A host of new networking activities are among the highlights of Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh’s annual convention.

Slated for June 10-12 at McCormick Place in Chicago, this year’s show features several new networking events, including:

  • The Partner X-Change, a B2B matchmaking program where buying and selling communities will come together throughout the afternoon for meetings, engaging new retail and foodservice operators to present new products, pitch new programs and develop new relationships.
  • VIP attendees will depart McCormick Place following the new Partner X-Change, to travel to the United Fresh Opening Party on a VIP Cruise on Lake Michigan.
  • Tuesday evening, the inaugural United Fresh Late Night at House of Blues is where attendees will gather to celebrate the first day of the expo with an evening of entertainment and energy in downtown Chicago.

Also new for this year’s show, United Fresh has organized a Convention Committee of over 40 industry leaders who are driving the energy and development of the changes taking place at United Fresh 2019, says Tom Stenzel, United Fresh’s president and CEO.

“We’re excited to gather with our attendee and exhibitor communities this June to experience the energy of United Fresh 2019 in Chicago,” Stenzel says. “The infusion of excitement this year throughout our education, networking and expo activities allow industry decision-makers to discover a total store solution driven in a dynamic environment. By bringing industry partners together through new programs like the Partner X-Change, we are helping the fresh produce industry grow in consumer impact, direct sales and consumption, and of course, profitability.”

Food safety will remain a top priority on and off the trade show floor at United Fresh ‘19. This year, attendees can once again participate in the Listeria Learning Lab – a hands-on educational workshop connecting industry peers with the products and services that support their Listeria prevention efforts.