2016 National Grocers Accociation Annual Meeting
Agribusiness Professor Richard Volpe attended the National Grocers Association (NGA) annual meeting in Las Vegas from Feb. 27 to March 2 alongside four agribusiness students. Cal Poly is one of the newest members of the Food Industry University Coalition (FIUC), a group of universities across the U.S. with programs emphasizing the preparation of undergrads for careers in food retail and supply chain management. Each year, the NGA supports travel and lodging for four Cal Poly students to attend the meeting and compete in the Case Study Competition. During the competition, a participating retailer provides a prompt to all schools, which is usually a challenge or objective facing the retailer. This year Davis Food and Drug asked students for ideas as to how they can best enter the digital age of food retail.
The 2016 team is comprised of JT Janowski, Ryan Mekech, Katie Keaton, and Rachel Schumm, all agribusiness majors enrolled in AGB404: Food Retail Management. Our Cal Poly team gave a great presentation and represented Cal Poly well.
NGA, in conjunction with FIUC, held a number of student sessions throughout the three-day meeting, giving students and faculty the opportunity to meet with retail executives in small, intimate sessions to discuss topics such as roles for millennials in food retail and the impacts of government regulation and legislation on retail profits , with plenty of time for questions.