11 Reasons to Attend

  1. In a world driven by text messaging and email, we believe there is no replacement for face-to-face interaction. Whether you’re networking during a social hour, engaging with your peers in an educational seminar or meeting with one of your best business partners, you’ll find there is no better conference for building new contacts or growing existing relationships.
  2. Let CGA do the heavy-lifting for you. Brands sponsoring the Strategic Conference gain access to CGA’s efficient and productive concierge-style services providing pre-scheduled meetings with the retailers that are integral to your business success. 
  3. The historical tenets of past success can lead to gaps in understanding the rapidly evolving grocery business. Together, we’ll identify these gaps and propose solutions.
  4. Discover new ways of bridging the gaps in our industry through a variety of learning formats ranging from energizing keynote presentations to thought-leading, “TED-Talk” formatted speakers that will explore cutting-edge industry topics.
  5. Tackle some of grocery’s hottest topics with industry peers during Monday’s early morning interactive Whiteboard Sessions. Expert facilitators will help draw out your experience, insights, questions and enthusiasm, as you dialogue and collectively brainstorm with colleagues across multiple categories.
  6. From grocery delivery to employee relations, the entrance of the technology sector’s largest companies and their strategies has disrupted the traditional tactics of the food industry. Learn how your organization can reposition itself for this new reality.
  7. Build your new grocery brand. For the first time we’ve put together an Emerging Brands Marketplace where startups pitch grocery retailers.
  8. Discover the future of grocery retail through our new partnership with Retail Tomorrow. This state-of-the-art installation will allow you to experience how new technologies could redefine our industry. 
  9. The conference ensures a little something for everyone. Our Loss Prevention Executive Summit and Independents Forum feature targeted educational programming addressing each segment’s most pressing issues and provide additional opportunities to network with like-minded attendees.
  10. Nightly after hours social events provide additional networking opportunities to continue the day’s conversation in a relaxed and comfortable setting.
  11. More than 800 executives doing business in the country’s No. 1 market participate in this annual gathering of California’s grocery industry.