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All scheduled events in eastern standard time (EST).

7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Registration and Refresh Lounge

 Registration sponsored by:

  The Hershey Company Insite AI Logo  

 

Refresh Lounge sponsored by:

  Chobani  The Hershey Company   Keurig Dr Pepper  Musco Olive logo  NestlePurina  Relex Solutions Sponsor Logo (500x200) 

9:30 AM - 9:55 AM

FMItech Talks: Creating the Culture to Innovate #NoMatterWhat

 Growing, innovating and changing is no longer an option in today’s fast-paced world, it’s a requirement. The question is, how do you create a culture that’s geared to innovate in the face of overwhelming new technologies, continued pandemic challenges and even the hectic day-to-day operations? In this session, we’ll unpack how to shift your culture to innovation regardless of what’s standing in your way. How to innovation #NoMatterWhat. 

Speakers:

10:00 AM - 10:25 AM

FMItech Talks: Retailer+CPG Digital Marketplace

Our industry is long past due for a fundamental shift in local marketing funding and strategy. For nearly a century, retailers and CPG companies have been investing in static advertising systems. As we shift from print to digital, it’s imperative that we build intelligent, dynamic ecosystems that target qualified consumers, drive traffic, and measure results.

Discover the platform that’s changing the face of local retail marketing. Learn how to build a digital marketplace of the future, untethered from past constraints, and focused on benefit for the retailer, CPG, and customer.

Speakers:

10:30 AM - 10:55 AM

FMItechTalks: Two-sided Economics of Automation for Instant Delivery

As instant grocery delivery players like Instacart, DoorDash and GoPuff make stratospheric leaps in the business of “convenience” shopping, the conversation is turning to automation and what role it can play in their businesses.  Join us as we look at two sides of the “convenience” conversation – first from the new “Q” Market perspective and then from the grocer’s perspective. We will examine this growing trend of on-demand grocery shopping and the new operational models that fuel them. Each side has lofty goals for profit, and we will investigate the benefits and challenges of both store-level and regional automation for replenishment and order fulfillment.

Speakers:
  • John Gargasz - Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Alert Innovation

11:00 AM - 11:25 AM

FMItech Talks: Reinventing the Store for the Era of the Consumer

A single shopper is looking for a lot from today’s grocery stores and brands. Some shopping journeys need to be as convenient as possible. Other trips require discovery, guidance, and demonstration; they function as a complete sensory and brand experience. Delivering all of this in-store and through an integrated, digital marketplace is complex, and costly.

 Accenture’s Store of Tomorrow shows what happens when physical walls mesh with digital convenience. Explore how a single store can serve many shopping journeys, profitably. Experience streamlined shopping and see what happens when a fulfillment center shares a roof with an experiential boutique. Watch as the shopping aisle becomes completely redefined, digital and dynamic. See how the shoppers engage with CPG brands differently.

Speakers:

11:30 AM - 11:55 AM

FMItech Talks: FMItech Pitches

Virtual Pitch Winners present bite-size presentations addressing core central themes such as digital/e-commerce, automation, customer engagement, and optimization from unique vantage points.

Featured Companies:

  • Defendry
    The pressing needs of retail security have evolved. Organized retail crime has transformed, looting linked with civil unrest has increased and active shooter incidents in the grocery store are no longer unheard of. What can retailers do to protect their profits, customers, and employees from these threats? Learn of one technological solution that can help mitigate these threats to security and asset protection from Defendry. This system utilizes automation to monitor security systems for threat behaviors and provides seamless communication notification options to aid employees and police. Founder, Pat Sullivan will share how the Defendry technology system can support retailers in meeting the demands our industry’s evolved security needs.
  • Evigence Sensors
    The numbers don’t lie—food waste is an ever-growing obstacle for our industry. Join Evigence Sensors as they tackle the issue of food waste and introduce our audience to new way to view, measure and show consumers freshness of products at item level, optimizing the shelf life of products and reducing food waste. This technology can help retailers and CPGs reach sustainability goals while making financial gains on the bottom line.
  • flexEngage
    Due to a changing retail landscape post-pandemic, retailers have worked tirelessly to overcome an increase in consumers’ concerns around physical contact inside and outside the store environment. Contactless – or touch-free – shopping and transacting have become highly important as retailers seek to assure their customers of a safe shopping and delivery experience. However, this raises many important questions around how we continue to drive personalized experiences from afar and the future of the in-store experience.

