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    Hispanic Retail Conference Nears Sell-Out

    NEW YORK -- The inaugural Hispanic Retail 360 Conference & Product Showcase, produced by the Retail Group of VNU Business Media and VNU Expositions, is expected to sell out, the show's organizers said yesterday. More than 140 executives representing grocery and other retail channels will be joined by some 200 consumer product manufacturers, ethnic food suppliers, and distributors, and service companies at the show, to be held Sept. 26-27 at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel in Dallas.

    NEW YORK -- The inaugural Hispanic Retail 360 Conference & Product Showcase, produced by the Retail Group of VNU Business Media and VNU Expositions, is expected to sell out, the show's organizers said yesterday. More than 140 executives representing grocery and other retail channels will be joined by some 200 consumer product manufacturers, ethnic food suppliers, and distributors, and service companies at the show, to be held Sept. 26-27 at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel in Dallas.

    Registered retailers include such major chains as Albertsons, Circle K, 7-Eleven, CVS, Rite Aid, Dollar General and Wal-Mart, and regional chains, including HEB, Minyard, Super S Foods, and Food Lion.

    Hispanic Retail 360 features integrated data and insights from VNU's world-leading information companies -- ACNielsen, Spectra, Claritas, Scarborough, and Nielsen Media Research -- and presentations from leading market experts on such topics as consumer behavior, execution, merchandising assortment, and product sourcing. Progressive Grocer is also owned by VNU.

    In addition, the Hispanic Retail 360 Product Showcase area will provide an intimate setting for suppliers to conduct tabletop meetings with retailers in an area adjacent to the conference room. The Hispanic Retail 360 Product Showcase area will feature many of the leading providers of products and services for retailers targeting the Hispanic consumer market.

    A highlight of the event will be the presentation of the first Hispanic Retail Excellence Award to Mike Provenzano, president of Pro & Son's Ranch Market. Provenzano and his management team, operate five stores in southern California and California's Central Valley, and four in Phoenix, Ariz.

    Interested attendees are urged to sign up at http://www.hispanicretail360.com.

    Charter sponsors for the conference and expo include Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch, Tree of Life, Vertis, Energizer, MBR Industries, Procter & Gamble, Gallo, and Gatorade. For more information on exhibiting or becoming a sponsor, contact Jeff Friedman at 646-654-7452, or email: [email protected].

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