Extraordinary Opportunity to Connect with Industry Colleagues, Trading Partners

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ARLINGTON, VA — February 26, 2010 — Thousands of retailers, wholesalers and suppliers will head to FMI 2010 in Las Vegas, May 10-13, the signature education and exhibit event for the food industry.

“FMI 2010 creates opportunities and connections that energize associates and bring value to grocery stores worldwide,” said FMI president and chief executive officer Leslie G. Sarasin. “Educational workshops and exhibits will focus on the key issues critical to business success to ensure the vitality of our industry as well as to improve our understanding of today’s – and tomorrow’s – customer.”

More than 400 exhibiting companies representing a diverse array of suppliers, including minority- and women-owned businesses will showcase new products, services and solutions. Attendees will learn valuable ways to enhance retail merchandising strategies and will gain fresh perspective for store operations.

International attendees participating through the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and the U.S. Food Export Showcase will benefit from the translation of the General Sessions into Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. In addition, FMI’s inaugural Supermarket Health & Wellness Conference will be held in conjunction with FMI 2010.

Opening Speakers

Leadership for the 21st Century — Understand the Forces of Change to Inspire Innovation

Learn what it takes to inspire innovation from Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8th Habit. Dr. Covey will present a broad overview of emerging business challenges to give leaders a better understanding of the skills and qualities essential to innovate for the future.

Using Adversity to Advantage

Attend this session to hear how one man has used adversity to become more focused and driven. Erik Weihenmayer, one of the world’s most prominent blind athletes, has climbed Mount Everest, is a downhill skier, skydiver, paraglider, mountain biker and more. Learn from him how to transcend your own perceived limitations to gain more meaning in your work and life.

Speaks 2010

The latest industry and consumer trend research will play a starring role during Speaks 2010: Consumer and Industry Insight — A Future Perspective on Tuesday, May 11. This annual look at the food industry explores key trends and emerging issues that will impact the industry, the economy and customer shopping habits.

Educational Workshops

The educational workshops follow six distinct paths:

Future Connect / Leadership Development

Immerse in the skills, knowledge and issues industry leaders must master to effectively contribute to your management team. Work to achieve a strong customer focus, high productivity and a commitment to building growth and excellence within your organization and store.

Consumer Trends: The Next Evolution of Shopper Behavior

Learn how to better connect with your customers through a deeper understanding of new product trends, innovative store formats, and effective communications and marketing techniques. Gain insight into the opportunities of the food industry in the global marketplace.

Technology Enabled Business Solutions

Explore the ingenuity and innovation shaping the future of business. Drive improved business results through enabling technologies to grow top-line sales, reduce expenses and improve organizational effectiveness. Apply business intelligence to balance cost, risk and growth. Examine the impact of social media and networking, mobile retailing and shopper centric assortment and learn their profound effect on consumer shopping behavior. Improve your retail business analytics to meet the challenges ahead.


Understand the scope, implications, rewards and risks imperative to your company. Learn the environmental and social sustainability opportunities and risks embedded in all aspects of the food industry – and the new trading partner collaboration required to succeed. Develop new sustainability ideas and strategies, and address key challenges to benefit your people, planet and profit.

Private Brands

Determine new ways to build and grow your store brands and improve their performance. Understand the trends, market share and future expectations of the segment. Find new ways to increase the penetration of your private label products to take advantage of the growing migration of consumers to store brands.

Health and Wellness

Maximize your community commitment by emphasizing the leadership role your stores play in providing information and opportunities for consumers to create and maintain healthy and active lifestyles. Capitalize on your unique asset of food, pharmacy, and knowledgeable experts in one location. Help shoppers better manage diseases, lower stress, improve nutrition and enhance their quality of life through healthy eating and living.

Session highlights include:

Leadership: Traits of Winning Partnerships

Find out why some companies receive such high marks for their company strategy, branding, category management, shopper marketing programs, innovative consumer marketing/merchandising and supply chain management. Learn how to work more effectively with trading partners to grow sales and profits.

Sustainability: Be Prepared for the Opportunities and Risks of Emerging Environmentally Driven Changes in Packaging and Waste Management

Leading companies will share what sustainable and innovative solutions they use to reduce packaging and control waste management. Attend this workshop to understand key issues, trends, risks and opportunities.

Private Brands: Charting the Growth of Private Brands

Hear about The Hartman Group’s new report, Private Label 2010: Redefining Meaning of Brand. Gain a glimpse into what the future holds for national brands competing with the new realities of private label products, brands and marketing.

Health and Wellness: Building Health and Wellness Through Ethnic Marketing Programs

Cultural perceptions of health and wellness drive purchasing decisions when it comes to food, beverages and health and beauty products. Learn industry best practices on how to incorporate cultural considerations into marketing campaigns.

Technology: Shopper Centric Assortment – How Technology Solutions Can Help You Make the Right Decisions

Retailers and wholesalers face increased competition in the marketplace. A flexible and integrated assortment planning system is essential for success. Learn how to determine the right product mix that will attract customers to your store.

Consumer Trends: The Moment We Buy – How Consumers Make Decisions In-Store

The needs, desires and attitudes of customers have changed and so has what they are looking for in their grocery store shopping experience. Learn from case studies of grocery store concepts, including new ideas and fresh perspective on store formats and layouts, retail merchandising strategies and communication, and in-store branding techniques.

For complete information about FMI 2010 general sessions, workshops, exhibitors and registration please click here.

Customer Innovation Zone

Retailers and wholesalers will learn from leading consumer products and service provider companies in the Customer Innovation Zone. The presentations will focus on cutting-edge consumer research, innovative marketing and merchandising strategies, product innovation and category development programs. Retailers and wholesalers can leverage these innovative concepts into increased sales, profitability and customer loyalty.

New Product Showcase

Experience this year’s must-have items! See the latest trends in packaged products, equipment and services.

Store Manager Awards

The successful supermarket store manager achieves company goals by integrating the store into the surrounding community and providing great customer service. The awards program will highlight three finalists selected from each of three categories: Category A Small Retailers: companies with 1 – 49 stores; Category B Medium Retailers: companies with 50 – 199 stores; and, Category C Large Retailers: companies with 200+ stores.

The nine finalists will receive two complimentary registrations for FMI 2010 and three-nights’ hotel accommodations in Las Vegas. One grand prize winner will be recognized from each of the three categories and they will each receive $1,000. The deadline for entries is March 1, 2010.

Group Advantage Program

Retailer and wholesaler groups bringing 10 or more team members will receive discounted group registration rates. Group rates include the FMI and U.S. Food Showcase exhibit floors and FMI education. The group rate also includes hotel room block assistance. For groups of 30 or more, the Group Gold Program offers the additional benefit of a company conference suite on the exhibit floor for private meetings.

Supermarket Health & Wellness Conference

Attend FMI’s inaugural Supermarket Health & Wellness Conference held in conjunction with FMI 2010. Explore health and wellness issues and opportunities in more depth through a robust education program, “quick-hit” appointments between retailers, suppliers and service providers, and strategic planning meetings with business partners. Separate registration is required, but attendees have a value-added bonus: full access to FMI 2010! For more information about the Supermarket Health & Wellness Conference click here.