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  • Key:
  • Keynote
  • Breakout Session
  • B2B Meetings
  • Other Activities

7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Refresh Lounge

Living Room Lounge and Veranda

Hosted by our Partners at Anheuser- Busch, Chobani, Conagra Brands, E.&J. Gallo Winery,  Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., Musco Family Olive Co., SAP, The Coca-Cola Company, The Hershey Company, The Kraft Heinz Company, BrandLoyalty


Stop by the Midwinter Refresh Lounge to relax and re-energize between meetings and conference events with complimentary coffee, snacks, and beverages, provided by our host lounge partners.  Centrally located, the Midwinter Refresh Lounge will be open to all attendees daily during peak conference hours.

7:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Registration

Living Room Lobby (7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
Grand Ballroom Foyer (5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)

Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, The Hershey Company, BMO Financial Group, Burris Logistics, Quotient Technology

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Independent Operator Executive Leadership Forum

Emerging Digital Realities and Opportunities for Independent Operators
Crystal Ballroom

Digital, ecommerce, omnichannel…food retailers have been talking about these topics for several years now, exploring options, investing in technologies and restructuring processes. As independent operators, the struggle can be to identify the right strategy and investment to take advantage of the digital wave. 

Join in to  learn about some of the latest digital innovations, such as the use of blockchain to increase product traceability. The presenters will also share practical paths for building digital platforms that play to the unique strengths of local, community-based retailers.

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Speakers:
  • Jon Ambrose - Co-Founder and COO, Rosie
  • Kerry Bridges - Senior Director Supplier Food Safety, Wal-Mart International
  • Merijn Helle - Vice President, Head of Industry & Value Advisory, East Market Unit & Retail, SAP America
  • Gail Seanor - Senior Director, Marketing Technology, TGI Friday's Inc.
  • Mark Skogen - President and CEO, Festival Foods

12:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Strategic Executive Exchanges

Spa Suites & Bobby Jones

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

The Evolution of Eating – A Generational Study

White & Gold Ballroom D

Digital disruption, new economic realities, and the latest fads all contribute to changing food and beverage consumption behaviors. But what if the behavioral changes we can observe are more deeply rooted than current circumstances? Is it possible that some observed generational differences can transcend the moment and effect change for decades? NPD has leveraged a wealth of historical food consumption data and advanced analytical methods to forecast the effects of generational change on a wide variety of food trends. The insight gained will enable food and beverage retailers and their supplier partners to identify the trends of the future.

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2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Break

Sponsored by Post Consumer Brands, DanoneWave, RefrigiWear, Inc.

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Top Trends in Fresh: The Consumer’s Perspective

White & Gold Ballroom D

Hungry for more insights into top trends in Fresh? Think you really know what your customers want? Join us as we look at what consumers really see as the trends in food retailing.

In this session, we ask consumers what is resonating with them now and what is missing. Through data and video intercepts with actual shoppers, we examine consumer tastes from three basic perspectives: generational, ethnicity and income. Retailers and suppliers will learn firsthand what consumers really want from their shopping experiences.

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Speakers:
  • Larry Levin - Executive Vice President, IRI Thought Leadership, IRI
  • Sally Lyons Wyatt - Executive Vice President, and Practice Leader, IRI

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Break

Sponsored by Post Consumer Brands, DanoneWave, RefrigiWear, Inc.

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Midwinter First-timers Welcome Reception

Living Room Lounge and Veranda
Sponsored by Anheuser- Busch, E.&J. Gallo Winery

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.

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

PepsiCo Presents: Flashback Friday at FMI Midwinter

Grand Ballroom

Sponsored by PepsiCo, Inc., Anheuser- Busch, E.&J. Gallo Winery, IRI, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, Oracle Data Cloud

2017 will soon be yet another memory!  Midwinter is a great time to recharge, reconnect, and of course, PARTY!  From Buddy Holly to The Beatles, the Bee Gees to Bon Jovi, join us for a trip down memory lane! Featuring hot eats, cool cocktails, and a live performance by The Midtown Men – Stars from the Original Broadway Cast of Jersey Boys. All attendees are welcome. This is a party you will not want to miss!