    Join us as we discuss identifying all touch-points across the shopping journey, insights to the types of solutions providing contactless capabilities, and how retail technology innovation is being influenced post-pandemic.

Speakers:

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Meat 'n Catchup Picnic

Enjoy some fun in the sun while you catch up with everyone at our 2nd Annual Meat 'n Catchup Picnic. 

Sponsors:

Blue Triton logo 

12:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Strategic Executive Exchange Meetings

Individual Business Suites

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

FMItech Exchanges

Enhance your technology strategy through collaboration, knowledge exchange, and dialogue with technology partners primed to help you meet your goals. 

Sponsored by:

Blue Yonder

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Boot Camp Class

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

FoodPAC Reception

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Meet 'n Mingle First-timers Welcome Reception

The perfect place for first-timers to take a moment to unwind ahead of a productive three days. We'll be onsite to answer questions and provide tips on making your FMI Midwinter the most effective.

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

PepsiCo Rooftop Block Party

We're stronger together and there’s no better time to commend our industry's resilience than now.

Join us at the PepsiCo Opening Night Kickoff Party for a quintessential night celebrating the food industry, sports, music and community purpose. We'll have a special celebrity guest that cannot be missed--literally and figuratively. 

Sponsored By:
PepsiCo logo

Co-sponsored by:
Anheuser Busch logo E. & J. Gallo Winery IRi Worldwide  

7:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Midwinter Breakfast

Sponsored by:

Danone North America logo

7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Registration and Refresh Lounge

 Registration sponsored by:

  The Hershey Company Insite AI Logo  

 

Refresh Lounge sponsored by:

  Chobani  The Hershey Company   Keurig Dr Pepper  Musco Olive logo  NestlePurina  Relex Solutions Sponsor Logo (500x200) 

8:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Strategic Executive Exchange Meetings

Individual Business Suites

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Sun Rise Hatha Yoga

This traditional yoga class is designed to align, strengthen and promote flexibility in the body. We ease into the day making a full circuit of the body’s range of motion with standing postures, twists, backbends, balance poses and hip openers. 

All levels welcome!

 

9:00 AM - 9:25 AM

FMItech Talks: AI Driven Adaptive Planogramming

Today’s planograms are set to national or divisional averages on a quarterly or annual basis, without accounting for differences in store-level demand. Without the ability to adapt to recent supply chain shocks and consumer demand changes in every category, retailers are losing billions in lost sales due to under- and over-ordering. Discover how AI-driven technologies can help improve your planogram strategy and positively impact your bottom line. 

Speakers:

9:30 AM - 9:55 AM

FMItech Talks: Computer Vision, Frictionless Checkout

Windemere X

Computer vision is a form of artificial intelligence in which computers gain a high-level understanding from digital images or videos, seeking to automate tasks the human visual system can do. In other words, they can "see." Learn about the explosive growth of computer vision, as retailers begin to scale this disruptive technology.

Speakers:

10:00 AM - 10:25 AM

FMItech Talks: FMItech Pitches

Virtual Pitch Winners present bite-size presentations addressing core central themes such as digital/e-commerce, automation, customer engagement, and optimization from unique vantage points.

