AUGUST 22, 2013 – ARLINGTON, VA – The leading trade association for the food retail industry, Food Marketing Institute (FMI), recently redesigned its annual event in order to forecast the future of food retailing. FMI’s newly reformatted tradeshow, FMI Connect, will offer attendees a global food retail experience June 10-13, 2014.

FMI has long-served the food retail industry’s need for idea-sharing, training, products and solutions, and after extensive member interviews, research and an executive-level commitment, FMI planned an event around the experience of the show-goer, responding to the biggest changes grocery executives will see in the industry over the next decade. Imperative to the success of food retailers’ businesses, FMI Connect will provide solutions to equipping food retailers and wholesalers with the resources they need to feed families and enrich lives.

FMI Connect will defy the senses and tradition by exploring trends, tastes and technologies. While the tradeshow experience will focus on the entire store, the brick and mortar approach to business will be reinvented by an increasingly more digitally-enabled, mobile shopper.

“The food retail industry is filled with innovative leaders who see challenges as an opportunity to blaze new paths,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, FMI president and CEO, “FMI Connect will be a festival of inspirational thinking where challenges will be confronted creatively, imaginations can run wild and possibilities for the future will be openly embraced.”

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The Food Marketing Institute’s (FMI) newly redesigned annual tradeshow, FMI Connect, offers attendees a global food retail experience June 10-13, 2014 in Chicago. FMI Connect provides solutions to growing basket size; increasing customer trips; improving margins; increasing market share; and developing leadership. FMI Connect is the only food retail showcase with something for every aspect of the food retail business: From consumer goods to capital goods, fresh produce to fresh ideas.