Early bird registration is now open for the 2013 Midwest Produce Conference & Expo set for Aug. 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

The conference, sponsored by The Packer, offers opportunities for produce retailers and suppliers to develop new business relationships, network with colleagues, hear high-profile speakers and examine the latest in produce and retail services.

Special discount rates are available for conference attendees and exhibitors. Registration forms and show information are available at www.MidwestProduceExpo.com.

For exhibiting, sponsorship or registration information, contact Hall-Erickson Exposition Management at 630-434-7779.

General sessions at the conference feature industry-leading authorities, exclusive research and a panel of consumers giving insights into shopping trends.

The exhibit hall includes 200 suppliers of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, flowers and other products and supplies for retail stores, restaurants and other foodservice operations.

Optional tours include the Chicago International Produce Market, urban growing sites and retail stores.