Featured Companies:

  • Greenfence 
    The session takes a dive into Blockchain efficiencies which have changed the end-to-end rewards business, enabling brands and retailers to create and distribute evolutionary NFTs rewards in minutes, at a fraction of the cost, with greater efficacy, and without costly middlemen. As NFT and blockchain pioneers, GFTx has executed the first major Hollywood Studio NFT programs with Fox, Marvel and Sony, the only company to transform paper and digital coupons to NFT’s in partnership with major POS, retailer and mobile companies (Toshiba, Kroger and T-Mobile), the first to launch brand partnership with cryptocurrency wallets and NFT’s (Heineken), and the first to execute an NFT program with T-Mobile and Kroger generating over 600K NFT wallets in 24 hours.
  • Tally Retail Solutions
    Learn how technology can transform inventory control for food retail. Tally Retail Solutions will explain how their technology has helped many leading retailers and CPG's keep track of on shelf availability, alert store personnel and DSD providers to low or out of stocks.  The solution has also dramatically deterred customer theft and Organized Retail Crime in vulnerable stores. Capable of tactical deployment in any merchandise category, this ideal tool can affordably target chronically out of stock or high loss areas.
  • Untie Nots
    Untie Nots shares how their proven SaaS solution, LOYALTY CHALLENGE, introduces gamification and personalization to mass promotions resulting in (i) increased digital customer acquisition and engagement, (ii) greater customer share-of-wallet and boost to same-store-sales growth, and (iii) higher ROI for grocery retailers (7:1+) and supplier partners (4:1+). You’re invited to hear how Carrefour, Leclerc, Auchan, and many other grocery retail clients, along with their supplier partners, are rapidly bringing new and exciting digital customer experiences and wallet-stretching opportunities to shoppers.

Speakers:

10:30 AM - 10:55 AM

FMItech Talks: Automated Fulfillment – The Path to eCommerce Profitability


Automated online order fulfillment is a hot space as retailers look to gain efficiency on the path to eCommerce profitability. The challenges related to automating fulfillment grow quickly when having to fulfill frozen and chilled products. Learn about a new technology that harnesses the thermoelectric power of phonons to revolutionize refrigeration.

Speakers:

11:00 AM - 11:25 AM

FMItech Talks: The Catalyst for Marketing Transformation: Business Process Automation

Business process automation is poised to transform many retail operations, especially marketing. Gain an understanding of how BPA works and what it takes to power up this capability. This session will offer an inside view of what automating sophisticated marketing personalization looks like along with a review of the benefits.

Speakers:

11:30 AM - 11:55 AM

FMItech Talks: Digital Value Creation - A New Dimension

accelerate 360

The retail industry creates value has entered a new dimension and the rules of competition have changed. Learn about how new industry entrants are changing the rules of value creation and how traditional retailers can leverage their massive customer bases to create new value.

Speakers:

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

FMI Executive Awards Luncheon Celebrating Leadership & Legacy

 

Sponsor:

 

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Soup, Sandwich & Speakers: Navigating The VUCA Supply Chain in The Post Pandemic Era

Enjoy a light lunch as thought leaders share bite-size perspectives on current and future issues impacting the food retail industry. Detailed content and speaker information to follow. 

Over the last 24 months, everything we thought we knew about the consumer, employees, and the supply chain has gone by the wayside.  The COVID pandemic has introduced significant structural changes in how employees see work and showcased labor's importance in virtually every aspect of the consumer value chain.  To build a new level of surety of supply, retailers and CPGs will have to significantly up their game in how they treat their employees and invest in the latest automation technologies. Get an insider’s view of these trends and how you can leverage them to drive transformational change in your organization.

Speakers:
  • John Phillips - Senior Vice President, Customer Supply Chain and Go-to-Market for PepsiCo, Inc.

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Soup, Sandwich & Speakers Session: Boardroom Insights - Competitive, Financial and Strategic Consequences of COVID

Enjoy a light lunch as thought leaders share bite-size perspectives on current and future issues impacting the food retail industry. 

Discover key topics being discussed in food retail boardrooms across the country as it rebounds from the pandemic, including competitive and investment challenges and their financial and strategic implications. 

