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The Carolinas Food Industry Council Convention is the premier regional grocery industry event attracting 1,000 retail grocers, wholesalers, brokers, and manufacturers from both North and South Carolina.  The schedule is filled with plenty of educational and legislative sessions, retailer/vendor meetings, presentations from retail presidents, and fun social events. The beach venue provides the perfect opportunity to build personal relationships in a relaxed setting.

The CFIC Convention continues to be a top notch industry event that members look forward to every year.  Take a look at photos from our past conventions to see how the CFIC Convention has grown for all doing business within the Carolinas.

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“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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
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