7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Refresh Lounge

Living Room Lounge and Veranda

Hosted by our Partners at Anheuser-Busch, Chobani, Conagra Brands, E.&J. Gallo Winery,  Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., Musco Family Olive Co., SAP, The Coca-Cola Company, The Hershey Company, The Kraft Heinz Company, BrandLoyalty

Stop by the Midwinter Refresh Lounge to relax and re-energize between meetings and conference events with complimentary coffee, snacks, and beverages, provided by our host lounge partners.  Centrally located, the Midwinter Refresh Lounge will be open to all attendees daily during peak conference hours.

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Registration

Living Room Lobby (7:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.)
Grand Ballroom Foyer (3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)

Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, The Hershey Company, BMO Financial Group, Burris Logistics, Quotient Technology


7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Midwinter Breakfast

Crystal Ballroom

Sponsored by Catalina

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Making Retail Smarter Via Automation and Machine Learning

White & Gold Ballroom D

Presented by the Trading Partners Alliance
Sponsored by SwiftIQ

What makes a highly competitive retailer? They unify granular data, enable APIs and embrace automation and artificial intelligence from supply chain to store to customer to gain operational efficiencies and deliver compelling, personalized shopping experiences. The conventional weapons of the past (i.e., circulars, mass discounts, untargeted promotions, measurement via panels and extrapolated market insights, etc.) are not as effective in this new retail era. In this session, we will discuss new foundations of retail technology and measurement that facilitates lower costs and seamless execution by collaborative insights derived from combining all stakeholders: retail, suppliers and distributors. Finally, we will share some examples of how retailers and suppliers are leveraging automation and machine learning applications to improve core retail fundamentals such as promotion, pricing, merchandising and distribution.

Speakers:

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

The Evolution of Eating – A Generational Study

Majestic Ballroom

Digital disruption, new economic realities, and the latest fads all contribute to changing food and beverage consumption behaviors.   But what if the behavioral changes we can observe are more deeply rooted than current circumstances?  Is it possible that some observed generational differences can transcend the moment and effect change for decades?  NPD has leveraged a wealth of historical food consumption data and advanced analytical methods to forecast the effects of generational change on a wide variety of food trends.  The insight gained will enable food and beverage retailers and their supplier partners to identify the trends of the future.

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9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Break

Sponsored by Post Consumer Brands, DanoneWave, RefrigiWear, Inc.

10:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Strategic Executive Exchanges

Spa Suites & Bobby Jones

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Talent Development – Network of Executive Women (NEW) Insights and Solutions to Create Competitive Advantage

Majestic Ballroom

The Network of Executive Women, in partnership with Accenture, has developed insights and workplace solutions on how to win and keep talent in today’s workforce. Learn about solutions to foster engagement, inclusion and advancement across all generations. Unlock the power of women’s leadership to create a workplace where everyone thrives.

You’ll gain from Accenture’s Beth Marrion as she shares industry workplace insights and social analytic trends, while NEW CEO Sarah Alter moderates an executive discussion on unlocking greater value with employees, consumers and shoppers. The Western Association of Food Chain’s Carole Christianson will share ways to develop your workforce through the Retail Management Certificate Program.

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10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Break

Sponsored by Post Consumer Brands, DanoneWave, RefrigiWear, Inc.

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

How to Achieve Breakout Growth in CPG Today

White & Gold Ballroom D

Presented by the Trading Partners Alliance
Sponsored by The Boston Consulting
Group and IRI

In this session, you’ll receive an exclusive first look at the winners of BCG and IRI’s annual analysis of over 400 CPG companies to find out who achieved stand-out growth in 2017. Draw practical inspiration directly from a panel of winners about how to reimagine your business and your consumer to excel in today’s unprecedented retail environment.

