WASHINGTON, DC – December 14, 2005 – Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today announced the co-location of MARKETECHNICS®, FMI’s merchandising technology event, with the FMI Show in Chicago, May 6-8, 2007.

“FMI is excited to provide a forum for top level industry executives to align all aspects of their business operations,” said Tim Hammonds, president and CEO of FMI. “Our members and our industry partners are eager for the opportunity to bring their strategic teams together at these shows for integration of the breadth of functions in food retailing.”

The intertwining of industry operations and technology – including data synchronization to smooth the ordering process, radio frequency identification devices to improve the tracking of products throughout the supply chain, price optimization, loyalty marketing and all forms of data management – is increasingly important to food retailers and wholesalers.

The FMI Show 2007 will again feature other co-located shows, including the Fancy Food Show, All Things Organic, U.S. Food Export Showcase and Produce Expo & Conference. The co-location with MARKETECHNICS® follows the recent plan of providing a new event every year for the FMI Show by rotating different areas of focus to the exhibition floor and seminar planning.

MARKETECHNICS® presents cutting-edge innovation to merchandisers, operations executives and marketers to make food industry retailers and wholesalers more competitive and better able to serve today's demanding customers. Programs, products and discussions focus on how to implement technological solutions across all aspects of the business, ranging from project management to building an entire business plan. In 2006, FMI’s MARKETECHNICS® is in San Diego from January 30-February 1.

The FMI Show is the industry’s largest and most comprehensive international food industry event in North America. Retailers, distributors, suppliers, importers and exporters are presented with the latest products and services available to grow their businesses. The show features world-class educational programming to enhance strategic thinking and achieve business goals. The FMI Show 2006 is in Chicago from May 7-9.