Trend Spotting

Conference Beat™ – Private Label Manufacturers Association PLMA, Chicago, November 2018



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.… More

Conference Beat™ – SIAL, Paris, October 2018



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.… More

Conference Beat™ – Les Dames d’Escoffier International, Seattle, October 2018



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.… More

Conference Beat™ – National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), Las Vegas, October 2018



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.… More

Conference Beat™ – Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Chicago, IL 2018


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.… More

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



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.… More

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.… More

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™ – 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.… More

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.… More