Speakers:

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Top Trends in Fresh: The Consumer’s Perspective

Majestic Ballroom

Hungry for more insights into top trends in Fresh? Think you really know what your customers want? Join us as we look at what consumers really see as the trends in food retailing.

In this session, we ask consumers what is resonating with them now and what is missing. Through data and video intercepts with actual shoppers, we examine consumer tastes from three basic perspectives: generational, ethnicity and income. Retailers and suppliers will learn firsthand what consumers really want from their shopping experiences.

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Speakers:
  • Larry Levin - Executive Vice President, IRI Thought Leadership, IRI
  • Sally Lyons Wyatt - Executive Vice President, and Practice Leader, IRI

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Generation Z: Shopper of Today and Tomorrow

White & Gold Ballroom D

Presented by the Trading Partners Alliance
Sponsored by IRI

Poised to become our most important generations of shoppers yet, the highly discerning and constantly changing Generation Z today represents a shopper population base equal to that of millennials. Yet they are different than their older cousins in important ways. They are the first generation of the “minority-majority” and they grew up completely digital. Their impact on CPG and food retail will be felt for decades to come. Join the founders of The Family Room to learn what really matters to this burgeoning segment of our global population and how they just might fuel new growth opportunities.

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Speakers:
  • George Carey - Founder and CEO, The Family Room LLC
  • Robert Tomei - President, Consumer and Shopper Marketing, Core Content and Insight Services, IRI and Founder of The Family Room LLC

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Collaboration in the Digital World: Practitioners Who Are Disrupting the Model

Majestic Ballroom

Without question, digital retailing has come of age. In 2016, FMI and Nielsen assessed the impact of digital technology in the grocery channel. The research showed that by 2025 consumer spending on online grocery could reach $100 billion impacting categories that represent 40 percent of current center store grocery sales. In fact, the industry is experiencing a pace of change likely to exceed that prediction. Where are the earliest wins in digital collaboration coming from? Who’s finding success in food retailing with digital tools and why?

In this session, we’ll explore six key areas where you can reduce costs and improve processes:

1. Master Data  
2. Shopper Insights
3. Forecasting
4. Marketing & Promotions
5. Digital Shelf  
6. Organizational Structure

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Speakers:
  • Thom Blischok - Chairman and CEO at The Dialogic Group, LLC
  • Laurie Rains - Vice President, Retail Commercial Strategy, Nielsen

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Break

Sponsored by Post Consumer Brands, DanoneWave, RefrigiWear, Inc.

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

The Power of GM and HBC

Majestic Ballroom

Did you know that the largest revenue opportunities for grocers are right under your nose within the General Merchandise and the Health & Beauty Care departments? Expanding on last year’s benchmark study, partners FMI and Acosta Strategic Advisors have gone broader and deeper into this important topic to identify strategies and tactics you can act on right now. Join us for an informative roundtable discussion with industry leaders, moderated by Acosta Strategic Advisors.

In this fast-paced session, we will:
• Examine the winds of change in the industry: e-commerce, health and wellness, and the demographic shifts that are creating new opportunities in your stores.
• Highlight the best practices shared by retailers who are top performers in GM and HBC
• Bring those best practices to life with case studies of chains that are experiencing substantial growth with GM and/or HBC.

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Speakers:

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Keynote: Leveraging Digital and Delivering on Traditional: Satisfying Consumers’ Hunger for More

Grand Ballroom

FMI Midwinter Chairman’s Remarks

During over seventy years in the food retail business, the Skogen family has had a front-row seat to tremendous change: from meat and potatoes to quinoa and chia, from cash registers to ecommerce, and from strolling an aisle to scrolling a screen. Through the waves of change they have sailed steadily ahead on a boomerang principle where every business decision is based on the question: “Will it bring the customer back?” Festival Foods CEO and Midwinter Chairman Mark Skogen opens Midwinter 2018 with a view on how his Wisconsin company has maintained their appetite for change.

