FMI – The Food Industry Association has paused plans for its Midwinter Executive Conference, slated for later this month, to focus on reconvening the industry, in-person, when it is more feasible to host this type of high-impact, industry dialog.
“As much as we would like to host our first in-person industry gathering in nearly two years later this month in Orlando, it does not appear to be in the best interest of the industry to do so. I respect the business and personal challenges our industry continues to face, especially when it comes to their collective health, as well as their operations,” said Leslie G. Sarsin, FMI president and CEO.
“I also recognize the tremendous pressures our industry continues to experience regarding the supply chain, which are exacerbated by absenteeism associated with the pandemic. Therefore, we will pause our plans to host the 2022 FMI Midwinter event, at least for the time being,” she said. “We remain committed to listening, supporting and championing our members needs as they continue to keep America fed and safe.
“I continue to celebrate the relationships and strategic planning our annual event inspires among our tight-knit community, and I look forward to the opportunity to reconvene at a later date in 2022 when circumstances improve,” Sarasin said.
FMI will issue event registration fee refunds and cancel all room reservations on attendees’ behalf.
As the food industry association, FMI works with and on behalf of the entire industry to advance a safer, healthier and more efficient consumer food supply chain. FMI brings together a wide range of members across the value chain – from retailers that sell to consumers, to producers that supply food and other products, as well as the wide variety of companies providing critical services – to amplify the collective work of the industry.
For more information on FMI and the Midwinter conference, visit FMI.org/Midwinter.