The Food Marketing Institute and United Fresh Produce Association are giving independent supermarkets an enhanced experience at the co-located show in Dallas April 30 to May 3.

This year’s show includes events tailored for independents, such as a “hard-hat” tour of the United Fresh and FMI trade shows during set-up, specific educational programs and an “Independents Power Hour” on all three trade show days, which gives independents opportunities to sign up for appointments with exhibitors.

“Independent supermarkets are a key channel for fresh produce suppliers, while fresh fruits and vegetables are a highlight for these companies in distinguishing themselves in the marketplace,” said Tom Stenzel, president and chief executive officer of Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh, in a news release.

FMI’s Independent Operators Committee organized the events.

“The key for independent operators is a one-stop shop, where executives can find all the resources and make the contacts needed to grow their business,” said Kevin Davis, chief executive officer of Bristol Farms, in a news release.

“Now, I’ll be working with our company’s produce director Raul Gallegos, who also serves on the United Fresh Retail-Foodservice board, to enhance the overall value to our company.”