THE CALIFORNIA GROCERS ASSOCIATION PRESENTS

2019 CGA STRATEGIC CONFERENCE

SEPTEMBER 29 - OCTOBER 1, 2019

PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA

Minding the Gaps

California’s diverse and hypercompetitive grocery business has reached a transitional moment. The industry’s well-established reputation for predictability has turned towards a future that is fast-paced, experimental and increasingly uncertain.

Evolutionary changes in shopper behaviors and new workforce dynamics have created gaps between the industry’s legacy structures and the new requirements for success. These openings can be seen in the uneven adoption of technology, shifts in corporate leadership and employee culture, and the collaboration gaps from producer to consumer.

And where these gaps appear, competitors or new intermediaries are poised to take advantage.

With renewed attention, best-in-class companies are adopting a new mindset to bridge these gaps and more closely connect with their customers online and in-store. Grocers and their business partners are shifting their resources and deploying novel partnerships in order to differentiate themselves and achieve separation from their competitors.

Come join us as we identify and fill in these gaps while helping you to build stronger connections with your most important business partners.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 2019 CONFERENCE

For attendees, the 2019 CGA Strategic Conference offers one of the most productive business events of the year. The agenda is packed with insightful educational sessions that take dead aim at the trends, issues and solutions that are impacting the grocery industry in California. Mix in numerous networking opportunities and, of course, CGA’s signature one-on-one retailer/supplier meetings and you have an event you won’t want to miss.

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SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

A limited number of conference sponsorship opportunities are available and each come with approved, pre-scheduled meetings with retail buyers. Click here to download the 2019 conference sponsorship prospectus.

For more information contact Beth Wright, Senior Director of Events & Sponsorships.

INTERESTED RETAILERS

Join your industry colleagues and immerse yourself in the business of grocery in California. Listen to industry thought-leaders, engage your peers in discussing issues of common interest and meet with key supplier partners who are vital to building your business and attracting new customers.

For more information contact Doug Scholz, SVP Marketing & Business Development.

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The CGA Strategic Conference has built its reputation for cutting edge speakers, uncommon collaboration opportunities and best-in-class business meeting appointments. Click below to explore previous CGA Conference websites.

JUST ASK ANYONE

98%

of previous conference attendees said they would recommend the CGA Strategic Conference to a colleague.

91%

of last year’s attendees rated the CGA Strategic Conference’s value as “Excellent” or “Good” in comparison to other food industry conferences.

What I love most about the CGA Conference is the amount of business you can accomplish in such a short time. The shorter business meetings are very beneficial in establishing and setting up top level strategic plans and goals that lead to more productive longer meetings in the future. It really makes you focus on the quality of the meeting and not the quantity of time allowed.

PATRICK POSEY

VP, Non-Perishables, Procurement & Merchandising

Bristol Farms

The CGA Strategic Conference continues to be one of the premier food industry events in California. Most of the key retailers attend the conference and there is a great opportunity to network with them and the rest of the vendor community. CGA continues to select interesting, informative speakers that are outstanding at what they do. I learn something new every time I attend the CGA Strategic Conference.

KEVIN ARCENEAUX

Regional VP, West Area Sales

Mondelez International