Speakers:
  • Scott Moses - Managing Director and Head – Food Retail & Restaurants Investment Banking, PJ Solomon
  • Joel Rampoldt - Managing Director, AlixPartners LLP

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Soup, Sandwich & Speakers Session: Climate Action Navigator & Toolkit: Building An Action Plan For Emissions Reduction

Enjoy a light lunch as thought leaders share bite-size perspectives on current and future issues impacting the food retail industry. 

With growing recognition by consumers, investors and employees of the need to prevent the worst of climate change by curbing greenhouse gas emissions, companies are making 2030 net-zero commitments and looking for ways to make good on these pledges. Oliver Wyman’s Climate Action Navigator & Toolkit are interactive tools that help create a roadmap for taking action to close the emissions gap. Learn ways your company can use the tool to build your plan. 
Speakers:

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Who is in the Driver’s Seat? Food & Ag in the Era of the Modern Consumer

Let’s take a deep dive into all things consumer – trends, disruptions, technologies – and ask the question “What happens to the value chain when the traditional “Farm to fork” paradigm is transformed into a more modern, consumer-driven version known as “Fork to farm?” Having a clear understanding of disruptions in the short-term that can lead to growth in the long-term are necessary to succeed now and in the future. Gain real insights into how companies across the value chain are rethinking their strategy with a panel representing upstream and downstream executives. The food system is being reimagined, how are you responding?
Speakers:
  • Asha Lundal - Partner, Principal Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Jorge Alfonso - Head of Digital Merchandising – Grocery, The Kroger Co.
  • Brigette Wolf - Global Head of Snack Futures, Mondelez International
  • Susanne Wasson - President – Crop Protection Business Platform, Corteva Agriscience

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

FMItech Exchanges

Enhance your technology strategy through collaboration, knowledge exchange, and dialogue with technology partners primed to help you meet your goals. 

Sponsored by:

Blue Yonder

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Preparing for Evolving Customer Expectations in an Uncertain World

What matters most to shoppers in today's fast-evolving and often unpredictable world? Join in a discussion on how shoppers think and feel about grocery stores and how they shop them. Hear highlights from the latest edition of the Retailer Preference Index and discuss how retailers can understand more about their customers, even as uncontrollable events continue to wreak havoc in the market.

 

 

Speakers:

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

The Consumer Journey: A Glimpse into U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2022

Our conversation explores the ongoing consumer food journey in a world of competing demands, priorities and values.

Join us as we share the latest findings and implications for the industry from FMI’s U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends and research from The Hartman Group. We will discuss how consumers’ attitudes and behaviors are evolving in four key areas:
  1. Perceptions of price and value,
  2. Meal sourcing, 
  3. Environmental, social and governance concerns (sustainability),  
  4. COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Speakers:

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuesday Tastings - Seltzers

Stop by the Regency Lounge to sample a variety of Bud Light Seltzers and network with other attendees.  

Sponsor:

Anheuser-Busch

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Driving Value by Framing the Grocery Store as a Destination for Health and Well-being

This session will focus on how to successfully connect with your customers to drive value, trust, loyalty, and sales. Learn how supporting evolving health and well-being interests, behaviors, and strategic initiatives will allow you to be a leader in the industry. Join us as we discuss the role of the grocery store as a destination for health and well-being with actionable ideas for innovation amidst an expanding healthcare ecosystem.  

Sponsored by:

Acosta Logo

 

 

Speakers:

5:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Keynote: How We ALL Changed After Covid-19 (Midwinter Chairman Remarks)

In this presentation, Boxed, Inc. CEO Chieh Huang will discuss the lessons we all learned during the two years of the Covid-19 pandemic through the lens of his own company. He’ll explore the many ways in which the food retail business and consumer buying patterns have changed forever and how he’s thinking about the future.


