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The Largest and Most Important Annual Food Industry Event, the 2000 Supermarket Industry Convention and Educational Exposition May 7-10, 2000 McCormick Place, Chicago

PR0011E | Date: 2000-03-08

The 2000 International Supermarket Convention and Educational Exposition will be held May 7-10, 2000 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

The International Supermarket Convention and Exposition -- sponsored by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) - is the single most important exposition for global supermarketing. The exposition will highlight food products, consumer packaged goods, retail equipment, merchandising systems and services, as well as educational workshops. The Show combines the industry's largest manufacturers of food and equipment with smaller companies, featuring innovative and one-of-a-kind products and services.


The Show covers more than 1.3 million square feet. More than 1,500 exhibitors are expected, representing food & beverage, agriculture, non-food consumer items, equipment, technology, service industries and more.


New to the convention floor this year will be the Whole Health Pavilion, a large exhibit area showcasing whole health solution concepts. Companies and organizations associated with pharmacy, natural products, organics, supplements, health instruction and fortified foods will be featured. The rest of the massive convention exhibit floor will be filled with the world's best known food brands and new brands seeking to establish an identity.


Featuring 35 different sessions, led by world-renowned experts, the educational program will kick off with a general session, entitled "Supermarket Industry Speaks." Workshops will address critical issues related to store operations and management. Topics to be addressed include: recruiting and retention, leadership development, mergers and acquisitions, crisis management, biotechnology and e-commerce. Designated sessions will be translated into six languages - Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Korean.

International Business Center

The GlobalConnect International Business Center will provide international visitors with services including international trade counseling, language assistance, and meeting and business lounge space.

Post-Show Visits

The Taipei offices of the State of California, Idaho, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Washington will be happy to arrange after-FMI Show visits to food and agricultural facilities in their respective states, upon requests by either individual or group visitors from Taiwan. These State offices may arrange business meetings with U.S. suppliers, a mini-showcase featuring various food and agricultural products from one or more States, and visits to agricultural and food facilities in their respective states. For more information and to arrange a post-show visit, please contact these States offices directly:

Irene Tsai, Deputy Director, State of California
Tel: ((02) 2758-6223 Fax: (02) 2723-9973

Eddie Yen, Director, State of Idaho
Tel: (02) 2725-2922 Fax: (02) 2725-1248

Hank Ma, Director, State of Missouri
Tel: (02) 2725-1622 Fax: (02) 2723-2731

Michelle Keng, Honorary Trade Representation, State of New Mexico
Tel: (02) 2922-5975 Fax: (02) 2926-2161

Stanley Tsang, Director, State of Oregon
Tel: (02) 2723-2310 Fax: (02) 2723-2312

Chris Lin, Taiwan Representative, Washington State, Department of Agriculture
Tel: (02) 2321-2787 Fax: (02) 2356-9349

Dr. Jimmy Wang, State of Wisconsin
Tel: (02) 2812-3033 Fax: (02) 2811-7009

For more information about the Show, please visit the Internet websites: and or contact the Agricultural Trade Office of the American Institute in Taiwan at:

Agricultural Trade Office
American Institute in Taiwan
54 Nanhai Road, Taipei
Tel: (02) 2305-4883 ext. 248
Fax: (02) 2305-7073