The annual FMI Midwinter Executive Conference is an invitation-only gathering of the food retail industry's leading stores, wholesalers, independent operators, suppliers and manufacturers.

Sponsorship puts your name in front of the highest-quality audience in food retail and wholesale. Exposure is crucial to success, which is why we're working with the National Doral Miami in 2019 to ensure we're meeting (and exceeding) all your signage, sponsorship and brand building needs. Investing in the Midwinter Executive Conference gives your business the exposure it needs to get noticed by key food retail professionals around the country so you can really move the needle. 


Peter Collins
(202) 220-0737


Sample of 2018 attendee job titles:
President & CEO Chief Customer Officer Vice President, Edible and Inedible Grocery
Group Vice President, Grocery Executive Vice President, Merchandising and Store Operations Senior Vice President, Research and Development
Vice President, Technology Chief Strategy & Development Officer Executive Vice President, Merchandising and Marketing
Vice President, Center Store,Category Management Vice President, Grocery and Nonfood Merchandising Senior Vice President, Fresh Merchandising

2019 Sponsor Levels

Title Sponsor

Build Your Own Customized Package (3 opportunities)

Title Sponsors have a unique opportunity to customize a package that best fits their engagement and branding needs. Sponsors can select one (1) item at the Premier level, and at the Midwinter Partner level; and one (1) item at the Industry Supporter level. Call (202) 220-0737 for pricing information.

Premier Sponsor $20,000

Premier Sponsors benefit from high-level conference exposure by sponsoring a major networking event. Sponsors at this level can brand event decorations, signage, and have their products placed on tables, and potentially worked into the menu offerings. Sponsor will be responsible for any necessary corkage fees.

Contributing Sponsor - Friday Opening Event (6) 3 SOLD
The Midwinter Friday Opening Event is the opening night extravaganza that serves as the most exclusive, high-level and top-rated networking event. This unique opportunity allows for up to five (5) co-sponsoring companies get their brand out in front of hundreds of food retail leaders in an invigorating. Sponsors are responsible for corkage costs.

Saturday Midwinter Reception SOLD
Open to all, this event is a great way to start the evening after the full Midwinter day’s agenda. Taking place outside the Grand  Ballroom with the Miami sunset as a backdrop, attendees will be able to take in the scenery and indulge in food and drinks. Sponsors will have the opportunity to serve/include your products at the event. Sponsors are responsible for corkage costs.

Spouse & Guest Lunch Sponsor  SOLD
Hosted by the FMI Executive Board Officers’ spouses, this exceptionally regarded event is tailored to all spouses and guests of attendees. Take advantage of this opportunity to entertain and engage many by sponsoring the gourmet lunch.

Partner Sponsor $15,000

Partner Sponsors can select from a number of opportunities that will allow them to keep their company in front of attendees. Opportunities include sponsorship of breaks, receptions, and registration items.

Break Sponsor (3 Breaks | Beverage or Snack) SOLD

Become the official host of the Midwinter networking breaks located just outside the education session rooms. Sponsors may provide company literature and are encouraged to work directly with the hotel to offer your products during these refreshment breaks. Sponsor responsible for corkage.

Executive Journal SOLD
High-quality bound journal to be branded by your company and distributed to all attendees at registration. A practical and highly visible medium for your message.

First-Timers Reception
The First-Timers Reception sponsoring company will receive and welcome attendees that are Attending the Midwinter Executive Conference for the first time. This reception takes place just before the Friday Night Opening Reception. Sponsor responsible for corkage.

Hotel Room Keys SOLD
Ensure that your company is top of attendees’ minds at the beginning and end of each day. This sponsorship includes your company message and logo printed on the official hotel key. Doral Hotel, only.

Mobile App or Conference Wi-Fi (2 opportunities; 1 sponsor each) SOLD
Place your company’s branding on the official Midwinter Executive Conference mobile event app. Attendees will receive promoted posts, and other event notifications. Full agenda details and sponsor information will be available in the palm of their hands, courtesy of your company.

Monday Breakfast SOLD
Sponsors of the Monday breakfast will have an opportunity to host attendees to a delightful breakfast, just prior to the Monday Keynote  Session and awards presentation, where food retail leaders are recognized for their service. Sponsor responsible for corkage.

Portable Chargers SOLD
With almost all attendees using their phones, tablets and mobile devices during the event, providing custom-branded portable chargers is an ideal way to garner impressions and appreciation from attendees, while enhancing your brand and message.

Registration Badge Lanyards SOLD
Attendees will receive a lanyard branded with your company’s logo to support their 2019 badge for the duration of the conference. The Registration Badge Lanyard sponsorship is a highly visible branding opportunity.

Registration Beverage or Snack Sponsor (2 Opportunities) SOLD
Sponsor the area where every conference attendee begins their experience. The registration area sponsors will have their company name and logo prominently displayed on signage around the registration and information counter. Attendees will be able to learn about your company and sample products as they pick up their badges, or stop by for information and directions. Sponsor responsible for corkage.

Conference Supporters $10,000

Conference Supporters are offered engagement opportunities to provide attendees with a touch of hospitality. From helping attendees get off to a great start with a delicious breakfast, to leaving them with the perfect gift or accommodation, your company is sure to be remembered.

Light Post Banners at Main Resort Entrance SOLD
High Visibility and prime location for excellent exposure as Midwinter guests arrive and depart the property.

Retailer Turn Down Service – Room Drop (3 Opportunities; 1 per day) SOLD
Treat your company to direct exposure by sponsoring the evening turn down service with a branded gift room drop.

Saturday Breakfast SOLD
Get the day off to a great start by hosting the Saturday breakfast. This opportunity gives your company the opportunity to be the first in the eyes and on the minds of each attendee. Sponsor responsible for corkage.

Spouse Luncheon Gift Sponsor SOLD / 1 AVAILABLE
Hosted by the FMI Executive Board Officers’ spouses, this exceptionally regarded event is tailored to all spouses and guests of attendees. Take advantage of this opportunity to entertain and engage many by sponsoring the spouse/guest gift, or guest speaker.

Midwinter Refresh Lounge $10,000 - SOLD

Midwinter Refresh Lounge Sponsors will offer attendees and their guest a relaxing lounge to refresh in between conference events and education sessions. Sponsors will provide snacks and beverages in the highly accessible lounge as conference guests begin and end their day. Sponsors are responsible for any necessary corkage fees.  (10 Opportunities, up to $10,000)

Friday Refresh, 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday Refresh, 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday Refresh, 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Refresh Lounge is located the living room area of the Doral Clubhouse, located near the main entrance and the Midwinter Registration Desk. Snacks, coffee and other beverages will be served throughout the day. Alcoholic beverages (beer/wine) will be available at select times.

Newly Added Sponsorship Opportunities
Midwinter 2019 Sponsor Inventory
Midwinter 2019 Sponsor Benefits



Contact us to brainstorm a unique opportunity. Peter can be reached at pcollins@fmi.org or (202) 220-0737.


Title Sponsors

Premier Sponsors

Partner Sponsors

Conference Supporters

Board of Directors Hospitality Sponsors

Golf Title Sponsors