • Tour of the Energy Innovation Center and a Vons Store (Motor Technology Demo):  The Energy Innovation Center is in a building that began as a grocery store in the 1950s, which was transformed in 2011 into a place where you’ll find the latest in energy and environmental technologies. The Center also houses a working demonstration kitchen for operators to test their recipes on different equipment. The Center is one of only ten buildings in the world to achieve Double LEED Platinum Certification. http://www.sdge.com/eic

    Following the visit to the Energy Innovation Center, attendees will see a demonstration of smart synchronous motor technologies being piloted in a Vons store. The Department of Energy, in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Labs, recently determined that new commercially available smart synchronous motors utilize less than half the energy of the next best evaporator fan motor offerings (currently ECM motors), at the same cost and with higher reliability. An overview of this technology will be provided and real-time data will be shared showing the significant energy savings this new technology offers.

  • Tour of San Diego Stores: The San Diego area is home to some tremendous grocery experiences that showcase innovative layouts and customer-centric merchandising. This tour will include a Sprouts store in San Diego.  Sprouts stores are usually smaller than a typical supermarket, and offer fresh, natural and organic foods and products in a setting that feels like an old-fashioned farmers market. We will also visit Bristol Farms, in La Jolla. Each Bristol Farms has a unique and distinct feel designed to facilitate the communities in which they are located. Also on the tour is Northgate Gonzalez Market in San Diego, a premier Southern California supermarket chain that caters to the Latino community. Northgate has more than 30 stores throughout Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange Counties and is a winner of the FMI Community Outreach Awards for neighborhood health improvement programs.

Attendees interested in the tour must choose their tour and pay the $50 fee when they register for the conference.


San Diego Harbor Cruise

Tuesday, September 29, 5:30pm - 9:30pm


Join us for a tour of the San Diego harbor onboard the luxury yacht Admiral Hornblower, while networking with friends and enjoying gourmet refreshments.

Experience fresh ocean air, amazing weather, and miles of interior coastline.  We’ll cruise by locations including Coronado Island, the Coronado Bay Bridge, several Naval Aircraft Carriers, the US Navy Submarine Base, Harbor Island, Shelter Island, and the Port of San Diego’s Historic Waterfront.