The fresh category in retail is turning the food retail business on its head. It’s the ultimate disruptive category when competing for business share.

FreshForward is a senior executive thought-leadership event—exclusive and invitation-only. We tackle the future of fresh at retail, generating new ideas and actionable steps.

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FreshForward Offers:


  • Stimulate fresh ideas in a unique learning environment
  • Industry leaders facilitate a distinctive learning experience


  • Foster valuable, executive-level business relationships 
  • Rotating discussion groups maximize valuable networking


  • Tackle key, fresh perimeter issues
  • Strategic, high-level planning and candid, open discussions
The future of the food industry was the main topic of discussion during the inaugural FreshForward conference in Chicago, where leading grocers, marketers, shippers, growers, and processors gathered to discuss the latest trends and issues affecting the fresh food industry. Held for two days in September 2018, conference panel discussions focused on four major issues: The Evolving Consumer, Global Food Production, Combating Food Loss, and The Blurring Boundaries of Foodservice. Each panel consisted of industry experts, including representatives from some of the industry’s leading retailers, producers, and analysts.

FMI FreshForward 2018 Recap