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    FMI Reveals Scheduled Highlights of 2006 Show

    WASHINGTON -- The 2006 Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Show, to be held May 7 to May 9 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, promises to present attendees with a wealth of activities, according to the industry trade group.

    WASHINGTON -- The 2006 Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Show, to be held May 7 to May 9 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, promises to present attendees with a wealth of activities, according to the industry trade group.

    "FMI and our industry partners are excited to present this outstanding opportunity for industry executives to align all aspects of their business operations," noted FMI president and c.e.o. Tim Hammonds in a statement.

    The show is slated to feature 40 educational sessions, an exhibit floor with thousands of consumer products, three awards programs, and data from FMI's two annual benchmark reports, "Grocery Shopper Trends" and "Food Retail Industry Speaks." "Trends" examines consumer shopping behaviors, attitudes and preferences, providing a valuable benchmark to food retail marketing strategists, while "Speaks," a survey of food retail operators, provides a detailed analysis on important industry issues such as competition, labor, customer service, profits, distribution, transportation, marketing and merchandising.

    Former "Nightline" news anchor Ted Koppel will deliver the keynote address on May 7, immediately followed by the opening of the FMI Show exhibit floor.

    Food, beverage, and other consumer products will fill the exhibit floor, reflecting evolving customer needs and profit-generating opportunities. Over 250 companies will exhibit at the show for the first time.

    The FMI Supplier Diversity Program will make its ninth appearance at the show. The program was created to connect women- and minority-owned business enterprises with retail and wholesale buyers, providing the buyers with exposure to growing markets. Participants get free marketing advice, on-site educational seminars, and introductions to supplier diversity managers from FMI member companies, among other benefits.

    Co-locating with the FMI Show are four other major food industry events: All Things Organic, the Spring Fancy Food Show, the U.S. Food Export Showcase, and the United Produce Conference & Expo. For more information visit www.fmishow.com.

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