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We focus exclusively on the food industry and regularly meet with industry thought leaders throughout the world. We attend more than a dozen domestic and international food industry trade shows and conferences at our own expense every year so that we can bring new ideas and fresh perspectives to you.

Les Dames d’Escoffier International, San Antonio

October, 2021

Members of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) gathered in San Antonio to reconnect and share ideas on what the future might hold for the food, fine beverage and hospitality industries.  This was the first chance members had to gather in person since their exclusive 2020 Trends Report was released before the global pandemic changed the world.

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National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), Chicago McCormick Place

October, 2021

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show returned to a live format at Chicago’s McCormick Place this month. Mask mandates and light traffic did not dampen the enthusiasm of those that attended. The theme, “We Got This!” expressed optimism for the future of convenience retail operations.

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Conference Beat® Plus Specialty Food LIVE!

January, 2021

The Specialty Food Association’s Winter Fancy Food Show is traditionally the first major industry forum of the year that attracts professionals in a wide range of retail and foodservice businesses.  It is a unique opportunity to explore flavor trends and sample new products.  Yet 2021 is beginning much differently than normal and this year’s virtual show was very different than the tasting experiences that characterize this business.

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Conference Beat® – SIAL Virtual Conference, Paris

October, 2020

SIAL Paris (Salon International de l’Alimentation), the world’s largest food innovation exhibition that includes foodservice, retail grocery and food processing business sectors was a virtual experience this year. Even though there is nothing that can replace the personal interaction at this global conference, the virtual conference did not disappoint, with of-the-moment research and insight on the tumultuous world of the food business today. The theme of this year’s conference #Ownthe change invited food professionals to claim the change as their own. 

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Conference Beat® – Global Food Forum 2020 Virtual Conference, New York

October, 2020

This conference gathers leaders in agribusiness, food production, consumer products, government, and non-government organizations to explore key risks and opportunities shaping the global business of food. This year a virtual conference replaced the high energy conference that was characterized by spirited discussions among over 25 keynote-caliber speakers in an exhilarating and interactive one-day session. 

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Conference Beat® – Institute of Food Technologist (IFT) Virtual Conference SHIFT20

July, 2020

The goal of this year’s virtual conference was to bring together leaders from a wide range of disciplines in the food industry for a robust conversation that challenged the status quo and fostered new insight. SHIFT20 was about so much more than ingredients and processing techniques—it was about a shift in thinking that brings the world better food.

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Conference Beat® – Fresh Produce Insight: Ideation Fresh Foodservice Forum, New York & FreshStart, Tucson, Arizona

January, 2020

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Fresh ideas were presented in December 2019 and January 2020 at two conferences focused on foodservice opportunities for the fresh produce industry. Culinary Visions® participated in a panel discussion on Menu Innovation at the New York conference and Y-Pulse® presented research titled, Connecting with Gen Next Away from Home.

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Conference Beat® – Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA), Chicago

November, 2019

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The Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) is the perfect show to review at the end of the year because it provides a glimpse into which trends spotted through our research and attendance at all of this year’s shows and conferences are becoming mainstream products. The show continues to grow with 1,500 exhibiting companies from 40 countries and 25 international pavilions. A special feature of the show, The Idea Supermarket, showcased 468 new products.

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Conference Beat® – Les Dames d’Escoffier International, Nashville, Tennessee

October, 2019

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Members of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) convened in Nashville to taste, explore and debate the hot topics and latest trends in the food, fine wine and hospitality industry. The exclusive 2020 Trends report was released at this meeting, which is highlighted in this report.

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Conference Beat® – Global Food Forum, New York

October, 2019

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The Wall Street Journal’s Global Food Forum exclusive conference gathered leaders in agribusiness, food production, consumer products economics and government to explore key risks and opportunities shaping the global business of food.

 

25 speakers and 13 journalists discussed, debated and enlightened the audience on trends that are transforming the food business in this exhilarating and interactive one day session.

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Conference Beat® – National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show, Atlanta

October, 2019

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The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show attracted nearly 23,500 visitors. Industry professionals converged in seminars and on the show floor to see the cool new products and learn about trends in the convenience retail business.

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Conference Beat® – American Culinary Federation (ACF) National Convention, Orlando

August, 2019


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The American Culinary Federation (ACF) is celebrating its 90th year and met in Orlando for its annual conference this year. ACF is the largest professional chefs’ organization in North America, comprised of more than 15,000 members. The organization is considered the leader in offering educational resources, training and accreditation to enhance professional growth for all current and future chefs and pastry chefs.

