7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 8:15 AM


8:15 AM - 9:00 AM

Opening Keynote:The Impact of Inflation and De-Globalization on the Retail Marketplace

Infrastructure and innovation are the two key drivers of successful private brand programs. Inflation and de-globalization are impacting these across both private brand and branded suppliers and retailers throughout the industry. Hear from an industry veteran who has worked on both sides of the supply chain about the current landscape and the opportunities and challenges it invites.

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM


9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Reaching for New Heights in Private Brands

The U.S. food industry has succeeded in enhancing private brand products and strategies in recent years, but still has a long way to go to achieve the high share levels of some global food retailers. This session will relay key findings from FMI’s latest survey of private brand industry executives and feature a panel in which trading partners discuss future growth potential, strategies to achieve success and biggest hurdles to overcome. The format will encourage audience interaction so that attendees can get involved in the conversation.

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Current and Future Political Landscape, Implications and Outlook

The political landscape is central to many discussions, debates and decisions within food retail and the larger society. With the midterm elections just around the corner hear from FMI Government Relations experts on how the midterms and other upcoming political milestones could impact legislation, regulation and agency activities.

  • Jennifer Hatcher - Chief Public Policy Officer & Senior Vice President, Government Relations, FMI
  • Stephanie Harris - General Counsel & Chief Regulatory Officer

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM


11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Building Private Brands in the Digital Channel

With margins increasingly squeezed, growing sales for higher margin private brands is an important strategy. Join Incisiv and FMI for results of a new research study that identifies key marketing and merchandising priorities that can be used to drive higher sales and improved customer loyalty in the digital channel. 

12:00 PM - 1:30 AM

Lunch & Networking

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Importance of Private Brand Products in Policy, Research and Health Programs

While private brands represent a significant portion of retail sales and are an important part of the consumer diet, they are underrepresented in a key nutrient database that is used to inform health and nutrition policy and research initiatives in the US.  Learn how the USDA Global Branded Food Products Database supports initiatives for evidence-based food policy, research and health programs, and how retailers can achieve greater visibility and representation of their product lines.

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Sustainability Topics in Private Brands

  • Cheryl Baldwin,Ph.D. - Vice President of Sustainability Consulting and Marketing and Business Development, Pure Strategies, Inc.
  • Andy S. Harig - Vice President, Tax, Trade, Sustainability & Policy Development, FMI

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM


3:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Shifting Perception: Private Brand Packaging & Design COG or Strategic Advantage?

A look at private brand packaging and design’s rapidly changing shift from fast follower to leader. This move will shift packaging from a COG to a strategic advantage. Learn what changes are impacting private brand packaging and the trends that will shape the future of our industry. 

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Private Brand Strategies for Driving Profitable Revenue

Join us for a fireside chat with experienced food industry leaders. In this interactive session, you will learn strategies for driving profitable private label growth specific to planning, managing and optimizing the demand while gaining a better understanding for how to find the optimal assortment mix offered at the right retail prices across the private label ranges. 



6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Thursday Sizzler: Drinks, Dinner and Friends

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

How Private Brands Can be a Shopper’s Trusted Ally

Long-term consumer demand for private brands has been demonstrated, and current economic inflation is presenting an opportunity spike. As consumers are struggling under the weight of rising food/beverage prices they are seeking an ally to help them live the life they want and feed themselves and their families in accordance with their values.  This presentation will illustrate the rising demand for private brands and highlight consumer attitudes and shopping behaviors under new economic constraints. From this session you will learn and discuss: 

  • How consumers perceive inflation and its impact on their lives (e.g., health and wellness)  

  • Consumers’ top strategies for fighting high food/beverage prices 

  • How to execute a private brand strategy that positions private brands and retailers as trusted allies 


8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

Commodities, Pricing Influences and Future Outlook

Hear how commodity inflation and its drivers affect food manufacturers' costs. Get the outlook for the price of ingredients in 2023

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM


9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) in Action: Preparing for Bold and Sustainable Progress

While past DEI initiatives have made progress for some people in some places, US business still has a long way to go on the road to equity. This session will review the DEI business case and explain how building sustainable change requires that we prioritize equity and take bold action today. This engaging session will involve a discussion of the Equity Activation framework and how leaders can take tangible steps to advance DEI for their workforce, the marketplace, and society.

Presented by WISE 


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

"One Thing” in Private Brands Sharing Session

What's the one thing keeping you up at night or getting you out of bed in the morning? Event participants will share the hot topics, challenges and exciting opportunities they see in private brands today in this round robin session designed to spark conversations that continue throughout the event. Registered participants should look for a survey the week before the event to gather your ideas and be prepared to elaborate during the discussion. 
  • Doug Baker - Vice President, Industry Relations, FMI