"You do a great job of keeping it fresh and the ability to network with industry peers in a non-threatening environment is just awesome."

Chris Snyder
Director of Marketing
Ben E. Keith Foods - DFW Division


2017 IFDA SMart Conference

July 16 - 18, 2017 | Renaissance Chicago Downtown | Chicago, IL

IFDA SMart Conference

We have a stellar agenda for the 2017 IFDA SMart Conference in Chicago! Insights from NPD and Technomic. Thought-provoking sessions with a Pixar story-teller and an Esquire Magazine interview master. New Breakouts for smaller group discussions. Plus networking opportunities from top to bottom with peers and trading partners.

2017 IFDA SMart Conference

This dynamic, peer-driven forum addresses the hottest issues facing sales and marketing pros in foodservice distribution. It also‚Äąpushes the envelope with thought-provoking subjects that help you think in new and different ways about your sales and marketing. Every session at this year's conference has clear goals and clear takeaway, plus networking is woven throughout the conference from receptions to breaks and meal events.

A Sample of Sessions on the 2017 Agenda:

Asking Better Questions to Get Better Results
Esquire Magazine writer Cal Fussman believes that the questions you ask make a difference. Derived from decades of interviewing some really interesting people, Fussman’s talk will inspire you to take a new look at fundamental aspects of your business.

What’s New In Eating & Drinking
Jack Li of Datassential shares perspective on the rapidly evolving foodservice industry – including the huge opportunity for “foodservice at home” and the latest flavor trends that will drive industry growth.  This session also includes a preview of what it means to “sell smart” to operators – a topic that will continue in a breakout session.

Storytelling is the #1 business skill necessary to connect, motivate, and lead people in today’s world. Matthew Luhn, a 20-year Pixar story veteran, provides practical strategies to bridge the gap between business and heart, driving your story toward one unforgettable selling point.


Sunday, July 16

Pre-Conference Networking Event

Great networking as you take in Chicago's architecture during a river cruise. Hosted by Sugar Foods Corporation.

Monday, July 17

Opening Day

A full day of dynamic topics including insights from NPG, Technomic, and Datassential followed by a thought-provoking session with a Pixar story-teller. Plus new breakouts for smaller group discussions and an evening reception.

Tuesday, July 18

Final Day

Esquire Magazine interview master Cal Fussman will kick off our final day followed by two more insightful sessions.


Registration & Brochure

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Hotel & Travel

Renaissance Chicago Downtown

Join us in the Windy City for the 2017 IFDA SMart Conference.