Education & EPPS Programs
Monday, August 22, 2016
Store Tours
120 minutes
Join your industry peers during the ECRM Store Tours. ECRM buses will shuttle participants to various retail locations for a self-guided tour. During this time participants will have the opportunity to review new trends and techniques that they can take back to the office. The tours will take place at the following retail locations: 

If you would like to participate, please contact Ryan Radzinski at
Driving Purpose through Sustainable Sourcing
30 minutes
More and more consumers demand transparency on where their food is coming from and expect companies to source responsibly. Fair Trade has become a powerful tool for brands to authentically align their sourcing practices with their greater purpose. Fair Trade will share how retailers and manufacturers can leverage sustainable sourcing to inspire consumers, and buyers, and their own team members.
Shaina Kandel, Business Development Manager
Fair Trade USA
SPINS Industry Presentation - The Rise of Specialty Snacking: How Quick Eats are Changing the Industry
40 minutes
Natural and specialty snack foods are leading the growth of the snack category. This session will provide an overview of growing snack food sales, insights into new snack categories, and the innovations challenging the status quo of the category. Cross-channel sales trends with an emphasis on Specialty retail markets will be presented, as well as information on growth by region.
Edricco Reina
ECRM Welcome Reception/Panel Discussion
40 minutes
Join fellow industry peers for a demonstration of ECRM Connect and the ECRM event follow-up site. These demos will be followed by a panel discussion with past buyer and seller event participants. This panel discussion will help attendees gain insight into how to best prepare for meetings and how to maximize your time at the event and when following up with clients.
Sarah Davidson, Senior Vice President of Grocery
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Natural organic products are fueling sustainable growth across all categories
35 minutes
Natural and organic products are responsible for growing sales in most every category. Shoppers are now able to find natural organic products in every channel in most every retailer including Drug, Mass, and Convenience. Total Store all outlet sales are up +2.2%. Food represents 60.6% of total store sales, up +1.9%. Natural food represents 7.7% of total and food and is up + 11.0% while Organic is up 16.9%. Put another way, the small sliver of sales that represent natural organic products are responsible for sustainable category growth. Come to this session to learn how you as manufacturers and retailers can capitalize on these trends.
Daniel Lohman, Organic & CPG Industry Strategic Advisor
Category Management Solutions (CMS4CPG)