Arlington, Va. The Food Marketing Institute on Thursday announced it has decided to postpone indefinitely its FutureConnect and Marketechnics trade shows due to concerns over the swine flu. The two events were scheduled to be held next week in Dallas.
“The increased urgency of the alerts from health officials today and the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services confirmed our decision to not host a large gathering where attendees would be in close proximity,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, president and CEO, FMI. “We agonized over this difficult and critical decision, but are certain that the No.1 priority of America’s food retailers, wholesalers and suppliers right now is to look out for the health and safety of their customers, employees and the communities they serve.”
FMI is evaluating its options for rescheduling the events and plans to communicate details accordingly as soon as possible.