Progressive Grocer Independent

OCT 2016

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28 | Progressive Grocer Independent | October 2016 Supervalu Expo Industry Events S upervalu recently hosted its third annual national expo in St. Paul, Minn. More than 4,200 retailers representing hundreds of independent retailers attended the three-day event, which featured a full slate of educational sessions and more than 400 vendors on the show floor. e first day was devoted to 16 educational sessions, which covered a range of topics from cybersecurity to food safety to digital engagement. e day kicked off with a keynote address by Simon T. Bailey, leader of the "brilliance" movement. New to the expo this year was a half-day Retail CIO Forum designed to help technology leaders build customer relationships and enhance technol- ogy connections through the sharing of best practices, current trends and where the future will take grocery retail technology. Helping the Hungry e second day featured a full day of exploring vendor offerings on the expo floor and culminated with a reception and dinner at which Su- pervalu donated $100,000 to Feeding America. e funds were raised by the independent retailers and CPG companies in attendance at the event. "All of the grocery retailers and companies involved in this effort know how important it is to give back to their communities," said Mike Stigers, Supervalu EVP of wholesale. e check was presented to Bob Chatmas, COO of Second Harvest 2016 Supervalu Expo Donation to Feeding America and Master Marketer awards highlights of three-day event. Heartland, a Twin Cities-based Feeding America food bank. e money will be distributed across Supervalu's trading area through the Feeding America operation, which has 200 member food banks. Mike Stigers, Supervalu EVP of wholesale, addressed attendess at the third annual Supervalu Expo.

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