Speakers:

5:15 PM - 5:45 PM

Keynote: Understanding Why They Stay or Go: Voices from the Workforce

One of the most challenging aspects of maintaining a healthy supply chain, even prior to the pandemic, was the ability to attract and retain talent. In 2020, 85% of retailers leveraged higher wages/salaries as one method to resolve recruitment and retention challenges but they still felt the burden of a lack of human capital. What is driving people away from the food industry and for those who choose to stay, what is keeping them? Hear the voices of current and former food industry employees on why they’ve stayed or left and what their employers have done to make the difference. Direct feedback from employees gathered through video interviews by the FMI Research team will be narrated and analyzed by Deloitte industry expert Barb Renner.

Session Sponsor:

Afresh Technologies

Speakers:
  • Barb Renner - Vice Chair and the US Consumer Products Leader, Deloitte LLP
  • Rick Keyes - President and CEO of Meijer, Inc.
  • Steven Williams - Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo Foods North America

5:45 PM - 6:15 PM

Keynote: A View from the FTC: Encouraging Competition in the Retail Food Marketplace

Federal Trade Commissioner Noah Phillips joins FMI CEO and President Leslie Sarasin for an onstage discussion of competition in the marketplace, regulation and the role of the FTC in overseeing the current marketplace. As the FTC’s priorities continue to evolve in the Biden Administration, we’ll explore how those priorities may impact your business and the broader food industry.

Speakers:

6:15 PM - 7:15 PM

Midwinter Reception

 

7:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Registration and Refresh Lounge

 Registration sponsored by:

  The Hershey Company Insite AI Logo  

 

Refresh Lounge sponsored by:

  Chobani  The Hershey Company   Keurig Dr Pepper  Musco Olive logo  NestlePurina  Relex Solutions Sponsor Logo (500x200) 

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Midwinter Breakfast

Sponsored by:

Danone North America logo

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Good Morning Slow Flow Yoga

During our morning yoga, we'll flow from pose to pose linking movement and breath. Expect sun salutations to heat the body up slowly and moon salutations to cool down gently. In addition, there will be a variety of poses to awaken our full range of motion slowly and mindfully, setting us up for a successful day at Midwinter.

All levels welcome!

8:00 AM - 8:20 AM

Keynote & Annual Meeting: Changing the Food Industry Script

Have any of your recent conversations failed to include questions about the supply chain, labor issues, food prices, inflation, or the economy?  In the context of FMI’s Annual Meeting, Chairman of the FMI Board Randy Edeker will guide us in a review of 2021, placing these top-of-mind concerns and other issues into context, sharing what FMI has done and is doing to shift these questions into answers, these challenges into opportunities, and these problems into solutions. Join this exploration of the ways FMI is changing the way we talk about the food industry in the halls of Congress, in the aisles of the supermarket, and around the family dinner table.

Speakers:
  • Randy Edeker - Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President, Hy-Vee, Inc.

8:20 AM - 8:50 AM

Keynote: Framing a Future that Fits

 It has been observed that the present is nothing but the instant when the past collides with the future and for it to be productive, you must both know where you’ve been and where you want to go. As the food industry sorts through the tumultuous challenges and changes we’ve experienced in the past 20 months, the past has much to teach us in framing a future that plays to our strengths, fits our resolve, and helps us realize our essential role.

Understanding that the two observations, “There is nothing new under the sun,” and “We’ve never faced times quite like these before,” can be simultaneously true. FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin will draw from FMI’s rich 45-year history to place our current circumstances in perspective. Her “state of the food Industry” address will demonstrate how the food industry’s noble past and resiliency uniquely positions it for an even grander future.

Speakers:

8:50 AM - 9:30 AM

Keynote: Not 2020-Too: Economic Outlook for the Coming Year

As the new year began with yet another surge in the worldwide pandemic and uncertainty at so many turns, some are jokingly calling this not 2022 but 2020-Too. But the fundamentals today are quite different than two years ago. Chief Economist & Center Leader of Economy, Strategy & Finance at The Conference Board, Dana M. Peterson, will walk us through the economic trends to watch in her signature style.

