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IRI to Discuss CPG and Retail Innovation at 2018 Food Marketing Conference


Robert I. Tomei, President, Consumer & Shopper Marketing, Core Content and Insight Services, IRI®
Larry Levin, Executive Vice President, Consumer & Shopper Marketing, IRI

On March 19, IRI’s consumer and shopper expert, Robert I. Tomei, will discuss consumer-first retail experiences during the panel “Retail Reinvention: Making the Customer Hero” at the 2018 WMU Food Marketing Conference. Tomei and a panel of industry executives will explore emerging retail trends that answer the ever-increasing demand for convenience, and how retailers can differentiate their own consumer experiences.

The following day, IRI’s Larry Levin and Mack Elevation’s Dan Mack will co-host the session “Innovation: The Rise of the Dark Horse.” Dark horse brands are small, new companies winning in CPG by surprising and delighting consumers with innovative new products that waste no time getting to market. Levin and Mack will share insights to help brands of all sizes understand how to innovate quickly, “fail fast” and boost annual sales through rapid but calculated product launches.     


CPG manufacturers, marketers and retailers win when they put consumers first. These sessions will shine a light on how evolving consumer preferences are driving rapid changes in CPG products and business models and re-shaping the CPG industry.


Retail Reinvention: Making the Customer Hero
Monday, March 19, 2018, 3-4 p.m. ET

Innovation: The Rise of the Dark Horse
Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 10:30-11:30 a.m. ET


2018 WMU Food Marketing Conference
DeVos Place Convention Center
303 Monroe Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

About IRI
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