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WFIA Connect:

We are excited to announce that the 2022 event will be held at the Marriott Tacoma Downtown! We hope to see you all there for a wonderful evening of networking!

Are you interested in connecting with independent grocers and convenience stores in one place, at one time?

WFIA's Connect event offers vendors the opportunity to meet with local independent retailers via a speed networking event. WFIA is hosting our in-person Connect: Vendor-2-Retailer event. We will be following all COVID-19 related recommended safety & health guidelines by the CDC.

Contact Melissa Burgess with questions.

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2020 Connect Vendor-2 Retailer Logo

Connect: Vendor-2-Retailer is the only event of its kind for the independent grocery and convenience store industry in Washington State!

An amazing day full of celebration and connection of everything that makes our industry unique.

The event starts with a speed networking session between retailers and a select group of featured vendors. A reception with silent auction follows and allows vendors who were not featured in the speed networking session to have the opportunity to meet with retailers prior to the start of dinner.

Closing out the event is our Industry Awards Dinner. The dinner is full of several exciting components including a speaker presentation, a live auction offering "Connect" packages with CEOs and buyers from prominent retail establishments, and the presentation of our Industry Awards.

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Book Your Group Rate for WFIA

You will find the information for your online reservation link below. If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask. We appreciate your business and look forward to a successful event.

Event Summary:            

  • Washington Food Industry Association
  • Start Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022                
  • End Date: Friday, May 20, 2022

To receive the discounted group rate,  book by Thursday, April 14, 2022 .

Mariott Tacoma Downtown

Group Rate: $169 USD per night

Featured Vendor Interest Forms

The Washington Food Industry Association (WFIA) is pleased to welcome you to our 2022 Connect: Vendor-2-Retailer event as one of our featured vendors! Being a featured vendor allows you the opportunity to partake in the speed networking portion of our event, which provides you with the chance to showcase your latest and greatest products to the independent grocers, and convenience stores of Washington State. Included in this packet is everything you need to get started to ensure you’re ready for Connect!

Thank You to our 2021 Vendors, Sponsors & Donors

All proceeds go to support the Association and its advocacy of the independent grocery industry. WFIA is a 501(c)(6): 178-007-006. Contributions or gifts to the Washington Food Industry Association are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes. However, they may be tax deductible under other provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.  TIN# 91-0462216

2021 Featured Vendors
  • United  Salad  Company
  • Post Consumer  Brands    
  • Charlies  Produce    
  • Bunzl  Distribution    
  • ERNwest    
  • New World CBD    
  • FMS Solutions    
  • KeHE  Distributors, LLC.    
  • Retail Data  Systems - West    
  • CliftonLarsonAllen    
  • Ace Hardware    
  • UNFI    
  • Wilcox  Farms
  • Peterson  Cheese  Company
  • Franz/US  Bakery    
  • C&S  Wholesale        
  • URM Stores, Inc.
  • Instore Technology  
  • Bargreen  Coffee
2021 Event Sponsors
  • Supervalue/UNFI    
  • InStore  Tech
  • Doyle Wholesale    
  • ERNWest    
  • Sonilex    
  • IGA    
  • C&S  Wholesale    
  • Harbor Wholesale  Foods
  • Federated Insurance    
  • Willis  Marketing    
  • URM Stores, Inc.
  • Talking Rain    
  • Plant-Based Foods Assoc.    
  • Larson Sign Co    
  • Post Consumer Brands
2021 Event Donors
  • Bargreen Coffee
  • ERNWest
  • Willis Marketing
  • Columbus Meats
  • InStore Technology
  • C&S Wholesale
  • RNDC
  • Food Match Olives
  • La Panzanella Crackers
  • Tillamook Cheese