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Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates on PMA/CGT Events and Food Safety Resources

As an organization that regularly convenes the industry, the health and safety of our members and guests is our top priority. With this in mind, we have made the decision to postpone all PMA and CGT events through May 1, 2020, which includes Fresh Connections: Retail. If you have an immediate question or concern, please reach out to our Member Services team at MemberServices@pma.com. We are here to support you. READ MORE

Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates on PMA/CGT Events and Food Safety Resources

As an organization that regularly convenes the industry, the health and safety of our members and guests is our top priority. With this in mind, we have made the decision to postpone all PMA and CGT events through May 1, 2020, which includes Fresh Connections: Retail. If you have an immediate question or concern, please reach out to our Member Services team at MemberServices@pma.com. We are here to support you.

Who Attends

Supermarket and mass market retailers, from category managers to executives, attend to seek new suppliers, vendors and partners, and to collaborate on industry solutions.


Fresh produce suppliers: growers, shippers, processors, industry service providers, wholesalers and institutional buyers, attend to meet buyers and to explore solutions to our most pressing issues.


Supermarket and mass market retailers, from category managers to executives, attend to seek new suppliers, vendors and partners, and to collaborate on industry solutions.


Fresh produce suppliers: growers, shippers, processors, industry service providers, wholesalers and institutional buyers, attend to meet buyers and to explore solutions to our most pressing issues.

Why Attend?

Meet prospective customers and begin building long-term relationships with top U.S. & Canadian retailers.


Understand consumer behavior to gain strategies for translating current trends into sales opportunities.


And delve into industry issues with your peers to exchange ideas and solutions.

Meet prospective customers and begin building long-term relationships with top U.S. & Canadian retailers.


Understand consumer behavior to gain strategies for translating current trends into sales opportunities.


And delve into industry issues with your peers to exchange ideas and solutions.

Travel and Hotel Information

Travel and Hotel Information

Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsorship Opportunities

Registration

 
Member
(on or before March 19
Non-Member
(on or before March 19)
Member
(after March 19)
Non-Member
(after March 19)
Registration
US$395
US$545
US$495
US$645

 

All pricing in U.S. currency

Event is limited to 200 participants. This event sells out in advance every year, so register now.

Registration includes:
March 25: Evening networking reception
March 26: Fresh Connections education program, breakfast, lunch, and a networking break

Volunteer Opportunity at the Hunger Relief Center at the Philabundance Galloway Warehouse
(Optional, limited spaces available) 

Cancellation Policy
No refunds. Substitutions accepted.

QUESTIONS?
Contact Member Services at MemberServices@pma.com or +1 (302) 738-7100


Schedule of events

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Time Event
 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM Volunteer Opportunity at the Hunger Relief Center at the Philabundance Galloway Warehouse
(Optional, limited spaces available)
 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Demand Creation Think Tank
 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Members Helping Members
 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Networking Reception


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Time Event
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Networking Breakfast
8:30 AM - 8:35 AM
Opening Remarks
8:35 AM - 9:35 AM

Improving Supply Chain Challenges - One Opportunity at a Time

A moderated conversation with retailers will uncover a host of challenges experienced at the retail level and why collaboration between the supply and buy side is essential for success.

Moderator: Anthony Totta, CEO, FreshXperts

Panelists:
Mark Hendricks, Produce Merchandising and Operations Director, Pyramid Foods
Meghan Diaz, Sr. Sourcing Manager Sprouts Farmer's Market

9:35 AM - 9:50 AM Networking Break
9:50 AM - 11:00 AM
Up Close and Personal - Hear from the Consumer

Back by popular demand, a consumer panel will reveal the impacts of retailer challenges on the consumer, as well as the why behind their purchasing decisions. Attendees will begin to see how their actions directly influence consumer perception of the products they sell.

Moderator: Brian Numainville, Principal, Retail Feedback Group
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Networking Lunch and Research Pod Activity

On-demand station with research related to retail trends focused on sustainability.   This non-traditional setting will deliver need-to-know information while you continue conversations with new connections from earlier sessions. 

Speaker: Roxi Beck, Vice President at the Center for Food Integrity

12:00 PM - 2:15 PM Experience Exchange Breakouts

Concurrent self-select discussion groups focused on uncovering ways retailers and suppliers can work better together to solve identified challenges. A retailer will be assigned to keep the topic at hand on track, however the dialogue will be up to you. Come prepared to share and discover solutions in a setting designed to foster collaborative conversation.
Schedule subject to change