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Conference Beat™ – International Dairy Deli Bakery Association Show (IDDBA)

June, 2019

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This family vacation destination and mega-chain restaurant dominated city welcomed leaders in the dairy, deli and bakery business to learn about the latest products and opportunities. Keynote speakers focused on personal and professional growth.

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Conference Beat™ – National Restaurant Show

May, 2019

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The National Restaurant Association (NRA) celebrated the 100th anniversary of its trade show, International Foodservice Marketplace, where over 2,300 exhibitors from around the world showcased their products to over 65,000 foodservice professionals.

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Conference Beat™ – Sweets & Snacks Expo

May, 2019

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The Sweets and Snacks Expo drew more than 15,000 industry professionals and 800+ exhibitors, 200 of which were there for the first time. Buyers represent supermarkets, mass merchandisers and specialty retailers looking for innovations that drive business success.

 

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Conference Beat™ – SIAL Toronto

April, 2019

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SIAL Canada is the largest North American Innovation show that focuses on insight and inspiration for companies dedicated to the food and beverage business. It is one of eight exhibitions developed to extend the reach of SIAL Paris which is widely known as the global forum of food innovation.

 

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Conference Beat™ – Research Chefs Association (RCA), Louisville, KY

March, 2019

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The Research Chefs Association (RCA) conference is where new product developers, food scientists and R&D chefs meet to explore, debate, and inspire each other with ideas and techniques that will drive menus and product development in the years to come.

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Conference Beat™ – Fancy Food Show, San Francisco

January, 2019

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The Specialty Food Association’s Winter Fancy Food Show is the first major industry forum of the year that attracts professionals in a wide range of business segments including: specialty and gourmet retail stores, supermarkets and foodservice operations. Unique features of the show include special areas dedicated to start-up ventures.

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Conference Beat™ – Ideation Fresh Foodservice Forum, New York

December, 2018

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The New York Produce Show and Ideation Fresh Foodservice Forum brought together thought leaders in the domestic and international produce business with leading retailers and restaurateurs to explore what’s hot now and what’s on the horizon for fresh food.  This year’s conference focused on the unique perspectives of different demographic groups related to fresh food and produce.

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Conference Beat™ – Private Label Manufacturers Association PLMA, Chicago

December, 2018

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The Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) show showcased more than 1,400 suppliers representing almost all consumer product categories, including fresh, frozen, and refrigerated meals, snacks, and beverages available to retailers and wholesalers for private label, store brands, and co-branding.  The PLMA is the perfect show to review at the end of the year because it provides a glimpse into which of the trends spotted through our research and attendance at all of the other shows and conferences of the year are becoming mainstream products.

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Conference Beat™ – SIAL, Paris

November, 2018

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SIAL Paris (Salon International de l’Alimentation) is the world’s largest food innovation exhibition, with more than 7,200 international exhibitors from the food industry and 160,000 attendees over five days. Every two years, the expo serves as a source of inspiration for the world food market, where leaders in foodservice, retail grocery and food processing enterprises come to present their latest innovations and predict future industry trends.

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Conference Beat™ – Les Dames d’Escoffier International, Seattle

October, 2018

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Members of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) convened in Seattle to taste, explore, and debate the hot topics and latest trends in the food, fine wine and hospitality industry. This year the group released their first annual global trends report.

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Conference Beat™ – National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), Las Vegas

October, 2018

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Every year the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show attracts more than 23,000 industry professionals who are there to connect, exchange ideas, and spot the hottest new products slated to reach the convenience store market within the next year.

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Conference Beat™ – Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Chicago, IL

July, 2018

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This international conference about the science of food brings together more than 20,000 attendees and 1,200 exhibitors including food industry, government and academia, where they share the latest research and solutions among R&D, scientific and technical titles. IFT is about so much more than ingredients and processing techniques – it’s about food that changes the world.

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Conference Beat™ – Education Segment Conferences, July 2018 School Nutrition Association and National Association of College & University Food Services

July, 2018

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Education segments, including K-12 and Colleges & Universities, serve some of the most enlightened and demanding consumers in the foodservice industry. Leaders in both markets gathered in Las Vegas at the School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference (SNA) and in Providence, Rhode Island for the National Association of College & University Food Services National Conference (NACUFS), covering foodservice in self-operated, contract and hybrid schools.