Sponsored by:

Speakers:
  • Dana M. Peterson - Chief Economist & Center Leader of Economy, Strategy & Finance at The Conference Board

9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

FMItech Exchanges

Enhance your technology strategy through collaboration, knowledge exchange, and dialogue with technology partners primed to help you meet your goals. 

Sponsored by:

Blue Yonder

9:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Independent Operator (IO) Power Session

Exclusively for FMI IO Members

10:00 AM - 4:45 PM

Strategic Executive Exchange Meetings

Individual Business Suites

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

5th Annual Sun Run/Walk 5k

Convention Center Entrance (where International Dr. and Convention Way intersect)

Join your colleagues and friends for the 5th annual FMI Midwinter Sun Run/Walk 5k! For runners and walkers of all speeds, it's a great way to kick off your Sunday. Registration is open to all FMI Midwinter attendees and guests. All participants will receive a commemorative race number and swag. Morning refreshments will be provided.

Registration is complimentary for all, thanks to support from event sponsors General Mills, Mondelēz International and Blue Triton.

Sponsored by:

Blue Triton logo  Nature Valley Logo

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

FMI Food Industry Golf Tournament and Lunch

Tee off with your colleagues on the 18-hole championship course, a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, that tests the abilities of every skill level.

11:30 a.m. | Shuttles Depart
11:45 a.m. | Lunch Begins 
1:00 p.m. | Shotgun Start 
 

Questions? Contact Jennifer Hatcher at jhatcher@fmi.org

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Guests and Plus Ones Luncheon

RSVP by invitation only

Midwinter Executive Conference plus one’s are invited to enjoy a gourmet lunch followed by a lively discussion with Sarah Frey, dubbed by the New York Times as "the Pumpkin Queen of America."

Sarah founded Frey Farms in 1992, and along with her four older brothers operate farms and facilities in seven states. Frey Farms distributes fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the country serving the nation's top 25 retail chains. 

Sponsors:

E&J Gallo WineryHallmark

Speakers:

1:00 PM - 1:40 PM

Poolside Chat: The Impact of Information Accuracy and Access on Consumer Engagement

Today's consumers expect greater levels of transparency about the origins of the products they buy, making complete and accurate product information an imperative for consumer engagement. Join a discussion on why the food industry should rethink the role of the U.P.C. barcode and adopt more robust data carriers that support the complex data needs of today’s retail environment.  

Discussion Facilitator:   
Siobhan O'Bara, Senior Vice President, Industry Engagement and Services, GS1

Speakers:
  • Siobhan O'Bara - Senior Vice President of Community Engagement, GS1 US

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Poolside Chat: The Convergence of Sustainability and Traceability

FDA’s proposed ruling (FSMA 204) mandating end-to-end tracking of lot code data could present the food industry with enormous changes to operations, logistics and food safety. At the same time, consumer demands for social responsibility are accelerating the push for sustainability. Join a discussion on how and if these seemingly divergent forces can be harnessed to positively impact the bottom line.  

Discussion Facilitator: Derek Hannum, SVP Customer Success, Repositrak 

Speakers:
  • Derek Hannum - Chief Customer Officer, Park City Group - ReposiTrak

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Ice Cream Social Hour

Visit the Regency Lounge to create your own ice cream sundae featuring unique toppings provided by The Hershey Company.

Sponsor:

The Hershey Company

 

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

FMI 45 RPM

Join your friends and colleagues in a multi- sensory celebration of FMI’s 45 years of serving the food industry.  We’ll taste tantalizing fare, chat with some of the finest people on earth, and tap our toes to the soundtrack of the last half century.  Our respective worlds may be spinning faster than ever before but don’t miss this chance to catch-up with old friends, recalibrate your taste buds, and enjoy the tunes attached to some of your fondest recollections.  Brought to you by the generous sponsors of the FMI Foundation, FMI 45 RPM will help you relax, recharge, and reconnect. 

8:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Strategic Executive Exchange Meetings

Individual Business Suites