Innovation Expo

October 11 & 12, 2016
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Milwaukee, WI
It’s a great event for grocers to learn more about current topics affecting the industry and their business, network with peers and vendors, enjoy grocery industry contests, check out new and proven products on the Wisconsin Grocer trade show, and recognize the many honorees during the Chairman’s Banquet. 

There is not another event like this for grocers in Wisconsin!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

1:00 pm                Active Shooter presented by Glenn Rehberg
Caution! This seminar may save lives. We see it in the news far too often and it’s time get educated on what you can do. Glenn Rehberg, Training Officer-Senior with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, is a certified Active Shooter Response instructor. Rehberg will examine the history of mass shootings; common misperceptions about perpetrators; typical timelines; strategies for grocers during a crisis; and emergency planning considerations.  

     2:00 pm            Succession Planning presented by  BakerTilly
         One of the many challenges of running a business is planning for              the future. Whether you wish to eventually sell your company or                transition it to the next generation, succession planning should                  be a key component of your strategic plan. Join Baker Tilly as
           they provide informational sessions on succession planning                        basics, selling your business, and transitioning to new ownership.              Now is  the time to begin thinking about your future and that of                your business. 

3:00 pm         Rise of Healthy Marketing presented by
Joan Driggs & Katie Martin, Progressive Grocer
Consumers are increasingly concerned about what they eat and are turning to a trusted source, their local grocer, for information. Joan Driggs and Katie Martin, Progressive Grocer, share data from retail dieticians research will show how large this market is while anecdotal stories will show how retailers across the nation are creating programs that successfully target this market.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

     8:30 am        Retaining Millennials presented by Jerry O'Brien                                          One of the biggest challenges managers face is dealing with the
                                    millennial generation, which will account for 36% of the U.S.
                                    workforce next year and 75% of the global workforce by 2025.         
                                          Millennials—those ages 19 to 30 —have a different set of workplace
                                    expectations, behaviors and desires that managers need to      
                                    understand in order to engage them effectively.  Companies are                                               losing their top millennial talent to competitors
 because they fail
                                     to set expectations and support their careers. Learn more about
                                    differences between Millennial, Gen X and Boomer employees; 
                                    ways to effectively reach & work with them.

     9:45 am         Tracking Trends That Matter presented by Todd Hale
                                INDUSTRY KEYNOTE SPEAKER!
                                     Throughout the past several years of U.S. economic turmoil and
                                     recovery, we’ve seen excellent  examples of innovation from U.S.
                                     retailers and manufacturers as they looked to seize the moment to
                                     enhance their market positions. Join Todd Hale as he reviews the
                                     U.S. retail landscape and performance; the categories and consumer
                                     trends driving growth; as well as forecasts and predictions around
                                     the future of U.S. retailing.

     11:00 am        GROCERY INDUSTRY SUMMIT     To Be Determine


4:00 - 5 pm         GREAT WISCONSIN BAG-OFF

5:00 pm               CHAIRMAN's RECEPTION

6:30 pm                CHAIRMAN's AWARD BANQUET

9:00 pm               Program Concludes


Showcase your products and services to grocers around the state at the WGA's Innovation Expo!

The Innovative Seminars are a great source for grocers to learn more about current topics affecting the industry and their business; network with peers and vendors; enjoy grocery industry contests; check out new and proven products on the Wisconsin Grocer trade show; and recognize the many honorees during the Chairman’s Banquet.
There is not another event like this for grocers in Wisconsin!

Action Add-Ons to maximize your exposure. 
• Trade Show Cash = $100   -  Retail name called during trade show hours
                                                                   to win $100
• Trade Show Bingo Card = $250  Your logo on bingo card. Attendees
                                                                   need to fill their card by stopping at your
                                                                   booth to be in drawing for $1,000
• Pallet of Product  Donate a pallet of your product for the WGA’s Education &
                                               Scholarship Foundation. Retailers will place sealed bids
                                               and highest bidder receives the product!

Sponsor Exhibitor Details
  • *  August 12 - Deadline for Expo magazine materials
  • *  Name Registration - choose 'Sponsor - Name Only' option
  • *  Hotel Reservations - make reservations before Sept. 26th
  • *  Registration Bags - add your companies goodie or brochure to attendee registration bags.  350 items are needed in the WGA Office by Sept. 30th
  • *  More details to come re:  ordering electrical, dock use, move-in directions will be available soon.


Please join us in recognizing and rewarding those who continuously go above and beyond the call of duty, by congratulating the 2016 WGA Award Winners!  

Click on the honoree names to view their biography and information about their surprise award announcement.

The Grocer of the Year and Excellence in Operations awards recognize those that have made outstanding contributions to the grocery industry, provided opportunities for their associates, have been involved in their communities and have a history of active support and involvement in the WGA.


Senior Vice President of Operations
T.A. Solberg - Trig's 


Albrecht's Delafield Market

Pat Barnes
Fox Brother's Piggly Wiggly

The Vendor of the Year award recognizes one vendor for their many contributions as a grocery industry partner, helping grocers strategically merchandise products and increase sales in one or multiple store categories. 


The Community Service award recognizes those who go above and beyond for their community. 


New London Festival Foods

Capitol Centre Market & Lake Mills Market
Pierce's Markets

Trig's, Minocqua

Gooseberries Fresh Food Market

4:00 pm - Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Milwaukee, WI
Sponsored by:  Lipari Foods

Show off your bagging talent as the audience cheers you on to a personal best! 

It's not all about speed, but that counts. Proper bag building technique, number of bags used, uniform bag weight and style, attitude and appearance rounds out the scoring for Wisconsin's Best Bagger.

  • 1st Place = $500 and trophy, plus free trip to compete in National Best Bagger Contest in Las Vegas, NV.  Trip includes airfare for 2 and two night hotel accommodations.
  • 2nd Place = $250 and trophy
  • 3rd Place = $100 and trophyn
1611 West Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 847-7891

Hotel Room Rate = $139.00 until Sept 26, 2016

2015 Expo Photo Gallery 
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