4 Grocer Trade Shows You Should Attend

From large, national events to regional warehouse shows, the opportunity for grocery retailers to network and expand their knowledge on new and upcoming tools and products for their operations is vast.  Nothing beats tasting a new food product firsthand before you stock your shelves.  New packaging and display trends are always best seen visually in person.  And, well, technology is no different.  TRUNO is headed back on the road in 2024 to showcase how technologies, such as our business intelligence platform, TruView, self-service solutions, electronic shelf labels, and more, are all impacting customer experience and improving operations for retailers of all sizes.  

We also understand that traveling all year to shows isn't feasible.  You've got groceries to sell.  That's why we've put together our list of the Top 4 Grocery Shows to Attend in 2024. 

NRF Big Show 

The National Retail Foundation is the world’s largest retail conference, held in New York City. With 40,000 attendees and 1000 exhibitors, the opportunity to expand retail knowledge and learn about increasing trends is customary. Along with the ability to connect with retailers and vendors, the NRF has vetted 450 speakers from across the country to transform your perspective on retail. TRUNO recommends attending the “Startup Hub,” a place where the industry's best startups showcase their latest technologies in a hands-on, comfortable environment.  

January 14-16, 2024, New York City, New York  

The NGA Show 

The National Grocers Association holds an annual expo, taking place March 10-12th in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2024. Its primary purpose is to bring together independent wholesalers and retailers, food retail industry executives, food/CPG manufacturers, and service providers. The NGA show has an astounding 1:1 retailer/wholesaler to exhibitor ratio, allowing you to establish valuable relationships with like-minded professionals. Additionally, The NGA show has over 40 specialty educational sessions and workshops, more than 100 speakers, and over 300 exhibitors, meaning there is something for everyone. Will you be in Las Vegas for NGA this year? 

March 10-12, 2024, Las Vegas, Nevada  

AWG Innovation Showcase 

The AWG Innovation Showcase is an opportunity for the over 3,800 AWG retail members to explore innovative and game-changing products, services, and solutions to enhance the customer experience in their grocery operations. AWG brings together key vendor partners to showcase new concepts and latest trends to transform your business. Training and educational opportunities will also be available in the show's learning lounge.   

March 25-26, 2024, Overland Park, KS  

UNFI Shows

UNFI, the largest American wholesale distributor of healthy food options, holds numerous shows throughout the year across the country. TRUNO will be on the floor at the Spring and Summer Show in San Diego, and the Holiday and Winter Show in Minneapolis. These shows bring together thousands of grocery retailers and allow them to meet with hundreds of suppliers and vendors showcasing new food products, technology, and more. 

February 7-8, 2024, San Diego, California 

August 6-7, 2024. Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Bonus: Regional Association and Warehouse Shows 

TRUNO hits the road and attends dozens of regional association and warehouse shows annually. Grocery retail is deeply rooted in communities across the country, and there is no better way to plug into your network than with a show designed just for your region.  Innovative technology creates the opportunity to develop a unique customer experience that feels local and personal. It's this brick-and-mortar, customer service advantage that independent retailers must focus on advancing to remain competitive in an ever-changing industry.  

We look forward to seeing you around in 2024! 



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