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IFPA’s Retail Conference opens doors to valuable discussions

By
Craig Levitt, managing editor

Nearly 300 retail buyers, grower-shippers, processors, business service providers and retailers gathered at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg, IL, June 9-10 for The Retail Conference, presented by the International Fresh Produce Association. After a day golf and a packed opening cocktail reception on Thursday, Friday morning saw Joe Watson of IFPA and Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics offer fresh perspectives on the biggest trends fueling produce sales today, including a look at the department’s performance during the first half of 2022.

Following the general session, smaller breakout sessions featured discussions that focused on non-store-based models, combating pressure on unit and volume sales, satisfying the impatient consumer, the original plant-based diet, tackling operational challenges and sustainability and social responsibility.

Craig Levitt

Craig Levitt

About Craig Levitt  |  email

When his dreams of becoming a professional hockey player came crashing down due to lack of talent, Craig Levitt turned to journalism. He graduated from Hofstra University in 1992 and has covered various areas of the retail food trade since 1996. Craig joined The Produce News in 2017 and is now managing editor. In his spare time, Craig still plays men’s league hockey (poorly) and enjoys walking the aisles of his favorite supermarket with his wife and two daughters.

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