Speakers:

4:15 PM - 5:20 PM

Keynote: Shaping the Future of Food Retail: Lessons from the UK

Grand Ballroom

While the extent of the impact of ecommerce on food retailing is still being debated in the US, our friends in the U.K. have already been grappling with new forms of food retail for years. What can we learn about what has worked and not worked there and what may be in store for US retailers and manufacturers? One U.K. retail giant, Ocado Group Plc, the world's largest pure-play online grocery retailer already has some of the answers. For them it has been investment in technology and automation that allows them to put together a 50-item order in a matter of minutes, provide a compelling proposition to their customers and build a profitable business.In this session, hear from Ocado Founder and CEO, Tim Steiner, about Ocado's proprietary technology and automation capabilities, how they operate in the U.K., and where they see opportunities and challenges that could prove to be snapshots of our own future.

FMI Executive Leadership Awards

Join in celebrating the 2018 recipients of the William H. Albers, Robert B. Wegman and Sidney R. Rabb awards.
Speakers:

5:20 PM - 6:00 PM

Keynote: Rapid Lightning Round: FMI Research on Loyalty, Digitally Engaged Food Shopper & Trading Partner Priorities

Grand Ballroom

How are the forces of change in consumer attitudes and digital changing the way food retailers and their partners are doing or will be doing business? FMI and our partners are seeking answers through several research projects that seek to measure and describe these changes and their impacts. This fast-paced research roundup session will share top findings of key research projects in loyalty, digital and trading partner priorities.

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Speakers:
  • Marc Hubbard - US Country Manager, Advantage Report USA
  • Graeme McVie - Chief Business Development Officer, Precima
  • Chris Morley - President USA, Nielsen
  • Scott Moses - Managing Director, Head - Food Retail & Restaurants Investment Banking, PJ Solomon Company

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Midwinter Reception

North Foyer and Grand Patio

Sponsored by Label Insight, Anheuser-Busch, E.&J. Gallo Winery

Join us for the Midwinter Reception immediately following the Saturday keynote sessions. Come enjoy food and drinks while you mingle and network with your 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. We look forward to seeing you there!        
    

6:15 AM - 8:00 AM

FMI Midwinter Sunrise 5K Run/Walk


Start Location: Tennis Courts
Sponsored by Catalina, Mondelēz International, The Clorox Company


6:15 AM - Registration & Warm Up
6:45 AM – Run/Walk Start

Join your colleagues and friends for the 2nd 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.  Registration is complimentary for all runners and walkers thanks to support from event sponsors Catalina, Mondelēz International, and The Clorox Company.  Don’t delay REGISTER today!

7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Refresh Lounge

Living Room Lounge and Veranda

Hosted by our Partners at Anheuser-Busch, Chobani, Conagra Brands, E.&J. Gallo Winery,  Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., Musco Family Olive Co., SAP, The Coca-Cola Company, The Hershey Company, The Kraft Heinz Company, BrandLoyalty


Stop by the Midwinter Refresh Lounge to relax and re-energize between meetings and conference events with complimentary coffee, snacks, and beverages, provided by our host lounge partners.  Centrally located, the Midwinter Refresh Lounge will be open to all attendees daily during peak conference hours.

7:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Registration

Living Room Lobby

Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, The Hershey Company, BMO Financial Group, Burris Logistics, Quotient Technology

8:00 AM - 12:45 PM

Strategic Executive Exchanges

Spa Suites & Bobby Jones

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Yoga

National Doral Spa

Sponsored by
General Mills, Inc.

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; please visit the FMI registration desk for availability.

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

FMI Food Industry Golf Tournament

Imperial Ballroom Patio

Title Sponsors MillerCoors, Nestlé USA, Inc., TCC Global


Please join us for the FMI Food Industry Golf Tournament on Sunday, January 28, 2018. Enjoy a great day of golf, during the Midwinter Executive Conference, on the legendary Blue Monster Course at the National Doral Miami.  A luncheon generously sponsored by Precima will begin at 11:00 a.m with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.!  Join your colleagues at the premier top-to-top golf outing at FMI's Midwinter 2018! There is no cost for FMI retailer/wholesaler members to attend, thanks to our generous sponsors.

