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    FMI Aligns with Shepard Expo Services for 2014 Confab

    Pact with ‘boutique firm’ will enhance VIP offerings for exhibitors

    The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has selected Shepard Exposition Services to be its service partner for the 2014 food retail show, June 11-13, in Chicago’s McCormick Place (South Hall).

    Officials from the Arlington, Va.-based FMI said its 2014 event is expected to meet and exceed the expectations of the its 2012 trade confab in Dallas, which drew more than 14,000 industry professionals from 90 countries and boasted a dynamic show floor with more than 2,800 exhibitors and targeted educational opportunities.

    “We are enthusiastic to be partnering with Shepard at FMI2014 since they exemplify a boutique firm with a strong commitment to offering an array of VIP and concierge services,” noted Dagmar Farr, FMI’s SVP of member services. “It was obvious during the bidding process that the Shepard culture specifically addresses the needs of FMI and our exhibitor community by enhancing our FMI2014 show floor engagement and appealing to all five senses.”

    “Indeed, the event size and prestige present a uniquely collaborative opportunity,” added Richard Maples, Shepard’s VP of sales. “We’re honored to partner with one of the industry’s premier events. And FMI’s dedication to creative innovation dovetails perfectly with Shepard’s ongoing drive to perfect customer-focused experiences.”

    Recognized industry wide as a premier destination for the latest trends in technologies, services and packaged products, networking and education, the FMI conference will return to Chicago, where it hosted the event 24 times since the early 1980s.

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