Gourmet Catalog Expects Record Number Of Attendees At Annual Conference

Gourmet Catalog has a reported record number of store and vendor members signed up to attend the seventh annual Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group Start the Year Member Conference scheduled for January 8 – 9, 2010, at AmericasMart in Atlanta.
Gourmet Catalog’s exclusive Member Conference will feature guest keynote speaker Rick Segel, author of Retailing for Dummies, in addition to an extended Vendor Showcase. Top executives from the group’s vendor members will preview their new products.
“In a tough economy, camaraderie plays an important role in keeping retailers in a positive frame of mind,” said Janis Johnson, founder and president of the Gourmet Catalog group. “Giving store and vendor members the opportunity to share ideas, expand product knowledge, and learn from each other is what the conference is all about.”
The annual conference focuses on education, networking, new product introductions and training demonstrations for members. Highlights include small-group discussions, a networking lunch, a buffet supper, a cocktail party and the Vendor Showcase.
The Showcase is a private trade show for Gourmet Catalog members, where vendors demonstrate products and store members fill goody bags as they visit each vendor’s booth. The Showcase offers stores and vendors valuable face time to discuss products and sales strategies in a comfortable, educational environment.
A wrap-up cocktail party at the new location of The Cook’s Warehouse in Atlanta will feature dishes prepared by a host of professional chefs, using tools and products produced by vendor members.
The 2010 Member Conference theme will be Regroup, Recover, Regrow, signifying the Group’s commitment to helping members recover their retail footing and move toward renewed success in the New Year.
The Conference is open only to Store and Vendor Members of Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group.