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Monday, August 19
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cause Marketing opening reception and exhibits. Join your colleagues for a drink and hors d’oeuvres
Tuesday, August 20
8:30 am - 9:30 am
9:45 am - 11:15 am
11:30 am – 5:30 pm
Visit the Exhibit Hall
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Exhibits opening lunch reception. See the latest in produce products and services in the exhibit hall featuring 200 of the top suppliers.
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
"Happy Hour" - Closing Reception in the Exhibit Hall. Share a drink while networking with exhibitors during the closing reception.
Wednesday, August 21
Optional Ticketed Events
Begin Bus Loading, 7:45 am
Depart Hyatt Regency Chicago, 8:00 am
Target, 8:15 am
Walgreens, 9:00 am
Pete's, 10:30 am
Arrive Hyatt Regency Chicago, 12:00 pm
Target’s fresh produce offerings have expanded from the full department in Super Target locations to a condensed perishables department within the Minneapolis-based retailer’s existing general merchandise stores. The initiative, dubbed “PFresh” launched in 2008 and expanded nationwide in 2010. PFresh stores offer the most commonly purchased produce items, sold at unit price.
Walgreens first explored adding fresh produce to stores in 2010, and since then the program has grown to many of the company’s urban markets, including Chicago. The drug store offers a selection of fresh-cut, ready-to-eat produce aimed at grab-and-go urban shoppers looking for a quick snack or lunch, along with popular items like bagged salads and bananas.
Pete’s Fresh Market began as a fruit stand in Chicago’s South Side in the early 1970s, and has grown to a full-fledged supermarket with nine locations in the Chicago area. The company’s Oakbrook Terrace store opened earlier this year, and is the first of three planned suburban locations. Unlike Pete’s city stores, which cater to a predominantly Hispanic population, the new suburban store offers a broader selection, including ready-made foods and an emphasis on in-store dining.
9:00 am – Noon
Terminal Market Tour | Join a guided tour of the Chicago International Produce Market, one of the largest fresh fruit and vegetable distribution centers in the U.S. Finished in 2002 at a cost of $60 million, this market occupies more than 400,000-square-feet.
Already registered for the conference and would like to add a tour? Click the "Return to Your Registration" link on the email confirmation you received when you registered, or you can log in through the registration website: https://www.microspec.com/reg/MPE2013/.
Once you are logged into your registration, you can proceed to the "Select Session" page and then select the Tour option.
You will receive an updated email confirmation that has your initial registration/payment that also includes your tour payment.