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Spouse + Guest Luncheon

Crystal Ballroom and Patio

Sponsored by Accenture, Campbell Soup Company, Hallmark Cards, Inc., Mondelēz International


Spouses and guests are invited to enjoy a gourmet lunch designed by a Chef Richard of Campbell Soup Company. The luncheon will be followed by a talk by Sheila Mains, Founder of Brownie Brittle. Sheila's story is one of resilience and hard work. Once on the unemployment line, Sheila took her drive and energy and focused on realizing her dream of starting her own company in what she knows best... Baking! 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.

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Executive Roundtable: Planning for the Consumer of 2030

White & Gold Ballroom C

You can’t control the future. But if you can imagine it, you can shape it. And, if you can shape it, you can transform your business. The companies that identify today how we could live and consume tomorrow, and use those insights to drive business transformation, will be the ones that create profitable growth.

In this interactive, discussion-based session, learn early insights from a worldwide research effort into trends that will shape the consumer of 2030. Take part in discussions shaping these insights into possible real futures that will impact:

  • ways to stay relevant and add value for your consumers
  • options on how you evolve your ecosystem, operating model, talent and
    capabilities to be future-fit
  • the degrees of agility and velocity necessary to keep your company in step with the
    future consumer

Find out more about EY’s effort to understand the future consumer now at https://betterworkingworld.ey.com/growth/future-consumer-now

Speakers:
  • Thomas Bornemann - Principal, Consumer Products and Retail Consulting, Ernst & Young U.S. LLP
  • Andrew Cosgrove - Global Lead Analyst for Consumer Products and Retail, Ernst & Young LLP

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Executive Roundtable: Next-Generation Loyalty: Get It Right in Food Retailing

White & Gold Ballroom B

Loyalty means different things to different generations. That’s why FMI has collaborated with Precima on a multi-point thought leadership initiative that has culminated in this roundtable on the ins and outs of loyalty in the realm of food retailing.

You must be there to take advantage of the expertise of Precima as you and your colleagues discuss their findings:

  • An assessment of the loyalty landscape in the food industry,
  • The best practices of adjacent industries in earning consumer loyalty,
  • The shopper’s perspective on loyalty in the food industry,
  • A maturation model that you can adopt to pursue next-generation loyalty,
  • A way to use data to quantify the value of implementing next-generation loyalty and customer-centric retailing, and
  • Specific steps that a retailer can take today to achieve next-generation loyalty
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Speakers:
  • Graeme McVie - Chief Business Development Officer, Precima

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Executive Roundtable: Facing Change Together: Trading Partner Collaboration Priorities

White & Gold Ballroom C

The digital revolution offers new opportunities for both retailers and manufacturers to reach out directly to consumers, potentially changing long standing dynamics between trading partners. Changes in the economic infrastructure of the industry and opportunities available through big data have added further complexities to traditional ways of working together. What does collaboration really look like in food retail today and what are trading partners’ priorities? New research from FMI and Advantage Group International sheds light on ways retailers and their supplier partners can win together in an era of change. In this discussion-based session, you’ll have a chance to hear research results and discuss how these relate to your own businesses on such topics as:
•       Why retailers and manufacturers believe collaboration is important to their
        businesses
•       What both sides believe their partners can do to foster collaboration     
•       What’s keeping partners up at night and how collaboration can help resolve the
        issues

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Speakers:

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Executive Roundtable: Leading Disruption in Consumer Industries: Applications of Artificial Intelligence (Ai)

White & Gold Ballroom B

Artificial intelligence (Ai). According to a Fall 2017 MIT study, 85% of executives believe ai will be transformative for their companies, enabling them to enter a new business or sustain a competitive advantage. However, only one in five actually has incorporated AI into any offering or process.

Forward-thinking retailers and manufacturers are applying AI to drive new growth through improved merchandising, marketing, supply chain, ecommerce, loyalty and more. In this session r4 Technologies, a leading enterprise AI platform, will share practical information for food retailers and manufacturers about:
•         What is AI
•         Where is adoption happening today
•         Case studies driving impact
•         How to get started

Speakers:

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

FMI Foundation Presents: Stir It Up!

