The National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association will hold its 31st annual executive conference April 17-19 at the Tempe Mission Palms in Tempe, Arizona. Retailer keynote speakers include Tammy DeBoer, president of Harris Teeter, and Tony Sarsam, CEO of SpartanNash.
The three-day event brings frozen and refrigerated food industry professionals together to network and learn about consumer insights on industry growth and trends. NFRA encourages professionals of all levels to attend, as the informal atmosphere will encourage group discussion and personal interaction.
The conference will open on April 17 with the optional Greater Penguin Golf Tournament at the Raven Phoenix Golf Club, followed by an evening welcome reception at the hotel.
On April 18, the event will offer a lineup of speakers, beginning with the retailer keynote by DeBoer. Jason English, Goldman Sachs, will offer an update on the state of the U.S. consumer as it relates to income, inflation and net savings/credit.
David Portalatin, The NPD Group, will review the Future of Dinner report on consumers continuing to prepare and eat meals at home after the pandemic. Bryan Gildenberg, Confluencer Commerce, will dive into how retailers are winning over shoppers; and from Cornell University is Ana Krieger’s interactive presentation helping attendees learn basic approaches to improve sleep health and daytime performance.
Sessions continue after lunch with SpartanNash, as well as Ian Jenkins, 4media, who will give a preview on research being conducted on behalf of NFRA. A reception will close the evening, where attendees can mingle and get to know fellow industry professionals.
On April 19, the conference will conclude with breakfast and a final informational session from Ben Metzger and Chris Johnson of Cleveland Research Group on transportation trends and key themes in refrigerated/frozen retail. Attendees can learn about NFRA’s PR and marketing initiatives and how to get involved by attending the promotions committee meeting or the ReDiscover dairy and frozen session explaining the joint promotion.
Registration is open on the conference website at NFRAExecutiveConference.org. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are also available.
The Shelby Report of the Southeast recently named DeBoer as its Female Executive of the Year, as well as naming Harris Teeter as its Retailer of the Year. To read the full section, click here.