FMI Announces 2012 Private Brands Business Conference

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) will hold the 2012 Private Brands Business Conference, November 13-14 at the Hilton Rosemont Chicago O’Hare. The show conference will coincide with the PLMA’s 2012 Private Label Trade Show.

This forum provides an opportunity to collaborate with executives from retailer, wholesaler and supplier companies about ways to maximize opportunities in private brands.

Participate in cross-functional teams to develop strategies that drive growth, profitability and product innovation through pre-scheduled meetings and informal networking settings.

How it Works

  1. Suppliers host meetings in private suites to discuss long-term, strategic business objectives with key retail executives.
  2. Business Conference Private Meetings are hosted by participating supplier companies and are 45 minutes in length, with 15-minute breaks between meetings.
  3. Retailers and Suppliers can make private appointments directly with each other using FMI’s user-friendly, online scheduling tool.
  4. An executive contact list is provided by FMI to facilitate networking.

Supplier and Manufacturer companies must be an FMI Private Brands Member to attend. For more information on the event, contact Joe McKie, vice president of private brands with FMI, at

Appointment Scheduling begins September 18th!

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Christopher Durham
Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.