Promoting and protecting the independent, community-focused grocery industry and its suppliers.



Join us on May 24, 2018 at the Washington State Convention Center for our 2nd Annual Connect: Vendor-2-Grocer event! It's a can't-miss night of celebration and connection you won't find anywhere else. 

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The event has two different schedule tracks, so read on to learn which one you should follow: 

Retailers: 

  • 3:30pm- "Connect" Speed Networking- Join us for a speed networking session with 20 feature vendors showcasing their latest, and greatest, products and services. You'll have 4 minutes per vendor before switching to the next! 
  • 5:30pm- Cocktail Hour Reception- Mix and mingle with the vendors you met at Connect and those just arriving! A silent auction will be held during this time.  
  • 6:30pm- Industry Awards Dinner- Settle in for delicious food, an oral auction, the presentation of our Prestigious Industry Awards, and a speaker presentation by Peter Van Stolk, the founder of Jones Soda!
Vendors: 
*Note: Only featured showcase vendors are permitted to participate in the Connect speed networking at 3:30pm, all other vendors must arrive at 5:30pm*

  • 5:30pm- Cocktail Hour Reception- Mix and mingle with industry peers and representatives from prominent retail establishments. A silent auction will be held during this time. 
  • 6:30pm- Industry Awards Dinner- Spend additional time networking (we'll make sure you're seated at a table with retail representatives) and bid on "Connect" packages for time with CEOs and buyers of independent retail establishments during our oral auction. The presentation of our prestigious Industry Awards will follow, along with a speaker presentation by Peter Van Stolk, the founder of Jones Soda! 


All proceeds go to support the Association and its advocacy of the independent grocery industry. WFIA is a 501(c)(6): 178-007-006

Contributions or gifts to the Washington Food Industry Association are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes. However, they may be tax deductible under other provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.  TIN# 91-0462216


2017 Connect Event


CONNECTING THE INDEPENDENT GROCERS AND VENDORS OF WASHINGTON

Retailers - WFIA Connect

Join your fellow retailers for our first-ever WFIA Connect event! Our goal is to provide an energetic and fun event that gives you a direct connection to 18 key vendors in a small-group, speed networking setting. This fast-paced networking event allows grocer and vendors to meet and converse though one-on-one focused conversations lasting five minutes at each table to introduce you to new products and services that will enhance your business success. Don't forget your business cards!

Vendors & Retailers - Reception with Hosted Bar

Take this opportunity to grab a glass of wine from Hundred Acres Wine or William Grants award winning whiskey and network with other retailers and vendors to get to know them and their business in more detail.

Vendors & Retailers - Industry Awards Dinner and Auction

Help support the independent grocers and vendors of Washington State by attending our Industry Awards Dinner, reception, and program. Join vendors and retailers from across the state for a hosted reception, dinner, live auction and recognition of our Vendor and Grocer of the Year awards for those who have excel among their peers. It’s a night you won’t want to miss, so register early to reserve your seat!


Countless studies and years of work with some of the world’s most innovative companies gives Michael Sansolo a unique and diverse view of the changing nature of trends retail. A long-time senior vice president of the Food Marketing Institute and now consultant; Michael currently serves as the research director of the Coca-Cola Retailing Research Councils of both North and Latin America. Their most recent study, found here, discusses how today’s shoppers are armed with new technologies and shifting personal needs in this ever changing industry. We are excited to hear about his innovative solutions  for the grocery industry.

If you'd like to learn more about Michael Sansolo, click here.



All proceeds go to support the Association and its advocacy of the independent grocery industry. WFIA is a 501(c)(6): 178-007-006

Contributions or gifts to the Washington Food Industry Association are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes. However, they may be tax deductible under other provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.  TIN# 91-0462216

Washington Food Industry Association

P.O. Box 706

1415 Harrison Ave NW, Suite 101

Olympia, WA 98502

Tel: 360-753-5177

Email: info@wa-food-ind.org



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