“I think it was a really good first step to bring the show back to Chicago,” said Kevin Davis, CEO of Bristol Farms.
“The show is a good show. I always find two or three vendors that I can work with. I’m also looking for opportunities to bring aboard some new distribution lines from the United States," said Martha Quintero, who purchases product for Compania Goly S.A. in Panama.
“How do we make sure they get the support and the nutrition they need so that they can grow up to be healthier, and they won’t have health problems and our health care system won’t have so many diet-related problems such as diabetes? These are some hard choices,” said former secretary of state Hillary Clinton in her keynote address to FMI Connect.
“For years there was a case for food retailers to maintain a mid-market strategy — don’t get too high, and offer good value. But today it’s a different day,” said FMI CEO Leslie G. Sarasin during her keynote address.
"As you see people having this pre-breakfast snack and sort of having snacks through the morning, I think there could be a point in time where people won’t even remember what [breakfast] was,” said Unified Grocers CMO Sue Klug at an FMI Connect session on snacks.
“No matter how I look at organic, it’s growing,” said Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics during her "Power of Fresh" presentation.
“[Safeway] can make pharmacy the center of health and wellness, with concentric circles spreading out to the OTC area, and all all the way out to the perimeter, with fresh produce,” said Darren Singer, Safeway's SVP of pharmacy, health and wellness, before a packed audience at FMI Connect.
“We need to continue to figure out how to add value to the show for retailers and for CPG companies, so they see the benefit of coming every year,” said Jerry Golub, president and CEO, Price Chopper.Gallery: Cubs and pubs at FMI Connect
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