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16th Annual Convention

July 19-22, 2020

Platform and App Information for Registered
CFIC Virtual Convention Attendees

To access the CFIC Virtual Convention, click here.

Your username is: your email address
Your password is: please check your email for this information or contact

Education Sessions
Once the Convention begins, you’ll be able to view education sessions by going to the Agenda and simply clicking on the particular session you’re interested in viewing, then click “View Video Feed.” You can save future sessions to your schedule by clicking “Save Session” or you can add it to your calendar.

Our web-based platform also has an app! Search “CFIC 2020” to download the app from the AppStore or Google Play store. Once you’ve signed on, you’ll have all the functionality of the computer-based program.

Additional Options
You can add your photo and additional information to your profile by clicking your name in the upper right-hand corner of the site.

  • Many CFIC vendors have created exhibitor booths and we encourage you to check them out! By clicking on “Exhibitors” you can check out new product offerings, watch videos, and connect with reps from these companies.
  • You can connect with other attendees by clicking their profile and sending a message or requesting a meeting.

The Carolinas Food Industry Council (CFIC) Convention

The Carolinas Food Industry Council (CFIC) Convention is where grocers and vendors meet old friends and make new ones. Join us for this year’s CFIC Virtual Conference to learn about trends and new products and have some fun while supporting and building the Carolinas’ grocery industry!

Join us for the 16th Annual CFIC Convention scheduled for July 19-22, 2020 from the comfort and safety of your home or office, as we navigate the future of the grocery industry through business networking opportunities, presentations from top executives in the food trade, and educational sessions for grocers and suppliers in the Carolinas.

Save the date to join us next year in Myrtle Beach, SC, July 18-21, 2021!

Who Should Attend?

Anyone involved in the running of or purchasing for a grocery retail company or anyone who sells products or services to the retail grocery industry, including, but not limited to:

  • Grocery Retailers (senior management, directors, category managers, etc.)
  • Sales Agents
  • Vendors
  • Wholesalers
  • Service Providers


“The Carolinas Food Industry Council (CFIC) Convention provides our category teams the opportunity to meet with numerous suppliers, wholesalers and brokers over the course of a few days.  This event serves as the platform for personal time with our business partners to plan, strategize and further develop relationships. In addition, we greatly value the networking as well as social events, and look forward to the convention each year.”

Karen Fernald
Food Lion

“The CFIC Convention is a fantastic way for retailers and suppliers to spend time together in a relaxed and fun setting.”

Rod Antolock
Harris Teeter

“Ingles appreciates the platform that CFIC provides in bringing retailers and senior management of vendors together. We always seem to make progress in mutually working out programs to increase our business objectives.”

Tom Outlaw
Ingles Markets

“The CFIC Convention has proven again to be a great venue for independent retailers to participate in learning from fellow retailers, suppliers, and vendors the trends and marketing opportunities in our ever changing Carolinas Food Industry. We are in a unique market that encompasses very unique personalities in the grocery industry whereby we get to network with the most successful industry leaders. Come join us at the next convention and experience the ability to “Make A Difference”!”

Steve Little

“I doubt that there is another event in the Grocery industry that provides this much access to a retailer’s leadership, scheduled one-on-one meetings with the merchandising teams, abundant opportunities for informal time with the attendees, and fun times at the beach with the family!  The CFIC convention is a must attend event that delivers memories and is an easy ROI justification.”

Joey Bates
Harris Teeter

“CFIC allows us to have multiple productive meetings with key vendors mid summer which helps us to keep on track for the year on Joint Business Plans.”

Nick Carlino

“I feel the CFIC convention is a great venue for wholesalers, retailers , and manufacturers to engage in driving business in a relaxed family friendly environment. These elements are what made the 2016 convention a success.”

John Owens
C&S Wholesale Grocers

“This years’ Convention turned out to be extremely productive for our Acosta team, as we were able to conduct several meetings with many key retailers. Additionally, this venue afforded the opportunity for our clients to be engaged with senior management in those key retailers. The ability for delegates to be able to conduct business, while being able to get in a little “R & R” with their families, is unique in our industry.”

Joe D'Alberto
Acosta Sales & Marketing

“P&G thoroughly enjoys the annual CFIC convention because it gives us an opportunity to connect with our retail partners, stay abreast of industry key topics, share the industry with our families and to also celebrate our mutual business endeavors. We look forward to it every year!”

Todd Perry

“CFIC provides a unique opportunity in the South to develop great rapport and relationships with customers located and doing business each day in the Carolinas. At its base and more in the South, this businesses is still very much about relationships. Many retailers here may not care what you know until they know how much you care about their business and what you are willing to do to help them succeed. CFIC provides the avenue to communicate that to the retailers it serves.”

Blake Freshwater

“Just a note of thanks for making me and The Instore Group feel so welcome and part of the entire event.  It was very beneficial to see so many familiar faces, renew some old friendships and meet so many new ones.”

Tom Palombo
The InStore Group

“Our partnership with CFIC has been invaluable. It has paid dividends through our exposure to non-wine industry innovation cross promotional opportunities. We built incremental programming as a result of the one-on-one meetings and exposure to co-op partners. We have developed long-term relationships through our involvement with CFIC that we likely would not have had the opportunity to build otherwise.”

Jarron Harkness
E.&J. Gallo
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