Top food industry executives from across the nation converged Jan. 24–27 in Phoenix at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge for the 2020 Midwinter Executive Conference to network, discuss and explore established and emerging trends and how they will influence future business operations. The event featured 1,200 registered attendees, including 250 retailer and wholesaler executives, many of whom are showcased herein.
During his keynote address, FMI Midwinter Chairman Oscar Gonzalez, co-president and COO of Northgate Gonzalez Market, highlighted the influential role retro-acculturation is increasingly playing in multicultural populations.
FMI Midwinter keynoter Sterling Hawkins (left) moderated a panel discussion with Randy Edeker of Hy-Vee and Joe Sheridan of Wakefern Food Corp., who shared their views on a wide range of topics on leading a culture of experimentation, and how leaders must adapt to champion and lead organizations amid unprecedented change.
During his keynote, FMI Midwinter Chairman Oscar Gonzalez, co-president and COO of Northgate Gonzalez Market, told the audience about how his Anaheim, Calif.-based company is “all about family.” As the last of his tight-knit family’s 13 children, Gonzalez shared the importance of upholding the values and traditions of his parents, who transformed a small liquor store into a grocery market in 1980 and then into the leading Latino-themed grocery chain in Southern California. His Mexican immigrant family turned their dream into an American success story with Northgate Gonzalez Market, which this year marks a major milestone, celebrating its 40th year with 41 stores. During his address, Gonzalez also highlighted the influential role retro-acculturation is increasingly playing in multicultural populations.
Russ Fletcher and Jessica Dawson of Coca-Cola with former Arizona Cardinals tight end Ben Patrick