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    FMI Offering Sustainability Summit, Starter Kit

    The event and the resource both aim to help companies learn how to build value with strategies that benefit the environment and make business sense.

    The Food Marketing institute will present the Food Industry Sustainability Summit June 16 to June 18 at the Grand Hyatt in Minneapolis, with the aim of bringing together leaders from the food industry, other businesses, government, and sustainability advocates to discuss how companies can create programs to improve the environment, society, and the bottom line.

    "Our mission is to help companies chart a course to help preserve the planet through initiatives that make sense economically," said FMI senior director Jeanne von Zastrow. "Starting a sustainability program requires senior-level commitment and organizational change to work because it encompasses almost every aspect and department within your company. The Sustainability Summit will help companies develop strategies according to their corporate culture, consumers, and marketplace."

    Sessions scheduled for the summit include Shortcuts for Putting Sustainability Into Practice, which will offer firsthand, practical guidance from retailers on how to develop and implement specific sustainability strategies.
    The panelists will also discuss the practical applications of the new FMI Sustainability Starter Kit, a strategic guide designed to help companies develop and analyze what sustainability means as a business issue for them. The kit provides a framework to help them understand where opportunities exist that have the greatest financial value, as well as a plan to establish and implement sustainability goals.

    Along with the Starter Kit, FMI offers a comprehensive range of online strategic resources and consumer research to help the industry set up sustainability programs, including:

    --The Sustainability Opportunity for Retail and Wholesale Executives is a PowerPoint presentation that explains the concept and why it's important to food retailers and wholesalers. Companies can customize this document for internal use.
    --Sustainability and Recycling in the Food Industry explores shopper practices and attitudes about these topics and how the industry is responding, drawing on sustainability programs by task force members.
    --Research performed by Catalina Marketing exclusively for FMI demonstrates how consumers actually practice sustainability in their lifestyles and buying habits. This work complements recent research based on consumer surveys and focus groups done by The Hartman Group for the industry.
    --A list of sustainability resources, including organizations, publications, conferences, and experts.
    Those interested can register for the Food Industry Sustainability Summit or access the additional resources at www.fmi.org/sustainability/. To buy a copy of the Sustainability Starter Kit, visit http://www.fmi.org/forms/store/ProductFormPublic/search?action=1&Product....

    FMI's retail membership is made up of large multistore chains, regional firms, and independent supermarkets. Its international membership includes 200 companies from over 50 countries.

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