I had the privilege to attend the first MAPIC Food & Beverage Conference last month in Milan, Italy. For those who are unfamiliar, MAPIC is a global international retail real estate conference organizer, managed by Reed MIDEM. There are MAPIC conferences all over the world but the biggest event is in Cannes, France in November each year. Historically, the majority of exhibitors have been property investor/developers and lifestyle retailers. The key purpose of these events is to facilitate retail real estate development.