8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Committee Meetings (Committee members only)

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Food Retail 20/20 (By invitation only)

As food retail leaders, you can see the future is just around the corner but can't quite bring the blurry outlines into focus. You know it includes re-engineering the center store, more fresh, ready-to-eat, omnichannel and artificial intelligence. But exactly how and what it means for your business may not be as clear. How do you make workforce changes and plan for these shifts?
 

Gain greater clarity at this exclusive, invitation-only forum for food retail executives, presented by the Food Marketing Institute in conjunction with our knowledge partner, McKinsey & Company.

Learn more.

12:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Industry Collaboration Council (By invitation only)


6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Joint Reception (By invitation only)


7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Board-level Meetings (Board members only)

7:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Refresh Lounge

7:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Registration

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tech Talks

Explore the latest innovations with Tech Talks, 8-minute presentations with your technology partners.

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Friday Meat 'n Catch-Up Picnic

12:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Strategic Executive Exchange

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

12:00 PM - 3:55 PM

Tech Exchanges

Your opportunity to sit face-to-face with your technology partners is here! Schedule direct meetings with technology partners to explore how you can best enhance your technology strategy. An excellent approach to meeting a wide variety of partners very efficiently. Each appointment will last 25 minutes.

Questions? Contact Doug Baker at dbaker@fmi.org

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Meet & Mingle 1st Timers Welcome Reception

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Pepsico Presents: Road to the Super Bowl

6:00 AM - 7:00 AM

Mindful Meditation

7:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Midwinter Breakfast

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Registration

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Refresh Lounge

8:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Strategic Executive Exchange

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

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Board-level Meetings (Board members only)

9:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Tech Talks

Explore the latest innovations with Tech Talks, 8-minute presentations with your technology partners.

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Tech Exchanges

Your opportunity to sit face-to-face with your technology partners is here! Schedule direct meetings with technology partners to explore how you can best enhance your technology strategy. An excellent approach to meeting a wide variety of partners very efficiently. Each appointment will last 25 minutes.

Questions? Contact Doug Baker at dbaker@fmi.org

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Celebrating Leadership and Legacy – FMI’s Executive Awards Luncheon (By invitation only)

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Soup, Sandwich & Speakers Lunch

Enjoy a light lunch as thought leaders present  20-minute perspectives on current and future issues impacting the  food retail industry. See individual listings for a description of the presentation content.

  • 12:00 pm – 12:20 pm
    Digital E-Commerce:
    The Digital Journey Continues
  • 12:25 pm – 12.45 pm
    Health & Well-Being: Healthy Shoppers, Healthy Profits. How Retailers Can Improve Consumer Health and Maximize Profitability
  • 12:50 pm – 1:10 pm
    Artificial Intelligence: Leveraging AI for Profitability and Waste Reduction
  • 1:10 pm – 1:30 pm
    Workforce:
    Winning the War for Talent: Workforce Management Strategies for Lower Costs and Higher Retention

12:00 PM - 12:20 PM

Digital E-Commerce – The Digital Journey Continues

Soup, Sandwich & Speakers Lunch


New research from Nielsen and the University of Southern California will highlight the projected digital impact on food and beverage retailing.   Findings from this research suggests that not all retailers will be impacted to the same degree.  Center store will continue to be impacted and subscription & auto-replenishment will play a greater role going forward.  Additionally, food service will further change the digital landscape at grocery with millennials and Generation Z shoppers acting as the disruptors going forward.

12:25 PM - 12:45 PM

Health & Well-Being – Healthy Shoppers, Healthy Profits. How Retailers Can Improve Consumer Health and Maximize Profitability.

Soup, Sandwich & Speakers Lunch

 

This case study will illustrate one-way food retailers can help families with children eat healthy foods. Australia’s second largest grocery chain successfully partnered with vendors and organizations to develop a program that educated consumers and used popular children’s collectibles to reward healthy choices. Learn how health-focused in-store initiatives can improve shopper loyalty and maximize sales, and how retailers in the US can replicate the success of this program.
Speakers:
  • Mark During - General Manager Marketing Operations, Coles Group

12:50 PM - 1:10 PM

Artificial Intelligence – Leveraging AI for Profitability and Waste Reduction

Soup, Sandwich & Speakers Lunch

 
Discover how AI and machine learning can help retailers remain competitive by reacting faster to the ever-changing shift in consumer demands. Learn how one retailer’s adoption of AI helped reduce out-of-stock rates, decrease markdowns, reduce waste, and improve accuracy of forecasts and orders.
Speakers:

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

IO Store Tours

1:10 PM - 1:30 PM

Workforce: Winning the War for Talent – Workforce Management Strategies for Lower Costs and Higher Retention

Soup, Sandwich & Speakers Lunch

 

Examine how Macy’s department stores changed the game in workforce management, creating the ability to drive close to 100 percent shift fill rates, reducing turnover to extremely low levels and lowering costs. Discover strategies for becoming an employer of choice in the continued era of the war for talent.
Speakers:

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Future of The Workforce – The Power of Allyship: Breaking Down the Bias Barrier for a More Inclusive Workforce

While employees in the workforce may feel they can be themselves at work and that their organization is inclusive, many report experiencing bias frequently, often in subtle and indirect ways. This discussion, based on recent research from the 2019 state of inclusion survey, will outline the perceived biases the workforce is experiencing and describe six inclusive leadership traits that can empower people with actionable steps to personalize, identify, model and advance inclusion.  Discover the power of ALLYSHIP – what this means in the context of an organization’s values and how it encourages curiosity about and awareness of others. Learn how organizations can harness its power to advance their inclusive efforts and impact the daily behaviors and experiences of their people.

