GC Buying Group kicked off the group’s 35th year in business at the 13th annual Start the Year Member Conference and Vendor Showcase held Jan. 13 to Jan. 14 at AmericasMart during the International Gift and Home Furnishings Show in Atlanta, GA.
According to the buying group, both retail attendance and vendor participation saw record-high numbers for the three day event. The meeting included open discussion topics, where stores shared personal experiences regarding selected topics, guest speakers and newly announced GC program updates.
“Gourmet Catalog’s Start the Year Meeting is really incredible. It gives us a snapshot of all of our vendors; we get the cliff notes right away; see what’s new; and talk to everyone. It’s the best way to start the year,” said Mary Moore, owner of The Cooks Warehouse in Atlanta, GA.
Vendors, as well, said that the showcase allowed them to have meaningful conversations with customers.
“Gourmet Catalog gives us a chance to have so many great buyers in one room talking about great products,” said Philippe Trudeau, CEO of Trudeau Corporation.