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Gourmet Catalog Preps For Start Of The Year Conference


Janis Johnson presented to Gourmet Catalog store members at the 2015 Start of the Year Conference.

Gourmet Catalog and Buying Group will be celebrating its 35th year in business in 2016, and it will be celebrating alongside stores and vendors during the 13th annual Start of the Year Member Conference at AmericasMart Atlanta on January 13 and 14. According to the company, current sign up counts indicate that the 2016 conference will surpass last January’s record attendance, and the company is expanding the working space in building 1, 8th floor to accommodate the additional vendor and store participation.

The member exclusive conference will offer stores and vendors first exposure to surprise announcements, and will also offer best-in-class networking and learning opportunities, the buying group said. Representing over 200 vendors, said to be the largest number of any other kitchenware vendor showcase, Gourmet Catalog will offer an opportunity for the store members to have convenient and intimate interaction with a wide range of lines that includes demonstrations, education, and opportunities for store members to provide product feedback.

“I love the vendor showcase because it gives us the opportunity to see a significant number of our vendors and preview new product or get more in-depth information about existing products,” commented Barbara Freeman, owner of Kitchenware Outfitters Inc. in Savannah, Georgia.

Additionally, Gourmet Catalog has invited Bob Phibbs, a recognized business strategist also known as The Retail Doctor, to be this year’s guest speaker.

The two day event will conclude with a birthday celebration in honor of Gourmet Catalog’s 35 years of business.

“Our Start the Year Member Conference is the ideal way to launch our 35th anniversary celebration, surrounded by our strong community of stores and vendors,” said Janis Johnson, President and Founder of Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group. “Although it has evolved and grown, one aspect has remained consistent. We supported the independent retailer 35 years ago and although the profile has changed, our business has remained to support them today. I am passionately committed to continuously reinventing Gourmet Catalog in order to sustain and fortify our position as the nation’s leading buying group.”

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