Fall Conference and Show
Sept. 17-19, 2017 - Crystal Mountain Resort
The Michigan food industry's "big event" every year is the MGA Fall Conference. Full of business-building, networking, and learning potential, it is an excellent business opportunity combined with a relaxing retreat for hundreds of retailers, wholesalers, brokers, manufacturers and other suppliers. Featuring just the right mix of business, social functions and recreation, this is the Michigan food industry's top gathering, year-in and year-out. Retailers gain valuable insight from acclaimed, industry-savvy speakers and discover the latest in products and services from exhibitors in MGA’s diverse, right-sized trade show. For vendors, the show is a half-day of sampling and selling to Michigan’s retail leaders that attend. Local products are featured in the Michigan Marketplace pavilion, where Michigan-made specialty foods take center stage.
2017 MGA Al Kessel Awards
The 2017 Al Kessel Outstanding Achievement Awards will recognize an Outstanding Retailer and an Outstanding Business Partner for achievement in their business, their industry, and in their community. Presentation of the fifth annual awards will be made at MGA’s fall conference on Sunday, September 17 at Crystal Mountain Resort.
The two awards are named for Albert F. “Al” Kessel, Jr. who passed away in December 2012. When he served on the MGA Board, Al Kessel owned and operated the Flint-based Kessel Food Market chain and he remained an active MGA member with Kessel Enterprises LLC, which operates Save-A-Lot and Pet Supplies PLUS locations in eastern Michigan.
Nominations for 2017 can be offered by any MGA member until May 31, 2017. The nominees will be evaluated and winners selected by an impartial committee of MGA members during the 2017 summer, and winners announced in early August. For further information contact MGA’s Mike Hamelin at 800-947-6237 ext. 20.
Previous winners of the Al Kessel Awards:
2016 Outstanding Retailer - Leppinks Food Centers
2016 Outstanding Business Partner - Star Truck Rentals
2015 Outstanding Retailer - McDonough's Market
2015 Outstanding Business Partner - Koegel Meats
2014 Outstanding Retailer - Hal Neiman of Neiman's Family Markets
2014 Outstanding Business Partner - Country Fresh Dairy
2013 Outstanding Retailer - Fred Angeli of Angeli Foods
2013 Outstanding Business Partner - SpartanNash, Inc.
Spring Golf Outing
June 15, 2017 - The Medalist Golf Club - Marshall, MI
Year in and year out, one of the food industry’s best golf outings is MGA’s early-season event that raises funds for the organization’s government relations programs. If you are a dedicated golfer – casual, recreational, or competitive -- or even if you just value the relationship-building potential of business golf, you will certainly enjoy the annual Michigan Grocers spring outing. The high standards that MGA maintains guarantee a memorable golfing experience – some of Michigan’s finest public golf venues have played host. MGA’s outing is an 18-hole, four-player scramble. Great golf, food, refreshments and prizes make for an enjoyable day and an unmatched opportunity for retailers and suppliers to network and make some valuable business connections.
Legislative Reception - May 16, 2017
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. - MGA Headquarters - Lansing, MI
An important grassroots addition to MGA's daily advocacy and lobby work, the annual Legislative Reception is held on-site at the MGA office in Lansing, just ½-block from the State Capitol. The reception is a convenient forum and an excellent opportunity for MGA members to talk informally with Senators, Representatives, Executive Office and other state officials about issues impacting the food industry and to strengthen important business-government relationships. Recent success stories show how important those relationships are – repeal of the Item Pricing Law and the Michigan Business Tax; Unemployment Insurance reform, in-store wine tastings and conditional liquor licenses, just to name a few. MGA members support and cater the event, which has become well known among Lansing insiders for its fine food and hospitality. All Association members are welcome to attend and contribute to the event’s success.