This past weekend, 1,100 food industry executives gathered in Miami, Florida for Food Marketing Institute (FMI)’s Midwinter Executive Conference. The annual meeting offers a unique opportunity to connect and exchange ideas with leaders across the global food retail spectrum, from leading stores to wholesalers, and independent operators to suppliers.

Scott Moses, Head of the Grocery & Restaurants Investment Banking Practice at PJ SOLOMON, and Justin Dye, Senior Advisor at PJ SOLOMON and CEO of ripKurrent, participated in a panel on new marketplace realities. Mr. Moses and Mr. Dye were joined by Tom Furphy, CEO of Consumer Equity Partners, and Mark Baum, Senior Vice President & Chief Collaboration Officer, Industry Relations of FMI. The provocative panel reviewed macro dynamics and their impact on the food retail sector. The group also discussed prioritizing investment spending required to compete and examine strategic implications across our rapidly-changing sector.

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Scott Moses (far right) and Justin Dye (second from left) discuss new marketplace realities at FMI’s Midwinter Conference

Following the panel, Mr. Moses and Mr. Dye co-hosted a reception for clients and friends in the sector. See below for a few photos from the event:

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Left to Right: Scott Moses (PJ SOLOMON), Or Raitses (Owner, Best Market, which PJ Solomon recently advised on its sale to Lidl US), Alonzo Mourning (former NBA All-Star and co-investor, Chargello), Shane Sampson (Albertsons) and Tom Furphy (Consumer Equity Partners)

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Clients and friends at the PJ SOLOMON & ripKurrent reception