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Sunday, July 23 – Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Myrtle Beach Hilton, Myrtle Beach, SC

Online registration is now closed. 

2017 Convention Brochure 

If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the members-only convention, please contact Lindsey Kueffner or at (919) 832-0811.


The hotel room block is open on a first-come, first-serve basis for members that are planning to attend CFIC’s 13th Annual Convention in Myrtle Beach.  Contact the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort and Kingston Plantation by phone at (800) 876-0010 or online at

Be sure to use our reference code of “FOO” and/or mention the Carolinas Food Industry Council for the group rate that ranges from $232- $471 per night. Be advised that the rooms at the Royale Palms sell out very quickly.


Sponsorship opportunities are available to all Vendor Members. Levels range from $1,000-$11,000+ and each level offers unique benefits such as complimentary registrations and ad placement in the membership directory. Some benefits of convention sponsorship include being eligible to schedule private one-on-one meetings with participating retailers as well as the option to donate products.


The CFIC Convention is a members-only event.  Members’ guests and children of all ages are welcome. Additional registration fees apply.

Please login to the CFIC Member portal by clicking here.  Once you do that look for the calendar section on the right hand side of the page and click on “CFIC 2017 Convention”.  If you have any trouble, please contact us (919) 832-0811.

Product Donation

At the CFIC Convention, we provide multiple opportunities for our sponsors’ product exposure!

Suppliers and grocers have the opportunity to mingle in a casual, come-as-you-are atmosphere in the Snack Shack.  Each day during the convention, a breakfast and lunch buffet, snacks, and drinks are available to all convention attendees.  Upon check-in, each convention attendee also receives a bag filled with donated product to last throughout the weekend’s events.

Items not suited for bags include frozen/refrigerated product and beverages, but are available in the CFIC Cafe, in our bars, or on the dinner buffets.

CFIC Convention 2017 Donation Form and Delivery Instructions
Direct Shipping Information (PDF)
Direct Delivery Information (PDF)

Shipping Information for Coupons:

A quantity of 650 coupons is needed to ensure all company reps receive a coupon in their Welcome Packet.

209 Fayetteville Street, 2nd Floor
Raleigh, NC 27601

Schedule of Events

Click here to view a tentative schedule of events.

Membership Directory

The annual resource membership directory is distributed to every company representative that attends the CFIC Convention. The directory contains a full list of CFIC’s member companies including contact information for key representatives.  Please click here to view the media guideline for the directory.  

Directories will be mailed upon request to any member that was unable to attend the convention.

Each individual member is responsible for logging into the member portal on the CFIC website to ensure their contact information is correct.

Member companies are also eligible for several directory opportunities. If you have any questions, please contact CFIC staff at (919) 832-0811. 

Silent Auction

Over CFIC’s 13 year history, we’ve contributed almost $1.3 million to charitable causes–help us keep the momentum going!

Each year CFIC contributes $50,000 to Food Banks in North and South Carolina and over $100,000 in college scholarships. Our primary fundraiser is the CFIC Silent Auction. Your donations and purchases help us continue to fund these two important charitable programs, so consider donating today!

Suggested Donations Include:

  • Electronics (tablets, cameras, e-readers)
  • Entertainment/Travel (sporting event tickets, vacation rentals)
  • Gift Baskets (a great opportunity to showcase your company’s products!)
  • Gift cards (retail, restaurant, or services)
  • Industry Leader Events (dinner or golf with senior leadership from your company)
  • Kids’ Items (toys, books, games, collectibles)
  • Sporting Equipment and Memorabilia (golf equipment, signed memorabilia)

Cash donations are 100% deductible on your income taxes and the foundation nets 100% of the proceeds.


Step 1: Go to

Step 2: Click on the “Item Donation” tab on the top bar.
Step 3: Enter the information on your donated item. To include a photo of the item, please email
Step 4: Enter your contact information. (We need this information even if you choose to donate anonymously. We will keep it confidential.)


Step 1: Go to
Step 2: Click on the “Register To Bid” tab on the top bar.
Step 3: Please enter a Quantity of 1 for the Complimentary/Guest Admission.

When you register to bid, you may also choose to make a tax-deductible cash donation by using the “Donate Now” button

If you choose to store your credit card information when you register, it can be used to purchase an item the night of the event.

Contact Stephanie Stafford at with any questions pertaining to the Silent Auction.
We thank you for your support and we greatly appreciate everything our members do to make the CFIC Convention a success.

Restaurant Information

Click the link to view some restaurant suggestions for Myrtle Beach!

Resort Activities & Childcare Services

2017 July – Hilton Children’s Activities

2017 July – Embassy Suites Children’s Activities

If you would like to take advantage of CFIC’s Children’s Activities (ages 5+) on Tuesday, July 25, please sign-up in advance at the Registration Desk.
*Note: You must remain on the Kingston Plantation grounds if your child will be at this event.*

Do you need someone to watch your children during the President’s Reception & Dinner on Tuesday, July 25?
Local recommendation: Doe’s Nanny Services, Inc.  (Owner: Dolores) Office: (843) 650-4088 or Cell: (412) 310-1361

CFIC Thanks Our Convention Sponsors

Crystal Sponsors

Chobani, Inc.
Crystal Farms/Michael Foods
Eggland’s Best Eggs
Heineken USA
J.M. Smucker
Kelloggs Frozen
Kodiak Cakes
Lactalis, Inc./Galbani
Michael Angelo’s
Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs
Pinnacle Foods
Ripple Foods
Tyson Foods

Silver Sponsors

Altria Group Distribution Company
American Greetings
Biltmore Estate Wine
Bimbo Bakeries USA
Blue Bell Creameries
D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc.
Dairy Farmers of America
Dean Foods/Mayfield Ice Cream/PET Dairy
Dole Packaged Foods, LLC
DPI Specialty Foods
Dr. Oetker Pizza
Florida’s Natural Growers
Great Lakes Cheese Company
Ice Cream Specialties/Div. of Prairie Farms Dairy
Innovasian Cuisine
Noosa Yoghurt
Pabst Brewing
Palermo’s Pizza
Reddy Ice Corporation
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Siggi’s Dairy
Sunny Delight
The Wine Group
Treasury Wine Estates
Wise Foods Inc.

Bronze Sponsors

4C Foods
Advance Pierre Foods
Albanese Confectionary
Atlantic Natural Foods
Atlas Tissue
Boardwalk Frozen Treats
Bridgford Foods Corporation
Bubba Burgers
Bunzl Distribution
Butterball LLC
C. Monfavi and Family
Califia Farms
Cal-Maine Foods
Campbell Sales Company
Carl Buddig & Co.
Carolina Ice
Carolina Pride
Challenge Dairy
Craft Brew Alliance
Daisy Brand
Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits
Diageo-Guinness USA
Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Enovation Brands
Everything Marketing
Flowers Foods
Fresh Express
Gold Medal Products
Graeter’s Ice Cream
Hidden Villa Ranch
Hormel Foods
Huhtamaki Inc.
Jack Link’s Beef Jerky
Kellogg Company
Land of Frost
Lindy’s Homemade
McCall Farms
McILhenny Co. (Tabasco)
Mission Foods
Mt. Olive Pickles
Niagara Bottling, LLC
North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture
Oasis Brands
Organic Valley
Perdue Farms
Premier Sales and Marketing (BROKER)
Prestige Beverage Group
Recover Inc.
Rich Products
Rosina Food Products
Spectrum Brands
The InStore Group
The Silver Palate
Trinchero Family Estates
Trinity Frozen Foods
TW Garner/Texas Pete
Wells Enterprises Inc./ Blue Bunny

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