NEWARK, DEL. and WASHINGTON — The International Fresh Produce Association’s (IFPA) Retail Conference will be held at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix May 1-2.

Along with networking opportunities, the Retail Conference will provide insights on the following:

  • The state of the retail market
  • Micro-targeted sales data
  • Artificial intelligence
  • USDA’s new organics rules

“We’ve designed this year’s conference to maximize networking with dozens of buyers and to address the most important issues facing the retail supply chain today,” said Joe Watson, IFPA’s president. “Understanding the pushes and pulls companies face every day helps leaders hone their strategies to drive sales throughout the supply chain, and, ultimately, to the consumer. We’re in a new location (Phoenix) and a bit earlier in the year. The Retail Conference immediately follows the Consumer Connection Conference in the same hotel. We wanted to make this convenient for everyone who wants to attend both events.”

IFPA said some of the retailers already registered for the conference include Walmart, Sprouts, Target, Albertsons, Harris Teeter, Whole Foods, Dollar General, Wakefern, Sobeys, Costco Wholesale, 7-11, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Giant, Hannaford and Gelson’s.

“In this competitive marketplace, it’s important for our industry to take a couple of days to re-ground themselves in the issues that are driving challenges and opportunities,” said Daneil Bell, Grocery Outlet’s director of produce. “When you do that in a venue that brings the full supply chain together, you maximize the value for the time and resources spent.”

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IFPA said registration for the golf tournament is only open to conference attendees. The tournament will be held at the Devil’s Claw course at the Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Ariz. The golf awards will be presented at the conference’s Welcome Reception.

“I encourage everyone to register now,” Watson said. “These events can sell out, and the golf tournament sells out early.”

Registration for the Retail Conference and the golf tournament is now available on the IFPA website.