Last week's disastrous events in the Eastern U.S. had the secondary effects of bringing much of the nation's travel to a halt, and food industry executives were impacted along with everyone else.
how organizers responded by cutting short or canceling events.
The Food Distributors International Midyear Executive Conference in Toronto was halted shortly after news broke of the U.S. explosions, and the U.S.-Canada border was temporarily closed, stranding executives in the country. (See column, Page 2.)
The International Baking Industry Exposition came to a temporary halt last Tuesday when a bomb scare led the police to close the Las Vegas Convention Center in order to conduct a search, which turned up nothing. The event resumed the next day with extended hours.
In Palm Desert, Calif., attendees at the General Merchandise Distributors Council HBC Marketing Conference scrambled to obtain rental cars as others fixed their attention on hotel television screens. (See story, Page 39.)
FMI's Energy and Technical Services Conference cut short last week's event in Cleveland. The National Restaurant Association canceled its Public Affairs Conference slated for September 21 to 26 in Washington.