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'Idea Tables' on the Menu at Lunch


Attendees at Food Marketing Institute’s Future Connect conference here only had two choices of what to have for lunch on Wednesday, but 98 choices about what to discuss.

For the first time, FMI created “idea tables” around the luncheon room at the Anatole Hilton in Dallas, with tables specially designated for topics in categories ranging from “people issues” to “merchandising and marketing.”

An “idea table” at Wednesday’s Future Connect luncheon.

To facilitate discussion, FMI designated 98 different group leaders to sit at each specially designated table to drive the conversations on such topics as training store-level associates, shrink reduction strategies, and leveraging social media to grow sales.

A stroll around the room found many of the attendees sticking to the topics of their designated tables.

In addition to people issues and marketing, other categories of topics included store operations/activities; growth strategies and industry collaboration; independents/wholesalers; and potpourri.


Liz Webber

Liz Webber is Engagement Director / Fresh Market Editor at Supermarket News. She covers fresh foods for the magazine and creates multimedia, blog posts and other content for the website. She joined...

Julie Gallagher

Julie Gallagher’s delicious foray into coverage of the food industry was purely accidental. With a background in technology, she joined Supermarket News as associate editor of its Technology...
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