DALLAS, TEXAS – May 1, 2012 – Every two years, the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) hosts the largest convergence of food retailers, wholesalers and their trading partners for both education and networking opportunities across the retailing industry, and Dallas is an equally sizeable stage to announce that FMI2014 will return to Chicago’s McCormick Center, June 10-13.

FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin said, “Chicago already supports an inherent food culture and it’s home to 19 of our FMI retailers, such as Central Grocers Inc., Potash Markets and even Walgreen Co. I’m anxious to help bridge our return to Chicago, as FMI featured its convention in Chicago 24 times – from the early 1980s to 2007.”

Here in Dallas, at One Big Event, more than 14,000 individuals registered, which included well over 2,800 exhibitors and 90 participating countries. The Chicago food retail show in 2014 has the potential to capitalize on this year’s momentum in one of the most sensory U.S. cities.

Chicago-area business owner, CEO of Potash Markets and FMI Board Member, Art Potash, also expressed enthusiasm for the high-profile event’s return to his city, saying, “As a native Chicagoan and grocer, I’m thrilled to host my trade association and the thousands of attendees that will make 2014 a mark on my city’s map – I’m honored to help bolster Chicago’s reputation as a culinary destination.”

More information on the 2014 convention will be available this summer. Visit www.FMI2012.com or the FMI Solutions Center at booth #5200 on the show floor in Dallas for news, information and statistics relevant to FMI’s food retailer event.