2023 Agenda

Monday, April 17, 2023

9:30 am
East Lobby

11:30 am – 5:30 pm
Greater Penguin Golf Tournament
The Raven Phoenix Golf Clubvisit website

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Welcome Reception
East Courtyard

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

6:30 am – 7:45 am
Cloister Dining Room

8:00 am – 8:45 am
Retailer Keynote: Tammy DeBoer, President, Harris Teeter
Palm Ballroom

8:45 am – 9:30 am
The State of the Industry and Forces of Change We’re Watching

Jason English – Managing Director, Global Investment Research, Packaged Foods, HPC, Goldman Sachs

Join us for an update on the state of the U.S. consumer with an outlook on income, inflation, and net savings/credit dynamics to assess the spending power of the consumer in aggregate and by income quintiles. We will then attempt to shed light on what this could mean for price elasticity and premiumization vs. value. Additional topics in focus will include an up-to-date cost inflation outlook for the industry, the pros and cons of retail media, and the growing, but evolving, state-of-play between retailers and manufacturers.

9:30 am – 10:15 am
The Future of Dinner

David Portalatin – Sr. VP and Industry Advisor, Circana

While pre-pandemic behaviors are boomeranging back, consumers continue to prepare more meals at home. The Future of Dinner report forecasts that in-home dinners will remain at a heightened level through 2024. But inflationary pressures, the return of mobility, and restaurant recovery have consumers in search of value and convenience in dinner time solutions. This session will explore the consumer behaviors of the future that will allow food marketers to create relevant offerings to meet consumer needs.

10:15 am – 10:30 am

10:30 am – 10:45 am
ReDiscover Dairy & Frozen

In January 2023, NFRA launched its first-ever joint promotion, bringing the frozen and refrigerated categories together to celebrate innovation and inviting consumers to rediscover these aisles. Initial campaign engagement stats, learnings and feedback will be shared with the group, as well as the framework for the full-scale launch of the promotion in 2024.

10:45 am – 11:30 am
The New Right Side Up – Winning Retail Strategies In A World Turned Upside Down

Bryan Gildenberg – Founder/CEO,  Confluencer Commerce

Retailers and shoppers are facing an unprecedented amount of disruption as shopping becomes more digital, prices less stable, and the very nature of what we buy and how we live shifting. In this presentation, Confluencer Commerce Founder/CEO Bryan Gildenberg will look at how retailers are winning shoppers that are increasingly willing, able and in some cases required to change what they buy, and how they are using both physical and digital touchpoints to reach them. In parallel, Bryan will explore how suppliers need to bring new resources, skills and tools to the table to win in this changing world!

11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Strategies to Improve Sleep and Performance

Dr. Ana Krieger – Chief, Division of Sleep Neurology, Cornell University

This is an interactive presentation to help attendees understand key concepts in sleep science and learn basic approaches that can be used on a regular basis to improve both sleep health and daytime performance.

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Cloister Dining Room

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Retailer Keynote: Tony Sarsam, CEO, SpartanNash

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
NFRA Research Preview: Advancing Home Consumption in the Frozen & Refrigerated Sector

Ian Jenkins – Global Head of Insight and Strategy, 4media

Preliminary findings from NFRA’s multifaceted qualitative and quantitative consumer research project will be shared during this session. Ian Jenkins of 4media will discuss how the pandemic and resulting economic changes across the country have affected the behavior of consumers – including what and how they eat. And, in particular, the impact that this has had on how consumers view eating at home versus eating out and what this might mean for our industry.

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
NFRA Promotions Committee Meeting
Membership Committee Meeting

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday Evening Reception
Pool Terrace

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

7:00 am – 8:00 am
Cloister Dining Room

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Transportation Trends & Key Themes in Refrigerated/Frozen Retail

Ben Metzger – Executive Director, Traditional Retail Council, Cleveland Research Company
Chris Johnson – Senior Research Analyst – Transportation, Cleveland Research Company

Where is the consumer and supply chain roller coaster headed in 2023, and how should food retail be positioned? This session will frame up a 2023 forecast for macro/consumer trends and freight markets. Representatives from CRC will share best practices for retailers, distributors, and manufacturers across refrigerated & frozen retail.

9:00 am