In less than a week, supermarket, foodservice and produce industry professionals from across the North America will gather in Chicago for the annual United Fresh Produce Show. IFCO is proud to be a longtime member and ongoing sponsor of United Fresh, and we’d like to share our top recommendations for attendees to make the most out of this year’s expo.
Monday, June 20
United Fresh Opening Party
Museum of Contemporary Art
6:00 – 7:30 pm
A unique opportunity to network with industry colleagues while enjoying refreshments in one of the world’s largest contemporary art venues. As a sponsor of this event, we might be somewhat partial, but we can’t think of a better place to kick off an innovative and creative week.
Tuesday, June 21
Opening Breakfast General Session – Craig Boyan, H-E-B President and COO
8:00 am – 9:45 am
Vista Ballroom, McCormick Place
No matter where your business sits on the fresh supply chain, you won’t want to miss this general session. President and COO of H-E-B Craig Boyan will offer his insights about the challenges and opportunities facing today’s supermarkets.
Wednesday, June 22
Negotiation Strategies to Improve Your Sales Performance
9:00 am – 10:00 am
The education “power hour” on Wednesday morning is packed with interesting sessions, and both retail and grower side sales professionals should take advantage of this educational opportunity from expert sales trainer Jan Kessinger. Learn what tactics to avoid, what to embrace and how to walk away with a win-win outcome.
Don’t forget to review the Schedule-at-a-Glance for additional details on the expo.
In addition to these must-attend events, here are some recommendations from a Chi-town local connected to our IFCO family! She recommends:
Chicago’s First Lady Cruises – Architecture Boat Tour
If you have some spare time and the weather is nice, we’d recommend an architecture boat tour. This is consistently recognized by locals as a great way to see the city.
Casual Food Recommendations:
- Big and Littles – Tacos and Po’boys
- Parsons Chicken and Fish – Featured on the Food Network
- Lillies Q – BBQ
- Xoco – Contemporary Mexican from Rick Bayless
- Chicago Bagel Authority – Bagel Sandwiches
- Weiner Circle – Chicago Style Hot Dogs
Other Dining Recommendations:
- Lula Café – American and Vegetarian
- The Publican – European Beer Hall Inspired Eclectic Menu
- Mindy’s Hot Chocolate – Amazing Desserts!
- The Bristol – American
- The Girl & The Goat – Family Style Dishes with a Rotating Menu
- Alinea – Fine Dining, and Known as one of the Best Restaurants in the Country
Of course, don’t forget Eataly Chicago, Mario Batali’s Italian marketplace with restaurants, take-away counters, and a cooking school.
We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 United Fresh Show. Please stop by IFCO Booth #2044 and say hello, or schedule a meeting to sit down with us during show hours. To learn more about IFCO visit www.ifco.com.