20-22 OCTOBER, 2024 | El Conquistador Resort, Puerto Rico


Conference registration

The link below can be used by professionals and students to register for the conference.
Early-bird conference registration ends: August 15, 2024

Hotel reservations

The link below can be used to receive the FDRS conference rate for reservations at El Conquistador Resort.
Booking ID: 846
Cut-off date: September 12, 2024

Call for Presentations

The Food Distribution Research Society invites submissions of Organized Symposia, Research Reports, Research Updates, Outreach Writing, and Teaching Case Studies for the 2024 Annual Conference to be held in Puerto Rico from October 20-22, 2024. We welcome work related to all stages of food distribution, from the farm gate through retail to the consumer.


Email submission forms to Dr. Maria Bampasidou at FDRSVPResearch@gmail.com by July 1, 2024. Authors will be notified of acceptance by August, and all presenters must be registered for the conference. The submission categories are:

Organized Symposium offers the opportunity for presentations and discussion on a single theme or problem related to the food distribution field.  Interdisciplinary proposals are welcomed and encouraged.  Organized symposia proposals are allowed 1 hour and 30 minutes and they are expected to allocate at least 30 minutes to discussion.

Research Reports are scholarly papers focusing on the results of research efforts.  Reports will be evaluated and accepted based on one-page abstracts that describe the research and its relevance to food distribution issues.  Presentations of research reports are limited to 15 minutes each, with 5 minutes for Q&A.

Research Updates are synopses of research or educational work either (1) recently completed, (2) in progress, or (3) to be undertaken within the next year.  To give an update, submit a maximum one-page description of the update.  Presentations of updates are limited to 10 minutes each, with 3 minutes for Q&A.

Outreach Writing comprises technical communication of food industry issues that are key to Extension/Industry Outreach.  These may include ‘industry outlook’, food supply chain and marketing articles or content similar to AAEA’s Choices Magazine, for example, geared toward non-academic audiences.  Entries in this category must include a pdf copy of the actual article or printout from an online source and the submission form.  Authors will have 15 minutes to present a summary of the article’s key points and how it was used in outreach/extension efforts, with 5 minutes for Q&A.

Teaching Case Studies are scholarly papers featuring a firm or industry dealing with an issue that is relevant for discussion in the classroom.  Case studies can be developed using either primary or secondary research data.  Submissions will be evaluated based on a one page—single-spaced—extended abstract describing the firm/industry, the main issue(s) of the case or decision to be made, why the case is important for teaching purposes, and the learning objectives.  Presentations of teaching case studies are limited to 15 minutes each, with 5 minutes for Q&A.

Student Food Marketing Challenge

See our Student Food Marketing Challenge page for more information on this year’s challenge.
Register Team by: August 30, 2024

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