Speakers:

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Emerging Issues – From CBD to Alternative Proteins: What Do Emerging Consumer Trends Mean for The Grocery Industry?

Consumer interest in cannabis and hemp products as well as alternative proteins is rapidly growing. What does this mean for retailers and CPG companies and where do the opportunities and challenges lie?  Get an overview of perceptions and realities of cannabis adoption and use in the U.S. and the opportunities and potential risks involved. Gain insights into the current market for alternative proteins, the core brands winning in plant-based foods and the innovation that is contributing to growth.

Speakers:
  • Larry Levin - Executive Vice President, IRI Thought Leadership, IRI

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

New Consumerism – Future Consumer Now: Is How You Think About Tomorrow Today's Biggest Challenge ?

The world and the consumer are changing exponentially, and retailers and CPG companies must adapt accordingly. To be successful, companies both large and small must grasp how to read, anticipate and adapt to changing consumer needs. This session will examine key priorities that are driving the smart consumer and offer a pragmatic “how-to” guide to respond accordingly. A panel of industry experts will share their perspectives and discuss concrete steps to build and execute on the transformation blueprint needed to react, adapt and prosper.

2:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Strategic Executive Exchange

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

2:00 PM - 3:55 PM

Tech Exchanges

Your opportunity to sit face-to-face with your technology partners is here! Schedule direct meetings with technology partners to explore how you can best enhance your technology strategy. An excellent approach to meeting a wide variety of partners very efficiently. Each appointment will last 25 minutes.

Questions? Contact Doug Baker at dbaker@fmi.org

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

The New Market Place – What it is and How to Adapt to it

The new consumerism is precipitating the breakneck speed of change both in the physical and digital marketplace. The ability of the marketplace to adapt and react to unprecedented change will be a key differentiator in the competition for consumer spend in the immediate future. Hear specific actions that retailers and CPG companies need to take in the next 5-10 years in the area of data collection, customer experience, delivery and operations to ensure they can adapt and provide solutions to the consumer of the future and remain competitive.

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Emerging Issues – Sustainability- Material Loops: Creating a Circular Economy for Plastics

The issue of plastic and packaging waste in the environment is complex and multi-faceted, and it is clear that action is needed across industries. Hear how leaders in our industry are making and acting on significant global commitments to address this growing problem and meet consumer demands for change. Whether your company has set packaging waste reduction targets, is developing a strategy or is well on the road towards addressing this issue, you’ll hear how frameworks, vision and collaboration beyond your four walls and supply chains can help reshape your thinking. Innovators in the circular economy will provide actionable steps that companies can take to close the loop on the materials in our systems, so that, together, we can imagine a cleaner future, envision solutions and deliver on commitments to consumers and to the environment in which we live.

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Power of Foodservice – Playbook for Successful Retail Foodservice

Foodservice is a key differentiator and growth generator for grocery retailers, but meeting the varying needs of consumers with a financially successful model continues to be a challenge. Based on findings published in a recent whitepaper co-authored by FMI and A.T. Kearney, this session will discuss how the foodservice opportunity remains uncaptured and share the secrets to successful foodservice at retail. Gain insight from the perspective of suppliers, retailers and third party providers on what choices retailers need to make to ensure a winning top and bottom line in retail foodservice.

Speakers:
  • Ben Jakes - Principal, Consumer Industries and Retail Practice, AT Kearney

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Keynote Sessions

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Saturday All-Exec Soiree Reception

6:00 AM - 7:00 AM

Exec-Stretch Yoga Class

7:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Refresh Lounge

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Sunday Eat & Lead Breakfast

FMI Annual Meeting

Keynote Session

7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Registration

9:15 AM - 12:15 PM

IO Power Session (Session exclusively for FMI IO Members)

9:15 AM - 5:00 PM

Strategic Executive Exchange

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

9:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Tech Talks

Explore the latest innovations with Tech Talks, 8-minute presentations with your technology partners.

11:00 AM - 5:00 AM

FMI Food Industry Golf Tournament

11:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Tech Exchanges

Your opportunity to sit face-to-face with your technology partners is here! Schedule direct meetings with technology partners to explore how you can best enhance your technology strategy. An excellent approach to meeting a wide variety of partners very efficiently. Each appointment will last 25 minutes.

Questions? Contact Doug Baker at dbaker@fmi.org

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Spouse & Guest Party Luncheon

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Fireside Chats

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Pickleball Tournament

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 family meal. At this friendly cooking competition, FMI Foundation supporters create and serve 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.

8:00 AM - 4:45 AM

Strategic Executive Exchange

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