ARLINGTON, VA — February 16, 2011 — A new Food Marketing Institute (FMI) program providing registration discounts for wholesalers and independent operators attending Future Connect, is now available. Future Connect is the premier leadership development event for the food retail industry.

The Wholesaler Group Advantage Program (GAP) is offered to wholesalers who bring any combination of ten or more of their associates and associates from their independent retailers who have ten or fewer stores. This special program provides the lowest possible registration fee with a savings of up to $560 per registration. Groups registering 10 or more people will receive an additional registration free of charge.

“Future Connect is designed to help retailers, wholesalers and suppliers attract, retain and develop talent for the future through collaborative learning sessions.” said FMI President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie G. Sarasin. “FMI is also keenly aware of the importance of addressing the needs of our wholesaler and independent operator members, and we want to encourage their participation because it is crucial for the industry as a whole to build the next generation of leaders.”

Future Connect offers interactive, problem-based sessions in the three key areas of Operations Management, Strategic Management and Sales, Marketing and Merchandising.   Companies are encouraged to send store-level managers, regional directors, vice presidents and other corporate executives to develop additional leadership skills and learn how to execute a vision, understand industry and consumer trends, enhance business development and motivate top-performers.

To learn more about the FMI Wholesaler Group Advantage Program and to register, please contact Gladys Swearingen at 202.220.0641 or