Grand Ballroom

We look forward to seeing you at this no-suit, no-tie, FMI Foundation fundraising event, where food industry leaders Stir It Up!—preparing, sharing and daring to make the best family meal.

In this friendly cooking competition, our own FMI Foundation supporters design and serve tasting menus from demo kitchen stations that will be set up for casual dining and your entertainment. Each demo kitchen station will compete to raise the most money and win awards honoring family meals, with nods for cooking the Healthiest, Easiest, Tastiest and Most Affordable meals, in addition to Best Breakfast, Best Lunch and Best Culinary Adventure.

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Midwinter Breakfast

Grand Ballroom

Sponsored by Post Consumer Brands, DanoneWave

7:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Registration

Grand Ballroom Foyer

Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, The Hershey Company, BMO Financial Group, Burris Logistics, Quotient Technology

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Keynote: FMI Annual Meeting: Stop! Look Both Ways before Crossing into 2018

Grand Ballroom

Kevin Davis, FMI Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Bristol Farms, Inc. will highlight the  critical ways FMI worked in 2017 to channel industry  disruptions into industry eruptions of innovation and opportunity.  In his straight-shooting way, Davis will recap 2017’s challenges and victories, while keeping his eye on possible implications for the year ahead. As part of the Annual Meeting of the FMI members, he will introduce the new FMI Board officers and board members who will provide industry insight and leadership as FMI determines the shape, reach and tone of its work as the Voice of Food Retail in 2018.

Speakers:
  • Kevin Davis - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bristol Farms, Inc. and FMI Chairman of the Board

8:30 AM - 9:40 AM

Keynote: The Battle for the Food Marketplace: A View from Silicon Valley

Grand Ballroom

The battle for the food marketplace has begun, and we expect the market to look nothing like what it does today in just a few years. New models bring a level of convenience consumers have not yet seen, from direct-to-consumer models to front door convenience. Changes in consumer desires are coming fast, from education rates and urbanization, to increased health consciousness and consumer technologies, consumers are more empowered than ever. Finally, the food production system is likely to be upended and look very different in the future, lessening waste and expanding our food base. We’ll examine the shakeup currently taking place and explore the technology innovations that will impact the industry.

FMI Executive Leadership Awards

Join in celebrating the 2018 recipients of the Esther Peterson,  Glen P. Woodard Jr. and Herbert Hoover awards.

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Speakers:
  • Mark Baum - Chief Collaboration Officer & Senior Vice President, Industry Relations, Food Marketing Institute
  • Ron Bodkin - Technical Director, Applied Artificial Intelligence, Google
  • Andrew Ive - Managing Director, Food-X
  • Steve Pinder - Managing Director, Kurt Salmon, part of Accenture Strategy
  • Kate Sayre - Global Head of Consumer Goods Strategy, Facebook

9:40 AM - 10:30 AM

Keynote: Getting Your Bearings in a Rapidly Moving Industry: State of the Food Retail Industry

Grand Ballroom

Every significant journey must have its critical moments for assessing progress - times when the travelers must ensure they are on the right track by taking stock of where they are in relation to the starting point and hoped for destination. In our GPS age, this trip feedback may be constant and immediate, but for those journeys that are more metaphorical in nature and for which there is no GPS, a trusted tour guide, scout and pathfinder is necessary.

FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin will draw upon the numerous resources at her disposal – original FMI research, interviews with industry leaders and close working relationships with FMI members – to offer her annual assessment of where the food retail industry currently stands in light of its rich and noble heritage and the challenging, but bright promise of its future. She will then check the soundness of her longitudinal and latitudinal readings of the industry, by engaging in a panel conversation with four industry leaders drawn from the diverse spectrum of FMI membership.
Speakers:

10:45 AM - 5:30 PM

Strategic Executive Exchanges

Spa Suites & Bobby Jones