Agenda text: agenda

Key

  • Keynote
  • Breakout Session
  • B2B Meetings
  • Other Activities

7:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Registration

     Living Room Lobby

7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Refresh Lounge

In anticipation that you will need some relaxation and down time, the Midwinter Refresh Lounge is open to all attendees during peak conference hours. It’s the perfect spot to re-energize between conference events, SEE meetings and education sessions, and is conveniently located in the Living Room Lounge of the resort clubhouse. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be available for your enjoyment.

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Independent Operator Executive Session

FMI Midwinter presents a rare opportunity for food retail independent operators to meet with hundreds of key suppliers, expand existing partnerships and share ideas with other industry leaders.

In this invite-only session, independent operators will identify optimal digital solutions, capitalize on trends like online shopping, in-store experiences and explore strategies to maintain sustainable growth and exceed customer expectations.

Crystal Ballroom

12:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Strategic Executive Exchanges

The SEE program offers you a venue to meet face-to-face with top food retail and wholesale company C-level peers in the supplier and manufacturing communities, through pre-arranged, one-on-one appointments. 

Questions? Reach Marc Thomas at mthomas@fmi.org or 202.220.0804

Spa Suites & Bobby Jones

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Midwinter First-timers Welcome Reception

Mingle with many first-timers and FMI staff to make the most of your investment! A few veteran attendees will be onsite to answer any of your questions and provide tips about how to most effectively use your time at Midwinter.

Living Room Lounge and Veranda

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

PepsiCo Presents the FMI Midwinter Opening Night

This is a party you won’t want to miss! Join your peers for cool cocktails, hot eats and a live performance by a special guest.

Grand Ballroom

7:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Breakfast

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Registration

     Living Room Lobby

7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Refresh Lounge

In anticipation that you will need some relaxation and down time, the Midwinter Refresh Lounge is open to all attendees during peak conference hours. It’s the perfect spot to re-energize between conference events, SEE meetings and education sessions, and is conveniently located in the Living Room Lounge of the resort clubhouse. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be available for your enjoyment.

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Education Sessions

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Break

10:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Strategic Executive Exchanges

The SEE program offers you a venue to meet face-to-face with top food retail and wholesale company C-level peers in the supplier and manufacturing communities, through pre-arranged, one-on-one appointments. 

Questions? Reach Marc Thomas at mthomas@fmi.org or 202.220.0804

Spa Suites & Bobby Jones

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Education Sessions

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Break

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Education Sessions

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Education Sessions

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Break

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Education Sessions

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Keynote Sessions

FMI Midwinter keynotes and education sessions will explore how new disruptive competitors and increased expectations from customers are challenging tried and true industry practices and our customary way of operating in the food industry. We will examine how we choose to react to this disruption - either by letting others upset our apple carts on their terms or working with supplier partners to upend our own apple carts to see things in a new way and make the needed adjustments to become the more agile marketplace today’s shoppers want. Midwinter will provide content that can help executives in the food industry determine which of their carts need upending.

FMI Executive Leadership Awards (Albers, Wegman, Rabb)

Grand Ballroom

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Midwinter Reception

Join us for the Midwinter Reception immediately following the Saturday keynote sessions. Enjoy food and drinks while you mingle and network with peers in a fun and relaxed environment. This is a great opportunity to connect with other attendees, expand your network of resources and develop true working relationships.

North Foyer and Grand Patio

6:15 AM - 8:00 AM

Midwinter Sunrise Run/Walk

Join your colleagues and friends for the 3rd Annual FMI Midwinter Sunrise Run/Walk! It’s a great way to kick off your conference day. Runners and walkers of all speeds are invited to participate. Registration is open to all FMI Midwinter conference attendees and guests. All participants will receive a race number and commemorative race t-shirt. Music and morning refreshments will be provided.

7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Refresh Lounge

In anticipation that you will need some relaxation and down time, the Midwinter Refresh Lounge is open to all attendees during peak conference hours. It’s the perfect spot to re-energize between conference events, SEE meetings and education sessions, and is conveniently located in the Living Room Lounge of the resort clubhouse. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be available for your enjoyment.

7:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Registration

     Living Room Lobby

8:00 AM - 12:45 PM

Strategic Executive Exchanges

The SEE program offers you a venue to meet face-to-face with top food retail and wholesale company C-level peers in the supplier and manufacturing communities, through pre-arranged, one-on-one appointments. 

Questions? Reach Marc Thomas at mthomas@fmi.org or 202.220.0804

Spa Suites & Bobby Jones

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Yoga

Join fellow attendees for a 60-minute guided yoga class. "Awakening Yoga" is a dynamic, physically energizing form of yoga that will stretch your limbs and awaken your senses with the guidance of your own heart beat getting in tune with the rhythm of the day. Suitable for all levels. Open to all attendees. Space is limited.

National Doral Miami Spa

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

FMI Food Industry Golf Tournament

Seize this unique opportunity to spend quality time with senior-level retailers at the FMI Food Industry Golf Tournament, a premier networking event. The tournament will be held on the legendary Blue Monster Course at the National Doral Miami. A luncheon will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Thanks to our generous sponsors, FMI retailer and wholesaler members may join at no cost.

Contact Julie Schrei at jschrei@fmi.org to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

Imperial Ballroom Patio

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Spouse and Guest Luncheon

Spouses and guests are invited to enjoy a gourmet lunch with a special guest speaker. In appreciation for your participation in this event, guests will also receive a special gift. To RSVP for this event, please contact Gladys Swearingen at gswearingen@fmi.org.

Crystal Ballroom and Patio 

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Executive Roundtables

Join your peers in these dynamic discussions and gain insights into strategic opportunities such as new consumerism, food production, artificial intelligence and technology, workforce and the new marketplace.

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Executive Roundtables

Join your peers in these dynamic discussions and gain insights into strategic opportunities such as new consumerism, food production, artificial intelligence and technology, workforce and the new marketplace.

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

FMI Foundation Presents: Stir It Up!

Join the no-suit, no-tie, FMI Foundation fundraising event where you can Stir It Up! by preparing, sharing and daring to make the best ethnic-inspired family meal. At this friendly cooking competition, FMI Foundation supporters create and serve ethnically-inspired tasting menus and delectable dishes. The fun heats up as you vote for your favorite family meal in the categories of – healthiest, easiest, tastiest, most affordable, and best culinary adventure. There are numerous ways to support Stir it Up! from creating your own kitchen station to simply purchasing a ticket to enjoy a deliciously fun evening supporting a great cause. Details and more at www.fmi.org/stiritup.

Grand Ballroom

7:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Registration

     Grand Ballroom Foyer

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

Grand Ballroom

8:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Keynote Sessions

FMI Midwinter keynotes and education sessions will explore how new disruptive competitors and increased expectations from customers are challenging tried and true industry practices and our customary way of operating in the food industry. We will examine how we choose to react to this disruption - either by letting others upset our apple carts on their terms or working with supplier partners to upend our own apple carts to see things in a new way and make the needed adjustments to become the more agile marketplace today’s shoppers want. Midwinter will provide content that can help executives in the food industry determine which of their carts need upending.

FMI Executive Leadership Awards (Peterson, Woodard and Hoover)

Grand Ballroom

 

 

10:45 AM - 5:30 PM

Strategic Executive Exchanges

The SEE program offers you a venue to meet face-to-face with top food retail and wholesale company C-level peers in the supplier and manufacturing communities, through pre-arranged, one-on-one appointments. 

Questions? Reach Marc Thomas at mthomas@fmi.org or 202.220.0804

Spa Suites & Bobby Jones