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The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) announced yesterday via press release that it will start its 2008 convention in Las Vegas a day earlier to add a keynote education session from 4-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, and also plans to hold several workshops before the event from 2-4 p.m. on May 4.

The topics and speakers for all these sessions have not yet been set.

FMI said the decision was made “to benefit the many attendees who arrive during the weekend.”

The 2008 Las Vegas show will feature both an exhibit floor and educational sessions; a year later, in Dallas, FMI will move to an all-education format that will be used every other year, with an exhibition floor on alternate years.
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