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WFIA Connect:

May 2021: Connect with independent grocers and convenience stores at our annual speed networking event. Sign up to showcase your latest products and network with other Washington State retailers!

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

WFIA's Connect event offers you the opportunity to meet with local retailers via a speed networking event. Due to the most recent update from Governor Inslee, WFIA is postponing the 2020 Connect: Vendor-2-Retailer event to May 2021.

Contact Melissa Burgess with questions.

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.

Now Accepting Interest Forms

We are currently accepting interest forms from vendors who would like to explore participation in the networking event.

Please note that vendor speed networking tables are priced at $2000. This price includes two tickets to the Industry Awards Dinner where there will be additional time to network with retailers.  Also included is a special invitation to our VIP After-Hours Party where you can continue to network with retailers. We are asking each featured vendor to bring an item with a minimum $100 value for the silent auction.

Apply to become a vendor at 2020 WFIA Connect Below

*Submitting this interest form does not guarantee a spot in the speed networking portion of the event. The final vendors will be chosen by our event committee from the pool of interested vendors based on the new or unique products and services they offer.*

Thank You to our 2019 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

2019 Featured Vendors
  • Ace Hardware  
  • Heritage Distilling
  • Angus Meats, Inc
  • KeHE
  • Blue Bunny  
  • KraftHeinz
  • BUNZL Distributing of Seattle  
  • Peterson Cheese
  • Charlie's Produce  
  • Post Consumer Brands
  • CliftonLarsonAllen  
  • Retail Data Systems
  • Cutters Point Coffee Co.  
  • Spokane Produce, Inc.
  • DPI Specialty Foods  
  • Talking Rain 
  • ERNWest  
  • UNFI
  • Georgetown Brewing Co.  
  • United Salad Company
  • Goose Ridge Vineyard & Winery  
2019 Event Sponsors
  • Registration & Reception Sponsor
  • C&S Wholesale Grocers 
  • Bar Sponsor
  • Federated Insurance
  • Raffle Sponsor
  • McClane Company
  • Silent Auction Sponsor
  • Rosie 
  • Speaker Sponsor
  • ERNWest 
  • Dinner Sponsor
  • UNFI
  • Dessert Sponsor
  • Harbor Wholesale Foods 
  • Live Auction Sponsor
  • InStore Technology 
  • VIP After-Hours Party Sponsor
2019 Event Donors
  • Cutter's Point Coffee  
  • Angus Meats, Inc.
  • Goose Ridge Vineyard & Winery  
  • Peirone Produce Co.
  • Washington Brewers Guild
  • Icicle Brewing Co. 
  • Iron Goat Brewing Co.
  • No-Li Brewhouse 
  • Silver City Brewing
  • Georgetown Brewing Co. 
  • Diamond Knot Brewing
  • Kulshan Brewing Co. 
  • Young's Market Co.