The American Frozen Food Institute has concluded its annual Frozen Food Convention “AFFI-CON” that brought together more than 1,100 industry executives representing nearly 500 companies in Dallas from Feb. 19-22.
“From fruits and vegetables to entrees, pizza and pet food, frozen food is a staple for every member of the family,” said Alison Bodor, AFFI president and CEO. “The best and brightest leaders from the frozen food supply chain are here at AFFI-CON, charting the future of our industry.
During her opening address, Bodor took a moment to reflect on 2021 stating that “COVID illness and quarantines exacerbated labor shortages and supply chain disruptions throughout the food industry – in manufacturing, retail and foodservice. Despite the challenges, 2021 was another year of strong retail sales of frozen foods. Frozen foods continue to meet consumers needs for easy preparation, health, and variety. Looking ahead to 2022, AFFI expects continued strength in the frozen category and greater resiliency in the frozen food supply chain, driven in part by the business meetings and conversations happening here at AFFI-CON.”
Other highlights of AFFI-CON 2022 include:
- Brian Beaulieu, CEO and chief economist of ITR Economics, provided a briefing on the current state of the U.S. and global supply chains and provided attendees with advice on how to mitigate current supply chain disruptions and also safeguard against future disruptions.
- Sally Lyons Watt, EVP and practice leader, Client Insights, a recognized food sector analyst, discussed the frozen sector’s impressive double digit annual sales growth in the context of consumer trends and provided attendees of her “State of the Industry: Spotlight on Frozen Produce” presentation with insights and strategies for sustaining frozen growth in 2022 and beyond.
“Together, AFFI, its members and the entire frozen food supply chain are proud of the work we do to provide families with delicious, affordable food 365 days a year. AFFI-CON plays an important role in advancing that mission and we are honored to be able to get back together in person for this year’s event to map the future of our great industry,” Bodor said.
The American Frozen Food Institute is the member-driven national trade association representing all segments of the frozen food supply chain from manufacturers to suppliers and distributors. AFFI advocates before legislative and regulatory entities on the industry’s behalf, serves as the voice for the industry and convenes industry leadership to create an environment where frozen foods are essential in a dynamic marketplace.
For more information, visit affi.org.