Mark your calendars now as the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance (RDBA) and Winsight Grocery Business (WGB) and announce the return of Retail Dietitian Exchange (RDE) in 2019. The event will take place May 20-22 at McCormick Place Chicago in partnership with the National Confectioners Association’s (NCA) Sweets and Snacks Expo. The event brings business best practices, engaging networking opportunities, timely industry updates and much more to retail dietitians across the nation.
“This is the only retail dietitian conference that is 100% focused on business and industry trends, which is really what retail dietitians need in order to take our programs to the next level and impact more shoppers,” said Lauren Tulig, Nutrition Communications Manager for Skogen’s Festival Foods. “This focus really sets this conference apart from any other conference…I felt that I was able to network with every single RD and have meaningful conversations.”
RDE plans to build upon the success of the inaugural event in 2018 which featured speakers from Technomic, RDBA, U.S. Dairy, NCA, Cannabistry Labs, Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network, PepsiCo, FleishmanHillard and many more. Topics centered around new retail trends, aligning with consumer demands, disrupting the autopilot shopper, how to effectively market programs and services, and evolving food issues such as sustainability, waste, cannabis and cellular agriculture.
“We’re thrilled to bring back the Retail Dietitian Exchange in partnership with the RDBA and NCA. We’ve structured next year’s event to have even more robust proprietary content and business skills needed for the challenges RDs face every day,” said Jeff Friedman, Executive Vice President of Grocery for WGB.
Phil Lempert, President and CEO of RDBA added, “We feel that RDE really hit the mark in terms of the most useful information that attendees could take home and implement right away. RDE ’19 will take the feedback that we received and tailor the content even further to address the ever-evolving needs and responsibilities of the retail dietitian.”
Invitations for RDE will be sent in December. Click here to view a highlight video of last year’s event.