WASHINGTON, DC – Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw will be the keynote speaker at the Opening Breakfast General Session at the United Fresh 2014 convention in Chicago this June. Crenshaw will share his views on current and future trends in the supermarket retail industry, building upon his 40 years’ experience at Publix, and his role as a member of the Board and past chairman of the Food Marketing Institute, representing all of the retail supermarket industry.
“Ed Crenshaw is an industry leader who will inspire our audience to think differently about the future of retail,” said United Fresh President & CEO Tom Stenzel. “Ed has long championed the ‘service-oriented’ retail approach at Publix, and we are excited to hear his strategies for success and his insights into the future of food retailing.”
Crenshaw joined Publix Super Markets in 1974. Over the years, he gained experience in all areas of store operations, starting as a stock clerk in Lake Wales, Florida. In addition to serving as a store manager, his staff experience includes buying and retail operations. Publix, one of the largest supermarket chains in the country, operates more than 1,075 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The company has been honored as one of the top 100 companies to work for in America, as well as being recognized as one of America’s most admired companies.
The Opening Breakfast General Session will be held Wednesday, June 11, from 8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. in the Vista Ballroom at the McCormick Place Convention Center. Participation in the keynote session is available only to those attendees who have purchased United’s educational package. United appreciates the support of Sunkist Growers as sponsor of this Breakfast General Session.
United Fresh 2014 is the must-attend destination for the fresh produce industry. Co-located with FMI Connect 2014, the United Fresh show brings together the retail and fresh produce industries, offering executives unprecedented value in the opportunity to connect with customers and industry counterparts. The convention offers more than 900 exhibiting companies in 800,000 square feet of exhibits, more than 100 hours of educational programming, and extensive networking opportunities with more than 15,000 retail and produce attendees.
About United Fresh Produce Association
Founded in 1904, the United Fresh Produce Association serves companies at the forefront of the global fresh and fresh-cut produce industry, including growers, shippers, fresh-cut processors, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, foodservice operators, industry suppliers and allied associations. From its headquarters in Washington, D.C. and Western Regional office in Salinas, Calif., United Fresh and its members work year-round to make a difference for the produce industry by driving policies that increase consumption of fresh produce, shaping critical legislative and regulatory action, providing scientific and technical leadership in food safety, quality assurance, nutrition and health, and developing educational programs and business opportunities to assist member companies in growing successful businesses. For more information, visit www.unitedfresh.org or call 202-303-3400.