L to r: Peter Shin, Galleria Supermarket, Giancarlo Trimarchi, Vince's Market, Dave Powell, Atlantic Grocery Distributors and Powell's Supermarkets, Piero Carbone, Garden Foods, Dave Cooper, Farm Boy, Mike MedL to r: Peter Shin, Galleria Supermarket, Giancarlo Trimarchi, Vince's Market, Dave Powell, Atlantic Grocery Distributors and Powell's Supermarkets, Piero Carbone, Garden Foods, Dave Cooper, Farm Boy, Mike Medeiros and Greg McGrath, Italpasta

A speed networking program between grocery retailers and vendors, a business conference and an awards dinner were all part of the 2018 DCI Business Summit held in Toronto June 12.

Todd Newstead, DCI president and CEOTodd Newstead, DCI president and CEO

The annual event brings together independent grocery retailers and vendors, providing both with a business networking opportunity. This year's event attracted more participants, says Todd Newstead, president and CEO of Distribution Canada Inc. (DCI).

"The 2018 DCI Business Summit provided an opportunity for our shareholders (consisting of leading independent grocery retailers), and vendor partners to network, discuss new business opportunities, and increase awareness on areas influencing our industry throughout the day. The 2018 Business Summit realized an increase in registrations of 20+ per cent versus prior year, with increased participation across both our shareholders and vendor partners."

Carlo Bosco, Concord Food Centre, Ray Rahaman, Concord Food Centre and Vince Lo Buglio, Cataldi Fresh MarketCarlo Bosco, Concord Food Centre, Ray Rahaman, Concord Food Centre and Vince Lo Buglio, Cataldi Fresh Market

The DCI Star Awards and Gala dinner recognized key partners, retailers and innovative products and initiatives in the food retail industry.

Pam and Gordon Dean, Mike Dean's Super Food StoresPam and Gordon Dean, Mike Dean's Super Food Stores

Award winners included:

·         DCI Partner of the Year: Italpasta

·         DCI Retailer of the Year: Farm Boy

·         DCI Social Responsibility Award: Garden Foods

·         DCI Innovation Award: Galleria Supermarket

·         DCI Lifetime Achievement Award: Dave Powell, Atlantic Grocery Distributors/Powell's Supermarkets

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