FMI President and CEO Sarasin Invites “Everyone to the Table” in June 2016

November 19, 2015 – ARLINGTON, VA – Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today launched its new campaign, “Everyone to the Table” for FMI Connect, food retail’s premier event. The industry platform is expected to explore all aspects of the grocery business, especially the most profit-centric areas, such as fresh and prepared foods, private brands and health and lifestyle.

“‘Everyone to the Table’” has dual meaning – at a literal level, it depicts the end-goal for retailers and suppliers to provide the inspiration and products that enable people to gather for meals, “Leslie G. Sarasin, FMI president and CEO, explained. “Figuratively, the proverbial table acts as a representation of what the event means for the industry – a platform for everyone to come together each year to prepare for the future and stay abreast of new efficiencies, trends, innovations and consumer engagement strategies.

“Chicago will build on its reputation as a food city by transforming into the food retail trend-spotting capital of the world during FMI Connect 2016, June 20-23, 2016. Year-round, our Association activities focus on serving as the go-to-source for global trend analysis for food retailers of all sizes. During FMI Connect, as the host, we blend together these insights to deliver a dynamic gathering place across an increasingly complex, competitive and dynamic food retail environment.

“We encourage everyone to come to the table, bringing all areas of the business and every link in the supply chain together to work in concert to ensure we all keep pace with the shopper revolution taking place in our industry. We are building FMI Connect to track the pulse of the shopper and give our members the tools and ideas they need to successfully reach their evolving customer base.”

FMI Connect will also continue to host FutureLeaders @Connect, a leadership-focused program providing high-potential industry employees a chance to step outside their day-to-day roles and experience the entire world of food retail in all its depth, breadth, complexity and opportunity.

Sarasin continued, “We believe FMI Connect provides an indispensable service to the people who make up the heart of the industry—the ideas, products, partnerships and professional development they need to realize their greatest ambitions.”

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