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54th Annual Food Marketing Conference

March 26-27, 2019

DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Conference Hotel: Amway Grand Plaza Reservations

Conference Hotline: (269) 387-2132

Why Attend the WMU Food Marketing Conference?

The top 2 reasons attendees give for attending the Food Marketing Conference are the high quality educational content and the exceptional networking opportunities with industry partners.

  • 100% of conference survey respondents rated the WMU Food Marketing Conference as Exceptional or Above Average compared with other industry conferences they have attended.
  • 95% of conference survey respondents said they would recommend the Food Marketing Conference to someone they know.
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Jayne Homco speaking at 2017 conference
Three people networking during conference

Event Schedule

Time Schedule Venue

Tuesday, March 26

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Early Bird Super Sessions TBA
11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Speaker
The Transformation of the Food Industry by Focusing on People, Product, Digital and Doing What We Do Best
Matt Thompson
Vice President, Digital Business at Kroger
Ballroom BCD
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Speaker
Five Best Practices for Winning with Digital
Arthur Sevilla
CPG Vertical Strategy Lead, Pinterest
Ballroom BCD
12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Lunch Ballroom BCD
1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Speaker
Marketing to Moms: Why is the Bar Set so Low?
Lauren Fitzgerald
Partner at The Mom Complex
Ballroom BCD
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Speaker
Executive Forum
Moderator Michael Sansolo
Ballroom BCD
3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Networking and Coffee Break Ballroom BCD
4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Speaker
Super Sessions
Ballroom BCD
5:30 p.m. Networking Reception and Dinner Ballroom BCD

Wednesday, March 27

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Ballroom BCD
8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Speaker
Delivering a Personal Customer Experience Right to your Door
Chieh Huang
President and CEO of Boxed.com
Ballroom BCD
9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Speaker
Solutions for Growth: Transforming the Retail Experience
Kevin Kelley
Principal, Shook Kelley Design
Ballroom BCD
10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Coffee and Networking Break Seccia Lobby
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Speaker
Breakout Session I
11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Speaker
Breakout Session II
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Luncheon Program and Awards Ballroom BCD
2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Speaker
A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office
Bill McDermott
Ballroom BCD



Access to all meals and sessions at the 2019 Food Marketing Conference for one person.

Table for 10

10 full registrations include access to all speakers and meals. You may bring 10 guests, or have open seats for students.

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Students are able to attend the 2019 Food Marketing Conference at no cost to them. If you would like to help offset the cost of students attending the conference, please consider sponsoring a student.

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Kalamazoo, the home of WMU’s main campus is one hour south of Grand Rapids. WMU also two Grand Rapids locations. If you would like to tour a campus, please call the conference hotline.

(269) 387-2132

2018 Platinum Sponsors

Advantages Solutions Logo
Daymon Logo
EJ Gallo Logo
Hormel Logo
KeHe Logo
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Kroger Logo
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Pepsi Co. Logo
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2018 Diamond Sponsors

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2018 Gold Sponsors

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2018 Silver Sponsors

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Burnette Foods Logo
CocaCola Global Logo
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