Executives from Unified Grocers and D&W Fresh Market will be among those discussing health and wellness initiatives during a half-day education and networking event to be sponsored by SN.

Margaux DrakeStephanie SteinerThe event, called “Supermarket News at Expo West: Driving Health and Wellness at Supermarkets,” will take place Thursday, March 6, from 2 to 6 p.m., during Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Calif. Here is a link to the agenda.

Margaux Drake, Living Well Lifestyle Expert, D&W Fresh Market, and John Creed, category manager for natural frozen and dairy, Unified Grocers, will be panelists in a session about how companies pursue health and wellness partnerships.

In another session, Stephanie Steiner, director of sales and marketing — Market Centre Natural at Unifed Grocers; Raymond McCall, SVP of pharmacy and HBC, Ahold USA; and Thomas Honer, owner, Harvest Market IGA, will address how their companies leverage the total-store health experience.

In a session about the new breed of natural food retail players, panelists will include Jim Nielsen, COO, Sprouts Farmers Market; Chris Sherrell, CEO, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market; and Jay Jacobowitz, president, Retail Insights.


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In addition, New Hope Natural Media, which produces Natural Products Expo West, will preview a new strategy for product forecasting in the health and wellness arena. That session will be led by Len Monheit, executive director, strategic development.

The program will also include an exclusive cocktail and networking reception for supermarket industry executives from 6 to 7 p.m.

Those interested in attending need to register for Expo West and then upgrade their badge to attend the SN program, using promo code SNWEST.

Another option is to call 1-866-458-4935 to speak to a customer service representative for registration.

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