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    FMI Conference to Explore Green Strategies

    The first-ever FMI Sustainability Summit, slated for June 16-18 in Minneapolis, will feature new research and more.

    Practices and strategies that promote the long-term well-being of the environment, society, and the bottom line will be the focus of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Food Industry Sustainability Summit, to be held June 16-18 at the Grand Hyatt in Minneapolis.

    "All of us -- retailers, wholesalers and suppliers -- share a responsibility to develop green and socially responsible business practices," said Tim Hammonds, president and c.e.o. of FMI, in a statement. "This summit is an opportunity to address the challenges, learn best practices, and create successful strategies that benefit the environment and make business sense."

    World Wildlife Fund president and c.e.o. Carter Roberts will be the keynote speaker at the Sustainability Summit. He will discuss how to use the market to fight climate change and resource exhaustion.

    The summit will unveil new consumer research by Mitch Baranowski, co-founder of Bemporad Baranowski Marketing Group (BBMG). He will present new insight into sustainability-conscious consumers and how they reward companies that are honest about their processes and practices, authentic about products, and accountable for their impact on the environment and society.

    The event will also feature consumer research on sustainability from Catalina Marketing and FMI.

    The general sessions, interactive forums, workshops, and case studies will address strategic issues and offer practical solutions for food retailers and wholesalers who seek to differentiate their company by optimizing their sustainability programs, FMI said.

    The summit will explore how to implement green initiatives throughout companies, including:
    -- Consumer Relations
    -- Energy
    -- Marketing
    -- Operations
    -- Packaging
    -- Store Development
    -- Supply chain management
    -- Transportation

    To register, visit www.fmi.org/sustainability/.

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