ORLANDO, Fla. — Business conferences often like to kick things off with a keynote speaker who makes attendees think outside the box, and this year’s Food Marketing Institute Future Connect event succeeded in doing that with Jade Simmons.
A classical pianist/rapper/stand-up-comic/motivational speaker, Simmons wowed the audience with her quick wit and otherworldly piano skills, not to mention her ability to have a little fun with attendees....More
ORLANDO, Fla. — Food retailers can play up their status as important political constituents to influence legislative activity, according to a panel at Food Marketing Institute’s Future Connect conference here Tuesday....More
ORLANDO, Fla. — Food Marketing Institute on Tuesday unveiled four grand prize winners for its 2013 Store Manager Award presentation at the association’s professional development conference, Future Connect....More
ORLANDO, Fla. — Supermarkets used to believe that they were the center of the universe around which their customers revolved, but in today’s world that is no longer the case, said Leslie G. Sarasin, president and chief executive officer, Food Marketing Institute....More
ORLANDO, Fla. — Retailers need to think about global food trends in terms of the whole store, not just a “dusty ethnic aisle,” said Laurie Demeritt of The Hartman Group, in a presentation at the Food Marketing Institute’s Future Connect conference here on Tuesday....More
Food Marketing Institute’s 2013 Future Connect conference kicked off on Monday with store tours, a presentation on social media, and an array of private company and association meetings and events. The day was capped with a “FunDay Night” party, featuring live music, dancing, and assorted food and beverages.
The food industry is changing, and “over the years what really has evolved is the need for the leader to be able to develop and nurture and motivate their people, and what does it mean to be effective and have an impact in today’s marketplace,” says Trudy Bourgeois, CEO and founder of The Center for Workforce Excellence....More
ORLANDO, Fla. — Having a corporate presence on social media presents challenges not only in terms of training those employees who post on behalf of the company, but also in making sure that those agents have access to accurate and appropriate content to respond to customers....More
ARLINGTON, Va. — Food Marketing Institute is returning to an annual trade show format next year, but Future Connect will live on in some form, Leslie G. Sarasin, president and chief executive officer, FMI, told SN....More