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ARLINGTON, Va. - The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) yesterday released more details about its new show rotation and venue schedule, including holding its main booth show in even-numbered years beginning in 2008.
The FMI Show plus MARKETECHNICS will take place in Chicago in May of 2007, as previously scheduled, and then move to Las Vegas in 2008 to begin an alternating year rotation with a new Leadership Education Forum, said FMI. This new Leadership Education Forum will launch in Dallas in May of 2009.
Holding the traditional FMI Show in the even-numbered years accommodates equipment vendors who have asked FMI to be sensitive to an existing national equipment show already being held in the odd-numbered years, the trade group said.
"Combining the FMI May Show with MARKETECHNICS starting in 2007 and continuing in 2008 creates a singular opportunity for the entire industry to connect with their peers, gain access to the industry's most comprehensive exhibit floor, and take advantage of unique educational opportunities," said Tim Hammonds, FMI's president and c.e.o., in a statement. "This will be particularly valuable to our independent operators who cannot attend multiple shows each year. Our new Leadership Education Forum will help the industry develop the leadership talent we will need for the future and will serve as an ongoing showcase for FMI's signature research projects."
The event dates are as follows:
2007: May 6-8, Chicago, McCormick Place - FMI Show plus MARKETECHNICS
2008: May 5-7, Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay - FMI Show plus MARKETECHNICS
2009: May 4-6, Dallas, Hyatt Regency - FMI Leadership Education Forum followed by MARKETECHNICS, May 6-8, Dallas, Dallas Convention Center