“I was here representing the New England council but also attended as a retailer,” he said. “I’m looking for resources and sources of products that I may not be familiar with. I find these regional conferences easier to do business. They offer a more comfortable setting than some of the bigger shows where visiting 1,200 booths can be a little overwhelming.”
This was the first council fall conference attended by David Baron, director of intercompany sales for FreshPoint Inc.’s value-added north Florida operation in Jacksonville, Fla.
He said the meeting provides great networking opportunities.
Baron said he met many people and developed some strong business contacts to help the subsidiary of Houston-based Sysco Corp. expand and improve how it looks for vendors and conducts its business.
“This (council) is a growing organization,” he said. “It’s a great council. The people they have involved on the board and all the different committees, there is some great talent there. That is making it one of the best organizations around.”
Three Sysco officials traveled to the Sept. 24-26 meeting in Savannah, Ga.
As it did last spring, Sysco plans to increase its corporate support by sending 16 of its officials to the council’s other show, Southern Exposure 2011 retail and foodservice conference and expo, March 3-5 in Orlando, Fla.
Additionally, Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. is planning to bring vendors and people from its headquarters to a national meeting it is planning in conjunction with the show.
Supervalu Inc., Eden Prairie, Minn., also is setting up a major meeting of its East Coast and West Coast personnel at the spring show.