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Maine Food Means Business 2017 Summit

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Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown

5 Park Street

Freeport, ME 04032

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Providing key education, camaraderie, and professional development to members. The Maine Food Means Business Summit brings together Maine's food producers, grocers, service providers and food industry experts.

On October 18th, Maine's food business community will discuss business best practices and trends, connect with like minded colleagues and celebrate each other's successes.


MAINE FOOD MEANS BUSINESS SUMMIT AGENDA

Thank you to our Event Sponsor: Associated Grocers of New England

8:00 am. Registration, Breakfast & Networking

9:00 a.m. Welcome & Annual Meeting
A Year in Review, Financial Report and Elect Board Directors
MGFPA Board Chair, Jim Lesser, Oakhurst Dairy

9:30 a.m. Keynote Presentation / Q&A
Going National – Taking Your Brand to the Next Level, Expanding Your Channel Footprint. How To Broaden Your Retail Presence. Recognizing Your Core Competencies and Capacity for Growth.
Kathy Gilbert, Director of National Sales, Stonewall Kitchen

10:30 a.m. Break: Scholarship Auction Bidding, Visit Vendor Marketplace & Relocate

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions:

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Making your Store Relevant in the Age of Online Retail: A Digital Reshaping
Consumers are increasingly demanding fresh, local food. What can you do to meet the demand? Grocer Industry Trends, Online Grocery Shopping and what can be learned from Consumers' Behavior Online.
Grocers: (Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom)
Jon Ambrose, Co-Founder and COO of Rosie App and David Stone, Founder, Forager

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Food Producer Round Table: Increasing Revenue
Recognizing Powerful Growth Opportunities, Understanding your Current Marketplace While Exploring New Avenues to Build Sales.
Producers: (Next Door at the Hilton Garden Inn Town Hall)

Moderator: Bill Whittier, Senior Project Manager with MaineMEP
Participants: Steve Smith - VP of Sales of Gelato Fiasco, Nancy Bariluk-Smith - Director of Sales of Maine Pie Co., Leo Ouellette - Tasting Room Manager of Ricker Hill Orchards and Tove Rasmussen of Partners Creating Growth.

11:45 - 12:15 p.m. Lunch Break: Scholarship Auction Bidding & Networking

12:15 p.m. Lunch: Grab your Lunch and take a seat for the Marketplace Vendor Introductions
Each Marketplace vendor is invited to pitch their product or service in this lightening round.
Emcee: Keith McBride, Freeport Economic Development Corporation

12:45 p.m. 2018 Trends
Retail Food Inflation, Wholesale Food Pricing, What's affecting Sales at Supermarkets? What's the impact of Online Shopping? Food Retail and the Crystal Ball.
Brian Todd, President & CEO of The Food Institute

1:30 p.m. 2017 Grocer, Producer & Associate of the Year Awards

2
:15 p.m. Break for Afternoon Refreshments

2:25 p.m. - 3:00 pm Legislative Recap: 128th Legislative Session Review & 2nd Session Preview
Carry Over Bills & Hot Topics: Session Successes and Challenges (Alcohol Bills, Tobacco, Budget, E-Commerce, Grocery Store Holiday Hours LD 488) & More. Wage & Labor Issues (Portland Paid Sick Leave, Paid Family Medical Leave) Plastic Bag Bans, Food Waste, Food Sovereignty (Special Session Expectations).
Curtis Picard, CEO & President of the Retail Association of Maine with Greg Dugal, Director of Governmental Affairs with Maine Restaurant Association and Maine InnKeepers

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Capitalize on the Maine Brand: Meeting Each Other’s Expectations. Selling In-state and Out of State
What Makes you (your Brand) Successful, How Far Does the Maine Brand Take You - How Do You Leverage the Maine Brand Outside of the State? Ways Retailers Are Opening Their Doors to Maine Food Producers. Getting Visitors to Keep Buying Your Product Once Their Home.
Moderator:
Aaron Anker - Chief Granola Officer of Grandy Oats
Panelists: Sean Sullivan -
Executive Director of Maine Brewers' Guild, Taja Dockendorf - Founder & Brand/Creative Strategist of Pulp & Wire, and Kate McAleer - Founder of Bixby Bar Co.

Thank you to our sponsors: AG Of New England, Agri-Cycle Energy, Altria, Backyard Farms, Bangor Savings Bank, Bow Street Market, Bozzuto's, Brackett's Market, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Chex Finer Foods, Coca-Cola Bottling of New England, Maine DECD, Dennis Paper & Food Service, Hillandale Farms, H.P. Hood, Hannaford Supermarkets, Macomber Farr & Whitten, Market Basket, Maine Department of Ag - Get Real, Get Maine, MaineMEP, Oakhurst Dairy, Pepsi Beverage Co., Pine State Trading Co., Plummer's Shop N' Save, Raye's Mustard, Shaw's Supermarkets, Snyder's Lance, State of Maine Cheese Company, United Insurance, Volk Packaging, and W.S. Emerson Co.

*SILENT AUCTION Benefiting our Scholarship Program* Items being requested. Come prepared to bid on goodies including a $200 LL Bean Gift Card & Tote, a Flatscreen TV. Golf at the Samoset Resort, Stay at the Nonantem Resort, Portland Symphony Orchestra Tickets and more!

*** If you prefer to pay via check or in person at the door, please email: info@mgfpa.org with your RSVP and we'll manually add you to the attendee list *** Thank you


BONUS: We'll be raffling off a booth space at the upcoming November Maine Harvest Festival (valued at $250).


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