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Conference Beat™ – International Dairy Deli Bakery Association Show (IDDBA), New Orleans

June, 2018

The Big Easy welcomed leaders in the dairy, deli and bakery business to learn about the latest products and opportunities for their operations. This food-centric city offered as much inspiration around town as it did on the show floor.

 

Living in an Omni Channel World

Modern consumers have created a culinary lifestyle fueled by 5 meals a day that include a wide range of choices like mini-meals and snacks available from the retail, foodservice and online sources.

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Conference Beat™ – National Restaurant Association Show

May, 2018

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The National Restaurant Association (NRA) International Foodservice Marketplace is an annual event where over 2,300 companies from around the world showcase their products to more than 67,000 foodservice professionals. This year’s show, the 99th, was a great place to see the fascinating and forward-thinking trends driving innovation in the foodservice industry.

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Conference Beat™ – SIAL Montreal

May, 2018

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SIAL is the global network of trade conferences that focus on innovation, insight and inspiration for companies dedicated to the food and beverage business. The Montreal exposition is the largest food innovation trade show in North America and features exhibiting companies and educational programs for those in all sectors of the food business.

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Conference Beat™ – Sweets and Snacks Expo

May, 2018

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The Sweets and Snacks Expo drew more than 18,000 attendees and 800 + exhibitors from around the world. The expo continues to grow, with over 350 first time exhibitors at this year’s show. Buyers represent supermarkets, mass merchandisers and specialty retailers who are looking for innovations that can drive business success.

 

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Conference Beat™ – Worlds of Flavor 20th Annual Conference, Legends of Flavor, Napa Valley

April, 2018

For the past 20 years, this conference has explored culinary frontiers and raised thought provoking discussions on global food trends, food ethics and the responsibility of culinary change makers to educate as they entice consumers with the latest food and beverage sensations. Notable at this year’s conference was the large attendance of professionals from college and university foodservice and culinary educators from high schools on a mission to educate, nourish and capture the imaginations of the consumers of tomorrow.

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Hot Spots & Hidden Treasures Restaurant Guide 2018

April, 2018

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A CHICAGO CULINARY ADVENTURE

As part of our 30th Pearl Anniversary, we are delighted to share our thirty favorite culinary experiences from the city of Chicago. Check out the pearls of wisdom on each page to get our insider’s opinion of each spot. There are always plenty of hot new restaurants around town, and our 2018 edition features all the new spots you won’t want to miss as well as our tried-and-true favorites. Be sure to make reservations early as all of these places tend to fill up quickly. Cheers!

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Conference Beat™ – Research Chefs Association (RCA), Savannah, Georgia

April, 2018

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The most-attended Research Chefs Association (RCA) conference to date, with more than 1,200 attendees and 140 exhibitors, this is where new product developers, food scientists and R&D chefs gather to find new solutions and insights for the year to come.

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Conference Beat™ – Menu Directions, New Orleans

March, 2018

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Foodservice professionals gather at Menu Directions to share ideas on their businesses and their customers. In its 16th year, this conference is devoted to bringing actionable ideas and insights to foodservice operators in the non-commercial foodservice business.

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Conference Beat™ – International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), New York City

March, 2018

The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) conference is where food influencers and content creators meet to be inspired and challenged as they examine issues related to food and the impact is has on modern lifestyles and culture. This conference defines the context of culinary conversation for the year ahead.

 

Next Frontier of Food Products

Scalable sustainability will push the boundaries of food systems as we know them today. New product concepts in ideation phase include using lab-grown meat technology to grow endangered species; for example shark fin soup is still culturally relevant but dubious in current sourcing practices. Another idea is a crop rotation cracker: using a different bean or legume in the formulation based on the principle of rotating crops to maintain the longevity of the soil.

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Conference Beat™ – Winter Fancy Food Show, San Francisco

January, 2018

The Specialty Food Association’s Winter Fancy Food Show is the first major food industry forum of the year where buyers and sellers come to see the newest foods, flavors and ingredient trends. With over 1,400 exhibitors from more than 20 countries, this show attracts a wide range of food business segments including: specialty and gourmet retail, supermarkets, mass merchandisers, foodservice operators and distributors.

 

What’s In and What’s Out

Diets are out and culinary lifestyles are in.  Lifestyle diet choices are driving innovation.

 

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